Jannu and Sobithonge Peak from near Kambachen in the Ghunsa Valley

Kangchenjunga Himalaya Nepal

Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and rises to an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Kangchenjuna Himalaya Nepal bounded in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La, and in the east by the Teesta River. Its name is of Tibetan origin and means “The five great treasures of the high snows”. Kangchenjunga rises about 20 km south of the general alignment of the Great Himalayan range about 125 km east of Mount Everest.

The Kangchenjunga Himalaya stands both in Nepal and the state of Sikkim in northern India; it is a huge and complex mountain massif, the main summit and satellites encompassing 16 peaks over 7,000 m (23,000 ft). The main ridge of the massif runs from north-northeast to south-southwest and together with ridges running roughly from east to west they form a giant cross. These ridges contain a host of peaks between 6,000 and 8,586 m (19,685 and 28,169 ft). The western ridge culminates in the striking outlying peak of Kumbhakarna, also known as Jannu, 7,710 metres (25,300 ft); the northern section includes Yalung Kang, Kangchenjunga Central and South, Kangbachen, Kirat Chuli, and Gimmigela Chuli, and runs up to the Jongsang La. The eastern ridge in Sikkim includes the handsome if smaller summit of Siniolchu, 6,888 metres (22,598 ft), whilst the southern section which includes Kabru runs southwards along the Singalila Ridge and the Nepal-Sikkim border.

Four main glaciers radiate from the peak; the Zemu glacier in the northeast and the Talung glacier in the southeast drain to the Teesta River; the Yalung glacier in the southwest and the Kangchenjunga glacier in the northwest drain to the Arun and Kosi rivers. The glaciers spread over the area above approximately 5,000 m (16,000 ft), and the glacialized area covers about 314 square kilometres in total.

The photographs included in this section of the library were all captured within the borders of Nepal during a pioneering trek to both the Yalung and Kangchenjunga glacier systems. The approach to Kangchenjunga was from the south west and roadhead village of Phidim and the journey concluded through the Ghunsa Valley and Milke Danda ridge to the roadhead at Basantpur. The route connected the two valley systems on either side of the mountain via the 5,110 metre Lapang La Pass.

Kangchenjunga from Ghopetar
Kangchenjunga from Ghopetar
Kangchenjunga from Ghopetar
Kangchenjunga from Ghopetar
Paddy Fields in the Kabeli Khola Valley
Paddy Fields in the Kabeli Khola Valley
Paddy Fields in the Kabeli Khola Valley
Paddy Fields in the Kabeli Khola Valley
Children at Mamanke
Children at Mamanke
Woman at Mamanke
Woman at Mamanke
Children at Mamanke
Children at Mamanke
Bridge Over the Kabeli Khola
Bridge Over the Kabeli Khola
The Bridge at Torontan
The Bridge at Torontan
Local House in Anpan Village
Local House in Anpan Village
The Ascent from Yamphudin
The Ascent from Yamphudin
Old Man at Yamphudin
Old Man at Yamphudin
Kangchenjunga from Tseram
Kangchenjunga from Tseram
Morning Light on the Trail at Tseram
Morning Light on the Trail at Tseram
Rathong and Kabru from Lapsang
Rathong and Kabru from Lapsang
Rathong Peak
Rathong Peak
Rathong Peak and the Yalung Glacier
Rathong Peak and the Yalung Glacier
On the Moraines of the Yalung Glacier
On the Moraines of the Yalung Glacier
Dawn at Ramze - Rathong and Koktang Peaks beyond
Dawn at Ramze - Rathong and Koktang Peaks beyond
Kangchenjunga from above Ramze
Kangchenjunga from above Ramze
Kangchenjunga from Oktang
Kangchenjunga from Oktang
Sunset though Mists Over the Yalung Glacier
Sunset though Mists Over the Yalung Glacier
Sunset Over the Yalung Glacier
Sunset Over the Yalung Glacier
Sunset on Koktang Peak
Sunset on Koktang Peak
The Rocky Approach to the Lapsang La
The Rocky Approach to the Lapsang La
The View Down the Lapsang La
The View Down the East side of the Lapsang La
Descending the West Side of the Lapsang La
Descending the West Side of the Lapsang La
The Ghunsa Valley
The Ghunsa Valley
Jannu from Khambachen
Jannu from Khambachen
Jannu from Khambachen
Jannu from Khambachen
Jannu and Sobithonge from near Khambachen
Jannu and Sobithonge from near Khambachen
Kambachen Peak from Ramtang
Kambachen Peak from Ramtang
Nepal Peak from Lhonak
Nepal Peak from Lhonak
The Alluvial Plains at Lhonak
The Alluvial Plains at Lhonak
Sunset on Nepal Peak
Sunset on Nepal Peak
Nepal Peak and The Twins from Pangpema
Nepal Peak and The Twins from Pangpema
Kangchenjunga from Pangpema
Kangchenjunga from Pangpema
Wedge Peak from Pangpema
Wedge Peak from Pangpema
The Steep Ghunsa Valley at Amjilassa
The Steep Ghunsa Valley at Amjilassa
The Descent from Amjilassa
The Descent from Amjilassa
Chamlang and Makalu from the Milke Danda Ridge
Chamlang and Makalu from the Milke Danda Ridge