The Park

The Khangchendzonga National Park extends from the cold deserts of Lhonak Valley and the ridges of Lachen in the North District to the historical place at Yuksom.The Western boundary of the Park runs along the international boundary with Nepal. The Park covers an area of 1784 sq.kms.and occupies as much as 25.14% of the land area of Sikkim. The Park has a spectacular wilderness with one of the world’s highest peaks the Mt. Khangchendzonga towering above virtually undisturbed forests. In fact, Mt. Khangchendzonga (commonly spelt as Khanchenjunga) is the finest example of an independent mountain having its own glacial system radiating from its several summits. It has about 18 glaciers-including the huge, fearsome, awesome and turbulent Zemu Glacier that is 300 mts.thick and 26 kms. long. Besides, there are over 17 high altitude lakes and 19 mountains and peaks. The most magnificent attraction is the Mt. Khangchendzonga (8586 mts) itself. The name literally means the “abode of the Gods” consisting of five treasure houses, indication that the five peaks and the guardian deity of Sikkim.Mt Khangchendzonga sis flanked by Mt.Narsing (5,825mts) Mt.Padim(6,691 mts)and Kabur of the southern side, the Twins (7,350mts),Nepal Peak(17.150mts) and Tent Peak (7,365mts) on the northern side.