Elevation : 28,169 feet (8, 586 meters)
Prominence : 12,867 feet (3,922 meters)
Location : Borderline of Nepal and India, central Asia
First Ascent : George Band and Joe Brown (UK), May 25, 1955
Kangchenjunga Fast Facts
The name Kangchenjunga changesc “Five Treasures of Snow”, referring to Kangchenjunga’s five pinnacles. The Tibetan paroles are : Kang (Snow) chen (Big) dzo (Treasury) ngac (Five). The five fortunes are Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, Grain, and Holy scripture.
Highest Mountain In India
Kangchenjunga is the highest ridge in India and second highest in Nepal and is the easternmost 8,000 meter peak. The ridge is in the Kangchenjunga Himal, a high mountainous area bounded on the west by the Tamur River and on the east by the Teesta River. Kangchenjunga lies about 75 miles east southeast of Mount Everest, the most important one ridge in the world.
Mountain Has 5 Summits
Four of Kangchenjunga’s five conferences top 8,000 meters. Three of the five, including the highest conference, are in Sikkim, an Indian state, while the other two are in Nepal. The five conferences are :
Kangchenjunga Main : 28,169 feet (8, 586 meters ) 12,867 feet (3,922 meters) of importance
Kangchenjunga West : 27,904 feet (8, 505 meters) 443 feet (135 meters) of importance
Kangchenjunga Central : 27,828 feet (8, 482 meters) 105 feet (32 meters) of importance
Kangchenjunga South : 27,867 feet (8, 494 meters) 390 feet (119 meters) of importance
Kangbachen : 25,928 feet (7,903 meters) 337 feet (103 meters) of importance
First Attempt To Climb Kangchenjunga
The first attempt to climbing Kangchenjunga was in 1905 by a party led by Aleister Crowley, who had attempted K2 three years before, and Dr. Jules Jacot Guillarmod on the southwest back of the mountain. The jaunt descended to 21,300 feet (6,500 meters) on August 31 when they receded because of torrent hazard.
The following daytime, September 1, three crew members descended higher, possibly Crowley thought to “nearly 25,000 feet”, although the altitude was unsubstantiated. Subsequently that day Alexi Pache, one of the three climbers, was killed in an torrent along with three porters.
First Ascent In 1955 By British Party
The 1955 first rising gathering included acclaimed British boulder superstar Joe Brown, who descended a 5.8 boulder part on the ridge precisely below the summit. The two climbers, Brown and George Band, stopped precisely below the consecrated conference itself, fulfilling a promise to the Maharaja of Sikkim to keep the summit undefiled by human hoofs. This heritage has been practiced by many of the climbers who have reached Kangchenjunga’s summit. The following daytime, May 26, climbers Norman Hardie and Tony Streather made the mountain’s second rising.
2nd Ascent By The Indian Army
The second rising was by an Indian Army team up the difficult northeast spur in 1977.
First Woman Climbs Kanchenjunga
On May 18, 1998 Ginete Harrison, a British climber who are in both Australia and the United States, became the first maiden to reach Kangchenjunga’s summit. Kangchenjunga was the last 8,000 meter peak to be descended by a woman.
Harrison too was the second British maiden to climb Mount Everest; the third largest maiden to climb the Seven Summits, including Mount Kosciuszko, the most important one ridge in Australia and the fifth maiden to climb the Seven Summits, including Carstensz Pyramid. In 1999, Ginette lived at senility 41 in an torrent while climbing Dhaulagiri in Nepal.
Mark Twain Wrote About Kanchenjunga
Mark Twain traveled to Darjeeling in 1896 and later wrote in Following the Equator : “I was told by nearby residents that the summit of Kinchinjunga is often hidden in the clouds, and that sometimes a tourist has waited twenty two days and then been obliged to go away without a batch of it. And more was not disheartened for when he got his hotel statute he recognized that he was now learning the most important one situation in the Himalayas”.