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Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. It rises with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Himalayascalled Kangchenjunga Himal that is limited in the west by the Tamur River and in the east by the Teesta River. Kangchenjunga is located on the boundary between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim.Kangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition. They stopped short of the summit as per the promise given to the Maharaja of Sikkim that the top of the mountain would remain inviolate. Every climber or climbing groups that have reached the summit have followed this tradition
The Kangchenjunga Himal section of the Himalayas lies both in Nepal and Sikkim, and encompasses 16 peaks over 7,000 m (23,000 ft). The main ridge of the massif runs from north-north-east to south-south-west and forms a watershed to several rivers. Together with ridges running roughly from east to west they form a giant cross. These ridges contain a host of peaks between 6,000 m (20,000 ft) and 8,000 m (26,000 ft). On the east ridge is Siniolchu (6,888 m (22,598 ft)). The west ridge culminates in the Jannu (7,710 m (25,300 ft)) with its imposing north face. To the south are Kabru North (7,338 m (24,075 ft)), Kabru South (7,316 m (24,003 ft)) and Rathong (6,678 m (21,909 ft)).Because of its remote location in Nepal and difficult access from India, the Kangchenjunga region is not much explored by trekkers. It has, therefore, retained much of its pristine beauty. In Sikkim too, trekking into the Kangchenjunga region has just been permitted. ~ from Wikipedia.
Peaks seen here from left are Jannu, Ratong, Kabru south, Kabru north and Kanchendzonga, taken from Pelling in Sikkim.

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