Photographer's Note

Early morning sunrise on the Kangchenjunga

The summit tips and the Southeast face of Kangchenjunga are lit up in the fiery orange of the morning sun as seen from Dzongri Top (4210m, 13800ft) on the way to Goechala pass. The four highest summits of the mountain, all above 8400m can be seen in image. Starting from left to right they are - West Summit (Yalung Kang, the round one), Main Summit, Central Summit and the South Summit. The border between India and Nepal follows the South Ridge to the South Summit, through the Central and the Main Summits and back to the North Ridge. So the sunlit portion of the peak is in India and the other side is in Nepal. A prominent cliff on the Southwest Face - The Sickle - can also be seen just below the connecting ridge between the West and Main Summits. The ridge in the foreground goes on to Kabru Dome.

We had to get up at 4:15am in the morning in Dzongri and start in the night to reach Dzongri Top by the time it was sunrise. This photo was taken at 5:30am through a Nikon E5700 camera. The image was reduced in size and sharpened.

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