Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world after Mt Everest and K2. It is 8,586m (28,169ft) in altitude and was first climbed in 1955 by the British Expedition of Joe Brown and George Band. This Himalayan Mountain is on the border between the Indian state of Sikkim and Nepal. It is revered as a sacred mountain by the local people and climbing permits are difficult to obtain for this reason. Permitted climbers, however, usually acknowledge the sacredness of the area by stopping a few paces from the absolute summit. It has been summited less than 200 times and about 44 climbers have been killed in the attempt.
We drove to the top of a 2,600 m high hill known as Tiger Hill to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. Translated from Sikkimese, Kanchenjunga means ‘the five treasures of snow’ and the five peaks can be clearly seen. Mt Everest can be seen from Tiger Hill but it is further to the west and not included in this scene.