Rising to a height of 8,586m, Mt. Kanchenjunga, situated between the Nepal-Sikkim borders, is the world’s third highest mountain. Meaning “Five Treasures of Snow” in Tibetan, the name Kangchenjunga refers to the mountain’s five peaks, four of which – Main Summit, Middle Summit, South Summit and West Summit (Yalung Khang) – are over 8,540m. The highest among these summits is the West summit with an altitude of 8,420m.
The first successful ascent of Kanchenjunga was made on May 25, 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, both member of a British Expedition, who stopped a few feet short of the actual summit in deference to the beliefs of the Sikkimese who hold the summit sacred – a tradition that most successful summit parties have since then followed.