Khangchendzonga National Park is located in north and western districts of Indian state Sikkim. The park is named after the mountain Kangchenjunga. The mountain is 8,586 metres (28,169 ft) tall, the third-highest peak in the world. In July 2016, it was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. This National Park is the first “Mixed Heritage” site of India. In the north it shares a border with the Qomolangma National Nature Preserve in Tibet and the west the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area in Nepal.
Area: 849.5 km2.
Elevation: 1,829 metres to over 8,550 metres.
The best time to visit the Kanchenjunga national park is from April to May. Snowfall is heavy during the winter season and rainy season extends from May to mid-October.
Many species including Red panda, Himalayan black bear, Sami-wild Yak, Musk deer, Snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, Tibetan wild ass, Wild dog, Sloth bear, Civet, Himalayan blue sheep, Serow, Goral and Takin etc.
Consisting of about 550 species including Blood pheasant (State bird of Sikkim), Himalayan griffon, Satyr tragopan, Osprey, Lammergeier, Tragopan pheasant, Tibetan snowcock, Snow pigeon, Impeyan pheasant, Asian emerald cuckoo, Sunbird and Eagle etc.
Pakyong Airport, a Greenfield project near Gangtok.
Bagdogra Airport, Darjeeling district, West Bengal (222 km).
Gangtok Helipad, East Sikkim district, Sikkim
Nearest Railway Station:
New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri Junction (221 km)
Nearest highway: NH 31A (Sevok – Gangtok)
Nearest town: Yuksom and Chungthan (20 km each)
Nearest city: Gangtok
Park Specific Activity Trekking
The popular trek routes are
- Yuksom to Dzongri via Tshoka
- Bakim to Goechala via Dzongri, Thangshing and Samuteng
- Dzongri Base Camp to Khangerteng via Rathong
- Thangshing to Tashiding via Lam Pokhari, Kasturi Orar and Labdang
- Lucanes Jakchen to Green Lake via Yabuk and Rest Camp (Marco Polo Camp)
- Lachen-Thasngu (4,174 m Altitude) to Rest Camp – Green Lake via Muguthang (4,900 m Altitude), Thay La (5,200 m Altitude) and Khyoksa La (5,500 m Altitude)
For visiting the park and associated region, foreign nationals would require a restricted area permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
Indian nationals are required to obtain an Inner-Line Permit from the State Home Department.
Permission of the State Chief Wildlife Warden is also mandatory for everybody visiting the park.