amous mission of 1904 to Tibet also passed
Doug Freshfield was one of the early mountaineers
to visit this area. His book “Round
Khangchendzonga” is a classic record
of all the areas in North Sikkim. In West
Sikkim, peaks like Kabru (7338m) were climbed
in 1935 by C.R. Cook. Others like Kokthang
and Rathong were climber much later. Even
now some peaks have not been climbed from
Sikkim side, though ascents have been made
from Nepal. Northern Sikkim consists of
Zemu glacier and valleys from which rises
the third highest mountain of the world
– Khangchendzonga. Pual Baur and his
German team repeatedly attempted to climb
it via its eastern approaches before the
Second World War. Ultimately the Indian
Army Team made subsequent repeat ascents.
There are many peaks around Khanchendzonga
like Simvo and Siniolchu, which are tempting
and an open invitation to climbers.
North is Pyramid peak, the last 7000er climbed
by the Himalayan Association of Japan (HAJ)
in 1993. In the vicinity are peaks like
Jongsanng and Chorten Nyima. Pauhunri with
the pinnacle of Donkhya Ri is one of the
chief attractions on the eastern side. There
is a lot climbers can do in the Sikkim Himalayas.
Mt. Thingchinkhang (5603Mts) and Mt.Jopunu
(6010m) are situated in western Sikkim and
falls under Khangchendzonga National Park
which is window to natural beauties, bio-
diversity, sacred lakes and snow capped
mountains. One can see this peak from Okhlathang
Valley while trekking to Gochala (pass ).
and Mt. Jopuno can prove just more than
a trekking peak for many mountain climbers.
From the summit of these peaks one can enjoy
a breath taking view of some of the most
beautiful mountains of Sikkim Himalayas.
Mt. Pandim (6691 mts) stands to the towering
heights just in the same range where these
trekking peaks rises. Just across Okhlathang
Valley one can see peaks like Gocha, Rathong,
Kabru sisters, Siniolchu and the mighty
Khangchendzonga. Mt. Makalu in Nepal is
also seen from here.
trek is one of the most beautiful trail
in the Himalayas and takes you through Rhododendron
bushes and alpine meadows. base camp is
ideally established in Okhlathang Valley
or above on the ridge.