Khangchendzonga National Park

Khangchendzonga National Park

A popular site in Sikkim for those who enjoy the outdoors is Khangchendzonga National Park, which is perched at a height of 6000 feet. Khangchendzonga National Park is the first park to be recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage site of India. It is named after Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world. The Kanchenjunga or Khangchendzonga National Park, one of the few high-altitude parks, is blessed with a diverse flora and fauna world, making the national park a popular destination among botany enthusiasts worldwide. The trek to Khangchendzonga National Park has also piqued the interest of many trekkers traveling to Sikkim.

Enriched with an abundance of natural beauty Khangchendzonga National park stretches from Temperate to the Alpine zone. The park is filled with rich flora and fauna of the Himalayan range and has about 18 glaciers-including the huge, fearsome, awesome, and turbulent Zemu Glacier, the largest glacier in the Eastern Himalayas. Situated in such an inaccessible expanse in the North and South districts, the region has remained untouched to quite a large extent.

Kanchenjunga National Park Wildlife

Khangchendzonga National Park is known for being the humble adobe of home to snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, Tibetan antelope, wild ass, barking deer, musk deer, flying squirrels,s and the red panda who live in blissful isolation amongst giant magnolias, rhododendrons, and pine forests. The lush forest dotted with oak, fir, and pine trees is home to about 550 species of birds like blood pheasant, satyr tragopan, osprey, Himalayan griffon, lammergeyer, Tragopan pheasant, green pigeon, Tibetan snowcock, snow pigeon, impeyan pheasant, Asian emerald cuckoo, sunbird and eagle. A new species of bird named Himalayan Forest Thrush was found in 2016 making Khangchendzonga National Park a birding paradise for avid bird watchers.

Kanchenjunga National Park Trek

There are many routes leading toward Khangchendzonga National Park, one of these routes starts from Yuksom. Yuksom is the first capital of Sikkim and is located at a distance of 124km from Gangtok. The trail leads through some of the most spectacular forested areas of Sikkim and during the spring when the rhododendrons, giant magnolias, and a profusion of other wildflowers are in full bloom the trail becomes an enchanted path. Along the trail, trekkers will come across a viewpoint called Dzongri where they can witness the grand vista of Mt Kanchenjunga sometimes at dawn the sky is clear and you can catch the sight of the entire chain of peaks. The beauty of the Himalayas can be seen in its pristine form while trekking through the lush forest of alpine trees in Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim.

Why You Should Visit Kanchenjunga National Park

Inflate your lungs with the fresh mountain air along with the lingering woody fragrance of alpine forest while feasting your eyes with the astounding vista of a majestic snowcapped Himalayan mountain range in Khangchendzonga National Park. A place far from the rambunctious city life caressed under the nurturing wings of Mother Nature, Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim, has become a place to find solace for tourists who wants to spend some quality time amidst nature while listening to the alluring chirping of exquisite birds and trekking through the lush forest with the astounding view of snow-capped mountains.

How You Can Reach this National Park

travellingBy Air
The closest airport to Gangtok, is Bagdogra Airport in Darjeeling, West Bengal, which is 122 kilometers away. Additionally, it is 45.9 kilometers from Gangtok to Khangchendzonga National Park. From the Bagdogra Airport, you can also travel directly to the park; and for this, you need to rent a cab.
RoadBy Road
The National Highway 31A, a 92 km route from Sevoke to Gangtok, is the closest highway to Kanchenjunga National Park in Sikkim. And it’s only 45.9 kilometers from Gangtok to this National Park.
trainBy Train
The New Jalpaiguri Junction, which is around 120 km from Gangtok and is connected to other major towns in the nation including Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati, is the closest railhead.

Timings and Entry Fees of the Park

Kanchenjunga National Park opens at around 10 am the morning and closes at around 4 pm in the evening every day. The entry fee for Indian Nationals is 200 rupees per person and for foreigners, the entry fee is around 400 rupees. For a guide, you have to pay 20 rupees. However, students only need to pay 40 rupees to enter Kanchenjunga National Park. (Note- Prices are subject to change).

Best time to visit Khangchendzonga National Park

The months of April and May are the most ideal for visiting Khangchendzonga National Park due to the excellent weather. For those who are unable to schedule their trip during this season, August through October are also acceptable months to travel. Sikkim Adventure Tourism can arrange your entire tour so that you can explore this park without any worry. Call for a detailed tour itinerary now!

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