Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim
Khangchendzonga National Park is also a Biosphere reserve of India. This park has been named after the mighty Khangchendzonga which is part of the Himalayan Mountain range. Located in the largest district of Sikkim, the park covers an area of about 850 Sq Km. Situated between elevations of 1829 m to over 8550 m, Khangchendzonga is one of the few high altitude national parks of the country.
There are many glaciers in Khangchendzonga National Park including the famous Zemu glacier. The park receives heavy snowfall during the winter months. It receives monsoon showers beginning May and continuing up to mid October.
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Flora in Khangchendzonga National Park
The vegetation of Khangchendzonga National Park is mainly a temperate and humid biome consisting of Fir, Oak, Birch, Willow, Maple and other similar trees. In addition to these Alpine grasses, shrubs and medicinal herbs are commonly found at higher altitudes of the park.
Best Time to Go Khangchendzonga National Park
The best season to visit the Khangchendzonga National Park is March to Mid June and September to November.
Yuksom which is at a distance of 145km from Gangtok is the starting point for mountaineers and trekkers. Indian nationals can get a permit from the State Home Department, State Chief Wildlife Warden or from the one of the check posts. International tourists need to take special permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Sikkim state tourism department and other tour operators organizes trekking tours to Dzongri (4050 m). The popular routes for this are:
Yuksom - Tshoka - Dzongri
Bakim - Dzongri - Thangshing - Samuteng - Goechala
Dzongri Base Camp - Rathong - Khangerteng
Thangshing - Lam Pokhari - Kasturi Orar - Lapdong - Tashiding (Road Head).
Other than these, trekking to the Green Lake with Lachen as the starting point is also popular amongst tourists. The routes followed are:
Lucanes Jakchen-Yabuk-Rest Camp (Marco Polo Camp) - Green Lake
Lachen-Thasngu (13,695') Muguthang (16,000') - Thay La (17,000') - Khyoksa La (18,000') Rest Camp-Green Lake.
Most of these trekking routes pass through the Khangchendzonga National Park.
Khangchendzonga National Park Tour Packages
At this moment we don't have any specific Tour package for Khangchendzonga National Park, but our representative would be happy to assist you if you are planning to visit Khangchendzonga National Park you can contact us with your query on the following no / email.
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Wildlife in Khangchendzonga National Park
Khangchendzonga National Park homes many mammal species like Tibetan Wild Ass, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Black Bear, Sloth Bear, Civet, Wild Dog, Red Panda, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Serow, Goral and Takin. Along with these, rare reptiles like Rat snake and Russell's Viper can also be spotted in this park.
The avifauna of Khangchendzonga Park boasts of about 550 different species of birds. Birdwatchers can enjoy birds like Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Satyr Tragopan, Osprey, Lammergeier, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Griffon, Tibetan Snowcock, Tragopan Pheasant, Green Pigeon, Snow Pigeon, Impeyan Pheasant, Sunbird and Eagle inside the premise of the park.
Khangchendzonga National Park Travel Information
How to Reach the Park:
1) Nearest airport:
Bagdogra Airport (Darjeeling), West Bengal at a distance of 222 km
Gangtok Helipad in East Sikkim
Nearest railhead : New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri Junction at a distance of 221 km
Nearest highway : National Highway 31A (Sevok - Gangtok)