Khangchendzonga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it covers an area of 1784 sq km. This high altitude national park in Yuksom is known for its spectacular wildlife where exotic animal species such as Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Great Tibetan Sheep, Bharal, Musk deer etc can be spotted. The park also has a number of bird species like the Black-necked Crane, Grus nigricollis, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Tibetan Snow Cock, and Himalayan Snow Cock. Khangchendzonga National Park has about 18 glaciers, including Zemu Glacier, which is quite famous for its massive size. Besides this, the national park also has over 17 alpine lakes along with a view of about 19 Himalayan mountains peaks, amongst which is the popular Mount Khangchendzonga. There is also a sacred shrine named Tholung Monastery in the buffer zone of the national park.
This national park can be reached from all major towns in Sikkim via taxi services.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the Kanchenjunga National Park is between April and May.
Things to do and see
Khangchendzonga National Park has Tholung Monastery in the buffer zone and it is considered to be one of the most holy monasteries in Sikkim. There are a number of trekking activities one can partake in, most of the popular treks start from Yuksom. Other trekking point includes Green Lake trek with Lachen.