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Sunrise at Mt Kanchenjunga: for Ram

Sunrise at Mt Kanchenjunga: for Ram
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-23
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED, Hoya Cir. Polarizer 86mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-01 4:54
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This photograph of Mt Kanchenjunga has been clicked during sunrise from Tashi's View Point, Gangtok, Sikkim. I dedicate this photograph to Ram Thakur.
Mt Kanchanjunga (third highest in the world) is the only one that displays its charming glories to the world at large, because it is to be seen easily from anyone of the lower foot-hills. Kanchanjunga boasts on some of the most magnificent snowy and icy scenery in the world. It is because of the fact that it has an annual precipitation of snow probably greater than that of any other peak in the Himalayas. Secondly, the avalanches that Kanchanjunga throws down are said to be the largest anywhere else in the world.

If some one observes from the lower hills, they are colourful village settlements, rich vegetation with variety of rhododendrons, green forest, river valleys, splendid glacier and then finally gorgeous view of Kanchanjunga ridge.

If we have a look at Kanchanjunga at early dawn , it is really an unforgettable majestic view. At first the dark dawn will start to turn slowly into twilight. The dark clouds flying into clear sky would start to turn into somehow glowish brightness. Then the sun would start to rise from the horizon via Bay of Bengal as a red iron lump. Within some moment the red lump of sun starts to climb on high mountain. And the light early rays of the sun splash into Kanchanjunga, so that the peak could be seen with marvelous pink colour. After some time golden rays of the rising sun splashes to the right shoulder of snowy Kanchanjunga, so that the view of the mountain could be visualized as mixed golden and silver rays as striking contrast. And this is the glorious view of Kanchanjunga seen from far off distances.

Kanchanjunga is translated along the lines of “Five Treasures of the Snow” as it contains five peaks over 8,000 meter. Kanchanjunga is also called Kangchen Dzonga / Kangchenjunga / Khangchendzonga / Kanchenjanga / Kachendzonga or Kangchanfanga. In Tibetan dialect, Kng-chen means ’snow-great’ and Dzo-nga is ‘treasuries-five’ that denotes Mount Kanchanjunga in other words (P. V. Angus-Leppan, 1982).

The word Kanchanjunga is regarded as the abode of gods who bestow prosperity and benevolence to the inhabitants and their lands. To the local people, its five summits are the five treasures of the snow as the throne of all powerful gods rest on them. Their well-being and even their lives depend on the blessings of five snow treasures. If the ‘five treasures’ get angry, Kanchanjunga is able to blast their crops with the storm or may destroy their village with avalanches and floods. The citizens of Sikkim and surrounding Nepal believe the summit as sacred and they worship Mount Kanchanjunga as a deity. To respect this local religious beliefs and to honour the sentiment of the Nepalese and Sikkimese, the expeditioners would stop a few meter short of the actual summit, before climbing on the top of mountain. The stopping for a few minutes has two underlying meaning. The first would mean that the summit will remain inviolate instantly. The other is to get a rest for some while to the conqueror before stepping up on the highest portion of the mountain. Most of the successful summit parties have followed this tradition till this date.

Kanchanjunga (Main) is the third highest mountain in the world and second highest peak in Nepal, situated on just western frontier of Nepal and India borderline, twenty kilometer south of Chinese (Tibetan) frontier. It is located 90 kilometer east of Everest in Taplejung District at 27° 42′ 09″ north latitude and 88° 09′ 10″ east longitude from Greenwich meridian. Up until 1852, Kanchanjunga was believed to be the highest mountain in the world. But calculations made from the British 1849 Great Trigonometrical Survey of India made Mount Everest the highest of all and Kanchanjunga as third highest in the world.
Refer http://bordernepal.wordpress.com/2007/09/11/glorious-kanchanjunga-2/

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Hi Subhash,
mighty Kanchenjunga, mighty image, Subhash. You caught a special moment. Excellent that you dedicate this picture to Ram!
My best regards

Hi Ranjan,

Sunlight falling on Kanchenjunga itself is magical, you have captured it very well, lovely composition. Its more than a decade since I saw this peak from Gangtok-Sikkim live,Thanks for the reminder.TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-01 17:31]

Hi Subhash,this pic is fantastic!! The best moment of the journey to have wonderfuls colors like that,i'm surely that to see live is an unfogettable spectacle!My best compliments and thanks to show us this wonder!Luciano

You captured lovely morning light on this magnificent peak Subhash. Thanks for sharing this special moment.

Evelynn : )

Nice picture with wonderful composition and sunny mountains. A great job.
Best wishes,

Subhash, I'm overwhelmed by your diedication of this wonderful picture to me. Thanks a million!!!
My last view of this mountain was in Jan 1965 when we were taken to Sandhakphu for a regular trek while doing the 4th Adventurte Course from HMI Darjeeling. BTW, were you even born then?
This point of view from Gangtok is quite different and the image with the rays of the early morning sun hitting the summit is just divine!
I am late in responding to your dedication because I have been erratic on TN, thanks to my BSNL connection!
Thanks once again and best regards.

Wow! What a mountain! Exellent notes! This is a pure mountain classic! Sunrise is one of the best times of the day in the mountains, it is when the sun brings light to the world, and you can get feeling in you, and the wonderful colors! Very well done! Thanks for sharing this wonderful moment in nature. Cheers Josh Lewis.

Hi Subbhash,
Very nice capture.
Well done.

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-01-18 8:10]


Of all your images, this is one of the most sublime. The first sunlight is always special, but combined with high mountains, it is spectacular. Thank you for posting it for all to enjoy.


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