Mt. Siniolchu: one of the tallest mountains in Sikkim

Mt. Siniolchu is one of the tallest mountains in Sikkim. It lies 22,598 ft above sea level in the West Sikkim district and the pictorial mountain is situated adjacent to Mt. Kangchenjunga, the highest peak in the state and third highest in the world.

In 1899, a famous British mountaineer and author named Douglas Freshfield, who is also the first mountaineer to examine the western face of Kangchenjunga, which rises from the Kanchenjunga Glacier described Siniolchu as “the most superb triumph of mountain architecture and the most beautiful snow mountain in the world”.

Siniolchu’s summit was first scaled by the German climbers Karl Wien and Adi Göttner in 1936. Later Sikkimese legendary mountaineer Sonam Gyatso, the first Everester from the state also scaled the top.

(Picture by: Kuschel Gurung)

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