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Khangchendzonga National Park

Khangchendzonga National Park

Khangchendzonga National Park is a mixed site known for its glacial mountains and sacred cultural landscape. This Himalayan site includes the 8586m high peak of Khangchendzonga, the 3rd highest in the world.

The landscape features glaciers and glacial lakes, and is the habitat of species such as the snow leopard, red panda and Asian black bear.

For the local Sikkimese population, the area has important sacred significance. Both shamanic and Tibetan Buddhist traditions are kept alive in this cultural landscape.

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Site Info

Full name: Khangchendzonga National Park

Unesco ID: 1513

Inscribed: 2016

Type: Mixed

Criteria: 3   6   7   10  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2016 - Inscribed 


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Religion and Belief


  • Built in the 8th century: The sacred Buddhist importance of the place begins in the 8th century with Guru Rinpoche’s initiation of the Buddhist sanctity of the region (AB ev)


  • Minority communities: Lepcha (probably indigenous) and Bhutias (from Tibet)
  • Greatest Altitude Variations: elevational range of 1,220m to 8,586m above sea level (asl) within a relatively small area (AB ev)
  • Viewable from another WHS: Kangchenjunga peak in Kangchendzonga National Park is visible from the Batasia loop on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, one of the Mountain Railways of India.

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World Heritage Process

  • Cultural landscape not recognized: AB eval states "ICOMOS recommends that Khangchedzonga National Park, India, be inscribed on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (vi)."


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