Kanchenjunga lies at an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) and is the second-highest peak in Nepal after Mount Everest. Kanchenjunga means 'Five treasures of the high snow' and is devoutly named so by the locals because they believe the mountain safeguards five treasures and only reveals when the world is in peril.
The Kanchenjunga range is an amalgam of three unique ecosystems comprising cloud forests in the eastern Himalayas, the eastern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows, and the Terai-Duar grasslands at the base of the Himalayas. These grasslands are known to be the world's tallest and contain some rare and endangered animal species. Three of Kanchenjunga's peaks lie directly on the border of Nepal and Sikkim and the other two lie in Nepal's Taplejung district.
The harsh, unfrequented terrain of the Kanchenjunga landscape has led to some wild mountain lore. These lore are often whispers that speak of mystical expeditions by lamas to the immortal abode of gods and tales of mysterious unseen mountain creatures. It is also said that in 1925, the British geological survey team had spotted a large bipedal creature which they would later refer to as the 'Kangchenjunga Demon'. The locals call this creature Dzö-nga and believe it to be the protector of the mountain. The creature has now come to be known as Yeti.
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