Kangchenjunga I b & w.....


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Until 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations based on various readings and measurements made by the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mount Everest, known as Peak XV at the time, was the highest. Two years after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally summited Everest on May 29, 1953, Kangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May 1955, by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition. They stopped short of the summit as per the promise given to the Chogyal (monarch of Sikkim), that the top of the mountain would remain inviolate. Every climber or climbing group that has reached the summit has followed this tradition in respect to the people of Sikkim. Meaning "The five treasures of the high snow" as originating from the Tibetan word gangs /k̀ʱɐŋ/ meaning "snow, ice"; chen /t͡ɕʰẽ/ meaning "great"; mdzod /d͡zø/ meaning "treasure"; lnga /̃ŋɐ/ meaning "five". It is physically descriptive of its five peaks; main peak, yalong kang, south peak, central peak and khamba chen. Being the first to arrive in Pelling after the 6 month long monsoon season, the views of Kangchenjunga miraculously opened up on the day we arrived...These where the pictures I took as my heart cried with joy being at the roof of the world.......and in the shadow of the third highest mountain in the world.......a dream I had been questing since a teenager......Available as 8 x 11 or 11 x 17 b & w photo on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Fine Art Inkjet Paper, and each photograph is personally approved and hand-signed by me, the artist.

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