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14 EIGHT-THOUSANDERS

Kangchenjunga 8,586 m

"It's a noble, peaceful mountain... when you are at the bottom Kangchenjunga appears unclimbable. It consists of 5 peaks of over 8,000 meters. Impressive!"

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Suffering and success

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  • Height: 8,586 m

First ascent: the British climbers George Band and Joe Brown were the first to reach the summit of Kangchenjunga on 25 May 1955.

Dhaulagiri and Manaslu were the prelude to Edurne's twelfth eight-thousander, Kangchenjunga (8,586 m), climbed in 2009 but with great difficulty. Here, the mountaineer from Tolosa experienced "the most difficult moments of her life" in a complicated descent in poor weather. Earlier, 14 hours of climbing had exhausted the team's energy. Edurne returned home with frostbite, in a wheelchair and almost voiceless, but she was even closer to her challenge.

Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world, the highest in India and the second highest in Nepal, located in the district of Taplejung. Its name translates as "the five treasures of the snow", as the mountain has five peaks over 8,000 m.

The first ascent of Kangchenjunga took place on 25 May 1955. The British climbers George Band and Joe Brown were the first to achieve this.

However, they stopped short of the summit as a sign of respect for the Sikkim, who believe that the summit is sacred. Most subsequent expeditions have followed this tradition

Wanda Rutkiewicz, considered one of the best mountaineers of the 20th century, died on Kangchenjunga between 12 and 13 May 1992.

Peak reached by Edurne Pasaban on 18 May 2009.

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