From the picturesque town of Darjeeling, situated at an altitude of 7,042 ft (2,134 m), trek up through enchanting forests, ascending gradually to the Singalila ridge, with close views of Kanchenjunga (28,630 ft/8,598 m) the third highest mountain in the world. The ridge provides panoramic views of Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Himalayas on three sides with Mt. Everest in the distance, fine view of the Nepalese valleys and of the plains of North Bengal with the snow fed Teesta on the east,. A sunrise from Sandakpur is simply astonishing with clouds blanketing the valley, rising above is continuous barrier of snowy mountains, the most prominent which is Kanchenjunga (8598 m) towering up in gigantic height and breadth with it's attendant peaks Kabru (7338 m), Jano (Khumbhakarna - 7710 m) and Pandim (6691 m) clustering closely round it. Far of to the west among a group of other snowy mountain rising from graceful peaks of Everest group can be seen, behind the crest of Mt. Makalu. The contrast between Everest and Kanchanjunga is very marked.