The third-highest mountain in the world is Kanchenjunga. At a height of 8,586 meters (28,169 feet), its peak is located in the Kangchenjunga Himal, a region of the Himalayas. It is situated 46 miles (74 km) north-northwest of Darjiling, Sikkim in the eastern Himalayas, on the boundary between Sikkim state in northeastern India and eastern Nepal. The Kanchenjunga massif is shaped like a massive cross, with arms that reach in all directions: north, south, east, and west. Joe Brown and George Band, who were a member of the 1955 British Kangchenjunga expedition, made the first ascent on May 25, 1955. The Kangchenjunga region is not frequently explored by trekkers due to its remote position in Nepal and the difficulty involved. As a result, much of its pristine beauty has been preserved.