About Us

Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee - KCC Sikkim

Welcome to KCC

Established in early 1996 in Yuksam, Geyzing District, West Sikkim, the Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC) is a registered non-governmental organization. Comprising community representatives, community-based organizations, and dedicated stakeholders, KCC has emerged in response to the growing concerns for nature conservation in the region.
The committee's core belief is in fostering the co-existence of nature and humanity within the ecosystem, promoting sustainable growth in society.
KCC stands out as a dedicated organization in the state, focusing on the preservation of the Khangchendzonga sacred landscape, which constitutes the highest mountain ecosystem in the country. The organization is unwavering in its commitment to conserving nature and culture by providing livelihood support to mountain communities.
At its core, KCC is driven by the ethos that nature and human communities can thrive together, contributing to the well-being of both the environment and society.


The Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee, based in the captivating locale of Yuksam, West Sikkim, recognizes the unique challenges faced by the region. While blessed with rich biodiversity and a vibrant cultural heritage, these areas can be unforgiving due to their rugged terrain, climatic extremes, and limited access to essential resources. The local communities often experience marginalization, with limited representation in governance and political spheres. Consequently, many residents are forced to seek better economic prospects, education, and healthcare beyond their mountainous home. In response, the Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee has dedicated its efforts to the betterment of these communities. Over the years, the organization has focused on areas such as healthcare, education, eco-tourism, gender awareness, community mobilization, participatory planning, conflict resolution, social empowerment, and institutional capacity-building in various mountainous regions, striving to empower and uplift the people and the environment they call home.

Our Vision

KCC envisions a harmonious co-existence between nature and human communities in the Khangchendzonga region. Our vision is to safeguard the ecological integrity of the sacred landscape, ensuring the sustained well-being of both the unique biodiversity and the vibrant cultural heritage. Through community engagement, sustainable practices, and conservation ethics, we aspire to create a future where the Khangchendzonga ecosystem thrives, providing lasting benefits to the environment and enhancing the livelihoods of local communities.

Our Mission

The Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee is deeply committed to empowering and guiding mountain women and indigenous communities in their efforts towards environmental and cultural conservation. We endeavor to support resource mobilization and sustainable development initiatives that ensure the well-being and resilience of these communities.

Our Objectives

  • To empower indigenous communities and uplift mountain women through proactive advocacy, fostering social mobilization, facilitating information exchange, and providing comprehensive capacity-building opportunities.
  • To steadfastly conserve the pristine mountain environment and champion the promotion and preservation of diverse cultural heritages. This will be achieved through a multifaceted approach involving extensive awareness campaigns, educational initiatives, and rigorous research efforts.
  • To enhance the quality of mountain livelihoods by actively mobilizing resources and implementing a diverse range of sustainable development projects. These endeavors are geared towards fostering self-reliance and resilience within these unique mountain communities.