Mount Jannu is sacred to people of the Limbu community, who populate the valleys of Kanchenjunga in Sikkim and Nepal. They refer to the mountain as Phoktanglungma, which means the 'mountain with shoulders'. The Limbus believe that the first people of their race were created near this mountain. An interesting story also tells of how the Limbus, historically a hunter community, magically found a script for their language near the base of this mountain.
In reverence to these beliefs, there is a crude temple like structure here, well over 15,000 feet above sea level. We were told that the Limbus from down the valleys undertake a pilgrimage hike up to this temple at a particular time of the year and hold prayers.
The ridge that originates to the left of Jannu eventually leads upto Kanchenjunga. It is a long long ridge though, and Kanchenjunga north base camp is yet a two day arduous walk from here.