Makalu-Barun National Park(1500sq km)
The park spreads over the districts of Sankhuwasabha and Solukhumbu in northeast Nepal. One of the prime attractions for visitors to the park is experience the unique Himalayan bio diversity. The vegetation ranges from sub tropical forests to sub alpine and alpine as the altitude increases. The park boasts of orchids, 87 species of medicinal herbs, 25 of Nepal’s 30 varieties of rhododendron, 19 bamboo species, 15 oak species, 48 species of primrose and 86 species of fodder trees. The park also offers bird-watching opportunities with its 400 species of birds, including the rare spotted wren babbler and he olive ground warbler. Wildlife include the endangered red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, ghoral, tahr, wild boar, barking deer, Himalayan marmot, weasel, langur monkey and serow. River arun that flows through the park has 84 varieties of fish including salmon.
Activities: Trekking, Mountaineering
Access: Fly to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu (40 mins.)And then a six-day walk
Best Season: Oct-Nov and Mar-Apr; Apr-May (hot at lower elevations), Jun-Sep(monsoon)