Makalu Barun National Park
Makalu Barun National Park spreads over the districts of Sankhuwasabha and Solukhumbu in the northeast of Nepal. One of the prime attractions for visitors to the park is experience the unique Himalayan bio-diversity. The vegetations ranges from sub-tropical forest to sub-alpine and alpine as altitude increases. The park boasts of 48 species of orchids, 87 species of medicinal herbs, 25 of Nepal’s 30 varieties of rhododendron, 19 bamboo species, 15 oak species of primrose and 86 species of fodder trees. The park also offers bird-watching opportunities with its 400 species of birds, including the rara spotted wren babbler and olive ground warbler. Wildlife includes the endangered red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, ghoral, tahr, wild boar, barking deer, Himalaya marmot, weasel, langur money ad serow. Arun River that flows through the park has 84 varieties of fish including salmon.
Many trekkers and mountaineering visit this park as world’s fifth highest mountain Mount Makalu is situated in this park. This park can be reached by flying to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. March to April and October to November is the best time to travel in this park. Makalu Base Camp Trek, Makalu Expedition are some popular trips travelers do in this park.