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Makalu Barun National Park

The newest national park and conservation project in Nepal, established in 1992 it has a total area of 2330 sq kms. It borders with Tibet in the north and Sagarmatha National Park in the north-west. The area expands largely on the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts enclosing Makalu (8463m) in the north. The biological diversity of this place is considerable. More than 3,000 species of flowering plants can be found here, fourteen of which are classified as rare; rare breeding birds of which Nepal probably holds the highest international population; Ghoral; Barking and Musk Deer; Himalayan Thar; Wild Bear; Snow Leopard; Red Panda and other wonderful animals are part of the natural wealth as well as cultural wealth of Makalu Barun.

The reserve contains a total of 440 species of birds, 150 species of butterflies, 5 species of herbal and medicinal plants and 25 species of rhododendron. Seven famous Himalayan rivers and many natural limestone caves with stalactites and stalagmites also feature in this area of splendid and outstanding beauty.

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