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Kanchanjunga Conservation Area

Kanchanjunga Conservation Area
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The Kangchenjunga Conservation Area lies in the Taplejung district, bordered by Sikkim(India) in the east and Tibet (China) in the north. The area represents high mountain physiographic regions with 65% of its area covered by rocks and ice. The remaining 35% is covered by forests 14.1%. shrubland 10.1%, Grassland 9.2% and Agricultural land 1.6%. The area is well know for its three river valley: the SimbuaKhola, the Ghunsa and the Tamur valleys. The area is made up of alpine grass lands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forests, and low river valleys with the Kanchanjunga as its crow. The Kanchanjunga Conservation Area can be synonymized as a repository of flora and fauna.During the spring season, the area has an excellent display of flowering rhododendrons, orchids, lilies, primula and many other flowers.The lowlands are full of tropical hardwoods. These get replaced by oaks and pine as the elevation increases. Further higher is the vegetation including larch, fir and juniper up to the tree line.The conservation area is where you will see 15 of Nepal’s 28 endemic flowering plants. Almost all the 30 kinds of rhododendron species are found here. This is also the area where you get to see 69 of the 250 orchids found in Nepal.Kanchanjunga Conservation Area consists of rich diversity of wildlife including the endangered snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and red panda. Other animals in the area include the blue sheep, and many others.