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North Sikkim TaramchuKhangchendzonga National Park (North Sikkim)

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Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) named after the third highest peak in the world Mount Khangchendzonga (8585m/28600ft) lies in North and West District of Sikkim covering an area of 2192 Sq Km. It occupies almost 20% of the land mass of Sikkim.

The park in the West district starts from Yuksom (6000ft) and reaches at the Summit at a distance of 45 kms. In North District it covers almost the entire portion combining all major places like Lachen, Thangu, Gurudongma, Muguthang, Chopta Valley, Green Lake, and upper ridges of Dzongu. There are three main entry points to this park- Yuksom in West Sikkim, Dzongu and Lachen in North Sikkim.

Singhalila rangeLandscape and Attractions
Khangchendzonga National Park owing to it unparallel rich bio-diversity was notified as a Biosphere reserve by the ministry of Environment and Forests of India in the year 2000. Khangchendzonga Reserve is considered one of the highest and most inaccessible Biosphere Reserves in the world. The altitudinal variation of this park harbors an innumerable floral and faunal species, a large number of which are endemic to this region and are very much rare.

The park extends from Temperate to Alpine zone. Its diverse tropical mixed broad-leaved forest, sub-alpine conifer and rhododendron forests, alpine meadow, streams, glaciers, lakes and some of the gorgeous peaks of Himalayas mark the landscape of Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve. The uniqueness of this park lies in the fact that each of the altitudinal zones offers characteristic vegetation and live forms of its own. It has more than 550 species and subspecies of birds, which is nearly 30% of the entire bird families found in the entire sub-continent.

Dzongri area forestKhangchendzonga Park is a haven of the most rare Himalayan faunal species like Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep or Bharal, Shapu, Tibetan Antelope, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Himalayan Wild Ass etc.

Imperial Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Osprey, Lammergeyer, Sunbirds etc are to be named among the most important bird species found in the region.

Trekking in Khangchendzonga National Park
The Khangchendzonga National Park has been in the prime Trekking Maps in the entire world for its magnificent landscape. The park offers some of the adventures trek routes in Sikkim. The most famous trek route starts from Yuksam and leads to the serene landscape towards-
Bakhim, Dzongri, Tsokha, Thansing, Khangchendzonga Base Camp and Goecha la
More adventurous trek starts from Lachen to the famous Green Lake via Lucanes, Jakchen, Yabuk and Rest Camp.
Kanchenjunga from Dzongri The most treacherous trek in the Park perhaps
Lachen (9000ft) - Thangu (13,695ft) Muguthang (16,000ft) - Thay La (17,000ft) - Khyoksa La (18,000ft) Rest Camp - Green Lake. Green lake is fast developing into a take off point for mountaineering expeditions to the surrounding peaks.

All these trek routes allow the trekkers to have an unbelievable experience to the largest continuous tract of mountainous land with valleys of lush green forests, alpine meadows, a luxuriant flora and fauna of rare varieties in the primitive wilderness, natural glacial lakes, rivers and streams, vast flowering fields, imposing canyon and snow clad peaks and mountains.

Map of khangchendzonga NP

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