Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in Gangtok

Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve Overview

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Named after the third highest peak in the world, Mount Khangchendzonga, the biosphere reserve is surrounded by many mountains and glaciers. On its west, is Mount Khangchenjunga, towards the north are Nepal, Talung, tent peaks and the Zemu and Simyo glaciers, and other sides are covered by peaks including Pandim, Narshing and Siniolchu.

One of the highest biosphere reserves in the country, this national park is home to the musk deer, snow leopard and the Himalayan tahr. The flora here includes temperate broadleaf, oaks, fir birch, maple and willow. It also has some 550 bird species including the Tibetan snowcock, blood pheasant, osprey, satyr tragopan, Himalayan griffon, lammergeier, green pigeon, Tibetan snowcock, snow pigeon and Asian emerald cuckoo.

The reserve also has the facility to go trekking from Yuksom, which is about 145 kilometres from Gangtok.

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