Conservation Areas

Annapurna Conservation Area

  • Activities: Trekking, mountaineering
  • Accommodation: Resort hotels, lodges, camping
  • Access: From Pokhara, which is 202 km by road or 30 minutes by air from Kathmandu
  • Wildlife: 102 mammals including blue sheep and endangered snow leopard; 39 species of reptiles and 22 species of amphibians
  • Birds: 474 species of birds including multi-colored impeyan pheasant, kokla and blood pheasant
  • Vegetation: Various species of orchids and rhododendrons
  • Best Season: March-May; September-November
  • ACAP Headquarters: Hariyo Kharka, Pokhara
  • Added Attractions: Muktinath Temple, Tilicho Lake, Mustang, Manang
  • Entrance Fee: Nepalis - Free, SAARC nationals - Rs. 200 per person per entry, foreigners - Rs. 2,000 per person per entry

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

  • Activities: Trekking, mountaineering
  • Accommodation: Tea houses, camping
  • Access: Fly to Taplejung via Biratnagar from Kathmandu
  • Wildlife: Endangered snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda, blue sheep, rhesus monkey
  • Birds: 252 species of different birds including impeyan pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, ashy drongo
  • Vegetation: 20 indigenous gymnosperms, 15 among Nepal's 23 endemic flowering plants, 30 varieties of rhododendron species and 48 varieties of orchids
  • Best Season: March-May; September-November
  • Park Headquarters: Lelep
  • Entrance Fee: Nepalis - Free, SAARC nationals - Rs. 200 per person per entry, foreigners - Rs. 2,000 per person per entry

Manaslu Conservation Area

  • Activities: Trekking, mountaineering
  • Accommodation: Camping, lodges
  • Access: By bus to Dhading (87 km from Kathmandu) or to Besi Sahar (106 km from Pokhara) and then trek
  • Wildlife: 33 species of mammals including snow leopard, musk deer and Himalayan Tahr; three species of reptiles
  • Birds: 110 species of birds
  • Vegetation: 1,500-2,000 species of flowering plants
  • Best Season: March-May; September-November
  • Park Headquarters: Prok
  • Entrance Fee: Nepalis - Free, SAARC nationals - Rs. 200 per person per entry, foreigners - Rs. 2,000 per person per entry

NEW CONSERVATION AREAS

  • Gaurishanker Conservation Area:
  • Gaurishanker Conservation Area comprises the Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone in the east, Langtang National Park and Buffer Zone in the west and Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north. It has an area of 2,179 sq. km which spreads over three districts - Ramechhap, Dolakha, Sindupalchowk. Its headquarters is Charikot.

 

  • Blackbuck Conservation Area:
  • Blackbuck Conservation Area lies in Bardia district covering an area of 15.95 sq. km. This is the first organized effort to conserve the endangered Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra).

 

  • Api Nampa Conservation Area:
  • Api Nampa Conservation Area lies in Darchula district and covers 1,903 sq. km in 21 VDCs. The snow leopard, musk deer, clouded leopard, ghoral, Himalayan black bear and Himalayan tahr are found in the area

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