Kangchendzonga National Park

Date of Submission: 15/03/2006
Criteria: (vii)
Category: Natural
Submitted by:
Nature Conservation Foundation and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecologyand Environment
Coordinates: 27°03’ to 28°07’ N88°03’ to 88°57’ E
Ref.: 2106
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Description

Located in the small Himalayan state of Sikkim, Kangchendzonga National Park (Kangchendzonga National Park) is the highest of the country’s high altitude national parks. The third highest peak on the planet – the Kangchendzonga, straddles the western boundary of the park, from which the reserve gets its name. The reserve also includes the vast Zemu Glacier. Situated in such an inaccessible expanse, the region has remained untouched to quite a large extent. Covering an area of 1,784 km², the Park occupies as much as 25.14% of the land area of the state. The park was commissioned in 1977 by virtue of its floral, faunal, ecological and geo-morphological importance. It encompasses a wide variety of ecological conditions and is home to several rare plant and animal species. Wildlife conservation remains the Park’s primary goal with anti-poaching efforts constituting a significant proportion of governmental Park management activities.