Did you know there are more than 20 mountains, including the mighty Everest, in Sagarmatha National Park?
Established in 1976, Sagarmatha National Park was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1979-the first national park of Nepal inscribed in the World Heritage Site list. Sagarmatha National Park is home to Everest, several peaks, gorges, deep valleys, glaciers, and not to mention a wide variety of wildlife, including elusive animals like snow leopard and red panda.
The dense forest of pine and oak covers most of the area, while the skyline is dominated by some of the highest mountains in the world. This national park conserves Everest Ecosystem in altitudes ranging from 2,000 m above sea level to above 8000m.
Here are some interesting facts about Sagarmatha National Park
First National Park of Nepal inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site
After 3 years of its establishment in 1979, Sagarmatha National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, becoming the country’s first national park enlisted as a World Heritage Site.
Sagarmatha literally means ‘Sky Head,’ Sagar meaning Sky, and matha meaning head. The word Sagarmatha thus means forehead of the Sky.
Protection and Management
This park was established under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act and is managed by the Government of Nepal. The Government of Nepal allocates a regular budget for the protection and management of the park.
Flora and Fauna
More than 60% of the park comprises barren land above 5,000m. There are more than 1,000 floral species in the park, more than 200 bird species, including the crimson-horned and the Impeyan, Nepal’s national bird. Adding, animals like Himalayan Thar, Himalayan serow, and musk deer inhabit the park.
Sagarmatha National Park Fees
You must obtain a park entry permit and pay the fee to enter the park. For anyone from SAARC countries, the applicable fee is NRs. 1,000 per person per entry, and for foreigners, it is NRs. 2,000 per person per entry. There is a provision of a child discount (free) for children below 10 years old.
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