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Annapurna Conservation Area
The Annapurna Conservation Area has been best trekking areas in the world. It is also the most visited trekking area in the country. The area spread around Kaski, Mustan, Managand Lamjung districts of Central Nepal. Beginning 7 metres, the area reaches as high as 8,091 metres of Mt. Annapurna.
Ghandruk is the first experience and further down is Gorepani that provides fantastic panoramic view of the Annapurna ranges. Equally eye catching are hills of rhododendrons that blossom every spring. The turning point of the Annapurna Circuit is Jomsom. The trek southeast from Jomsom, leads to the scenic Tilicho Lake area at an altitude of 4,919 metres. In the Circuit route, is the famous Hindus religious sites Muktinath Temple. The vegetation in this region includes various species of orchids and rhododendron. Wildlife includes around 100 different kinds of mammals including rare snow leopards and blue sheep. The region also boasts of around 478 species of reptiles' including multi-colored Impheyan, Koklas and blood pheasants. In addition the region is also home to 39 species of reptiles and 22 species of amphibians. Best time to visit the park is between October and November.
The best gateway to the region is Pokhara is Kaski district of mid west Nepal. Pokhara is easily accessible by air or by land from Kathmandu. Another gateway to Annapurna is from Khudi of Lamjung or fly to Jomsom or Manang.
Kanchanjunga Conservation Area
Kanchanjunga Conservation Area belt lies below Mt. Kanchanjunga. The region with its alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops, low river valleys, and temperate and sub-tropical forests is situated in Taplejung district that borders with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. The Kanchanjunga Conservation Area has been selected as one of the 200 Global eco regions recognized by World Wildlife Fund. Ten species among Nepal?s 20 indigenous gymnosperms and 15among Nepal's 28 endemic flowering plants are found in this region. In addition, almost 30 varieties of rhododendron species and 69 varieties of orchids are found here. The area is splashed with colors every spring with wild displays of rhododendrons, orchids, lilies, and other flowers. Wildlife includes endangered snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda, blue sheep and rhesus macaw.
About 202 species of different birds including Impheyan pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, shy drongo are found n the area. The region can be reached via Basantapu in Dhankuta district or Birtamod in Jhapa district. The area can also be reached through Dharan, which is 40 kilometres north from Biratnagar. Yet another option is to fly to Biratnagar and then to Sukhetar in Taplejung district from where the region can be trekked. Tourist facilities are available in Dharan, Dhankuta and Biratnagar.
Manaslu Conservation Area
The Manaslu area in Gorkha district is a classic setting to experience pristine mountain nature and culture. With proposed plans for conserving the heritages of the area, it is also an ideal place for village tourism experience that Nepal's famous for. The conservation area starts at 600 metres and is crowned by the eighth highest peak in the world Mt. Manaslu at 8,163 metres. The region is home to 29 species of mammals including snow leopard, musk deer and Himalayan Tahr. There are over 20 species of birds and three species of reptiles. Vegetation includes 200 species of plants, more than 50 of which are useful for various purposes.
The entrance to Manaslu Conservation area is at Arughat between Gorkha and Dhading. Arughat can be reached by bus or car in about five to seven hours from Kathmandu. Another entrance is at Daraundi in Gorkha from where the normal route can be reached hiking via Sirdiwas.