Natural History of the Wild Side of Everest: Eastern Himalaya and Makalu-Barun Area

ISBN 99933-113-0-8
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A Concise Guide to Ecology, Trees, Birds, and Mammals
This Natural History Handbook originated as a staff-training manual for the Makalu-Barun Conservation Project on the wild side of Everest around Mount Makalu and the Barun River Valley of north-eastern Nepal. This area represents an intact ecosystem in an area of globally significant biodiversity, the Eastern Himalaya. A sample of the great variety of plants and animals living in this spectacular region are presented in this field guide. The factors that create the range of conditions allowing such diversity are explained in the first two sections. The handbook is applicable to all of the Eastern Himalaya. Co-published with The Mountain Institute.

From Tropics to Glaciers: Globally Significant Biodiversity
From tropical forests along the Arun River to the icy summits, the Makalu – Barun National Park and Buffer Zone is the only protected area on earth with an elevation gain of 8,000m – from 400-8,800 m asl within 30 kilometers. As a result of this steep terrain, this area has almost every bio-climatic zone of the Eastern Himalaya.

The Wild Side of Everest
The initial idea for the project evolved out of a quest for the yeti in the remote Barun Valley in 1983. If there is anywhere in the world where a creature like the yeti may exist, it is in the remote river valleys that drop from the mountains surrounding Makalu and Everest to the Arun River. With wild places that might harbor the yeti being threatened in mountains everywhere, the world is richer if the possibility of the yeti still exists.


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