Inside Sagarmatha National Park: A World Heritage Site in Nepal

Inside Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park -The Natural World Hertiage Site, first of its kind, in Nepal. Located in Solukhumbu district, the park is rich in Himalayan biodiversity.


Located in the northeastern region of Nepal, Sagarmatha National Park comprises of rich Himalaya terrains. Brandishing the obscure valleys and ethnic settlements, Everest region, the UNESCO world heritage site is home to multitude of flora and fauna and ethnic tribes of Sherpa.


Sagarmatha National Park was gazetted in 1976 with over 2,500 Sherpa inhabitants living within the region. UNESCO declared it a world heritage site in 1979, making it the country’s first national park that was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site.

In January 2002, a Buffer Zone comprising 275 km2 (106 sq mi) was added. Under the Buffer Zone Management Guidelines the conservation of forests, wildlife and cultural resources received top priority, followed by conservation of other natural resources and development of alternative energy.

Tourist arrival in the area began in the early 1960s, preceding the successful Everest ascent by Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa. Today, it hosts more than 20 villages…

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