The Makalu-Barun lies 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 Nepal Eastern Himalaya.
From tropical forests along the Arun River to icy summits, the Makalu-Barun National Park and Buffer Zone is the only protected area on earth with an elevation gain of 8,000 m, from 400 m to 8,800 m within 30 kilometres. As a result of this steep terrain, this area has almost every bio-climatic zone of the Nepal Eastern Himalaya.
This natural history handbook presents a sample of the great variety of plants and animals living in this spectacular region. The factors creating the wide range of conditions allowing such diversity are explained in the first two sections. Although this handbook was prepared for the Makalu-Barun area, the plants and animals shown may be found in much of the Nepal Eastern Himalaya.
Foreword to Second edition
1. The environment of the Eastern Himalaya
2. Ecological communities of the Eastern Himalaya
3. Tress, shrubs and flowers