Api Nampa Conservation Area
The Api Nampa Conservation Area is a protected area in the Far-Western Development Region, Nepal. It was established in 2010. This area occupies 1,903 km². It ranges in elevation from 518 to 7,132 m at the Himalayan peak Api and is within the circumscribed area of the Kailash Sacred Landscape.
The goal of ANCA is to conserve the unique biodiversity and cultural heritage of the area. It is Nepal’s youngest Conservation Area and maybe also the best preserved. Due to the few numbers of tourists that have reached that area of Nepal, we can experience untouched nature and authentic Nepali traditions.
The conservation area is named after Mount Nampa (6757 m) and Mount Api (7132 m), Far West’s highest mountain. Between these peaks, a central plateau of grassland is located. The grassland has a mixed variety of oaks, pine forests, and temperate deciduous forests.
Due to diverse climatic condition and altitude variation, many prime habitats of wildlife exists in ANCA. Mammalian species include snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, red panda, common langur, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan musk deer, goral and serow. Birds include Himalayan monal, snowcock, and blood pheasant.
Also, the local communities have kept their traditional way of life. They mainly live off agriculture, a collection of medicinal and aromatic plants as well as artisan productions. The community of the Byash, for example, still practices a nomadic lifestyle. They are moving between the high altitude grasslands in the summer months and the lower valleys close to Darchula town in the winter.
Attractions in Api Nampa Conservation Area
- There are mammalians species such as snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, red panda, common langur, goral, Himalayan musk deer, serow, and Himalayan Tahr.
- There are birds such as snowcock, blood pheasant, and Himalayan monal.
- The conservation area is intermix with various forest types.
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