ABF Friend in the Himalayas: Rajendra Gurung

Meet Rajendra Gurung. He is the current General Secretary of Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) who we have met in the previous Asian Bird Fairs . He is also a bird conservationist and a tour manager. Rajendra has shown interest and is keen to have a bird fair or even an Asian Bird Fair in his country.

Rajendra in Kalapatthar (5,545 m) in his ABF shirt.

In this feature, Rajendra shares photos from his recent trip to Sagarmatha National Park, a protected area in the Himalayas where Mt. Everest is located. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sagarmatha National Park features glaciers and majestic mountains. Check out Rajendra’s photo slideshows and narrative below.

Mt Everest became popular after the late Sir Edmund Hilary and the late Tenzing Norgey Sherpa successfully climbed the mountain on 29th May 1953. After that, the whole world learned about Mt. Everest and about the local people living there called SHERPA. Now, Sherpa people are world famous climbers.

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After successfully conquering Mt Everest, Hillary felt so much appreciation for the people of the Everest region that he came back to Nepal to help. Sherpa people requested to open a school and Hillary started to build it along with a hospital and he also included reforestation programs. It was then that tourism in Everest flourished.

It is the world’s most popular trekking destination. Most of the tourism activities are above 2800m up to the top of Mt Everest at 8848m, along with other high mountains above 8000m as well. Most of the photos with my ABF shirt were taken at 5160m, 5545m, and 5380m.

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Along with having so much adventure climbing, there is a lot of flora and fauna in the Himalayas. Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Great Rose Finch, Tibetan Snowcock, Fire-tailed Sunbirds, Brand’s Mountain Finch, Robin Accentor, White-winged Redstart, Golden Eagle, Beared Vulture, Himalayan Griffon, Grandala, and Ibisbil are the common birds you will see. As for mammals, you can see Himalayan Thar, Nubra Pikka, and Himalayan Musk Deer along with domestic cattle.

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Thank you, Rajendra, for being a friend to the ABF by helping us promote it! Thank you also for sharing the beauty of the Himalayas with us and the rest of the world! Learn more about Bird Conservation Nepal HERE.