Nat Ma Taung National Park – Mount Victoria

Nat Ma Taung, also known as Mount Victoria, is a mountain in Kanpet-let, Mindut and Matupi townships of Chin State in western Myanmar. Part of the Chin Hills range, the mountain rises to 3,053 meters (10,018 feet) above sea level. Nat Ma Taung lies in the Chin Hills-Arakan Yoma montane forests eco- region. Surrounded at lower elevations by tropical and subtropical moist forests, Nat Ma Taung’s higher elevations form a sky island, home to many temperate and alpine species typical of the Himalaya further north, as well as many endemic species. The mountainous area covers an area of 279 square miles, and is established in 1994, to conserve the watershed areas of Lemro river, Myitha river, Saw Chaung, Maw Chaung, Salin Chuaung, Che Chaung, Yow Chaung, Mon Chaung, etc. To conserve the scenic beauty of natural forests. To conserve Mountain Ecosystem and prohibit illicit hunting. To preserve 5 species of rare birds which can be found only in Myanmar, other native and migratory birds their habitats. This park is also to preserce rare species of Myanmar Orchids. To educate local people to shif from prctising shifting cultivation to cultivating perennial plants and trees. To promote and upgrade the park as an ecotourism attraction. To attract tourists with water rafting and rapid-shooting during the rainy season while the river flow is rapid. The forests include hill evergreen forests, moist upper mixed deciduous forests, pine forests (above 9000 feet), and hill savannah. This is also home of mammals such as tiger, bear, wild boar, leopard, goar, serow, gibbon, etc. and 159 bird species, reptiles and butterfly are present. To get in Nat Ma Taung national park , you take flight from to Bagan-Nyaung-Oo, 512 km by flight, Bagan-Nyaung-Oo to Chauk, 29 km by car, Chauk via Seikpyu to Hsaw, 109 km by car and Hsaw to Kan-pet-let, 19 km by car or Hsaw to Mindut, 67 km by car.

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