Island Peak, Chamlang, and Makalu

Located in the Mahalangur Himalaya mountain range, Chamlang stands near the towering, pyramidal Mount Makalu to the northeast of Chamlang in the Nepalese Himalayas. The name Chamlang translates to “big bird flapping wings” in Sherpa, a name given for its appearance.

Other nearby peaks include Hongku Chuli, also to the northeast of Chamlang and between Chamlang and Makalu. The Shershong Glacial Lake, Shiva Dhara Barun Valley, and Mount Tutse are directly to the east of Chamlang, Kadum La is located south of Chamlang. Mera Peak is southwest of the mountain, and two lodges are also southwest of Chamlang, Hotel Mountain View – Khare, Mera Peak and Kusum Kangaru View Lodge, both offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Kyashar and Kangtega are situated to the west of Chamlang, Ama Dablam stands to the northwest, and Baruntse to the north.

Country: Nepal

State/Province: Province No. 1

Mountain Range: Mahalangur Himalaya

Parents: Mahalangur, Himalayas

Elevation: 24,012 feet / 7,319 meters

Prominence: 3,914 feet / 1,193 meters

First Ascent: May 31, 1962

Fun Fact: Chamlang is the 79th highest peak in the world.

Plant Life: The Nepal Himalaya mountains boast of flower covered passes, as well as lush juniper and pine forests. Tropical rain forests prevail in the region’s lowlands, while temperate forests of oak and conifers can be found in the mid hills. The higher altitudes contain dwarf scrubs of rhododendron and alpine meadows.

Animal Life: Yaks are common in the Mahalangur Himalaya mountains, and other animals of the Nepal Himalayas include the red panda, Himalayan tahr, bharal, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan wolf, white-bellied musk deer, and Himalayan brown bear.

Bird Life: Birds of the Nepal Himalayas include the national bird of Nepal, the Himalayan monal, monal, satyr tragopan, Tickell’s leaf warbler, white-tailed nuthatch, Himalayan cutia, speckled wood pigeon, hHoary-throated barwing, streaked laughingthrush, spotted laughingthrush, stripe-throated yuhina, rufous-vented yuhina, Darjeeling woodpecker, scaly-bellied woodpecker, rufous-fronted bushtit, wood snipe, spiny babbler, common green magpie, chestnut-headed tesia, koklass pheasant, and rire-tailed sunbird.



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