Barun Valley (Sankhuwasabha, Nepal) provides stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by human kind.
In some of the ancient Buddhist scriptures, Seven Shangri-la ( Nghe-Beyul Khimpalung) are described as mystical and spectacularly beautiful evergreen places where no one gets old. It is written that in case of a cataclysm, life will remain only in these seven areas of the world. In those books one of the Shangri-La is mentioned to be situated somewhere at this Makalu-Barun region.