Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP)

JSWNP links Jigme Dorji National Park and the Wangchuck Centennial National Park through the biological corridors in the north and is directly with the Royal Manas National Park in the south, thus providing connectivity between the southern and northern protected areas.

  • Third largest protected area in the country
  • Total area: 1723 km2
  • Location: Centre of Bhutan
  • Park is a water source for various mega hydropower projects
  • Only park in the country trekked by tourists through its paradisiacal alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains
  • The park represents an important migratory corridor, especially for tigers and altitudinal migratory birds
Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP) Map - Bhutan For Life

Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP)

Faunal and Floral Diversity

0 species of mammals recorded
0 species of birds
0 species of fish
0 species of butterflies
0 species of medicinal plants

Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP)

Inhabitants & Livelihood

Some of Bhutan’s first settlers reside in the park. These people known as the Oleps and the Monpas are believed to be the pre-Buddhist settlers and the last hunter-gatherers.

0 individuals living in three villages under the park

Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP)

Camping & Trekking

A number of ancient trails used of Bhutan’s earliest ancestors.

The park developed two trekking trails designed for the winter month.

  • The Nabji-Korphu trail (6 days and 5 nights trek)
  • Adha-rukha trail (5 days and 4 nights trek)

Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP)

Risk & Threats

Habitat fragmentation and degradation from developmental infrastructure

  • It is predicted that impending developmental activities such as construction of roads, phone towers, and hydropower projects will lead to harming the park’s habitats and wildlife population

Human-wildlife conflict Poaching

  • The main species targeted for poaching include Musk deer, Snow leopard, and Red panda

Unregulated cattle grazing

  • JSWNP serves as a grazing ground for numerous herds of cattle from the adjoining areas of the park. There have been many instances of over-grazing.

Climate change

  • It is expected that the current scenario of climate change will lead to habitat loss in the park.
  • The lack of human and financial resources is a major constraint to address these threats.

JSWNP's Future with BFL

Increased tiger population
Degraded lands within JSWNP mapped and restored with climate-smart mechanisms
JSWNP equipped with adequate and competent staff as well as essential equipment and infrastructure
An innovative Human-wildlife Conflict mitigation mechanism implemented in JSWNP
SMART patrolling implemented in JSWNP
Park staff trained for effective anti-poaching operations
Eco-lodges and eco-treks designed and implemented
Forest quality and extent is maintained
New nature-based local enterprises implemented
Watersheds fully protected and effectively managed