· Namcha Barwa Massif
Flora and fauna
Major peaks in the Kangto Section are Gori Chen (6,538 m), Kangto (7,090 m), Nyegyi Kangsang (7,047 m) and Takpa Shiri (6,655 m). The Takpa Siri is a holy mountain just north of the border, near the Tibetan village of Migyitun. Its circumambulation is said to have religious merit, much like that of the famous Kailas. However, its height is disputed, and it might well be no higher than 5,800 m rather than the 6,655 m which is the official figure.
It is the Kangto Massif which traps the rain bearing monsoon clouds and the resulting water forms Kameng -- a major river and one of the main tributaries of the Dihang, which is the name by which the Brahmaputra River is known in the region.
The catchment areas of these mighty rivers have extremely dense vegetation. They receive heavy rains and are rainforests. These largely unexplored forests harbor a tremendous variety of flora and fauna -- the reason for Arunachal Pradesh's incredible biodiversity.
These areas are inhabited by less than friendly tribals. Till the 1930s, it had little allure except to the hardy botanists who were attracted by the incredible diversity of Sikkim's floral wealth. After India's independence in 1947, this area may have been expected to improve accessibility, but the Indo- China war of 1962 put paid to any such hopes.
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