Sagarmatha National Park lies to the northeast of Kathmandu. The park was gazette in July 1976. It covers an area of 1,148 sq. km. of Himalayan ecological zone. The park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi Rivers. The park is largely composed of the rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas ranging from 2,845m at Monju to the top of the world, Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) at 8,848m above sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam, and Pumori. The famed Sherpa people, whose lives are interwoven with the teachings of Buddhism, live in the region.