Arakan Yoma

Chin Hills-Arakan Yoma montane forests

The Chin Hills-Arakan Yoma montane forests is a tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forest ecoregion in western Myanmar. Surrounded at lower elevations by moist tropical forests, this ecoregion is home a diverse range of subtropical and temperate species, including many species characteristic of the Himalaya, as well as many endemic species.


The ecoregion covers an area of 29,700 square kilometers (11,500 square miles), encompassing the montane forests of the Chin Hills and Arakan Yoma ranges. The Chin Hills, which cover most of Myanmar's Chin State, and extends south along the ridge of the Arakan Yoma, which forms the boundary between Rakhine State on the west and the Megwe Pegu, and Irrawaddy divisions to the east.

The ecoregion is bounded by the Mizoram-Manipur-Kachin rain forests to the west, north, and northeast, and the Irrawaddy moist deciduous forests to the east. Two enclaves of Northeast India-Myanmar pine forests lie immediately to the north.

The ecoregion includes Nat Ma Taung (Mount Victoria) in southern Chin State, which rises to 3109 meters (10200 feet) above sea level.



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