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The Himalaya Mountains

The Himalaya Mountains traverse around 2500 kilometers/1565 miles through northern India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Of the world’s ten highest peaks, nine are located here, including the mighty Mt. Everest, at 8485 M/27,838 ft. The literal translation of the word Himalaya means “abode of snow” from Sanskrit.

Some Himalaya facts:

Highest peak: Mount Everest at 29,029 ft (8,848 m) is not only the highest peak in the Himalayas, but the highest peak on the entire planet.

Other famous peaks include Karakora (K2), Kailash, Kanchenjunga, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna, and Manasklu.

Rivers: The Himalayas are the source for the Indus, the Yangtze and the Ganga-Brahmaputra. All of which are major river systems for the continent of Asia.

Glaciers: The Himalayas are the third largest deposit of ice and snow in the world, after Antarctica and the Arctic. There are approximately 15,000 glaciers located throughout the range

The Himalayas are one of the youngest mountain ranges on the planet.

Mt. Everest was named after Colonel Sir George Everest, a British surveyor who was based in India during the early-to-mid-nineteenth century.

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