So, Where Are The Himalayas?
Well, the Himalayas refers to the great mountain range of Asia, so as you can imagine it covers a lot of land and crosses many countries. They are also called the Himalaya, either is fine.
Even though the Himalayas are not the longest mountain range, that title belongs to the Andes, they do have the distinction of being the youngest and therefore, due to less time weathering, the highest mountain range in the world with over 30 peaks higher than 7315 metres /24000 feet.
The tallest peak is Mount Everest, known locally in Nepal as Sagarmatha and in Tibet as Chomolungma, this majestic mountain is the tallest on the planet from sea level and towers at a lofty 8848 metres / 29028 feet.
These mountains lie sprawling east to west from Afghanistan through Pakistan to India into Nepal, Tibet through Bhutan and ending in Burma. The most easily available access to the best of the Himalayas is in Northern India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.
Map Of The Himalayas
The range began to form between 40 and 50 million years ago, when two large landmasses, India and Eurasia, driven by plate movement, collided.
At present, the movement of India continues to put enormous pressure on the Asian continent, and Tibet in turn presses on the landmass to the north that is hemming it in as a result the Himalayas continue to rise more than 1cm a year. (source: http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/himalaya.html)
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