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Interesting Facts about the Himalayas 2 - Himalayan Footsteps
  • Himalayan rivers are older than the Himalayan peaks.
  • Kumbhakarna is the new name of mount Jannu (7,710 m).
  • Gosainthan (8046 m) is the Nepali name for Shisha Pangma.
  • Ninety-five percent of earthquakes occur in mountainous regions.
  • Sir Andrew Waugh, Surveyor General of India wished to honour his predecessor, Sir George Everest. For this, Sir Andrew pretended that there was no local name for Everest and hence named the mountain as Mount Everest though there were two local names of the mountain, Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet. Sir Andrew Waugh announced the name ‘Mount Everest’ in 1865.
  • The ideal height gain per day for mountaineers is 1,000 ft above 10,000 ft.