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The Himalayas

The Himalayas are a vast network of mountains in Asia that form a barrier between the Plateau of Tibet and the plains of India. Originating from the Southern Asian language Sanskrit, Himalaya translates to ‘snow-abode’. They are also referred to as ‘The Land of Snow’ by the Tibetan people. The Himalayas are embedded within the culture and deep histories of the South Asian peoples, as illustrated through their literature and mythologies, and hold a huge amount of significance within their religions.The mountain range is home to the highest mountains in the world, one of those peaks being Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. The complex chain of mountains are drained by 19 major rivers, the largest of note being the Indus and the Brahmaputra. The river gorges, alpine glaciers and elevational variations that inhabit a diverse array of flora, fauna and climate, make the Himalayan mountain range a truly magical and dramatic environment that will leave you in awe. From the mountaineers of India embarking on pilgrimages dating back to ancient times, to the modern day mountaineer adventurers who want to push the limits of human exploration, the Himalayas’ magnificent heights and jagged peaks provide a challenging arena comparable to no other in the world.