Nepal

Nepal Himalaya
Interesting Facts About The Himalaya
  • The Word 'Himalaya' Means The Home Or Abode Of Snow.
  • According To Hindu Mythology, God Shiva Resides In The Himalaya.
  • There Are Eight Peaks With A Total Of 19 Points Above 8000 Meters In Nepal.
  • Fourteen Mountains In The Himalaya Exceed 8000 Meters.
  • There Are 25 Points In All Which Exceed 8000 Meters In The Himalaya.
  • Nameha Barwa Peak Is The Easternmost And Nanga Parbat Is The Westernmost Peak Of The Himalaya.
  • The Geological Age Of The Himalaya Is Approximately 70 Million Years.
  • 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. E.G. 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.
  • Nepal Opened Its Borders To The World In 1949.
  • Mallory Described Mount Everest From Rongbuk As, 'A Great White Fang Excrescent On The Jawbone Of The Earth'.
  • Why Do Men Climb Everest ? Mallory Said, "Because It Is There."
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Led An Expedition To Find The Yeti In 1958.
  • According To Dr. George Schaller, The Existence Of Yeti Unknown To Science Cannot Be Ruled Out At High Altitude.
  • Reinhold Messner Climbed Everest Alone Without Oxygen.
  • Tenzing Buried His Daughter's Red And Blue Pencils On The Top Of Everest.
  • Approximately 150 People Have Died In Different Expeditions Of Mount Everest So Far.
  • Tenzing Was Known As 'Himalayan Club Sherpa No 48'.

Nepal Himalaya Is Known As The Rooftop Of The World. The Himalayas Are The Highest Mountains In The World. Their Scenery Is Legendary. These Mountains Have Had An Air Of Mystery Until Recently. Even Today, The Vast Area Of The Himalaya Is Untouched. It Has Always Remained A Source Of Fascination And Inspiration For People From All Walks Of Life In The World. Himalaya ("Him" Means Snow And "Alaya" Means Abode), The Abode Of Snow And The Gods, Extends About 2500 Kilometers. The Brahmaputra (Assam) In The East And Indus River In The West Demarcate The Length Of The Himalaya. It Is 300Kms. Wide And Rises Nine Kilometers Above The Sea Level.

The Nepal Himalaya Is In The Centre Of The Himalayan Range. Eight Peaks That Exceed 8000 Meters Including The World's Highest Peak Mt Everest Are The Prominent Members Of Nepal Himalaya. It Has A Convergence Of 1310 Magnificent Peaks Over 6,000 Meters. Nepal Has Become Famous Through Out The World Due To These Mountains.

It Is A Very Interesting Thing To Know That There Was A Sea (The Tethys Sea) Between Indian Gondwana Continent (Indian Sub-Continent And Eurasian Continent). Around 70 And 80 Million Years Ago, The Himalaya Began To Come Into Existence. It Is A Peak Of Each Evolution Only About 10 To 20 Million Years Back. Therefore, The Himalaya Is Extremely Young And Geologically Active. According To Geologists, Mountains Are Growing At A Rate Of 15 Cm (6 Inch) A Year As The Indian Plate Is Moving Northward And Forcing Under The Eurasian Plate. This Process (Plate Tectonics) Causes The Earthquakes In This Region. Geologists Say That The Collision Of Continents Is Squeezing Up Sedimentary Rocks That Were Once Below The Sea. The Mountains Of Himalaya Are The Result Of The Collision Of Continents.

Nepal Opened Its Mountains To All The Mountaineers Around The World In 1949. Only Then Mountaineers Started Coming To Climb The Mountains Of Nepal. Especially, The 8000 Meter Peaks Attracted Most Of The Climbers. Afterward, Climbers Attempted The Various Untried Routes Without Oxygen. Today, The Nepal Himalaya Has Been Proved As A Great Theatre Of Mountaineering Activity.

Why Are The Mountaineers Or Saints Or Philosophers Or Researchers Or Adventurers Of The World Attracted Towards The Nepalese Himalaya? It Is Not Just The Height That Gives The Himalaya Their Grandeur, But It Is Also The Tremendous Contrast With The Deep Valleys That Wind Between The Peaks. Within These Deep Valleys, One Can See The Flow Of The Glacier-Fed Rivers That Are Swift, White, And Exciting.

The Nepal Himalaya Can Be Divided Into Nine Mountain Regions, Which Are As Follows:
  1. Khumbu Himal Region
  2. Kanchanjunga Region
  3. Rolwaling Himal Region
  4. Langtang And Jugal Himal Region
  5. Manaslu And Ganesh Himal Region
  6. Annapurna Himal Region
  7. Dhaulagiri Himal Region
  8. Kanjiroba Himal Region
  9. Far West Himal Region
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