Himalaya BeautyThe Himalaya is a mountain range in Asia, separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. By extension,it is also the name of the massive mountain system which includes the Himalaya proper, the Karakoram, the HinduKush, and a host of minor ranges extending from the Pamir Knot. Together, the Himalayan mountain system is theplanets highest and home to all 14 of the worlds highest peaks, the Eight-thousanders, including Mount Everest. Tocomprehend the enormous scale of Himalayan peaks, consider that Aconcagua at 22,841 feet (6962 m) is the highestmountain in the Andes, while there are over thirty peaks in the Himalaya exceeding 25,000 feet (7620 m).Etymologically Himalaya means "abode of snow" in Sanskrit ( from hima "snow", and aalaya "abode"). The correctname for the range is Himalaya, though the plural Himalayas is often used.
The Himalaya stretch across five nations — Pakistan, India, China, Bhutan and Nepal. Itis the source of two of the worlds major river systems — the Indus Basin and the Ganga-Brahmaputra Basin. An estimated 750 million people live in the watershed area of theHimalayan rivers, which also includes Bangladesh.The Himalayan (pronounced as Himaalayas and not with a short "a" as is commonlymispronounced)range runs for about 2400 km, from Nanga Parbat in the west to NamcheBarwa in the east. The width varies between 250-300 km. The Himalayan rangecomprises three parallel ranges, arranged by elevation and geological age.
The Himalayan range at Yumesongdong in Sikkim, in the Yumthang River valley.Lake.wmv