"Himalaya" and "Imaus" redirect here. For the genus of moth, see Imaus (moth). For other uses, see Himalaya (disambiguation).Himalayas Everest North Face toward Base Camp Tibet Luca Galuzzi 2006
The north face of Mount Everest seen from the path to the base camp in Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Peak Mount Everest (Nepal & China)
Elevation 8,848 m (29,029 ft)
Coordinates 27°59′17″N 86°55′31″ECoordinates: 27°59′17″N 86°55′31″E
Length 2,400 km (1,500 mi)
The general location of the Himalayas mountain range.
A satellite image showing the arc of the Himalayas.
The Himalayas, or Himalaya, are a mountain range in Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.
The Himalayan range has the Earth's highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. The Himalayas include over a hundred mountains exceeding 7,200 metres (23,600 ft) in elevation. By contrast, the highest peak outside Asia – Aconcagua, in the Andes – is 6,961 metres (22,838 ft) tall.
The Himalayas are spread across five countries: Bhutan, India, Nepal, China, and Pakistan, with the first three countries having sovereignty over most of the range. The Himalayan range is bordered on the northwest by the Karakoram and Hindu Kush ranges, on the north by the Tibetan Plateau, and on the south by the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Some of the world's major rivers, the Indus, the Ganges, and the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, rise in the Himalayas, and their combined drainage basin is home to some 600 million people. The Himalayas have profoundly shaped the cultures of South Asia; many Himalayan peaks are sacred in Hinduism and Buddhism.
Lifted by the subduction of the Indian tectonic plate under the Eurasian Plate, the Himalayan range runs, west-northwest to east-southeast, in an arc 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) long. Its western anchor, Nanga Parbat, lies just south of the northernmost bend of Indus river, its eastern anchor, Namcha Barwa, just west of the great bend of the Tsangpo river. The range varies in width from 400 kilometres (250 mi) in the west to 150 kilometres (93 mi) in the east.
On 18 February, some significant measures of snowfall have been observed in Mustang, Lantang, Myagdi and Rasuwa districts. A small scale avalanche was reported in Bagarkuna of the district with five Chinese tourists fleeing safely from the site. The Chinese trekkers were heading to Annapurna Base Camp.
About two to three inches of snowfall were recorded in the areas along with snowstorm. Transportation faced disruption in Mustang region and all flights to and from Jomsom were also halted for some time.
No disturbances as such have been observed to trekking activity in these regions. Trekkers have resumed their trips in the areas since the snowfall.