. The Himalayas is an Asian mountain range that separates the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. Many famous mountains are located here, including the K2,Mount Everest and Mount Kailash. The Annapurna Circuit is equally impressive and popular. If you are not a mountaineer but want to watch the Himalayas from a birds view, you might catch one of the planes who leave Kathmandu airport in the early morning for sightseeing flights.
The Himalayas are located in six countries: Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan andChina (Tibetan Autonomous Region).
The highest mountain of all, the Mount Everest is on every climber's list to do. But this mountain is not without risks and many people die when climbing or descending the mountain. About 3000 people have reached the top and over 400 deaths have been recorded. The mountain is part of the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas.
It is internationally recognized that the mountain was first climbed and successfully descended by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, although controversy still exists about the question whether George Mallory and or Andrew Irvine had climbed the mountain 29 years earlier! Unfortunately, neither of them survived their early expedition.
Mount Kailash is one of the holiest mountains in the world.Since it is a holy mountain for Buddhist, Hindu, Jainist , thousands of pilgrims make the journey every year to this remote mountain on the edge of the world. The Hindus consider Mount Kailash to be the home of Lord Shiva. These pilgrims come to do a spiritual walk, around the mountain. It is believe that one walk around the mountain will wash away a life time of sins. It can take several days to complete the walk around Mount Kailash, and some pilgrims complete it multiple times.
The other amazing fact about this mountain is the number of rivers that start from it. The Indus, Sutlej and Brahmaputra rivers find their sources from the different sides of this mountain. Many of the other rivers coming from this mountain feed into the Mekong, Ganges and Yellow rivers. Getting to Mount Kailash is very difficult and expensive, as it requires arranging a tour from Lhasa with a Land Rover.
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