17 Himalaya Facts that Will Blow Your Mind

himalayas at night

The magnificent mountainous range of the Himalayas is home to one of the most beautiful wonders of the world. Home to many species of wildlife and amazing and beautiful peaks this range of mountains is a place where not many people are visiting but should be if you are in for a place on the Earth that will leave you breathless.

himalayas facts

The Himalayan mountain range is one of the youngest in the world of nearly 50 million years, but its home to the highest peak in the world. Even though it’s the youngest mountain range it is home to 9 out of the 10 highest peaks in the world. The meaning of the name Himalayas in Sanskrit is “abode of the snow “.


One of the most interesting facts about the Himalaya Mountains is that is widespread in 6 countries in Asia and those are India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China the Tibet region, Bhutan, and Nepal.

Mount Everest is located in Nepal and the lower range is bordered with Tibet. In order to climb it you will need experts’ advice. We all know that not many people were fortunate enough to climb it.

List of the Most Interesting Himalaya Facts

These huge mountainous ranges hold many cool and interesting facts that will blow your mind. From mythical creatures to the highest lake in the world, you will surely be stunned by these facts.

17. Nanga Parbat is One of the Most Dangerous Peaks to Climb

man standing on a rock at nanga parbat pakistan
One of the world’s top 10 highest peaks is located in Pakistan. Nanga Parbat is 8,126 meters long and is the 2nd highest peak in Pakistan and the 9th in the world. But the most interesting fact about Nanga Parbat peak is that it’s called the killer mountain, which is one of the most dangerous peaks to climb.


16. Gangkhar Puensum is called a Virgin Peak

Gangkhar Puensum Bhutan
Bhutan is a mountainous country and the highest mountain which is Gangkhar Puensum is the world highest unclimbed peak. This is called a virgin peak because the Bhutanese government prohibits climbers to climb it because of religious and spiritual beliefs.

15. Mount Everest is named after Sir George Everest

mount everest india himalayas

Sir Andrew Waugh wanted to give respect to his predecessor Colonel Sir George Everest the Surveyor General of India and named the highest peak in the world in his name. The highest peak has its original name in Nepali which is Sagarmatha, and in Tibet is called Chomolungma. But, those who don’t know this call it Mount Everest.

14. The part of the Himalayas that stretches from Afghanistan to Pakistan is called Hindu Kush

afganistan himalayan mountains

The Himalayas in Afghanistan and Pakistan are called the Hindu Kush. It’s an 800-kilometer long range that is bordering with Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China. Noshaq is the biggest peak in Afghanistan and is part of the Hindu Kush Himalayan range. The Hindu Kush range is stretching from Afghanistan to northern Pakistan.

13. 15% of Nepal is covered by the Himalayas

nepal himalyas

Nepal is a landlocked country that is covered in mountains. Approximately 15% of Nepal is covered by the Himalayas and this mountainous country is home to the highest peak in the world which is bordering with Tibet. This amazing country is also home to many Buddhist monasteries and it should be visited not only by mountain enthusiasts but also by everyone who loves to enjoy some peace and quiet.


12. The Himalayas are the home of Dalai Lama

monks at potala palace the home of dalai lama
There is one fact in particular about Tibet that everyone knows and that is the homeland of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhist who is living in exile in India. The home of the Dalai Lama is Tibet but he will never be able to visit it because of the Chinese government prohibiting any religious acts in China.

11. Land of the immortals

Gyanganj, land of the immortals
source: tourmyindia.com

It’s being said that the land of the immortals is somewhere in the Himalayas. The place is home to the people that are never dying and it’s called Gyanganj or Shambala and Shangri-La.

10. The Famous Yeti

The Yeti is believed that has its home base in the Himalayas and many adventure seekers and hunters are visiting this mountain for the purpose of telling the world that they found the Yeti.

9. Home of the Gods

lord shiva statue

The Himalayas are said to be home to the gods, and most notably to Lord Shiva. In Hindu believes Lord Shiva resides in the Himalayas and it’s a sacred place for many Hindus.

8. Himalayas cover 0,4% of the total land on the Earth

himalayas at night

The total area that the Himalayas are covering is 612,021 sq km. Its equivalent to 0.4% of the total land on the Earth, and it can be seen from space. So if you are heading into space which might be possible in the near future make sure to check out the window to see the Himalayas.

7. The Himalayas are home to 10 out of the 14 tallest mountains to climb

k2 himalaya mountain

Apart from Mount Everest which is the top destination for many climbers, there are other peaks that climbers are after, like the famous Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and many more. The Himalayas are home to 9 out of the 14 tallest mountains to climb to and it is always a good idea to climb to at least one peak if not the tallest one.

6. In some parts it’s always snowy and in other parts it’s home to jungles

solo female traveler at the snowy part of the himalayas

The Himalayas are so huge and diverse that in some parts it’s always snowy and in other parts it’s home to jungles. The peaks of the Himalayas are covered in snow and ice for an infinite time and they will be in the many years to come.

himalaya jungle bhutan

But, parts of the Himalayas are also home to many lush forests.

5. Exotic animals can be found here

snow leopard at the himalayas

The Himalayas are home to some of the most exotic wild animals like snow leopards, tigers, red pandas, giant pandas, musk deer, Tibetan sheep and many mountain goats. This huge range is home to many more exotic animals like many bird species.

4. Highest Lakes in the World

himalayas lake

Home to many lakes the Himalayas is a wonderful place to visit some of the highest lakes in the world. Tilicho Lake in Nepal is one of the highest lakes in the world and it’s a fantastic place to visit. But this is not the only one there are many more lakes in this range and glacial lake hunters will surely enjoy this place.

3. Deposit of Ice

khumbu icefall

The Himalayas have the third largest deposits of ice in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. The peaks of the mountains are always frozen.

2. Buddhist Monasteries

Taktshang Goemba(Tigers Nest Monastery), Bhutan

Home to many Buddhist Monasteries the Himalayas is home to many sacred pilgrimage sites for the Buddhists. The Monasteries are beautifully standing on the mountains and many architects and architecture lovers are amazed at these beautiful buildings.

1. The Himalayas are Moving

Every year the Himalayas are moving. This mountainous range is traveling at 67mm per year which, in 10 million years it will travel 1,500 km into Asia.

Conclusion

This magnificent place on earth is always a great idea to visit. Apart from many adventure seekers that love to climb high mountains, you can easily visit this area of the world for the many pictures parks and places to rest and be part with nature.

Also if you are seeking a sanctuary you can visit one of the many Temples that are present in this area.

Visiting the Himalayas will stay with you forever because of the many peaceful and calm moments you will have with the nature around it.



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