The mountain chain was born about 40 million years ago when two plates of the earth’s crust collided, thrusting up the intervening seabed of soft limestone. It is believed that much of this action has occurred within the last two million years, causing an unprecedented geological growth of 10,000 feet which continues even today, as the India Plate continuously moving north at the rate of about 2 cm per year. The Himalayas are still geologically active and structurally unstable.
A Himalayan sunrise!
Snow Capped!!! Not really!
Top of the World!
The Himalayas extend from west to east for about 2,500 km in a curve, from the Pamit Knot in the northwest to the valley of the Brahmaputra River in the east. And with a width of 100 – 400 km. The Himalayas range covering an area of 612,021 sq. km.
It passes through Nepal, India (5 States: Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim), China (Tibet), Bhutan and Pakistan.
The word Himalaya has a Sanskrit origin in hima, meaning snow, and alaya, meaning home.
In 1852 the highest mountain in the world was named after Sir George Everest as Mount Everest. Some facts about the Himalayas expeditions are: As Nepal opened its frontiers in 1949 to the outside world people explored ten of the fourteen 8000m peaks. Some of the major among them are:
Annapurna (8091m) was the first peak to be climbed in 1950,and then in 1953 it was Mount Everest (8848m) and Nanga Parbat (8125m).From that time onwards many expeditions have been made and by 1964 all the Himalayan peaks had been climbed.
dusk is my favorite time of the day and this “dusk” is breathtaking!
I loved the melting rocks! Serene! Thanks for sharing! Cool series! 😉 😉
the last photo is my fav really shows how huge the himalays really are!
Wow! WB amazing photos….. Sun rise is the best thing to watch in Himalayas, 3rd one is definitely most favourite one for me, wow!!! Hope u really rocked the trip and lemme believe u’v loaded up the info’ for our RideRothang 2010 project
Chloe, i should say thats only a part of Himalayas may be a quarter of the whole of it. The ride to any part of Himalayas are quite adventures, risky and high end thrills guarenteed.
Very cool, you sure had an interesting trip..:-)
lol! If you are going to frequent places like these, you will have to learn to yodel. 😉