Great mountain system of Asia forming a barrier between the Plateau of Tibet to the north and the alluvial plains of the Indian subcontinent to the south. They play significant role to climate, culture, religion and history of the region stretching across Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, China and India.
The Himalayas include the highest mountains in the world, with more than 100 peaks rising to 7,200 metres or more above sea level and are home to 10 of 14 eight-thousanders. Their formation is result of a continental collision between the Indo-Australian and Eurasian Plates. The Himalayas are still geologically active and rising about 5mm per year due to the subcontinental plate thrusting along its southern front almost 70mm same time.
The Himalayas with its size and scale profoundly affect the climate of the Indian subcontinent and The Tibetan plateau. Preventing frigid, dry arctic winds blowing south into the subcontinent and form a barrier for the monsoon winds keeping them from travelling northwards.
With its religious importance, several places in The Himalayas have significant reference to Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. The magic of Himalayas attracts thousands of professional climbers and amateurs attempting its peaks, valleys and passes each year. With some of them staying there forever sacrificing their lives for passion stronger than fear of death.