Mountains of Nepal
The Sanskrit name Himalayas can be separated into two parts, “Him” and “Alaya” which means home of the snow. The Himalayas, form a mountain range in Asia that separates the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. Such ranges include the highest on Earth, Mount Everest. These Himalayas include over fifty mountains exceeding 7,200 m (23,600 ft) in elevation.
The mountains of Nepal stretch approximately 800 km including eight of the world’s fourteen highest peaks in the world. Nepal has more than 250 peaks that are 6,000m in height, thirty over 7,000m, and eight 8,000 m high peaks.
List of 8,000 peaks from Nepal
- Mount Everest 8,848 m 29,029 ft. World’s highest mountain
- Kanchenjunga 8,586 m 28,169 ft. 3rd highest in the world
- Lhotse 8,516 m 27,940 ft. 4th highest in the world
- Makalu 8,463 m 27,766 ft. 5th highest in the world
- Cho Oyu 8,201 m 26,906 ft. 6th highest in the world
- Dhaulagiri I 8,167 m 26,795 ft. 7th highest in the world
- Manaslu 8,156 m 26,759 ft. 8th highest in the world
- Annapurna I 8,091 m 26,545 ft. 10th highest in the world
In Nepal, the Himalayas are considered the abode of God and they have sacred value. For many years the mountains of Nepal have held important religious significance for the people. Almost many Nepal Himalayas have Sanskrit names that have their own meanings. There are several cultural aspects of the Himalayas. Mt Cho Oyu is considered a Turquoise goddess. Mt. Manaslu is also known as Mountian of the Spirit. People used to worship Mt. Annapurna. They had also erected the Temple after the name of a mountain. The meaning of Annapurna is the Goddess of harvests. There are other mountains that have cultural importance to people.
Maurice Herzog and Luice Lachenal from France came to Nepal in 1950 to accent Mt. Annapurna. In 1953, the world’s highest mountain was summited by Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa from Nepal. After that Nepal’s trekking and mountaineering were popular in the world. The world starts to praise the bravery of the Sherpa people during mountaineering.