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 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.
Mountains of Nepal stretches approximately 800 km including eight of the world’s fourteen highest peaks in the world. Nepal has more than 250 peaks that have 6,000m in height, thirty over 7,000m, and eight 8000m 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 on world
Lhotse 8,516 m 27,940 ft. 4th highest on world
Makalu 8,463 m 27,766 ft. 5th highest on world
Cho Oyu 8,201 m 26,906 ft. 6th highest on world
Dhaulagiri I 8,167 m 26,795 ft. 7th highest on world
Manaslu 8,156 m 26,759 ft. 8th highest on world
Annapurna I 8,091 m 26,545 ft. 10th highest on world
In Nepal, Himalayas is consider as the abode of God and they have sacred value. For many years the mountains of Nepal have held important religious significance for the peoples. 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 called 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 more mountains which have cultural importance to people.
Maurice Herzog and Luice Lachenal from France came to Nepal in 1950 to accent the 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.