One of the most amazing elements of Asia is the Himalayas. The largest mountain range in the world stretches 2,495 kilometers from North Africa to the Pacific coast of Southeast Asia. The width of the vast landscape can reach 403 kilometers at some points, and the entire range spans an astounding 595,000 square kilometers in total.
As I made my way around the mountains, stopping in each country to gain a different perspective of the terrain from every angle, I continued to learn about the massive landscape from the locals. It is amazing how each culture is shaped by the vast natural phenomenon that surrounds the local communities.
My Favorite Himalayan Towns
The Indian town of Leh was one of my favorite stops in all of Asia. You will find that the town is full of both Buddhist and Muslim styles, as the individuals that make up its population of 35,000 people tend to come from one of the two religious backgrounds. Nevertheless, the Kashmiri village is home to some of the nicest people I have ever met.
The highest peak in Leh is represented by Stok Kangri that peaks at 6,153 meters above sea level and is very popular for trekking during the region’s summer months. What stood out to me the most during my visit to Leh was the overwhelming acceptance and politeness the locals showed. It made my brief stay memorable, that’s for sure.
Another one of my favorite stops during my visit to the Himalayas was a town called Pokhara, Nepal. The town has a surprising population of over 265,000 people, although you’d never know it because the valley is so widespread that it feels more like a village than a city.
Pokhara is famously known for its surrounding, as three of the world’s ten highest peaks are located within 50 kilometers of the town. Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I all stand more than 8,000 meters above sea level and are all clearly visible from the Nepalese city.
Highest Peaks In The World
The Himalayas claim nine of the ten highest peaks on Earth, and of those nine, eight of them are located within the country of Nepal. Of course, the tallest mountain in the world is Mount Everest, measuring 8,848 meters above sea level. In fact, the Himalayas lay claim to 48 of the tallest 100 mountains in the world.
The most surprising thing I learned about the mountain range itself is that the gigantic land masses are still growing. As the Earth continues to shift, the combinations of earthquakes, avalanches, landslides, and glaciers keep changing the landscape of the world’s largest mountain range. I made sure to keep in mind that although the picture-perfect panoramic views create an amazing experience for tourists like myself, the people that live in some of these surrounding villages are in constant danger due to the everchanging landscape. It is important to understand that nature’s beauty can come at a price, so I made sure to genuinely thank each person I met along the way.