The Widely Known & Lesser Known Ones!
As the name of the great Himalayas pops up in our mind, all we can visualize in the deepest corner of our hearts is the imagery of scenic yet dangerous, breathtaking yet awe-inspiring and exceedingly tall yet majestic mountain ranges. This mammoth natural creation has always been a mystery to those who have had a serious intent to reach its summit and those who have already conquered it.
Unfolding the pages of mystery presented by the Himalayas is always a fun to pursue. For now, you can assuage the curiosity of your indomitable mind by going through these amazing facts.
Lesser Known Facts
- Geologists have attempted quite rigorously to prove the geologically living existence of the Himalayas.
- This mountain range is believed to move approximately 20mm every year.
- The medicinal herbs grown at the Himalayas’ foothills are said to be the purest of any available.
- This mountain range has a history of serving as a natural barrier to prevent early interactions between the different nationals, such as, those of Mongolia, China and India for thousands of years.
- Tenzing Norgay, the first individual along with Edmund Hillary to summit the Himalayas, is said to have buried the blue and red pencils of his daughter on the peak of Everest.
- The Himalayan Mountains being changed and developed constantly are excessively prone to tremors, landslides and earthquakes.
- Mount Everest scares climbers with a death rate of 9%. Over 150 people have already lost lives to expedite the Everest.
- The lives in Himalayan region remain under constant threat due to loss of the habitats and deforestation. Animals living in the highest altitudes grow with thick skins and have to hibernate during cold months.
- Himalayas have a total area of 612,021 square kilometers among the earth’s total 153,295,000 square kilometers. The gigantic mountain range covers 0.4% of the earth’s total area.
- 75% of Nepal is covered by Himalayas which have 25 points which exceed approximately 8,000 meters.
- The part of Himalayas located in Nepal includes more than 250 peaks which exceed 6,000 meters in height.
- With the tallest mountain ranges, Himalayas have over 30 peaks which have over 24000 feet in height.
Facts about the Origination
- There is a belief that around 70 million years ago, the great Himalayas came into being due to a globe changing repercussions which took place between Asia and India. In other words, Himalayas can be called the result of the massive collision between these two massive land masses.
- Sir Andrew Waugh, an officer in British Army gave the name of Mount Everest showing respect to his predecessor named Colonel Sir George Everest who was the Surveyor General of India during the period of 1830 to 1843. The name Himalayas means the “Abode of Snow”.
- Some of the world’s greatest rivers, such as, the Indus, the Ganges, the Yangtze, the Mekong, the Yellow Rivers, and the Brahmaputra originate from Tibetan Plateau or Himalayas. These Rivers are older than Himalayas’ peaks.
- The Himalayas are the home to several exotic species, such as the wild goat, mountain goats, snow leopard, musk deer, and Tibetan sheep.
- Two Sherpas namely Phurba Tashi and Apa Sherpa hold the record of the highest number of summits to the top. They reached the top for 21 times.
- Ang Rita holds the record of reaching the summit without using supplemental oxygen for 10 times.
- Lhakpa Sherpa holds the record of having ascents for 7 times as a woman.
- Dave Hahn reached the summit for 15 times, which is a record for a foreign male climber.
- Melissa Arnot had ascents for 6 times, which is a record for a foreign female climber.
- Pemba Dorje holds the record of having the fastest ascent with supplemental oxygen as it required the person 8 hours and 10 minutes to reach.
- Kazi Sherpa holds the record of having the fastest ascent without supplemental oxygen as it required the person 20 hours and 24 minutes to reach.
- Babu Chiri Sherpa holds the record of staying at the top for the longest period of time, which was 21 hours.
Some of these facts can make quite an impression on climbers’ minds while others might not be that impressive. However, Himalayas are still and will always be one of the most talked about natural masterpieces which most people around the world yearn to climb someday, at least once.