Growing up and living in Salt Lake City I’ve always been surrounded by mountains except when traveling. Whenever I go to places that are flat it never takes long before I feel lost and begin to miss the mountains. So when I was thinking of cool places to travel I started to think of mountains. What better mountains are there to see then the tallest in the world? The Himalaya Mountain Range is home to the 109 tallest mountains in the world all of which reach over 7,200 meters (23,622 feet) into the sky.
The mountain range was formed when the Indian and Eurasian plates collided and forced the land up. It was 70 million years ago that the plats first collided and the mountains started to grow and continue to climb slowly into the sky today.
The 14 highest peaks in the Himalayas are all above 8,000 meters (26,000 feet) including the highest peak in the world Mount Everest which tops out at 8,848 Meters (29,029 feet). At nearly 5.5 miles above sea level the top of Everest touches the jet stream which blows snow off of the mountain’s top.
Given the extreme conditions it is no wonder that it wasn’t till 1953 (just more than a hundred years after it was identified as the highest mountain) that the first man reached the top of Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to reach the summit with the help of Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay. Since the first summit, more than 3,000 climbers have made it to the top of the world.
I’m not going to add my name to that list any time soon but the views would be worth the trip to Nepal. The Wasatch Mountains top out at 3,636 meters (11, 928 feet) and I’ve found myself staring at them as I drive around the city more than I care to admit. I don’t know what I would do being surrounded by mountains more than twice that height.
To see more pictures of the Himalaya Mountains and Mount Everest check out Newscom.
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