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The Himalayas are the highest mountain system in the world Theyconsist of several parallel mountain ranges that extend in a 1500 mile curveacross southern Asia from the Pamirs west of the great bend of the IndusRiver eastward to the great bend of the Brahmaputra River Himalaya meansthe House of Snow or Snowy Range The Himalayas form a barrier thatseparates northern India from the plateau of Tibet in China In this report Iwill be covering the climate topography culture religion and economy inthis mountain system Since the Himalayas extend for 1500 miles they passthrough more than one country I will be concentrating on the Himalayas inIndia China and Nepal All of the Geographical aspects in this report will beconcentrated in these three regions the mountains stretch through and divideAlmost every kind of climate imaginable can be found in the Himalayasbecause of the great difference in altitude in different parts of the range Insouthern Tibet Mt Everest the highest mountain in the world shuts outmoisture-bearing winds from India Sudden blizzards and snow storms arevery common in this region of China Unstable winds sweep through thisregion all year round January temperatures average 24 degrees F Julytemperatures average 58 degrees F The climate in this region of theThe Himalayas i cover much of Nepal In this area as well themountains have long harsh winters and short cool summers This area isabout 12000 feet above sea level and snow falls heavily in this area In thenorthern India the Himalayas curve from northern most India to northeasternIndia In this region of the mountains the climate does not change for the mostpart Depending on the altitude the climate remains cold in the winter and thetemperatures drop below freezing Not other area in India has such a coldseason Snow continues to fall throughout the cold season during this timeespecially as the altitude increasesThe surface features of the Himalayas are beautiful They consist ofhigh snow covered peaks and high passes that are among the
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