|Buddhist Sherpas guide Westerners (NatGeo)|
The Himalaya, as it is also known, is home to some of the planet's highest peaks, including the highest, Mt. Everest. The range includes over 100 mountains exceeding a height of 7,200 meters (23,600 ft). By contrast, the highest peak outside of Asia -- Aconcagua, in the Andes -- is 6,961 meters (22,838 ft.). These mountains have profoundly shaped the cultures of South Asia, many of its peaks being sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus.
|Yeti (i.e., Abominable Snowman) scalp on display, Khumjung, Nepal, Himalayas|
|Bigfoot, Laos (Jenny-H-Edwards)|
|Early European Yeti trackers, Mount Everest, 1954 (DailyMail.co.uk)|
|The Himalayan range is vast|
|Trying to summit from base camp|
Lifted by the collision of the Indian tectonic plate with the Eurasian Plate, the range runs west-northwest to east-southeast in an arc 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) long.
|Sleeping Bigfoot "Matilda" colorized (CC)|