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The scenery was gorgeous and I feel privileged to have seen this vanishing wilderness
Dee Standley (USA) | Lunana Snowman, Bhutan
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Himalaya means "abode of snow" with an estimated 15,000 glaciers throughout the range. The Himalaya form an arc 2,400km long that separates the Indian subcontinent in the south from the Tibetan Plateau in the north. Many of the world’s major rivers, the Indus, the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Yangtze start their journeys in the Himalayas.
The Himalaya has helped develop the cultures of South Asia and many Himalayan peaks are sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists. Probably the most important is Mount Kailash (6,638m) located in Tibet, this peak is an abode of the Hindi God Shiva and is also revered by Buddhists. It is forbidden to climb Kailash however pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailasa on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The kora is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists whereas followers of the Jain and Bönpo religions circumambulate the mountain in a counterclockwise direction. Lake Manasarowar lies at the base of Mount Kailash, and is the source of the Brahmaputra river.
The Mountain Company specialise in organising trekking holidays and expeditions to the six countries located along the Himalayan range: Burma (Myanmar), India, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal and Pakistan.
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