One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A vast mountain system in southern Asia, extending 2,400 km (1,500 miles) from Kashmir eastwards to Assam.
The Himalayas consist of a series of parallel ranges rising up from the Ganges basin to the Tibetan plateau, at over 3,000 m above sea level. The backbone is the Great Himalayan Range, the highest mountain range in the world, with several peaks rising to over 7,700 m (25,000 ft), the highest being Mount Everest
From Sanskrit Himālaya, from hima ‘snow’ + ālaya ‘abode’.
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