The Himalayas have also hindered trade routes and prevented military expeditions across its expanse.
The Himalayas stretch across six nations: Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
By extension, Himalayas is also the name of the massive mountain system which includes the Himalaya proper, the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, and a host of minor ranges extending from the Pamir Knot.
Himal is Nepalese for "snow-covered mountain" and is used to name the various mountains of the Himalayas.
The northern-most range is known as the Great or Inner Himalayas or the 'Himadri'.
The Himalayas consist of three parallel ranges in its longitudinal extent.
The Himalayas (also Himalaya, IPA: , ) are a mountain range in Asia, separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.
The Himalayas are among the youngest mountain ranges on the planet.
The Himalayas represent the loftiest and one of the most rugged mountain barriers in the world.
The Himalayas, due to their large size and expanse, have been a natural barrier to the movement of people for tens of thousands of years.
The flora and fauna of the Himalayas varies with climate, rainfall, altitude, and soils.
The Himalayas have a profound effect on the climate of the Indian subcontinent and the Tibetan plateau.
The Himalayas, geologically young and structurally old, stretch over the northern borders of India.
The higher regions of the Himalayas are snowbound throughout the year in spite of their proximity to the tropics.
The Himalayas are also believed to play an important part in the formation of Central Asian deserts such as the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts.