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Nepal (Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal or सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपाल) is a landlocked country located in the Himalayas, bordered to the east, south and west by India. Its northern border is shared by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
Northern Nepal is mountainous. Of the world's ten tallest mountains, eight are in this country. Nepal has more than 240 mountain peaks towering over 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level. Lowland plains (Terai) border India. As we move northward, the landscape changes into hills and foothills, then into hilly mountains and then into mountains of the Great Himalayan Range.

Nepal has eight of the world's fourteen mountain peaks which are higher than 8,ooo meters from the sea level. They are, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.

Endowed with numerous mountains and peaks, Nepal has become a travel destination for mountaineering and trekking. The mountains offer changing landscapes and present five climate zones namely, subtropical zones, temperate zones, cold zones, subarctic zones and Arctic zones.

An adventure tourist can experience all the climate zones within 100 kms of travel in Nepal.

Everest mountain

Nepal - view of Everest mountain
1.Nepal - Photo of Everest
Author: Pavel Novak | License: CC BY-SA 2.5
Mount Everest with its peak reaching 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level is the highest mountain on the Earth. The international border between Nepal and China runs across the peak's precise summit point. The challenges involved in climbing, such as crossing Khumbu Icefall, facing blizzards, risking avalanches and low atmospheric pressure attract many highly experienced climbers and mountaineers from many nations. As on March 2012, Mount Everest has been climbed 5,656 times and associated tragic record of deaths is 223. On 29 May 1953, at 11:30 am local time, Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, from Darjeeling, India, successfully reached the summit.

Kanchenjunga mountain

Nepal - view of Kanchenjunga south
2.Nepal - Photo of Kanchenjunga
Author: Carsten.nebel | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
Kanchenjunga is the second highest mountain in Nepal and the third highest in the world. It is in the Himalayan range known as Kangchenjunga Himal and is located on the border with Sikkim State of India. Of the five highest peaks in the range, three lie on the border between India and one is located in the Taplejung District of the country. The main Kanchenjunga peak is 8,586 m (28,169 ft) high from the sea level. Joe Brown and George Band, of a British expedition, climbed the Kangchenjunga on 25 May 1955. In fact all expeditions to Kangchenjunga stop short of the summit, to keep the summit inviolate, as a tradition of Nepal. Kangchenjunga Himal ranges have 14 protected areas rich in fauna and flora. Snow leopard, Asian black bear, red panda and white-bellied musk deer are some of the protected endangered species in these reserves.

Lhotse mountains

Nepal - view of Lhotse
3.Nepal - Photo of Lhotse
Author: Uwe Gille | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
Lhotse is the third highest mountain in Nepal and the fourth highest in the world. Lhotse is located on the border with Tibet region of China. The main summit is 8,516 meters (27,940 ft) above sea level. There are two more summits, Lhotse Middle (East) and Lhotse Shar, which are also above 8000 meters. Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger of a Swiss expedition, climbed the main summit on May 18, 1956. Lhotse Shar was first climbed by Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter of Austria on May 12, 1970. Eugeny Vinogradsky, Sergei Timofeev, Alexei Bolotov and Petr Kuznetsov of a Russian expedition climbed Lhotse Middle on May 23, 2001. As on December.2008, Lhotse main has been climbed 371 times.

Makalu mountains

Nepal - view of Makalu
4.Nepal - Photo of Makalu
Author: Ben Tubby | License: cc-by-2.0
Makalu is the fourth highest mountain in Nepal and the fifth highest in the world. It is located in Mahalangur Himalayas sharing the border with China. Mt. Everest is 19 km from this peak. The main Makalu peak is 8,463 meters (27,766 ft) above the sea level. Kangchungtse and Chomo Lonzo are two other peaks in the Makalu range, which are above 7000 meters from the sea levels. Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of a French expedition climbed the Makalu peak on May 15, 1955. Makalu, having steep pitches and knife-edged ridges, is one of the most difficult mountains for mountaineers to climb. Makalu-Barun glacier valley in Nepal is situated at the foot hills of Makalu mountains having beautiful landscapes comprising cascading waterfalls, deep gorges and dense forests harboring rare fauna and flora.

Cho Oyu mountains

Nepal - Photo of Cho Oyu
5.Nepal - Photo of Cho Oyu
Author: Uwe Gille | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world and fifth highest in Nepal. It is 8,201 meter (26,906 ft) high above sea level. It is located in Mahalangur Himalayas sharing the border with China and is 20 km west of Everest. Cho Oyu was first climbed on October 19, 1954, by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jöchler and Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama of an Austrian expedition. Mountaineers consider Cho Oyu to be the easiest peak to climb among over 8000 meter peaks.

Dhaulagiri mountains

Nepal - Photo of Dhaulagiri
6.Nepal - Photo of Dhaulagiri
Author: Solundir | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
Dhaulagiri ranges extend 120 km from Kaligandaki River to the Bheri. Dhaulagiri ranges have thirteen above 7000 meter peaks. Dhaulagiri I is the sixth highest peak in Nepal and is the seventh highest mountains in the world. Dhaulagiri I is 8,167 metres (26,795 ft) high from sea level. Kurt Diemberger, P. Diener, E. Forrer, A. Schelbert, Nyima Dorje Sherpa and Nawang Dorje Sherpa of Swiss-Austrian expedition climbed the Dhaulagiri I summit on May 13, 1960. It is located 34 km west of Annapurna I. As of 2007, Dhaulagiri I was climbed 358 times and there were 58 fatalities.

Manaslu mountains

Nepal - Photo of Manaslu, Himalaya
7.Nepal - Photo of Manaslu, Himalaya
Author: Ben Tubby | License: cc-by-2.0
Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world and is the seventh highest in Nepal. It is located in the Mansiri Himal ranges of Nepalese Himalayas. Manaslu is 8,156 meters (26,759 ft) high above sea level. Other major peaks with over 7000 meters height in the region are Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition, successfully climbed the summit for the first time on May 9, 1956.
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Apart from mountaineering, trekking is a popular sport in these regions. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular trekking trail. The Manaslu Conservation Area in Nepal has rare and endangered fauna like snow leopards, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan Tahr and pandas.

Annapurna ranges

Nepal - Photo of Annapurna, Himalayas
8.Nepal - Photo of Annapurna, Himalayas
Author: Arite | License: CC BY-SA 3.0/Free Art License
Nepal - Photo of Annapurna ranges
9.Nepal - Photo of Annapurna ranges
Author: Dr Michel Royon | License: CC0 1.0/public domain
Annapurna ranges are located in north-central part of the country. Annapurna I is tenth highest mountain in the world and the eighth highest in Nepal. Apart from Annapurna I, thirteen more peaks towering over 7,000 meters from sea level are present in this region. The peaks in Annapurna ranges are considered dangerous to climb, having high fatalities of climbers. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, of a French expedition were the first to climb Annapurna I on 3 June 1950. The Annapurna Conservation Area is a trekking haven. In the snowstorms and avalanches of October 2014 in Nepal, at least 43 people were killed and 175 were injured.

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