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Michael’s sixth televised international journey takes him to a mountain range of mystery, adventure and challenge. The Himalaya (Sanskrit for “The Abode of Snow”) is a terrain of exceptional interest. The area, formed around 50 million years ago (a snip in geological terms), is one of the youngest mountain ranges on Earth.

The region is infused with religious, historical, geological and geographical significance. Throughout the course of history, the Himalaya have served as both a natural border and a meeting place of different cultures, religions and races. The inhospitable and extreme conditions formed a divide between India and Tibet, but also inspired adventurous individuals to pursue spiritual and trade-based journeys.

The trans-Himalayan region has been pivotal for commerce, with the famous Silk Route. The route first gained importance during the early Han dynasty (206 BC to 8 AD). It connected Central Asia with South Asia, and linked such diverse countries as China, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and India.

The Himalaya region attracts an ever-increasing number of tourists, with the more intrepid drawn by the daunting peaks of Mount Everest (8,848m / 29,032ft), K2 (8,611m / 28,251ft) and Kanchenjunga (8,585m / 28,169ft). In fact, the Himalaya range includes 14 peaks of 8,000m (26,000ft) and higher, with hundreds of summits topping 7,000m (23,000ft). Such natural splendour will make for a fascinating, eye-opening and gruelling challenge for Michael…

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  Travel Himalayas
  The Dalai Lama
  Lonely Planet
  Rough Guides
  National Geographic

• The Himalaya are also known as:
Himyan, Himvat, Himachal and Himadri

• Famous peaks in the region are:
Mount Everest (8,848m / 29,032ft)
Kunchenjunga (8,585m / 28,169ft)
K2 (8,611m / 28,251ft)
Nanga Parbat (8,126m / 26,660ft)

• The Himalaya range includes 14 peaks of 8,000m (26,000ft) and higher, with hundreds of summits topping 7,000m (23,000ft).

• The Himalaya is one of the youngest mountain ranges on Earth, and can be traced back to the Jurassic era (50 million years ago).

• The original inhabitants of the Himalaya include: the Kulinds, Kiratas, Kilinds and Kinnars.

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