According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Himalayan mountains are directly north of the Indian subcontinent, separating it from the Plateau of Tibet. The Himalayas are known for including the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, which has an elevation of 29,035 feet.
Although Mount Everest is the most well-known, the Himalayas include a remarkable 110 peaks that rise to elevations over 24,000 feet above sea level. The Himalayas have been attractive to mountaineers throughout history, from the pilgrim mountaineers of ancient India to modern counterparts seeking great challenges. The mythologies, literature and religions of South Asia reflect the profound significance of these mountains. Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan border the Himalayas from the south, while China borders them from the north.