Mount Everest, Tibet-Nepal
On December 11, the United Nations celebrate International Mountain Day, remembering the important role of mounts in the sustainable development of the world and in ensuring the well-being of millions of people on the mountains and billions in downstream valleys.
This year’s edition is themed “Mountain Cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity”, celebrating the ancient cultures, traditions, religion and spirituality of mountain people throughout history.
For this occasion, PROBA-V takes us to the Himalayans, on the brink of Tibetan plateau (north) and Nepal. Mount Everest, the tallest mountain of the world with nearly 8850 m, is shown in white along with a few of its 8000+ meter neighbours, including Kangchenjunga (8586 m), the third tallest mountain of the world, to the east of Everest. The Himalayans, which can be translated from Sanskrit as “home or shelter in the snow”, are the source of many major rivers in Asia.