Okay, end of whining. I'll hit my stride eventually!
I decided to spend the first few posts orienting all of us a bit to the Himalayan region, before talking about the AHF and things they're doing there, and about aspects of the Himalaya in more depth.
So here's a definition of the Himalaya that I shamelessly plucked (& edited) from Wikipedia, so heaven only knows if it's accurate. (It looks right to my sleep-matted eyes and sleep-deprived brain, for what that's worth!)
The Himalaya is a mountain range in Asia, separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. By extension, it 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. The name is from Sanskrit himālaya, meaning "the abode of snow."Back with more on the Himalaya in 30 minutes! (EEK!)
Together, the Himalaya mountain range is the highest on earth and is often referred to culturally as the "roof of the world". The range is home to the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest.
The Himalayas stretch across six nations: Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is the source of three of the world's major river systems, the Indus Basin, the Ganga-Brahmaputra Basin and the Yangtze Basin.