Nepal - Geography and Maps
With a population of 28 million people, Nepal is a landlocked country located in Southern Asia. It is bordered on three sides by India and is bordered by Tibet in the north. The country has a total land area of 147,181 square kilometres.
The geography of Nepal can be divided into three different belts: the Terai Region which makes up 19% of the land area, the Hills Region which makes up 65% of the land area and the Himalayas which make up 16% of the land area.
The Terai Region begins at the Indian border with the first range of foothills called Silwaliks. The highest hills found here reach approximately 1,000m (3,280 ft) but average around 700m (2,297 ft). The terrain here is not suitable for agriculture and therefore the population is relatively low. The region ends and the Hill Region begins with a higher range of foothills called the Mahabharat Range.
The steep, southern slopes of the Hill Region are nearly uninhabited and have altitudes ranging between 700-4,000m (2,297-12,123 ft). Despite the low population found in the southern slopes, the Kathmandu and Pokhara regions are located within the Hill Region. These two areas are in stark contrast to the southern slopes as they are highly urbanised.
The Mountain Region is home to the Himalayas which have an average altitude of approximately 5,000-5,500m (16,404-18,045 ft). Around ninety peaks in the Himalayas are over 7,000m (22,966 ft) with a further eight exceeding 8,000m (26,247 ft). Standing at 8,848m (29,029 ft), Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain is located in the Mountain Region. The Mountian Region is not one continuous range, instead it is made up of twenty-five subranges with semi-arid valleys in between them. There are villages found as high up as 4,500m (14,764 ft).
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