Geologically, Nepal is located where the  Indian and Eurasian Tectonic Plates meet.

While the political masses to the north and south of Nepal are only recently preparing for a  standoff, the tectonic masses have been in collision for over 70 million years now. To put that number in perspective, that was about the time dinosaurs were dying out and our ancestors looked like lemurs.
It was perhaps a fortuitous collision for they gave rise to what is now the highest mountain range on earth, the Himalayas. In addition to being the highest mountains on earth and dictating the climate of a subcontinent, the Himalayas is also the stuff of wet dreams for adventurers worldwide. Here is short video that shows how the Himalayas were formed:

A ‘minor footnote’ to this momentous erection was that the Indian subcontinent became a fertile land with plenty of rainfall while Tibet became barren and dry. Also, since Nepal is smack on a fault line, minor earthquakes are a part of life here with a big one occurring every 100 years or so

Jomsom-Kagbeni trail of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

What does this mean for you?

  1. To start with, the mountain views here are unrivalled and the peaks are truly lofty. Come see for yourself :) 

Mount Everest (L) and Lhotse (R) peek from behind the hills near Pangboche along the Everest Base Camp Trek.

  1. Nepal is the land of world records. Since it is very easy to put in a highest tag on anything and everything here, a lot of fake highest goes around.

Only in Nepal

  1.  You can sit beside a lake in sweltering heat and enjoy unobstructed mountain views over a Pina Colada or Mustang Coffee. Pokhara is the place and Mustang Coffee is like Irish Coffee, only better.
  2.  Also, if you need to know what mountains you are looking at while on a trek, there is a mobile application for trekking in Nepal which not only identifies peaks for you but also gives information on them.

Little Secret no one will tell you

  1. One of the interesting stories in the Himalayas is woven by some of the rivers here. You would think that the Himalayas create the rivers here and you would be right most of the time except in the case of a few rivers. Arun River in eastern Nepal, Kali Gandaki River in central Nepal and Karnali River in western Nepal start their journey north of the Himalayas. This means that these rivers are older than the mountains themselves and hence were not ‘made’ by the mountains. It also means that these river have such erosive force that they found a way through the ever rising barrier of the Himalayas.
  2.  The Arun River of Nepal will sooner or later capture the mighty Brahmaputra (also called Tsangpo in Tibet) . Currently these rivers are only separated by about 10 km stretch of land and if Arun keeps doing what it is doing right now that is eroding, eroding and eroding, a time will come when the waters of Brahmaputra will be attracted by the higher gradient of Arun and the people of western Tibet, north-east India and the whole of Bangladesh will wonder, “Where the hell did our river go?”