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The Himalayan hotspot stretches from Pakistan through northern India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim into the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet. It includes all the world's mountains higher than 8000 metres including the tallest, Mount Everest. Due to the abruptness of the rise from 500 metres to 8000 metres, this hotspot contains exceptionally diverse habitats from alluvial grasslands and subtropical forests to alipine pastures and conifer forests. The Himalayan region supports a great diversity of large mammal species, including tigers, snow leopards, elephants, rhinos and the world's last wild water buffalos. It is also home to several rare pheasant species and the endangered Bengal florican.
Mountain landscape with lake and meandering river tributary, Ladakh, North East India  -  Gertrud & Helmut Denzau
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Gertrud & Helmut Denzau / Mountain landscape with lake and meandering river tributary, Ladakh, North East India
Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia) walking down snow covered slope, Hemas National Park, Ladakh, India  -  Ben  Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia) walking down snow covered slope, Hemas National Park, Ladakh, India
Shivling peak reflected in lake, Gangotri range, Himalayas, Nepal  -  Jim Clare
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Jim Clare / Shivling peak reflected in lake, Gangotri range, Himalayas, Nepal
Thamserku Peak (6608m) surrounded by cloud with trees silhouetted below, Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Thamserku Peak (6608m) surrounded by cloud with trees silhouetted below, Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.
Looking down on Dudh Pokhari Lake (4.800m), Gokyo, Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Looking down on Dudh Pokhari Lake (4.800m), Gokyo, Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.
Ama Dablam (6856m), Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Ama Dablam (6856m), Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.
Domestic yaks (Bos grunniens) in the Khumbu valley, Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Domestic yaks (Bos grunniens) in the Khumbu valley, Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.
Sunset on Everest (8848m), Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Sunset on Everest (8848m), Sagarmatha National Park (World Heritage UNESCO). Khumbu / Everest Region, Nepal, Himalaya, October 2011.
Yarlung gorge, Tibet, May 07, 'Wild China' series ~Note - world's deepest gorge,  -  Gavin Maxwell
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Gavin Maxwell / Yarlung gorge, Tibet, May 07, 'Wild China' series ~Note - world's deepest gorge,
The last light of day illuminating the summit of Mount Everest, Sagarmatha National Park, Khumbu, Himalayas, Nepal, October 2011.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / The last light of day illuminating the summit of Mount Everest, Sagarmatha National Park, Khumbu, Himalayas, Nepal, October 2011.
Moon over summit of Annapurna from Annapurna Base Camp. Dawn, Himalayas, Nepal  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Moon over summit of Annapurna from Annapurna Base Camp. Dawn, Himalayas, Nepal
Snow leopard. Wild. {Panthera uncia}Ladakh, India  -  Francois Savigny
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Francois Savigny / Snow leopard. Wild. {Panthera uncia}Ladakh, India
Snow leopard. Wild {Panthera uncia} Ladakh, India  -  Francois Savigny
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Francois Savigny / Snow leopard. Wild {Panthera uncia} Ladakh, India
Female Snow leopard (Panthera uncia) watching a Magpie (Pica pica) outside her den in the Hindu Kush mountains, North West frontier, Pakistan, photographed whilst on location filming for BBC Planet Ea...  -  Jeff Wilson
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Jeff Wilson / Female Snow leopard (Panthera uncia) watching a Magpie (Pica pica) outside her den in the Hindu Kush mountains, North West frontier, Pakistan, photographed whilst on location filming for BBC Planet Ea...
Male Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) portrait, in winter coat, Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayas, Nepal  -  Patricio Robles Gil
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Patricio Robles Gil / Male Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) portrait, in winter coat, Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayas, Nepal
Two Markhor (Capra falconeri) males fighting during the rut, Hindu Kush mountains, North West frontier, Pakistan, photographed whilst on location filming for BBC Planet Earth series, 2005  -  Jeff Wilson
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Jeff Wilson / Two Markhor (Capra falconeri) males fighting during the rut, Hindu Kush mountains, North West frontier, Pakistan, photographed whilst on location filming for BBC Planet Earth series, 2005
Ladakh Urial (Ovis orientalis vignei) mixed herd on steep slope, Hemis Shugpachan, at altitude of 3500m, Ladakh, India. Vulnerable species  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Ladakh Urial (Ovis orientalis vignei) mixed herd on steep slope, Hemis Shugpachan, at altitude of 3500m, Ladakh, India. Vulnerable species
Himalayan blue sheep / Bharal {Pseudois nayaur} leaping across the River Bhagirathi, source of the Ganges, in the Himalayas, Uttararkhand, India  -  Ian McCarthy
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Ian McCarthy / Himalayan blue sheep / Bharal {Pseudois nayaur} leaping across the River Bhagirathi, source of the Ganges, in the Himalayas, Uttararkhand, India
Himalayan Blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur) Hemas National Park, Ladakh, India  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Himalayan Blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur) Hemas National Park, Ladakh, India
Himalayan Blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur) Hemas National Park, Ladakh, India  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Himalayan Blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur) Hemas National Park, Ladakh, India
Ladack Bharal (Pseudois nayaur) group of females, Hemis NP, at altitude of 4300m, Ladakh, India  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Ladack Bharal (Pseudois nayaur) group of females, Hemis NP, at altitude of 4300m, Ladakh, India
Tibetan Argali (Ovis ammon hodgsoni) herd of males, ChangThang, Tso Kar Area, at alitude of 4750m, Ladakh, India  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Tibetan Argali (Ovis ammon hodgsoni) herd of males, ChangThang, Tso Kar Area, at alitude of 4750m, Ladakh, India
Ladack Bharal (Pseudois nayaur) two females, one jumping, Hemis NP, at altitude of 4300m, Ladakh, India  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Ladack Bharal (Pseudois nayaur) two females, one jumping, Hemis NP, at altitude of 4300m, Ladakh, India
Himalayan Blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur) Hemas National Park, Ladakh, India  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Himalayan Blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur) Hemas National Park, Ladakh, India
Himalayan blue sheep / Bharal {Pseudois nayaur} Himalayas, Uttararkhand, India  -  Ian McCarthy
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Ian McCarthy / Himalayan blue sheep / Bharal {Pseudois nayaur} Himalayas, Uttararkhand, India
Tibetan Wild Ass / Kiang, (Equus kiang) running,ChangThang, Tso Kar lake, at altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Tibetan Wild Ass / Kiang, (Equus kiang) running,ChangThang, Tso Kar lake, at altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India
Herd of Tibetan Wild Asses / Kiang (Equus kiang)ChangThang, Tso Kar lake, at altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India, October 2012  -  Eric Dragesco,Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco,Eric Dragesco / Herd of Tibetan Wild Asses / Kiang (Equus kiang)ChangThang, Tso Kar lake, at altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India, October 2012
Tibetan Wild Ass / Kiang (Equus kiang) male,ChangThang, Tso Kar lake, at altitude of 4700m, Ladakh, India  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Tibetan Wild Ass / Kiang (Equus kiang) male,ChangThang, Tso Kar lake, at altitude of 4700m, Ladakh, India
Tibetan Wild Ass / Kiang, (Equus kiang) ChangThang, Tso Kar lake, at altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Tibetan Wild Ass / Kiang, (Equus kiang) ChangThang, Tso Kar lake, at altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India
Himalayan Marmots (Marmota himalayana) play-fighting, Ladakh, India  -  Bernard Castelein
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Bernard Castelein / Himalayan Marmots (Marmota himalayana) play-fighting, Ladakh, India
Lammergier {Gypaetus barbatus} soaring over the Himalayas, northern India  -  Ian McCarthy
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Ian McCarthy / Lammergier {Gypaetus barbatus} soaring over the Himalayas, northern India
Black necked Crane (Grus nigricollis)~ChangThang, Tso kar lake, at altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Black necked Crane (Grus nigricollis)~ChangThang, Tso kar lake, at altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India
Black-necked cranes {Grus nigricollis} in flight, Yarlung valley, Tibet, March 07. 'Wild China' series  -  Gavin Maxwell
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Gavin Maxwell / Black-necked cranes {Grus nigricollis} in flight, Yarlung valley, Tibet, March 07. 'Wild China' series
Male Blood pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayas, Nepal, December  -  Patricio Robles Gil
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Patricio Robles Gil / Male Blood pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayas, Nepal, December
Male Himalayan monal pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) on rock, Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayas, Nepal, December  -  Patricio Robles Gil
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Patricio Robles Gil / Male Himalayan monal pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) on rock, Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayas, Nepal, December
Rear view of male Himalayan monal pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) on rock, Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayas, Nepal, December  -  Patricio Robles Gil
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Patricio Robles Gil / Rear view of male Himalayan monal pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) on rock, Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayas, Nepal, December
Blood pheasants (Ithaginis cruentus)  in high alpine scrubland gather by the edge of a cliff, Bhutan, Himalaya.  -  Sandesh  Kadur
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Sandesh Kadur / Blood pheasants (Ithaginis cruentus) in high alpine scrubland gather by the edge of a cliff, Bhutan, Himalaya.
Chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar) Hemis NP, at altitude of 4300m, Ladakh, India  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar) Hemis NP, at altitude of 4300m, Ladakh, India
Tibetan Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes tibetanus) group in flight, ChangThang, Tso Kar Lake, at an altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India  -  Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Tibetan Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes tibetanus) group in flight, ChangThang, Tso Kar Lake, at an altitude of 4600m, Ladakh, India
Three Black necked cranes {Grus nigricollis} in flight, Yarlung valley, Tibet, March 07, Wild China  -  Gavin Maxwell
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Gavin Maxwell / Three Black necked cranes {Grus nigricollis} in flight, Yarlung valley, Tibet, March 07, Wild China
Drumstick primrose (Primula denticulata)  high elevation flowers of the Himalaya. Bhutan, February.  -  Sandesh Kadur
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Sandesh Kadur / Drumstick primrose (Primula denticulata) high elevation flowers of the Himalaya. Bhutan, February.
Coniferous forests in the Dudh Khola river valley, Annapurna Conservation Area, Himalayas, Nepal, October 2009.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Coniferous forests in the Dudh Khola river valley, Annapurna Conservation Area, Himalayas, Nepal, October 2009.
Red panda (Ailurus fulgens) habitat in the Kangchendzonga Landscape of the triangle Sikkim, West Bengal and Nepal with mixed fir and rhododendron forest at 4,000m  -  Dr. Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Red panda (Ailurus fulgens) habitat in the Kangchendzonga Landscape of the triangle Sikkim, West Bengal and Nepal with mixed fir and rhododendron forest at 4,000m
Himalayan / Gray goral (Naemorhedus goral), captive, Gangtok, Sikkim, India, near threatened  -  Dr. Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Himalayan / Gray goral (Naemorhedus goral), captive, Gangtok, Sikkim, India, near threatened
Waterfalls in the steep river valley Budhi Gandaki. Manaslu Conservation Area, Himalayas, Nepal, October 2009.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Waterfalls in the steep river valley Budhi Gandaki. Manaslu Conservation Area, Himalayas, Nepal, October 2009.
Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) national animal of Bhutan. Bhutan, India  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) national animal of Bhutan. Bhutan, India
Blue-fronted redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis) male perched on branch in Mustang country, Nepal, May.  -  Konstantin Mikhailov
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Konstantin Mikhailov / Blue-fronted redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis) male perched on branch in Mustang country, Nepal, May.
Red panda (Ailurus fulgens) habitat, Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim, India  -  Dr. Axel Gebauer
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Dr. Axel Gebauer / Red panda (Ailurus fulgens) habitat, Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim, India
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