Nepal is a land-locked country with a population of around 17 million The country shares borders with India in the south and west, and the Tibetan region of China in the north. Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) the world’s highest peak, towers up to over 29,000 ft. and less than a hundred miles separate the mountains from the Terai or lowland region which is a mere 250 ft. above sea level. The Terai has a tropical climate with rich vegetation and diverse wild life. The Himalayan foothills and the valleys which are heavily populated have a more temperate climate. The glaciers and the peaks of the high mountain ranges are permanently snow-covered and only a few high passes allowed a perilous passage for trade caravans. This is the home of the “Yeti” the Abominable Snowman, which some say is myth but many still believe exists.