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The GREATER RANGES comprise the high mountain ranges of Asia
Asia
:

* the Himalayas
Himalayas
, * the Karakoram
Karakoram
, * the Hindu Kush
Hindu Kush
and Hindu Raj , * the Pamir Mountains
Pamir Mountains
, * the Tien Shan
Tien Shan
, * the Kunlun Shan , * the Nyanchen Tangla (or Transhimalaya) and various smaller mountain ranges inside Tibet
Tibet
and in western China (in the Tibet- Sichuan
Sichuan
- Yunnan
Yunnan
region, including Hengduan Mountains
Hengduan Mountains
and Qionglai Shan ).

The UIAA
UIAA
gives a broader definition of the Greater Ranges than the traditional one. With the increasing popularity of global travel and adventure sports, this definition is now somewhat more popular than the original. In addition to the ranges listed above, the ranges also comprise:

* the Seven Summits
Seven Summits
(Messner list) * the Andes
Andes
of South America * the Alaska Range
Alaska Range
and the Saint Elias Mountains
Saint Elias Mountains
of North America * the Rwenzori Mountains
Rwenzori Mountains
and Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya
of Africa

All of these ranges have peaks over 4,800 metres (15,750 ft), and most have peaks over 6,000 metres (19,690 ft). The Greater Ranges contain all of the world's peaks higher than 7,000 metres (22,970 ft).

The term was popular amongst alpinists in the Victorian period and was used to distinguished the high peaks of Asia
Asia
from the European Alps
Alps
.

REFERENCES

* ^ UIAA
UIAA
- Greater ranges and major geographical areas

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