Alps The Alps make up the largest mountain system in Europe. They are world-famous for their scenic beauty. The Alps are a region of majestic, snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, narrow lakes, and wide glaciers.
The highest mountain in the Alps is Mont Blanc. It lies on the border between France and Italy and rises to a height of 15,782 feet (4,810 meters). But perhaps the most famous mountain in the Alps is the spectacular Matterhorn. This jagged, horn-shaped peak near the border with Italy is located in southwestern Switzerland.
Himalaya The name Himalaya means home of snow in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Its a fitting name. The Himalayas are the highest mountains on Earth. Snow and ice cover this impressive mountain range all the year round.
The Himalayas contain nine of the worlds ten highest peaks. One of these, Mount Everest, is the highest mountain on Earth. It rises to a height of 29,035 feet (8,850 meters). The worlds second highest mountain, K2 (also called Mount Godwin Austen),is also located in the Himalayas.