The Hindu Kush

The Hindu Kush is a chain of mountains in Central Asia extending to the west of the Himalayas. They are part of the boundary between eastern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan.

The name Kush, which means death, was probably given to the mountains because of the dangerous passes between the peaks. Some of these high-altitude passes were used by Alexander the Great and others in their invasions of India. The mountains have permanently glaciated peaks and little vegetation.

The highest peak in the range and the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges is Turch Mir at 25,289 feet(7,708 m.), located in Pakistan.
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