Straddles the Himalayas between northern India and China and is home to Mt. Everest, the world's tallest mountain. It rises steeply from the Ganges River Basin in India and contains high fertile valleys and eight of the world's 14 highest peaks.
One of the world's poorest countries, more than 80 percent of the population depends on agriculture. Per capita annual income is US$656 and an estimated 25 percent of the people live in poverty.