This region experiences rainy or snowy summers (from July to September) and dry winters. The central and western Hindu Kush, however, border the Mediterranean climatic zone, characterized by hot, dry summers and cold, wet or snowy winters (from December to early March).
What is the weather in the Hindu Kush mountains?
While the average summer and winter temperatures are about 30 and 18 °C in the southern foothills, the middle Himalayan valleys experience mean summer temperatures between 15 and 25 °C and very cold winters.
Do people live in the Hindu Kush mountains?
The population of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region is approximately 210 million. The communities are largely agrarian, relying heavily on local natural resources and subsistence farming on small plots of land.
What type of physical feature is Hindu Kush?
Undulating grassland, called pamir, occurs above the tree line in the eastern Hindu Kush, while in the deep valleys barren rock walls are punctuated by brilliant emerald-green oases irrigated by glacial and snowfield meltwater.
Which is the highest peak of Hindu Kush?
What animals live in the Hindu Kush mountains?
The Siberian ibex and the markhor (both wild goats) negotiate the high crags, while Marco Polo sheep and urial (another wild sheep) occasionally are found in the high pamir. Black and brown bears still exist in isolated valleys, and the Chitral valley wildlife preserve is a domain of the rare snow leopard.