SIACHEN GLACIER IN KASHMIR
Location : On the Indo Tibetan Border
Destination : Rimo glacier group
Area : Stretches across an area of 72 kilometers
Altitude : It ranges at an attitude of 5,753 m and is jutting out towards China
|Known As :||A White Snake, World's Highest Holiday Ground.|
|How To Reach :||Siachen Glacier can be Reached via Skardu in Ladakh.|
|Major Rivers :||Indus and Mutzgah.|
|Important Tributaries :||Shelkar Chorten and Mamostang|
|Don't Miss :||Rimo Glacier Group, a Group of Three Glaciers - North, Central and South - Located at an Altitude of Between 6,000 and 7,000 m Above Sea Level.|
|Keep In Mind :||It is a Tabooed Area where Blizzards can last for Weeks and Temperatures can Drop to Minus 55 Degree Centigrade.|
|Indo - Pak Zone :||The glacier is the highest battleground on earth, where India and Pakistan always met as a rivals.|
Being the world's largest non polar glacier, Siachen
glacier is often termed as the third pole. This vast tract of barren land
is appalling because of its scarce population and its treacherous climatic
conditions. Viewing this part of Kashmir is a once in a lifetime
experience. In the Karakoram belt of the Himalayas lies the World's
largest 'non polar' mountain glacier, and is sometimes referred to as the
third pole. Known as Siachen which means 'places of the wild roses', it
ranges at an attitude of 5,753 m and protrudes towards China. Standing
near the India-Tibet border, it is 70 km long, and lies between the Saltro
Ridge Line in the west and the Kakakoram Range in the east.
With more than 2 trillion cubic feet of ice, Siachen Glacier within 25 kms has 45 peaks which rise up to a height of 18000 feet. It is the coldest part of the country where the temperature can dip to minus 50 degrees during snowfall. This area of Jammu and Kashmir is so desolate that only 16 peaks of the colossal glacier has been recognized and out of them only six have been mountaineered.
The central part of this glacier is a vast field in its 2
km wide trough and the sides of the glacier, with rocks and boulders
dispersed in the area. Large tributary glaciers like the Shelkar Chorten
and Mamostang that open into the main glacier from both sides of its
depression and are the source of water for many rivers in India and Tibet.
This tract is more or less devoid of vegetation due to its high altitude.
The sediments of snow form the bulk of this area all the year round, which
makes tis part of Kashmir barren and unproductive.
At the conflux of large tributary glaciers and trunk glaciers, Lateral moraines occur. There has been a formation of numerous ice falls, at the convergence of trunk glaciers as well as small valley glaciers. The sidewalls of the glacial are steep and sloping and snow slides on these slopes occur quite often, specially in winters.
The Siachen glacier can be approached via Skardu in Ladakh. Being to Siachen glacier is a reverie of every mountaineer. A step on the glacier is supposed to be an achievement for these mountain savvy trekkers. But as this area lies near the border of India and Pakistan, special permission is required for admittance in this region. This area has presence of a large army that makes it easier for the mountain climbers to uncover the areas that are hidden under the sheath of the ice. Rimo glacier group, a group of three glaciers -- North, Central and South -- located at an altitude of between 6,000 and 7,000 m above sea level, lie to the east of the Siachen range. Between them, these glaciers have almost 700 -sq-kms of ice, which at places is 100 m deep. Siachen glacier imperium thus contains about 2,000-sq-kms of ice surface and almost 200 cubic kilometers of ice.
The much dreaded area of the Earth is finally being tread upon. Recently 20 civilians have been selected to begin their journey along with the team of military cadets, to the first ever civilian expedition to the Siachen Glacier. Organized by the Indian Army it is a step undertaken to initiate and promote tourism in the desolate region.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Siachin Glacier
Perilous yet Phenomenal
The Frigid Beauty
Trek and Mount the Ice Pyramid
The Glacial Ambiance
Stomping on the Frozen Sheath
Safari to Ladakh
The Taj and the
Mahal - White Wonder
Delhi - Eternal Capital
Sikri - City of Victory
- Out of The World
Rajasthan - Princely
State of India