About Glaciers In India

Glaciers in India

A ice mass could be a well fashioned body of dense ice up a land surface, covering a region of zero.1 km² moving beneath its own gravity perpetually, thanks to the buildup of snow prodigious its melting and sublimation method over a few years, even centuries.

Glaciers square measure found in virtually fifty countries, that embrace continent, Alaska, Canada, Chile,Iceland and Gronland, besides Australia and African country having them in distant island territories. In India, there square measure Glaciers square measure found in mountain chain in Karakorum region, Siachen ice mass well-known to be the second largest ice mass next to those in polar region. There square measure fifteen Glaciers in Jammu and Kashmir State, concerning twelve in Himachal Pradesh, three coming back beneath geographical region and concerning twelve in Uttarkhand.

Glaciers are different from Sea Ice and Lake Ice which are thinner and formed over water, while Glaciers are form only on land surface.

About Glaciers

Major river systems of India, Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra are fed by Himalayan Glaciers, which are grouped into four such as Punjab, Garhwal, Nepal and Assam groups.

Visiting Glaciers through trekking is one of very interesting adventure tourism activities. For instance,

  • Gangotri Glacier, which is one of the largest glaciers of Himalaya, located in the Garhwal Himalayan Region of Uttarkhand State, has its snout called Gomukh, which produces water stream, Bhagirathi from an elevation of 4000 m, is a beautiful spot for trekking. The tourist has to trek almost 18 km from Gangotri town to reach this location.
  • Dokriani Glacier in the same region originating from Janoli (6633m) and Draupadi Ka Danda (5716 m) peaks is situated in Bhukki village, where from a small stream called Din Gad flows down. The middle part of the Glacier consisting of crevasse, glacier table, Moulin and ground moraine are wonderful spots to visit by trekking through huge boulders and debris.
  • Kolhai Glacier in Jammu & Kashmir State, situated along Lidder Valley, is of 3650 m to 4800m elevation with deep and wide crevasses are another spot for making a thrilling visit by trekking.
  • Chotta Shigri Glacier, lying east of Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh, has high and steep ridges, with wonderful and panoramic view of an expansive Glacier space, where lateral moraines are present along the accumulation zone is another place to visit by adventure tourists.

Glacier Tourism

India tourism provides good facilities for adventure tourists for reaching the trekking bases and joining trekking adventures. There are trekking bases at

  • Base camp Taluka for Bunder Punch Glacier reachable from Mussoorie and Dehradun
  • Base camp for Gangotri Glacier reachable from Uttarkashi, Tehri and Rishikesh
  • Base camp Ghuttu  for Khatling Glacier approachable from Rishikesh
  • Base camp Juma Village  for Doonagiri Village reachable from Joshimath and Srinagar
  • Base camp at Nainital to reach Dokriani Glacier of Bhagirathi Basin
  • Base camp Saung to trek to Kaphini Glacier reachable from Kathgodam, Almora or Bageshwar

There are specialized tour organizers for these trekking adventures who can be contacted on line to do advance booking of tours.


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