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Siachen Glacier

Siachen Glacier, the largest glacier in the world outside the Polar Regions, is located in the extreme north-central part of Jammu and Kashmir near the border of India and Tibet.

With a maximum length of 72 km, it is situated on the north-facing slopes of the Karakoram Range. Siachen Glacier nourishes the Shaksgam River that flows parallel to the mountain range before entering into Tibet.

This glacier encompasses a vast area in winter. It contains about 2,000 sq km of ice surface and almost 200 cubic km of ice. Rimo Glaciers, a group of three glaciers, lie to the east of Siachen Glacier at an altitude of between 6,000 and 7000 m above sea level.

Siachen Glacier can be approached through Skardu in Ladakh.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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