Glaciers in Pakistan
Pakistan has breathtaking sceneries that range from the beautiful deserts to the mountains and glaciers in the north. Having different landscapes, this country has much to offer to its tourists for hiking tosuper-tough expeditions. Pakistan has wonders with beautiful dozen of glaciers of the Himalayas in the north, serving treat to the nature lovers. Pakistan is the country that has more of glaciers than any other country in the world. Almost all of them are in the northern regions of Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These glaciers are the source of attraction for tourists. Some of the famous glaciers of Pakistan are as follows.
Baltoro glacier is one of the largest glaciers in the world that is outside the polar region. It is almost 63 km long and is in Gilgit Baltistan, running through the Karakoram Range near K2. This glacier gives rise to Shigar River, which is the tributary of the Indus River. Baltoro and Godwin Austen confluence point is Concordia which is one of the popular trekking destinations for hikers.
Biafo glacier is on the Karakoram Range. It is the third-largest glacier of the non-polar region. It has snow lakes connecting two ancient mountain kingdoms, Nagar in the west and Baltistan in the East.Read all details before you start your journey. It is more important that you follow your guide instructions when you are in that area.
It lies in the Karakoram region along with the disputed India-Pakistan border in the Himalayas Mountains. It is the second-longest glacier of the non-polar region.
These glaciers catch the attention of the trekkers who love to explore the mountains and beauty. Although harsh it has attractions of its kind. One interesting fact that is famous is that the villagers have given male and female identities to these glaciers. They also believe them to be living entities. Male glaciers are grey and people recall them as “po gang” which gives off little water. While females are shiny white or blue and people saying them mo gang that gives off a lot of water. These are the local stories by simple villagers. The factual figure is that these glaciers feed the rivers accounting for 75 percent of the country’s water supply.