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Mysterious Himachal

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Bara Shigri Glacier – Largest Glacier in Lahul & Spiti

Bara Shigri is the largest glacier located in Lahaul Spiti region in Chandra Valley, Himachal Pradesh.   It is a 30-km long glacier, the second longest glacier in the Himalayas after Gangotri. It flows northwards and feeds the Chenab river. Bara Shigri, Bara meaning   big andShigri meaning glacier, in Lahaul   dialect.

The glacier is so heavily covered with surface moraine that ice is not visible for long stretches except along the crevices and in the ablation areas. Estimates differ as to the breadth of the glacier where it is crossed, as owing to its movement and roughness no two caravans cross it in exactly the same way, but it is not less than a mile wide. It is just 4 kms away from Batal and around 40 Kms from Rohatang Pass.

The glacier is so heavily covered with surface moraine that ice is not visible for long stretches except along the crevices and in the ablation areas. Estimates differ as to the breadth of the glacier where it is crossed, as owing to its movement and roughness no two caravans cross it in exactly the same way, but it is not less than a mile wide. It is just 4 kms away from Batal and around 40 Kms from Rohatang Pass.