Baltoro Glacier

Baltoro Glacier - A River of Endless Ice

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Pakistan is distinctively blessed with such a varied and marvelous landscape that could make the fairies envy its beauty. From the sky-high Himalayas and Karakoram to the deserts of Thal and Cholistan, and from stunningly beautiful lakes of Kashmir to the harsh yet meticulously embellished geographic features of Balochistan, all is but a miracle of Mother Nature.

If we turn towards the North of Pakistan, we could find places that regenerate a sense of everlasting freshness inside us. It is thus very true to say that the North is the Switzerland of Pakistan. Here we can not only find the highest grasslands and lakes but several highest snow-clad mountains and mighty glaciers as well.

Even though the largest glaciers are found either in the North Pole or the South Pole some glaciers give a tough competition to these polar glaciers. Baltoro Glacier is such a huge glacier that is part of the Northern landscape and at 63 km (39 miles) it is the 5th longest non-polar glacier in the world. Seen from space this glacier looks just like a river of unending ice flowing in a smooth rhythm of peace and tranquility. 

Baltoro Glacier is located in the famous Karakoram mountain region in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and has a distinctiveness that the second-highest and the most dangerous mountain in the world, the K2 (8,611 m) lie just nearby. Moreover, three eight-thousanders, Broad Peak (8,047 m, and 12th highest in the world), Gasherbrum I (8,080 m, and 11th highest in the world), and Gasherbrum II (8,035 m, and 13th highest in the world) also lie in 20 km radius of the Baltoro Glacier.