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Saifee expedition, October 1999

Gomukh glacier is a humongous mass of ice, and deceptively looks more like a rock face than a glacier

Gomukh glacier was a surprising sight. Ever since my childhood, whenever I heard the name of a glacier, I imagined a
huge mass of ice, daunting and rock solid. Gomukh glacier is different. At first I even had some difficulty in identifying the glacier. The glacier is visible in this picture behind the red pennants. What appears to be rocks from a distance is actually ice, coloured grey because it is contaminated with dust.  The brown mountain in the upper left corner of the photograph is the one which we had to go around to reach the expedition base camp. If you go over the glacier to the right of the photograph you can reach the Tapovan plateau.

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copyright 1999 Anurag Sharma
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