Glaciers

There are a lot of glaciers in Kyrgyzstan. They show up at the extremely high altitudes where it is snowing heavily and snow never melts. The process of snowing and never melting created sheets of ice. Kyrgyzstan is seen as mountain valleys and some of them form glaciers of U-shaped valley and streams.

It is known that ice in valleys of Kyrgyzstan is known as "Ice Rivers". They move at the speed of 3-40m in a day and may be different in accordance with width, size, length and valley itself. Fresh snow anyway may be, and it creates dangerous situations for mountaineers. Snow never melts at the territory of 8100 km2, that is 30% of total area of whole Kyrgyzstan. And mainly for all to know, glaciers comprise 4% of total area of Kyrgyzstan. Talking about most famous ones, the Enilchek Glacier - the glacier located in the north-east of Kyrgyzstan, in Central Tien Shan of Issyk Kul region. The glacier is of two sides - Northern and Southern. As well it may be seen in the massif of the Peak Pobeda in the east of Tien Shan.

This is information about glaciers that are hard to be vaulted, and in Kyrgyzstan there are glaciers that are easy to be mounted. Such sites are located near Bishkek, the Ak-Sai and Adygene in Ala Archa National Park. It is possible to make a tour program in Kyrgyzstan for 2-3 days in order to visit glaciers. All glaciers located in Kyrgyzstan comprise 580 billion m3 of water. This water may cover Kyrgyzstan and the depth will be 3m.

 



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