The Baltoro glacier is situated on the southern slopes of
the central Karakoram Range in the Baltistan area of Jammu
and Kashmir. The location of Boltoro is in a huge arena hemmed by
A Surrounding Of Snow
This glacier gives rise to the Shigar River, which is a tributary of the Indus River. With a length of about 62-km, it is the second largest glacier in the great Himalayan range. Large tributary glaciers feed the main Baltoro glacier. These include a glacier from the southwestern slopes of the Gasherbrum peak and a tributary glacier from the northwestern slope of the Masherbrum peak, both in the Karakoram.
The trough of this glacier is very wide and its central part is a vast snowfield. Small valley glaciers form icefalls where they meet the trunk glacier. The sidewalls vary from very steep to precipitous. The Baltoro glacier has carved striations on the surrounding country rocks. Moving ice has formed depressions, which serve as basins for numerous glacial lakes.
The Baltoro glacier can be approached via Skardu in Ladakh .