Situated on the southern slopes of the Karakoram Range in
the Baltistan area of Ladakh
is Hispar Glacier. A very large glacier feeding the main stream of the
Shigar River, which in turn drains into the Indus River. The main glacier
has a length of about 60-km and is the third largest glacier in the
Numerous smaller glaciers join the main glacier on both sides of the amphitheater in which it is located. The central portion of this glacier is a vast snowfield while its sides contain debris eroded by the huge body of moving ice. The entire tract is completely lacking in vegetation of any kind.
The Hispar glacier can be approached via Skardu in Ladakh.