Drang Drung Glacier

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Drang Drung Glacier

History

The Drang-Drung Glacier is located close to the Pensi La mountain pass at the Kargil - Zanaskar Road in the district of Kargil. Perhaps the largest glacier in all of Ladakh besides the Siachen Glacier that lies in the Karakoram Range, the glacier spreads to a maximum length of 23 kilometres with an average height of 4,780 metres. The highest point on the glacier is the Doda Peak which rises to a height of 21,490 feet (6,550 metres) from the glacier. Comprising of flowing ice and snow, the glacier acts as a source of the Stod River, a tributary of Zanskar River, which in turn is a tributary of the River Indus.The glacier is accessible from Srinagar, with getting there requiring a travel of two days, the journey a 331 kilometres drive by car or bus along the National Highway 1D, traversing through the towns of Srinagar, Leh, Ganderbal, Kangan, Sonamarg and Drass.

The town of Kargil provides a good option for an overnight stay, with the glacier lying on the right side of Kargil-Zanaskar Road. On crossing the Pensi La mountain pass, a day’s trekking leads to the mouth of the Drang-Drung Glacier.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit is July to August.

Trivia

Tourists can visit the Panzila Top situated at an average altitude of 4,401 metres above the sea level.

Timing

The glacier can be accessed at all times, although travelling at night must be avoided.


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