The 10 Largest Lakes In The World (Length, Location

The 10 Largest Glaciers in the World (Length, Location and More)

The ten largest (in length) glaciers in the world are:

56 kilometers (35 miles)

56 kilometers (35 miles)

56 kilometers (35 miles)

56 kilometers (35 miles)

56 kilometers (35 miles)

Glaciers store an incredible 69 percent of all fresh water on the planet, and there are approximately 200,000 unique glaciers found worldwide

Currently, glaciers, along with ice caps and the Greenland/Antarctic ice sheet cover about 10 percent of the Earth’s surface

In this article we will look at the ten most massive glaciers in the world (by length, not area)

1 Lambert Fisher Glacier

1 Lambert Fisher Glacier

1 Lambert Fisher Glacier

Photo by Lutz Fischer-Lamprecht

The largest glacier in the world – Lambert Fisher – is in Antarctica

It’s the iciest place in the world as a whole, so it’s the prime area for some heavy glacier formation

This mammoth glacier comprises about 8% of the Arctic ice sheet, which spans a distance of 400 kilometers (250 miles) in length and 100 kilometers (60 miles) in width

In some places the ice sheet on this is up to 47 kilometers (3 miles) thick

People generally don’t trek on this glacier because it’s super hard to get to, and the Arctic isn’t normally a playground for us humans

2 Hubbard Glacier

2 Hubbard Glacier

2 Hubbard Glacier

Photo by Bernard Spragg

Hubbard is the largest glacier in North America with a length of 122 kilometers (75 miles)

This glacier is unique for two reasons: it is a tidewater glacier and, despite global warming and the fact that most other glaciers are thinning, this one is advancing

This glacier is nicknamed the “galloping glacier” because it runs toward the Gulf of Alaska at breakneck speed (for a glacier, at least)

Glacier calving is when chunks of ice break off from a glacier, a process that also happens on icebergs, ice fronts, ice sheets and crevasses

It’s fantastic to watch from a distance, but potentially disastrous for anyone who gets too close

3 Fedchenko glacier

3 Fedchenko glacier

3 Fedchenko glacier

Photo from http://edcsns17crusgsgov/EarthExplorer/

This one is the largest non-polar glacier in the world and is located in Tajikistan

With a length of 77 kilometers, this is one of the most beautiful sights in the Karakoram Mountain Range

If you are interested in this trek, you should go to the Gorno-Badakshan province and ask for the Pamir Mountains

It is named after the 19th century Russian explorer AP Fedchenko, who first explored it in 1928 as part of a Soviet expedition to the Pamirs

Several meteorological stations were located here over the years, offering a wealth of information about the regional climate

The Fedchenko Glacier originates in the ice field of the Revolution Peak

Here it receives ice from a few dozen tributary glaciers before flowing north

This glacier also moves at a brisk pace, reaching a speed of up to 67 cm (26 inches) per day in the middle route

Meltwater from the Fedchenko Glacier is the headwaters of the Surkhob River and Amu Darya

4 Siachen glacier

4 Siachen glacier

4 Siachen glacier

Photo by Sadia17301

Siachen Glacier is located between India and Pakistan, on the line of control between the two countries

The Siachen Glacier is 75 kilometers (47 miles) long and covers an incredible 700 square kilometers (270 square miles)

If you want to walk this bad boy, be prepared for some serious paperwork

The location is notorious for the power struggle between the Indian and Pakistani governments, and you don’t want to get caught up in the chaos

In fact, the Siachen Glacier is the “highest, deadliest and costliest battlefield,” according to the India Times

The weather conditions on the Siachen Glacier are extreme

Politically, this acts as a bargaining chip, and that is why it is still disputed after all these years

5 Biafo Glacier

5 Biafo Glacier

5 Biafo Glacier

Photo by Yousaf Feroz Gill

Biafo is Fedchenko’s little brother and is also located in the Karakoram Mountain Range – this time in Pakistan

Bonus fact: the Karakoram Mountains is one of the largest mountain ranges in Asia, spanning India, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and Tajikistan

Biafo spans 67 kilometers (42 miles) in length and has a snow basin nearly a kilometer deep

Meltwater from the Biafo Glacier flows into the Indus River, one of the largest and most important rivers in India

At the head of the Biafo Glacier is Snow Lake, a vast expanse of snow that is a dream to trek

That is, it is incredibly difficult and takes an insane amount of planning, but it is a bucket list item for any glacier trekking fanatic

Since it is so challenging to get there, less than 200 people a year have the pleasure of seeing these breathtaking views

6 Bridges Glacier

6 Bridges Glacier

6 Bridges Glacier

Photo by David Stanley from Nanaimo, Canada

This mammoth glacier in Southern Chile covers a whopping 1,260 square kilometers (488 square miles) and is 66 kilometers (41 miles) long

Bruggen, also known as Pio XI, is the sprinter who advanced about 5 kilometers (31 miles) between 1945 and 1976

The Bruggen glacier, named after the German geologist Juan Bruggen Messtorff, flows from the Southern Patagonian ice field

To see the beautiful colors of this glacier, hop on a cruise ship

7 Baltoro glacier

7 Baltoro glacier

7 Baltoro glacier

Photo by Guilhem Vellut from Paris

This one is also in Pakistan, found in the Gilgit-Baltistan region

At 62 kilometers (39 miles) in length, it is an incredible sight

The rocky path on the Baltoro glacier is the way to the K2 base camp

Three other peaks of 8000 meters are also located at the head of the Baltoro Glacier: Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II

8 South Inylchek Glacier

8 South Inylchek Glacier

8 South Inylchek Glacier

Chen Zhao’s photo

The South Inylcheck Glacier is located in the Central Tian Shan Mountains in the Issyk-Kul region

It is 61 kilometers (38 miles) long and covers only 18 square kilometers (7 square miles), making it a long, thin glacier

Trekking the South Inylcheck is gnarly, but there are fixed camps along the way

On this one-way trip, you start at At-Jailoo camp in the valley and hike to the South Inylcheck Base Camp

This lies between the Khan Tengri and Pobeby Peaks, all 7000m and above

9 Jostedal glacier

9 Jostedal glacier

9 Jostedal glacier

Photo by G Lanting

Jostedal is unique because it is the largest glacier in continental Europe

Jostedal is the 9th largest glacier in the world and has a length of 60 kilometers (37 miles), and it is an incredible 600 meters (2000 feet) thick

Located in the Sogn og Fjordane county in Norway, this is one of the few huge glaciers accessible for climbing

Here you make a demanding hike over rough terrain for about 2 – 4 hours, after which you enter the glacier

If you are​​​​​​new to glacier hiking, this can be an excellent place to start (if you are fit enough to get there)

At Jostedal there are several guided glacier tours available so you have an experienced guide to help you through

Jostedal is enchanting with its blue ice and the possibility to walk in some of the crevasses

You can even hear the ice melting

It is breathtaking and an experience you will remember for years to come

Batura glacier

Batura glacier

Batura glacier

Akbar Khan Niazi’s photo

Also in Pakistan, the Batura Glacier can be found in the Gojal region of Gilgit-Baltistan

The Batura Glacier is 56 kilometers (35 miles) long

Getting to Batura is difficult because it is right in the middle of nowhere

Once there, trekking over the glacier takes about five days, depending on the weather and your level of fitness

The area is breathtakingly beautiful, and the locals are incredibly friendly and welcoming

Glaciers and climate change

The fact remains that our glaciers and ice caps are disappearing as the earth warms

As we go out into nature to appreciate and marvel at these incredible ice formations, let’s keep this in mind

Now that all is said and done, happy climbing in the breathtakingly beautiful world of glaciers

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