I’ve got another one of those “Top Ten” lists for travelers, which seem to be pretty popular of late. This one once again comes from Forbes Traveler who has put together a list of Top 10 Gorgeous Glaciers.
The list kicks off with Biafo Glacier in Pakistan, which is located in the Karakorum, amongst some of the tallest mountains on the planet. Reaching this one requires several days of hiking, but you’re rewarded with a glacial lake more than ten miles across. Glacier Bay in Alaska makes an appearance on the list as well due to the fact that visitors can see several large glaciers in one area, enhancing the already stunning scenery. Furtwängler Glacier on Mount Kilimanjaro is also listed, as it’s amongst the most iconic in the world. Hemmingway made the Snows of Kilimanjaro famous, and now those snows are disappearing at an alarming rate.
In fact, that’s a central theme to this list. The glaciers, for the most part, are disappearing, and if you want to see them, you’ll want to do it fast. I know Kili’s glaciers are expected to be gone by 2015, although some reports dispute that, but as global climate changes continues, it’s pretty clear that most of the world’s glaciers are retreating. Many will disappear altogether, so of course that means a lot of adventure travelers are making pilgrimages to explore them. In doing so, lets make sure we remain environmentally aware enough to not speed up their demise. The next generation of adventure traveler may want to see them as well.
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