The glaciers in the Hindukush-Himalayan Region:
The region between Pamir in the west and the eastern foothills of the Himalaya show the highest mountain glacier concentration outside of the polar regions. The Hindukush-Karakoram-Himalaya range forms an important barrier between the Indian sub-continent and the rest of Asia.
Several of the largest mountain glaciers of the world are found here some of them reaching more than 70 km in length and covering an area of almost 1,000 km². However, the small glaciers (less than 1 km²) form by far the largest glacier group. In the HKH region only, there are about 38,000 glaciers, which cover an area of more than 44,000 km².
The systematic monitoring of this extensive region is only possible since the start of a regular coverage by satellite images. The balance conditions show a rather heterogeneous situation, with a distinct ice loss in the Himalaya and almost stable conditions in the Karakoram and parts of the Pamir.