Located just beneath the Kolahoi Mountain and above the Lidder Valley, Kolahoi Glacier is a hanging five kilometres long glacier.
Usually trekking up to the Kolahoi Glacier is a 4-day activity which provides the trekkers ample amount of scenic beauty and freshness to stay interested. The path is covered with lush green mountain vegetation and green meadows. Roaring river Lidder, thick and dense conifer forests with ice-cold garrulous brooks are all there to make the trek to the glacier all the more memorable. Kolahoi is at 18, 800 feet and is visible from afar and it is said that to view it best, one should be either on the ridge opposite it or on Dodsar while pushing away river Lidder.
Despite withstanding various climatic conditions, that glacier still holds a beautiful majesty amongst the mountain ranges, which lures thousands of trekkers each year!
Kolahoi Glacier is a valley glacier in the northwestern himalayan range situated 26 kilometers north from pahalgam and 16 kilometers south from sonmarg,, in the state of jammu and kashmir.
Kolahoi glacier lies at an average elevation of 4700 meters. The highest peak named after the glacier is kolohoi peak has an elevation of 5425 meters. The origin of the glacier is below the cirques on the north flank of Kolahoi Peak. It is the source of lidder river and some melt waters become the tributories of the sind river
Kolahoi Glacier is among the victims of global warming and has shrunk in area from 13.57 km2 in 1963 to 10.69 km2 in 2005 or a loss of 2.88 km2 in three decades.
In 1974 the glacier was about 5 km long and is known to have extended for at least 35 km.
According to another report Kolahoi is a hanging glacier and hollowed inside. It is a matter of great concern for kashmir valley.Many expeditions have failed here Local club is trying much to summit it in 2014.
Best time to visit
Summers are said to be a good season to visit these glaciers as during winters and rainy seasons, the land is almost inaccessible.
Known as ‘Gwash Brani’ meaning ‘Goddess of Light’, the Kolahoi Glacier in Pahalgam is considered to be the only perennial source of water for millions of Indian and Pakistani people!
You must reach Kolahoi by noon as it gets clouded post noon and the glacier is therefore barely visible from a distance.