Preparation for the expedition to Yala Glacier in Shyafrubeshi, Rasuwa. The expedition team heading to Kyangjing Village from Langtang Village. Kyangjing Village as seen from top of Kyangjing Ri (peak). An automatic weather station in Kyangjing is used to record the temperature, precipitation, wind speed and direction, incoming and outgoing solar radiation, humidity, soil temperature, and snow depth. Students and project partners learning basic mountaineering techniques from a certified mountain guide in Kyangjing. Participants learning to rappel as a part of basic mountaineering training held in Kyangjing. A participant learning to rappel down a glacier cliff. Expedition team members reaching Yala Glacier base camp at an altitude of 5,100 masl. Yala Glacier base camp as seen from the automatic weather station located at the foot of the glacier. A total station surveying instrument is used to take measurements of the glacier’s outline and surrounding features. Yala Glacier base camp and Langtang Lirung peak can be seen in the background. A participant receiving training on the use of the total station surveying instrument. An automatic weather station near Yala Glacier base camp is used to record the temperature, precipitation, wind speed and direction, incoming and outgoing solar radiation, humidity, soil temperature, and snow depth. Expedition members climb to Yala Glacier ridge (5,500 masl) with equipment to install stakes for measuring glacier and snow melt and to dig snow pits to measure snow accumulation. Expedition members taking glacier mass balance measurements on Yala Glacier. Icicles and a small glacial pond forming on Yala Glacier. Participants learning how to use a steam ice drill to install measurement stakes in the glacier. Expedition members using GPS to record the location and elevation of measurement stakes. A participant digging a snow pit, which will be used to measure snow depth and snow density and to help calculate the amount of water stored as snow on the glacier ice.  Walking in the snow-covered accumulation area requires caution as there are numerous crevasses, such as this newly formed crevasse and moulin near the glacier ridge. The cryosphere expedition team at Yala Glacier base camp.
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