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River Basins and Cryosphere
Rikha Samba Glacier, Lower Mustang, Nepal
18 November 2020 to
01 December 2020
Tika Ram Gurung & Sharad Joshi
A small team of researchers from ICIMOD are currently on a research expedition to Rikha Samba Glacier in the Hidden Valley of Mustang, Nepal, to collect annual glacier data and carry out routine maintenance work on automatic weather stations. Rikha Samba Glacier, one of the largest clean ice glaciers in Nepal, ranges from an elevation of 6,515–5,416 masl, and encompasses an area of 5.32 km2. Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the team is strictly following safety protocols.
The field research expedition is part of the regular data collection activities under the Cryosphere Initiative, Regional Programme on River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD. The initiative is supported by the Government of Norway and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
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