Engilchek Glacier

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Engilchek Glacier
South Inylchek Base Camp.jpg
South Engilchek Base Camp
Location in Kyrgyzstan
Location in Kyrgyzstan
Location in Kyrgyzstan
Type Valley glacier
Location Central Tian Shan mountains, Kyrgyzstan
Coordinates 42°09′30″N 79°56′00″E / 42.15833°N 79.93333°E / 42.15833; 79.93333Coordinates: 42°09′30″N 79°56′00″E / 42.15833°N 79.93333°E / 42.15833; 79.93333
Area 17.2 square kilometres (7 sq mi)
Length 60.5 kilometres (38 mi)
Gorkiy Peak from South Engilchek Glacier

Engilchek Glacier (Kyrgyz: Эңилчек, Russian: Энильчек - Enilchek, also Иныльчек - Inylchek) is a glacier in the Central Tian Shan Mountains of Issyk Kul Province, northeastern Kyrgyzstan, 50 km east of the village of Engilchek. It ranks amongst the largest non-polar glaciers in the world and is the largest and fastest moving glacier in the country. The main glacier has two arms, the North and South Engilchek Glacier. The latter is longer and provides a length of 60.5 kilometres (38 mi) for the Engilchek Glacier. [1] with an area of 17.2 square kilometres (7 sq mi) and an ice thickness of roughly 150–200 m in the bottom parts.[2] The glacier stems from the western part of the massif of Khan Tengri and Pik Pobedy also towers nearby.[3] Meltwater from the glacier feeds a tributary of the Aksu River, which crosses the Chinese border into the Tarim Basin.


  1. ^ Häusler, Hermann. "Results from the 2009 geoscientific expedition to the Inylchek glacier, Central Tien Shan (Kyrgyzstan)" (PDF). Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences 104 (2). pp. 47–57. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Inylchek Glacier". Central Asia Adventures. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Engil’chek Glacier". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 13 May 2012.