Back from field training on Ponkar glacier in Nepal

In November 2019, Adina Racoviteanu, IGCP 672 project leader, joined by Neil Glasser (Aberystwyth University) and Stephan Harrison (Univ. Exeter) set out with a group of seven Masters students and young researchers from several institutions in Nepal and Sikkim to survey Ponkar glacier in the Manaslu region of Nepal.

The glacier had been previously surveyed by ICIMOD and Kathmandu University since 2016. It took 2 days by bus and jeep and 3 days walk to reach Bhumthang at 3,700m at the side of Ponkar glacier. During 3 days at the site, we conducted geomorphology surveys, drone surveys, surface temperature measurements, ablation stake measurements and spectral measurements of the glacier surface.

See a detailed description of the trip in our fieldtrip list, here.

A nice little  video realized by Smriti Basnett, Asian co-leader is here.

Thanks to all participants for their enthusiasm and good spirits!

Ponkar mountain troop

from left to right: Stephan Harrison (Univ Exeter), Rohit Sthapit (Airlift Nepal), Rajeev Rajak (Sikkim University, India), Praveen Lamsal (Drone Nepal), Rakesh Kayastha (Kathmandu University), Neil Glasser (Aberystwyth University), Amrita Singh (Sikkim University, India), Maria Maharjan (Kathmandu University, Nepal), Sunwi Maskey (Kathmandu University, Nepal), Smriti Basnett (IGCP Asian co-leader, IISc India), Shankar (our guide, Himalayan Research Expeditions), Smriti Katwal (Kathamndu University, Nepal)