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The Roadside Glacier- Noijin Kangsang EarthCache

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Geocache Description:

The cache is easily accessed from the Nagartse – Gyantse road near the 5'036m high Karo La pass. Take precautions for altitude sickness when visiting this location- this cache is at over 5,000 meters. Note: coords are a little off, lots of signal bounce here, but should be for the pullover point by the glacier on the road. If you can take better coords send them my way.

The difficulty rating for this cache is high because I can't think of a way to get to this part of Tibet that doesn't require a huge amount of preparation. As of this writing, a visit to Tibet requires getting a guide, a Tibet travel permit and one for travel outside Lhasa, a car and driver (land cruiser not required, the road is paved), and of course the near-death experience all driving in Tibet requires. Trust me, it's fun.
The terrain rating is set because while the overlook point marked by the coordinates is just a few meters from the road over gravel, it is at over 5,000 meters and is in fact the first such pass going south from Lhasa, so don't underestimate the amount of gasping for air any physical activity involves up here!
Now, the cache:
Noijin Kangsang (7'206m / 23'641ft) is the closest major Himalayan peak to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. It belongs to the Lhagoi Kangri belt, a heteroclite juxtaposition of sub-ranges squeezed between the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) river to the north and the High Himalaya to the south.
Noijin Kangsang is the highest peak of the massif extending around the Karo La group, to which belongs Kaluxung / Kalurong (6674m), and several other little know snow-capped mountains over 6'000m, many of them still unclimbed.
Two major glaciers descend to just a few hundred meters from the highway, and make for a spectacular sight! Unfortunately the glaciers have been receeding at an accelerated pace in recent years, in large part because the highway nearby reflects additional light onto the mountain face.
To log this Earthcache, email me the answers to the following questions:
1. What is the altitude measured by your GPS at the given coordinates? (Yes you are very high up- drink some more water!)
2. What evidence do you see of the glacier contributing to the formation of the pass?
3. Do you see evidence that the glacier is receding? What is it?
4. As an optional requirement, this is a spectacular site and uploading any photos you may have taken with your log would be great. Safe travels and happy caching!
Note: No retroactive logging of this cache please- as an earthcache you couldn't have fulfilled the requirements to log it before it was placed. Thanks!

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