The No.40 glacier: Blue ice maze falling on the borderline
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The No.40 glacier, also called Tsogyal glacier, was found by explorers in 2016 in the vicinity of Luozha County, Shannan City, Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China. It got its name because it is adjacent to the No.40 boundary marker of the China-Bhutan border. 

The No.40 glacier on the borderline. /VCG Photo

The No.40 glacier on the borderline. /VCG Photo

The No.40 glacier covered in snow. /VCG Photo

The No.40 glacier covered in snow. /VCG Photo

Close-up of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

Close-up of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

The No.40 glacier bathing in sunshine. /VCG Photo

The No.40 glacier bathing in sunshine. /VCG Photo

Aerial view of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

Aerial view of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

At an altitude of 5,300 meters, the No. 40 glacier is almost at the same elevation of Qomolangma Base Camp in Shigatse City in Tibet. Small as it seems to be, various amazing forms of ice, including moraines, moraine lakes, ice tongues, seracs, and icicles, can be found here.

The No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

The No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

The No.40 glacier in the wasteland. /VCG Photo

The No.40 glacier in the wasteland. /VCG Photo

Close-up of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

Close-up of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

Close-up of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

Close-up of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

The seracs of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

The seracs of the No.40 glacier. /VCG Photo

The No.40 glacier is said to be the most approachable glacier, which enables people to walk inside without professional equipment. However, tourists have not been allowed to visit since December 5, 2018, due to safety concerns.