Spiti mountains. Glacier in foreground, 16000ft above the sea.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Spiti mountains and glacier from the 'Crofton Collection: Topographical and architectural views mostly in India', taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. Lahaul and Spiti is the largest district in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, and consists of a vast area of high mountains and low valleys. It is bounded by Ladakh to the north, Tibet to the east, and the Kullu valley to the south. The Spiti valley is connected to Lahaul through the 4500-m Kunzam pass. There are several small tributary glaciers that feed the largest one: the Bara Shigri that measures nearly 28km long and is several kilometers wide. It opens out into the Chandra valley and its waters flow into the Chandra river. This photograph shows the glacier with a group of Himalayan guides, yaks and baggage in the foreground.