Satellite Images of the Hindu Kush Region

Tracking Changes in the Hindu Kush Mountains


Photo of a section of the Hindu Kush Range in the north of Afghanistan.

With this page, we hope to provide a continuously updated collection of images tracking all significant climatic changes in the Hindu Kush Region.  The images posted on this site are collected by our Groundstation Crew from the NOAA 14 satellite.  Our group will endeavor to edit the expansive images and provide a closer and more detailed look at the Hindu Kush mountains in the north of Pakistan.

  • On this topographical map, the Hindu Kush is the entire region found to the left of the blue line and circled by the red line.

  • The Hindu Kush is a major mountain system in central Asia.  It extends generally in a southwesterly direction from the plateau region of the Pamirs on the borders of Afghanistan to North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan; and Tajikistan. The system lies largely in northeastern Afghanistan.  

  • In the first section west of the Pamirs, the Hindu Kush extends southward. In this section the system has a plateau like summit, dotted with small glacial lakes. The system then turns to the southwest and gains in elevation, and the plateau summit breaks into peaks, the highest of which is Tirich Měr, in Pakistan. Many other peaks in this section rise more than 6096 m, and the system is broken by such passes as the Baroghil, the Dorah, and the Khavak. The Hindu Kush is also the source of many rivers; the most notable are the Amu Darya River on the northern slopes and the Helmand, Kabul, and Konar Rivers and several tributaries of the Indus River on the southern slopes.  (map and information culled from the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development)

October 15, 1999

This picture, taken in mid-October of this year, shows the Hindu Kush Mountains in the upper left corner.  There is little sign of snow and no storms are billowing over the range either, as they are over the north western part of India, caught in the lower right part of the image.


November 12, 1999

This picture, taken in almost a month after the first, shows the Hindu Kush Range in the center of the image.  As one can see, the area is obscured by clouds, but dotted peaks of white can be spotted amidst the gray, showing the growing of snow on the mountains.


November 14, 1999

In this image, we see the Hindu Kush Range in the top left corner.  Clouds coming in from the west partially cover the range, but as it is some snow can be seen on the mountains.


November 15, 1999

This picture boasts almost no cloud cover, and in the top left corner we can see huge amounts of white covering the northern-most part of the range.


December 15, 1999

This picture shows the Hindu Kush region in the top right hand corner.  Snow can be seen covering the gray peaks visible there.

Though these five pictures are all we have for the moment, we are going to be continually adding and improving upon this page.  Beginning in January, we will work to post at least one picture of the Hindu Kush Mountains a week.  By doing this over the course of a few months, we will be able to study weather patterns and truly track climate changes in the mountain area.

At our school's past archive of pictures, one can find a set of three satellite images of the Hindu Kush which serve to illuminate the definitive seasonal change which occurs there during Spring, Summer, and Winter.


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