Last year the Indian government announced that the Siachen region in Ladakh is a tourist zone and that civilians can now easily visit the region.
The Siachen Glacier, one of the highest battlefields in the world, makes a person shiver when he hears this. And, according to recent reports, the Indian army is ready to help civilians get to the most critical parts of the glacier. The Siachen Glacier is nearly 24,000 feet high in the eastern Karakoram Mountains in the Ladakh Himalayas near the control line between India and Pakistan.
The Indian Army has organized a 10-day hike to the Siachen Glacier each year since 2007, and a small group of 30 selected civilians are allowed to hike Siachen in August or September. This selected group of people is recommended to the Indian Army by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and has a unique chance despite the cold wind and snow.
Siachen is one of the highest battlefields in the world and is at an altitude of 24,000 feet. The temperature here routinely drops to -50 ° C. In addition to facing the enemy, the army also has to endure the fight against snow blindness, frostbite, lung infections and depression.
Defense minister Shri Rajnath Singh said on a microblogging website last year: “Ladakh has huge potential in tourism. A better connection in Ladakh would surely bring tourists in large numbers. The Siachen area is now open to tourists and tourism. From the Siachen Base Camp to the Kumar Post, the entire area was opened for tourist purposes. "
This is great news for civilians who can visit the Siachen base camp at 10,000 feet and the Kumar camp at 16,000 feet, where they can experience firsthand the plight of Indian army soldiers.
Although this hike would take 8-9 days, the body is deprived of energy. If you are an adventure freak and would like to experience it first hand, email the Indian Army at (email protected) for more information.
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