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Siachen Glacier is now the newest tourist destination

Last year, Indian Government announced that the Siachen region in Ladakh a tourist zone and now the civilians can visit the region with ease.

One of the world’s highest battlefields, Siachen Glacier brings a chill to one person when hearing this. And as per recent reports, Indian Army is ready to allow civilians to trek to the most critical parts of the glacier. The Siachen Glacier is nestled at a height of nearly 24,000 feet in the eastern Karakoram Range in the Ladakh Himalayas, at a proximity to the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

Every year since 2007, Indian Army have been organising a 10-day trek to the Siachen Glacier and a small group of 30 selected civilians would be allowed to trek Siachen that takes place in the months of August or September. These selected group of individual will be recommended to the Indian Army by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and they get a once in a lifetime chance braving cold winds and snow.

Siachen is one of the world’s highest battlegrounds that stand at an altitude of 24,000ft and the temperature here drops to -50C routinely. Apart from facing enemies, the army must also endure fighting against Snowblindess, frostbite, lung infections and depression.

Last year Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh had said on microblogging site, ” Ladakh has tremendous potential in Tourism. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers. The Siachen area is now open for tourists and Tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for tourism purposes.”

This is great news for civilians where they can visit the base camp of Siachen located at 10,000ft and Kumar Camp located around 16,000ft where they can experience the hardship faced by Indian Army Soldiers first hand.

Although this trek would last 8-9 days, one’s body will be drained out of energy. If you are adventure freak and want to experience this first hand, drop an email to the Indian Army at [email protected] for additional information.

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