Since 2007, the Indian Army’s Adventure Wing has been organizing an annual trek to the glaciers of Siachen with Indian civilians. The wing selects 30-40 civilians for a 13-day long trek in the months of August and September. The trek from Siachen base camp to Kumar camp covers a distance of 60 kilometres with an altitude ranging from 12,000 ft to 16,000 ft. The 13-day programme includes this trek along with acclimatization and medical check-up.
Organisations associated with defence forces, media persons, Rashtriya Indian Military College and Rashtriya Military School cadets and trekking enthusiasts recommended by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and adventure lovers have been climbing this trek for the past few years.
Siachen has been a negotiable territory between India- Pakistan border since independence. In the 1970s, Pakistan tried setting up camp on the glacier after allowing foreign mountaineering expedition. In response, India launched Operation Meghdoot and occupied high points of the glacier. The two countries have exchanged firing for a while, but by 2003 there was a ceasefire agreement after which things have been pretty much under control.
This is the only chance for a civilian to experience the rawness and magnificence of Siachen Glaciers. The army presents it as an opportunity to expose the hurdles it faces in positioning itself in one of the most inhospitable terrains of the world where weather becomes a bigger enemy than the opponent.
The participants will be selected on the first-cum-first basis with an aptitude for high-altitude treks. A signed application is required to be sent to HQ Northern High Command, Indian Army by July 20,2016. Get more information on how to track down details and applications, here