The Indian Army conducts an annual trek to Siachen glacier for civilians, between August to September every year. The expedition for civilians was started for the first time in 2007 and is organised by the Army Adventure Wing. About 30-40 civilians are selected.
This year’s applications for the 13-day long trek are currently open. The overall programme goes on for a month including acclimatisation, medical check-up and the trek from the Siachen Base Camp to the Kumar camp and back.
The length of the trek is 60 kilometres both ways and at altitudes ranging between 12,000 feet and 16,000 feet.
Those interested have to send a signed application to HQ Northern High Command, Indian Army by July 20, 2016. The participants will be decided on a first-come-first -serve basis. Applicants should preferably be below 45 years of age. Everyone selected for the trek has the required fitness to go on the high-altitude trek in extreme conditions. The documents to be sent with the complete application form include indemnity bond and medical certificate. Download the form here.
Organisations associated with defence forces, media persons, Rashtriya Indian Military College and Rashtriya Military School cadets, and adventure lovers participate in the trek every year. This is the only chance for a civilian to visit the world’s highest and coldest battlefield.
“The trek begins from Leh in Ladakh at a height of about 12,000 feet above mean sea level. From there, the participants proceed to the Siachen Base Camp which goes into the mountain slopes at 10,000 feet and, from there, trek on to Kumar camp which is at 16,000 feet, the distance of the trek being 60 km both ways across 8-9 days,” writes a journalist who participated in the trek last year, in The Hindu.
The applications have to be sent to:
HQ Northern Command (Training Branch)
Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir
Get more information here.