Indian army to organise Siachen trek for civilians

Leh, the starting point of the expedition. Picture by Swagata Basu
Leh, the starting point of the expedition. Picture by Swagata Basu

July 20 (TravelAndy): Adventure tourists and trekkers are in for some very exciting news, as the Indian army is organising a 13-day trek to the mighty Siachen glaciers, for civilians, said reports.

A team of 45 trekkers will be selected for the expedition by the army, who will be guided to a 60 km journey along the highest mountain passes in the Karakoram Range.

The journey is slated to begin during September-October. Anyone, within the age limit of 45 years, can apply to take part in the expedition. Every applicant will have to undergo medical test and will have to submit indemnity bond and medical certificate along with the application form.

The trekking itinerary will be Siachen base camp-Kumar Camp-Siachen base camp. This 13-day trek will involve altitudes ranging from 12000 ft to 16,000 ft.

Participants will reach the reporting point in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir. From there the team will be taken to Siachen base camp, from where the official trek to Kumar camp (16,000ft) will commence.

The last date for applications is today.

The army has been conducting this annual high altitude trek to Siachen Glacier since 2007 for civilians, persons from organisation associated with defence forces, mediapersons, cadets from RIMC, RMS, members of IMF, dependants of army persons and prominent citizens.


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