Trivia / Unravel Ladakh

The Indian Army organises a trek for civilians to the ______.

  1. Stok Kangri Peak
  2. Siachen Glacier
  3. Marpo La Peak, Kargil

Siachen Glacier

The Adventure wing of the Indian Army organises an annual trek to the Siachen Glacier for civilians in August, September or October depending on the weather conditions. This is the only chance for a civilian to visit the highest and coldest battlefield in the world.

The applications are invited a few months before the expedition on the Indian army website, and participants are selected on a first-come-first-serve basis as long as they have the required fitness. They should preferably be under 45 years of age and should have done some high altitude treks or a basic mountaineering course before applying.

It is a 60 km climb to the Kumar Post at 18,300 ft and Siachen is amongst the largest non-polar glacier in the world. Thus, it is very important to make sure that you are physically fit for the trek before you apply for it. Every year a lot of participants quit the trek halfway, and sometimes they have to be rescued by choppers.

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