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High Altitude Siachen Glacier Trek – 2013

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Siachen Glacier:-

The Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalaya Mountains at about 35.421226°N 77.109540°E, just northeast of the point NJ9842 where the Line of Control between India and Pakistan ends. At 70 km (43 mi) long, it is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and second-longest in the world’s non-polar areas. It falls from an altitude of 5,753 m (18,875 ft) above sea level at its head at Indira Col on the China border down to 3,620 m (11,875 ft) at the snout.

“Sia” in the Balti language refers to the rose family plant widely dispersed in the region. “Chun” references any object found in abundance. Thus the name Siachen refers to a land with an abundance of roses

The Siachen Trek is an annual program sponsored by the Army Adventure Wing. The Army has announced plans to take around 10 civilians to the forbidding Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge in September. This is the only chance for a civilian to visit the highest and coldest battlefield in the world.

The civilian trek to Siachen, the first edition of which was held in 2007, would include civilians from all walks of life, will be held in the months of September and / or October each year.

The trek, being organised by the (AAW) Army Adventure Wing , will involve a 60-km climb up the glacier to the Kumar Post at a height of over 18,300 ft braving chilly winds, lack of oxygen and sub-zero temperatures. The one-month trek will include acclimatization of the civilian trekkers in Leh and Siachen base camp.

Role of Indian Mountaineering Foundation(IMF):-

The Army Adventure Wing, HQ, New Delhi each year requests IMF to select 10 civilians from all over India for the Siachen Trek. IMF sends out a notification to all its Members (Clubs & Tour Operators) to submit applications in a week’s time.

  • Generally this process happens from Mid- August to Mid-September.
  • The selection is purely on first come first serve basis.
  • Participants must have completed the  Basic Mountaineering Course and / or attended a few expeditions / treks.
  • The entire process in completed in 20 days and the selected participants receive a confirmation letter to the attend the trek from their respective Clubs / Tour Operators.
  • The letter has the details required for the trek (whom, when to report, things to bring etc)

Application Form:

  • Reference Copy of Application Form.
  • First take a print out on plain paper and fill the form in the prescribed format, also attach all necessary documents (Appendix A, B, C & Certificates of your Mountaineering Course if available) and send it to the provided address.
  • “Indemnity Bond is a declaration form to be filled by the participant.” 
  • Appendix D mentions a list of special equipment. Please take them along to cross Khardung La.
  • For further clarifications you may also e-mail to <armyadventurewing@gmail.com>

Report to Leh:

  1. The selected civilians would be asked to report on a specific date at Leh Airport.
  2. Do NOT report early by a day or two, as no accommodation will be provided, you must stay on your own.
  3. Do NOT report a day late, as there are chances of being sent back.
  4. The 30- day trek is well organized by the Army Adventure Wing.
  5. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is followed.
  6. Please refrain from smoking if you want to complete this trek.

Stage 1A

About Leh:-

Mountains dominate the landscape around the Leh as it is at an altitude of 3,500m. Leh has a cold desert climate with long, harsh winters from October to early March, with minimum temperatures well below freezing for most of the winter. The city gets occasional snowfall during winter. The weather in the remaining months is generally fine and warm during the day. The temperature can range from −28 °C (-18.4 °F) in winter to 33 °C (91.4 °F) in summer.

The principal access roads include the 434 km Srinagar-Leh highway which connects Leh with Srinagar and the 473 km Leh-Manali Highway which connects Manali with Leh. Both roads are open only on a seasonal basis. The access roads from Srinagar and Manali are often blocked by snow in winter. There is scarce tree line, hence it is difficult to breathe. Hence drink a lot of water to maintain the levels of oxygen in your body.

Stage 1B

Acclimatization:-

  • The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude.
  • Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases.
  • Dehydration due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes may contribute to the symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood.
  • The rate of ascent, altitude attained, amount of physical activity at high altitude, as well as individual susceptibility, are contributing factors to the onset and severity of high-altitude illness.
  • After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the saturation of oxyhemoglobin begins to plummet.However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
  • There is a limit to the level of adaptation; mountaineers refer to the altitudes above 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) as the “death zone”, where no human body can acclimatize.
  • Altitude sickness usually occurs following a rapid ascent and can usually be prevented by ascending slowly.
  • The symptoms are temporary and usually abate as altitude acclimatization occurs. However, in extreme cases, altitude sickness can be fatal.

Cost of the Trek:

  • You have to bear for the costs of travelling, food, boarding and lodging from your place to Leh Reporting Point and back. Also for your personal expenses during the entire trek.
  • In case you damage any of the equipment issued for the trek, you have to pay the amount as you will be issued Brand New Equipment (SEALED BOXES). Equipment’s will be issue in Base Camp ONLY (Stage II).
  • No charge on Transportation, Food, Boarding & Lodging from Reporting Point in Leh to Kumar Post & Back .

Travelling Information:

By Road:

Via Srinagar:  

  • Board a train to Jammu Tawi.
  • Take a shared cab from Jammu Tourist Centre  to Srinagar (Tourist Centre). Innova / Tavera / Tempo Traveler Rs 1500 / Rs 1300 / Rs 1100 per person (10 hours  or more – weather conditions apply).
  • Take a shared cab from Srinagar Bus Stand to Leh Bus Stand. Innova / Tavera Rs. 1800 / Rs 1500 per person (12 – 14 hours or more – weather conditions apply).
  • You may get down at Leh Airport if you are reaching on the time specified.
  • By J&KSRTC – Jammu to Srinagar Rs. 400 & Srinagar to Leh Rs. 1100. Beware that sometimes the staff goes on strike without any information. Conditions Apply.

Via Keylong:

  • Board a night bus to Manali from Delhi. (check Redbus) or the Delhi / HP State Transport for details.
  • Board a shared cab from Manali to Leh via Keylong. Innova / Tavera Rs. 2000 / Rs. 1800. Weather conditions apply.
  • You need to acclimatize well on this route by drinking a lot of water. Altitude touches an alarming 15,400 ft after Rohtang pass. Contradicting the pace at which altitude has to be gained.

By Flight: Board a flight from Delhi to Leh which will save you time  Costs vary as per season.

Mobile Connectivity

  • Only Postpaid connections work in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Aircel & BSNL are the only two networks which work in Leh.
  • BSNL is the only carrier which you can rely upon in Stage II & Stage III.
  • All Mobile Phones & Cameras (Digital Electronic Equipment, GPS Trackers etc) will be collected and deposited at Base Camp before starting for the Stage IV. These will be returned after reaching Base Camp.

Stages of Acclimatization:- The acclimatization stage is subdivided into 3 stages.

I stage: for height above 9000ft -12000ft. (Leh – 257 Transit Camp @ ht 11,550 ft)

  • Day1 & 2 : Rest, short walks
  • Day 3 & 4 : 3 km walk without load (No steep climbs)
  • Day 5 & 6 : 5 km walk with load or 300m steep climb with load.

II stage: for height above 12000 ft -15000ft. (Base Camp @ ht 12,500 ft)

  • Day1 & 2 : 1.5 km walk without load (No steep climbs)
  • Day 3 : 3 km walk without load or 300m steep climb without load
  • Day 4 : 3 km walk with load or 300m steep climb with load.

III stage: for height above 15000 ft -18000 ft. (North Pullu @ ht 15,300 ft)

  • Day1 & 2 : 1.5 km walk without load (No steep climbs)
  • Day 3 : 3 km walk without load or 300m steep climb without load
  • Day 4 : 3 km walk with load or 300m steep climb with load.

The Siachen Trek 2013

I Stage: for height above 9000ft -12000ft. (Leh – 257 Transit Camp @ ht 11,550 ft)

Breakfast – 8.30am to 9.30am; Lunch – 1.30pm to 2.30pm; Dinner – 8.30pm to 9.30pm

Stage 1C

Note:-

  1. BP checkup is done every evening.
  2. Blood, Sugar, Urine, ECG & 2D Echo(if recommended), Dental checkup is done at 153 GH(Army Hospital).
  3. Based on the medical reports & BP pattern for 6 days, after a thorough discussion with the CMO(Chief Medical Officer) the candidates are selected and sent for the II stage of acclimatisation.

Day 1: – Brief Introduction & Allotment of rooms.

Day 2:- Visited the Polo ground (last day of Ladakh Festival-2013)

Day 3:- 3km acclimatization walk at 7.30am, watched Chennai Express at Rinchen Auditorium.

Day 4:- Visited 153 GH for Blood, Sugar, Urine, Dental checkup. Sightseeing – Sangam of Indus & Zanskar Rivers, Lunch at Patiala Brigade (Nimmu), Magnetic Hill and Pathar Sahib Gurudwara.

Day 5:- 5km walk cancelled (Rain). Visited Dalai Lama’s Residence & Hemis Monastery.

Day 6:- Visited 14 Corps HQ (Flag off ceremony rehersal). Post lunch visited Stok Palace & Museum, Thiksey Monastery, 3 Idiots(Druk White Lotus School), Shey palace, Shanti Stupa, Leh Market.

Day 7:- Flag off ceremony at 14 Corps HQ, Visited Hall of Fame, Kali Mandir. Declaration of Fit candidates.

Flag Off

II Stage: for height above 12000 ft -15000ft. (Base Camp @ ht 12,500 ft)

Breakfast – 7.30am to 8.30am; Lunch – 1.30pm to 2.30pm; Dinner – 8.30pm to 9.30pm

Note:-

  1. BP checkup is done everyday at 12.30 pm.
  2. Dental checkup is done at Medical Inspection (MI) Room.
  3. Based on dental reports & BP pattern for 6 days, after thorough discussion with the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) the candidates are selected and sent for the III stage of acclimatization.

Day 8:- Early start off to Base Camp which is 205 km from Leh, via South Pullu(15300 ft), Khardung La(18380 ft), North Pullu(15300 ft).

Day 9:- Brief Introduction, Allotment of rooms & Issue of Equipment. Post Lunch Introduction of Instructors from Army Mountaineering Institute(AMI) & Siachen Battle School(SBS), Base Camp.

Day 10:- Walk to Rock Craft area. Techniques of RockCraft, Climbing Session – Rocks numbered 1,2&3. Jumaring & Rappelling.

Day 11:- 3 km walk with load to Ice Craft area on route visited OP Baba. Techniques of Ice Craft – 2 point, 3 point, 10 point techniques. Post Lunch lectures on Flora & Fauna of Ladakh Region, First Aid, Acclimatisation & Diseases at High Altitude.

Day 12:- 6 km glacier walk with load from SBS training area to Half Link. Post lunch visited the Core Commander Campus of 7 Kumaon Unit. (Unit organizing Siachen Trek 2013 for tea & snacks)

Day 13:- 8km trek cum glacier walk with load from base camp. Crevasse Rescue techniques – I, N, Z Methods.

Day 14:- 4km trek with load to SBS Training area. Knots practice & Ice Craft Demo – 2pt, 3pt, 4pt, Crevasse Crossing, Crevasse Rescue, Shifting of Injured etc. Post lunch watched Vertical Limit @ SBS Auditorium.

Day 15:- Steep Hill climb of 2000 ft with load. Post lunch visited the Siachen War Memorial (names of 986 soldiers who sacrificed their lives for India). Declaration of Fit candidates.

Stage 2

III Stage: for height above 15000 ft -18000 ft. (North Pullu @ ht 15,300 ft)

Breakfast – 8.30am to 9.30am; Lunch – 1.30pm to 2.30pm; Dinner – 8.30pm to 9.30pm

Note:-

  1. BP checkup is done everyday at MI Room at 1pm.
  2. Based on BP pattern for 4 days and after thorough discussion with the CMO(Chief Medical Officer) the candidates are selected and sent for the IV- last stage of the trek.

Day 16:- Early start off to North Pullu which is 150km from Base Camp, via Sasoma, Khalsar. Visited Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment(SASE – DRDO) at Sasoma. Post lunch rooms were allocated, followed by BP checkup.

Day 17:- Rest Day

Day 18:- 4km walk without load.

Day 19:- 5km walk without load.

Day 20:- Start off to Base Camp, after breakfast. Post lunch rooms were allocated, followed by BP checkup. Evening Fall In – Instructions about 4th stage schedule.

Stage 3

IV Stage – Trek from Base Camp to Kumar Post & back

Day 21:- Early start off from Base Camp to Camp I. (12 km)

Day 22:- Camp I to Camp II. (14km)

Day 23:- Camp II to Camp III. (16km)

Day 24:- Camp III to Kumar Post. (18km)

Day 25:- Return from Kumar Post to Camp III.

Day 26:- Camp III to Camp II.

Day 27:- Camp II to Camp I.

Day 28:- Camp I to Base Camp. Celebrations at Core Commander Campus.
Certificates & a CD of Pics taken during the entire trek are given to every successful participant.

Return to Leh

Day 29:- Early start off from Base Camp to Leh, via Sasoma, N.Pullu, Khardung La & S. Pullu.

Day 30:- Flag In celebrations at 14 Corps HQ. Dispersal of candidates at 5pm.

Summary & Final Notes:-

  • BP Check up is done every day.
  • Health is the prime factor in “THE SIACHEN GLACIER TREK”.
  • Every stage of acclimatization, unfit candidates are sent back immediately.
  • You will be asked about your health condition every day. In case of a slight headache bring it to the notice of the doctor or Officer In Charge of the trek.
  • In the IV stage, after the BP check up unfit candidates are sent back to Base Camp every day immediately without any delay
  • In case of chilblains / frostbite, the person is airlifted in an helicopter to the 153 GH in Leh.
  • Everyone participating in the trek irrespective of whether civilian or armed personnel has to follow the SOP and has to obey the instructions.
  • Candidates are eliminated in every stage, make sure you are fit by all means (Ex: BP, ECG was taken at 153 GH at around 11 pm, a day before flag off)
  • In all 21 people participated (8 Civilians, 4 kin of Armed Forces, 9 students from Rashtriya Indian Military School/College)
  • Stage I – 2 participants (both civilians) were declared unfit (Reason – High Sugar levels, High BP & ECG)
  • Stage II – 1 participant (civilian) was declared unfit (Reason – High BP)
  • Stage III – 4 participants (1 kin of armed forces, 2 students of RIMS & 1 civilian) were declared unfit (Reason – High BP, Nausea)
  • Stage IV –  After reaching Kumar Post , 1 student of RIMC reported frozen palms so was shifted immediately to Leh in a chopper (Reason – 1st degree Frost Bite)
  • No accommodation will be provided at Leh for the participants who are sent back from Stage I, II, III.

Info of Siachen :-

http://www.siachenglacier.com/counting-cost-siachen.html (Siachen & its cost per day as on 28/07/2007)

Ice Craft Training

Edit 1 – Poster of Siachen Trek 2016

Download application form from the Indian Army website.

Appx – A

  1. Your Name
  2. Your Designation (if working or just student)
  3. Working organisation name
  4. Address with Phone numbers
  5.  Indemnity bond date (Appx – B) signed date.
  6. Medical Certificate (Appx – C) signed date.
  7. Experience if any , if place not sufficient attach a separate list of places you have trekked or participated for expeditions.
  8. Declaration – Signature of Sponsoring Organization (take seal and stamp of Principal – school/college & Incharge – company(if you are working)

Appx – B (Indemnity Bond) – Stamp Paper NOT required. Just fill the form and attach photo also.

  1. In consideration of —-Your Name S/o or D/o— Father’s Name belong to —–School / College / Organization Name
  2. COUNTERSIGNATURE BY HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT/CO/OC – means Signature of Commanding Officer (CO) / Officer in Command (OC) when your application is received at the Unit Command for the Siachen Trek.

Appx – C (Medical Certificate)

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Author: jaffarsb

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70 thoughts on “High Altitude Siachen Glacier Trek – 2013

  1. Crisp and Nice info.. Thanks a lot.

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  2. hey i am from maharashtra and applying for this treck for the year2014 but i didnt completed any basic coure of trecking but i have experiance of trecking so am i eligible to apply?

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    • Hi Sushant,

      The criteria to get selected is to complete a Basic Mountaineering Course. The application has to be forwarded through a proper channel.
      You have to be a kin of Armed Personnel if you want to participate in this trek (without a Basic Course) and the selection of applicants is done by the Army Adventure Wing HQ, New Delhi.
      The rules are strict as it is a very rough terrain (an Everest’er said “Scaling Mt. Everest seemed easy).

      Hope you understand the point. 🙂

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  3. How should I apply? I application has an indemnity bond to be submitted. Should this be submitted on plain paper or stamp paper? Should I send the application by post or scan the docs and send it over email? Any pointers will help.

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    • I have updated the post based on your questions. First send the application by post and may also send an email too with a copy of scanned documents for your reference.

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  4. Excellent write up!

    Can you shed details on the cost of the trek?
    How many ppl were disqualified at each stage on health grounds?

    Need some information on the application process:
    This year Army has given a notification for the trek.
    http://indianarmy.nic.in/Site/FormTemplete/frmTempSimple.aspx?MnId=DpUv1IYCyo+xIypf0m0WRw==&ParentID=dTqnsFa1FNe0PvcNCajdTg==

    Do we need to submit the medical certificate and Indemnity bond in that format and apply?

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  5. The army adventure wing is not taking up the phone. Can you please share if you have any alternative numbers?

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  6. Sir mene form sent kr diya or sath me mainne apne friend ka bhi form sent kiya…but mera naam nahi select hua…mere dost ka form …waiting me hai….sir kuch ho skta hai kya….???? Jis se me bhi is trekk pe jaa saku….main determinate hu sir is cheez k liye…..plss help me. Sir…..

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    • Hi Nitin,

      The selection process of the candidates is entirely in the hands of Army Adventure Wing. They do it on a “FIRST COME FIRST SERVE” basis. If any criteria for selection is purely decided by the board of members of Army Adventure Wing, HQ, New Delhi. Please contact armyadventurewing@gmail.com for further clarifications. Hope you understand that there is not much I may do regarding the selection process, as it is NOT in my hands.

      This blog is written solely based on my experiences during the trek, to provide an insight of how the trek advances and the difficulties you might face during the course of the trek.

      Regards,
      Jaffar SB

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  7. thanks a lot….for these details………………………………..

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  8. Hi, I must say it is a very detailed and helpful information. Can you please tell me what we need to buy, like warm cloths tracking shoes etc. and what they are going to provide us? I saw in your photographs that most of the people have the same tracking shoes and jacket. It gives me a sense that it is provided by Army wings. Please be specific about the what they provide in clothing, as you have mentioned that they give something in new sealed pack box.

    Thank you

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  9. Hi, I must say it is a very detailed and helpful information. I have been selected for the 2012 trekking. Can you please tell me what we need to buy, like warm cloths tracking shoes etc. and what they are going to provide us? I saw in your photographs that most of the people have the same tracking shoes and jacket. It gives me a sense that it is provided by Army wings. Please be specific about the what they provide in clothing, as you have mentioned that they give something in new sealed pack box. Do we need to buy sleeping bag and trekking shoes?

    Thank you

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    • Hi Dhruv,

      Congratulations.

      Things to take along with a Rucksack
      1 layer of inner thermals.
      1 pair of Trek shoes (Quechua or Goldstar) (No Sandals allowed)
      1 pair of waterproof gloves
      1 thermos water bottle
      Foot powder (Absorb) – 1
      Sunscreen lotion (Melagard) – 1
      Woolen Cap – 1
      T Shirts 3-4
      Track Pants 2
      Toiletries (Include Body Moisturizer, Lip Balm, Deo)
      Wet wipes
      undergarments.

      Take as less weight as possible, because the equipment issued will weigh around 15 kg.

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  10. * selected for 2014 trekking

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  11. how do we know we are selected because no response is given by aaw and they even don’t receive phone calls

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  12. selected for trekk
    thanku god

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  13. Hi Jaffarsb..thanks for the post!!

    2 days before I have received a msg by a lt. col about the size of tracksuit and t-shirt required for me(EU standards) stating that the form has been sent for the Siachen trek.
    I have not received any selection letter until now. (they r not receiving phone calls either)
    What shall I consider? (Form was directly sent to AAW)

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  14. I have replied them with the tracksuit size and received a thanks. That’s it! Does that mean it is in process or it’s already selected?

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  15. WOW! That means I should start buying shoes, glasses etc. Thanks for the clarification! 🙂

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  16. Is this trip open for girls also..?

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  17. Click on Notices in the India Army website and search for Trek to Siachen Glacier for Civilians. Last year the notification was posted on 28th April 2014. Regularly check the website for updates. All the Best.. 🙂

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  18. Hello,

    Nice information. I have done couple of treks in Himalya 1> great lakes of kashmir 2> Stok kangiri summit (have to abandon the trek at around 18500 fts because of bad weather. Also completed cycling in Leh~Nubra valley with Khardung La and Manali to Leh. I am interested in this trek in 2015. Can you please let me know when the process will start? and whether i am eligible to apply?

    Regards
    Archana

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    • Hi Archana,

      Apologies for the delay.

      You are eligible if you are physically fit. The only concern in this trek is the stringent medical tests which the organizers abide by, the notification in the army website is generally out by the month of April. All the Best in advance.

      Regards,
      Jaffar SB

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  19. What is the selection process ?
    Selection is done by the Army or the IMF ?

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    • 2013, i applied through IMF in the month of August. However in 2014, the army called upon the interested candidates in April itself.. The only thing which matters is “Are you interested in joining??”… It shouldn’t matter who does the selection process…. This is for civilian candidates ONLY. Kin of Armed forces have to apply via proper channel…

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      • Hello Jaffer,

        Everything is very clearly said. I just have one question on eligibility. This is a Civilian trek. Should we be a kin of Armed forces to apply for this trek? Or anyone can apply?
        And where am I supposed to get notified about the trek. Since its on first cum first serve basis, we might have to apply the earliest. Is there a particular page where this Application will be open every year?

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  20. Hello

    i have been in to trekking from last 3 years in Maharashtra region & going for solo Everest base camp on march 2016 via jiri/gokya & cho la pass but didn’t have done any certified course.

    so can i have hope for selection in Siachen Glacier Trek & when i have to submitted form as i have been in to touch with army wing they told me that in april i have to submit.

    so please kindly give some suggestion.

    thanks & regards
    ketan

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    • Hi Ketan,
      Since you have been active for almost 3 years, it will be easier for you to participate in the Siachen Glacier Trek.
      You have to keep a few things in mind.
      1. Start with a load of 5 kgs and increase it to 20kgs in the rucksack while participating in treks.
      2. Do “Surya Namskar” for atleast 45 minutes daily.
      3. Start doing breathing exercises.
      4. Stair master, mountain climbers, and step up exercises will update your stamina and endurance.
      5. Lastly try doing these exercises listed in this video . Sort out the order.

      All the best.
      Jaffar SB

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  21. Sir i want to apply for 2016 trek. There is no notification in army website till now, how can i find the dates for applying for the trek.

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    • Hi Ganesh,

      I have also checked through the Indian Army Website. Post 2014, notification for Siachen Trek has not been posted. I am also unaware of the reason why the army adventure wing have not conducted this trek for the past two years.
      I would suggest you to contact / write in a mail to “armyadventurewing@gmail.com” for updates

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      • Thank you sir.

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      • Hi.. I am an amateur enthusiast and passionate about trekking, Due to my formal corporate job ..could not live my this dream to the fullest… Please suggest or guide . Have undergone many of your explanatory and motivational answers to the queries.. and expect for self as well. Response keenly awaited.

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  22. Plz Give me link for download the form for 2016 Siachen trek.
    Which doucmdnts are send?
    Plz tell me proceed?
    Basic mountaineering course or tracking experience is compulsory for this course?
    Thank you😊

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  23. Hello Jaffar, this year application procedure is announced. Can you please let me know the application procedure. I have received application form, Indemnity bond and medical certificate format. But I am not sure about Signature of Officer of sponsoring organization on application form and what to write on Indemnity bond as I am just normal civilian, not daughter of any army man. So can you please suggest?

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  24. I am Chetan Upadhye from Goa i have been trekking since last 5 years in Goa and Maharashtra
    I am physically and mentally fit in all means.
    I have contacted the office no 011-23016548 , they said that no info has been given yet as when the form has to be submitted and the last date of submission. there is no post of the same on the website.

    I have following Questions

    1. Do i need to have LIC/Beema?
    2. Signature of the officer Sponsoring in Appx A
    3. Stamp duty payable in Appx B
    4. Signature countersigned by Head of the Department
    5. Address at which the form has to be sent

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  25. Jaff,

    I want to know that I have done chandrtal (himachal) & great lakes of kashmir trek. I am individual no organization is sponsoring me, I can apply as individual

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  26. hello sir
    i am working in survey of india under central government , so from where i have to countersigned my form, please also inform me about online submission of form

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    • online submission is not possible… countersign is done by the Commanding Officer of Northern Command … its like a counterfeit receipt for the army unit..

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  27. Hello jaffarsb,

    My name is Sudarshan. You can say I have inspired from you top line

    “Aspire to Inspire Before you expire”.

    I was always interested in Mountaineering and High Altitude Trekking but somehow due to less knowledge and very new on this I am not able to fulfil my dream.

    I saw your blog and started thinking once again over this.

    I am a physically fit guy and would like to explore on this side in my life. Can you help me or suggest me over this. Can you help me with below questions?

    How can I start, from where a beginner can start? As I seen Indian army tracking is very good but everyone cannot get this opportunity then what all other option are there for an beginner?

    Your inputs will be appreciated.

    Regards,
    Sudarshan

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    • I am thankful to god, who has given me an opportunity to inspire others…
      To start of with you may attend national treks conducted by YHAI (yhaindia.org)
      Post which you might want to attend basic mountaineering course (bmc) in JIM /NIM / HMI / NIMAS, the one closer to your place, it will tell the difference between trekking and mountaineering.
      You will see a completely different side of you once you have completed bmc…
      You may apply the siachen trek in the future years…
      All the best in advance…

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      • Very Thanks to you jaffarsb for your very quick reply. I am based and working in delhi and I hope i will find something near to my place.

        Let me explorer, will keep update here.

        Thanks
        Sudarshan

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  28. Excellent write up Mr. Jaffar

    I am applying for siachen trek 2016, have done my
    I have been trekking in Himalayas in Shaydries from pass 16 yrs.
    Basic and Advance Course from NIM,
    Team member of Sudarshan Peak Expedition (6507 mt; 21470 ft), Garhwal Himalayas
    Team member of Mt. Keadardome Expedition (22500 ft.) in Gangotri region
    8 to 10 high altitude treks in Himalayas.
    Cycling from Mumbai to Ladakh,
    Adventure activities also include Glacier Trekking / Winter Trekking in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh.
    River Rafting in Ladakh, Himichal and Gharwal.
    Escorted Cycling and Motor Bike tours, Seashore treks.
    Scuba Diving up to depth of 10 mts.,
    Assisting as a launcher for Parasailing activity

    Please let me know how may Rs. stamp paper is required for Indemnity bound and Is Notary required’

    Can you please share your contact details.

    M.S. Mantri
    (Mumbai)

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  29. Excellent write up Mr. Jaffar

    I am applying for siachen trek 2016, have done my
    I have been trekking in Himalayas in Shaydries from pass 16 yrs.
    Basic and Advance Course from NIM,
    Team member of Sudarshan Peak Expedition (6507 mt; 21470 ft), Garhwal Himalayas
    Team member of Mt. Keadardome Expedition (22500 ft.) in Gangotri region
    8 to 10 high altitude treks in Himalayas.
    Cycling from Mumbai to Ladakh,
    Adventure activities also include Glacier Trekking / Winter Trekking in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh.
    River Rafting in Ladakh, Himichal and Gharwal.
    Escorted Cycling and Motor Bike tours, Seashore treks.
    Scuba Diving up to depth of 10 mts.,
    Assisting as a launcher for Parasailing activity

    Please let me know how may Rs. stamp paper is required for Indemnity bound and Is Notary required

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  30. Hello Sir,
    very informative and updated write up. Have applied for 2016 trek,wish to get selected.
    would it be safe amidst all the instability in J & K??

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    • the trek starts from leh..which is around 430kms from srinagar
      you have 3 options to reach.. one via srinagar, two via manali by road and 3rd via flight from delhi. the present situation will not affect the trek…

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  31. I enquired from Army HQ and was told that the notice for 2016 has not yet been issued. Then how to know and apply in time?

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  32. i want to apply for siachen trek for 2017 kindly help me

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    • There are 3 factors which you need to know while participating for this trek.

      1. Endurance and stamina
      2. Awareness and Safety
      3. Mindset of a mountaineer or Just do it Attitude(keeping in mind point 2)

      Start working on these 3 factors, you will gradually build yourself to a form which will help you complete the siachen trek.

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  33. Dear Jaffarsb,
    Can you please tell about the exact dates of the program? I have to report for Advanced Mountaineering Course on September 15th this year. I cannot figure out if the dates can be managed or not.

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    • Hi Varun
      I understand your concern, however I can only provide you information which I am aware of.
      Your demand is way beyond my limits, so it would be better if you write in a mail to the concerned department or authority who is conducting the Siachen Glacier Trek / Expedition. Hope this answers your query.

      Disclaimer – This blog is written solely to help understand aspirants who want to apply for the Siachen Trek, the information which is NOT available to all.

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