Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced that Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, is now wide open for tourists. In other words, explorers, trekkers or simply travel enthusiasts can just go and explore the beauty of the wonderful Siachen Glacier.
Singh said that tourists will be allowed to go to the Kumar Post from the Siachen base camp. Kumar Post is located at an altitude of 15,000 feet.
This is a huge boost for both the travel enthusiasts and the natives of the region. The local area will now witness a great boost owing to tourists. This is bound to help the region economically and make it more tourist-friendly. Many local businesses and companies will also thrive with this big boost to tourism.
Rajnath Singh announced this news through his twitter account, and people all around the globe are delighted.
“The Siachen area is now open for tourists and Tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for tourism purposes.” The Defence Minister wrote on his Twitter account.
A new bridge has also been constructed, which will provide greater connectivity to the region. This will further facilitate tourism and make transportation easier. The new bridge is made to sustain all kinds of weather conditions.
Rajnath Singh also announced that 36 more bridges and roads are under construction, which will help both the army and the tourists.
“Ladakh has tremendous potential in tourism. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers.” Singh added.
Siachen base camp is located at Partapur at an elevation of 12,000 feet above sea level. The temperatures in this region go as low as -60 degrees Celsius during this winter months. This momentous area is a huge conflict zone for Pakistan and India, which makes it a highly guarded area. The idea of even being able to traverse through this harsh and highly guarded terrain is like living in a fantasy realm.
The base camp is located near the LOC India shares with Pakistan. It is located in one of the most picturesque ranges of the Himalayas called the Karakoram Range.
The highest point in Siachen is the Bana Post, which is perched at 23,000 feet above sea level. However, as of now, the government has only allowed tourists until the Kumar Post.
Before this announcement, Siachen was only open to civilians once every year for the annual civilian expedition. Apart from that event, no tourist was allowed here.
The Indian army will still monitor the play and every visitor carefully before letting them into this Himalayan Fortress.
The wonders of Siachen lies not just in the beauty that it commands, but also in the history that it has witnessed. From witnessing the Kargil War to hosting several other conflicts, Siachen has seen it all. The entire area is filled with anecdotes and stories that only an army person can tell you.
You will be surprised at the hospitality and warmth of these men and women in the military, and there is no doubt a trip to Siachen will be a breathtaking experience.
Battle the snow, gasp at the stunning blue sky, marvel at the snow-covered peaks, or just listen to the tales of the army from the army men and women. Can anything be more surreal?
So, what are you waiting for, pack your bags and get ready for the trek of your lifetime at Siachen? We promise you, you will never come across anything more ethereal yet challenging that this trek.