Now You Don't Need A Permit To Visit The Siachen Glacier Camp

The glacier in Ladakh is renowned for being the highest and coldest battlefield in the world, as well as the second largest glacier outside of polar regions
Siachen Glacier Camp. Photo Credits
Siachen Glacier Camp. Photo Credits
Ladakh Tourism recently announced fantastic news for adventurers and thrill seekers&ndashthe Siachen Glacier is now open to tourists and can be accessed without permits. Known to be the world's highest and coldest battlefield and the second largest glacier found in non-polar regions, the glacier in Ladakh is a highly sensitive area. And while it still falls under the control of the Indian military, Ladakh Tourism has opened it up to tourists to commemorate the army's tenacity and valiance. 
Before this announcement, touristy activities were not permitted in this area due to the conflict between India and Pakistan. However, now as per the new rules, tourists can travel to the civil tourist facility nearest to the Siachen Base Camp without any special permit. 
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The basecamp sits at a mighty altitude of 12,000 ft to 15,000 ft in the Eastern Kumarakom range of the Himalayas. Tourists can access only up to this point. The region that extends beyond this limit remains inaccessible due to technical reasons related to security. At the base camp, tourists can visit the War Memorial built to commemorate the Indian Army and their selfless efforts at securing us. 
While the area does not require domestic tourists to get NOC from the authorities, the District Administration will continue collecting the environmental fee. It is also essential to know that the temperature can dip to excessive temperatures of -60 degrees Celcius. Therefore, visiting this destination is definitely not easy and most
certainly not for the faint-hearted.
However, as tourists gain access to these previously off-limits areas, it is of utmost importance to approach them with a deep sense of respect for the delicate ecosystems and local cultures. Adhering to responsible tourism principles, including leaving minimal impact and actively supporting the local communities, will safeguard the region's invaluable natural and cultural legacy for generations to come.
How To Reach
The closest airport to the Siachen Base Camp is Leh's Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Airport. To reach there from Leh, it takes approximately 9 to 10 hours by car heading north. One has the option to either hire a taxi from Leh or drive independently through the Nubra Valley to reach the Siachen Base Camp.

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