Siachen base camp: Ladakh Travel Guide

Siachen base camp
Introduction

The Siachen Base Camp in Leh Ladakh has been on the bucket list of all adventure enthusiasts. It is the Base Camp of the Indian Army in the Siachen Glacier region within Indian Territory. The Siachen glacier is a glacier snuggled in the eastern Karakoram Range in the Himalayas, just northeast where the line of control between India and Pakistan ends. It is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and the second lengthiest in the world’s non-polar areas. 

Siachen Base Camp is now open for tourism and tourists. Earlier the civilians were not allowed to go beyond Panamik, a small village in the Nubra Valley. The Nubra Valley is considered as the gateway to the Siachen which is quite far from the Siachen Base Camp. With the new rules, small batches of tourists will be allowed to venture further.

How far is the Siachen base camp from Leh?

Siachen base camp is approximately 200 kilometers from Leh and it should take 9-10 hours to reach in the normal conditions.

How to reach Siachen Base Camp?

The nearest airport from the Siachen Base Camp is the Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Airport, Leh. Siachen Base camp is nearly 9 to 10 hours’ drive north from the town of Leh. One can hire a taxi from Leh or drive on its own till Siachen Base Camp via Nubra Valley.

Permission or Permits Required for Siachen Base Camp

Till now, the regular Inner Line Permit will only get you as far as Warshi Village of Nubra Valley. DC office Leh is not authorized to issue any permit for Siachen Base Camp. 

First of all, Siachen Base Camp is not just a place where you can get the permit easily and start trekking towards it. Earlier, you will have to get a permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Defense (MOD) with a clear-cut explanation of why you want to visit here. But now the rules will be changed for the permits and people can visit there in small groups.

Staying options in Siachen Base camp?

The nearest staying options available at Panamik where one can find hotels and other accommodations. One should make a day visit to Siachen Base Camp. One can carry their tent and necessary items if they wish to stay at the Siachen Base Camp, Ladakh and this can be possible with the permission of the Indian Army.

Health Considerations to Keep in Mind during the Journey?

At such altitude, the oxygen level is low and surely is not for those with weak lungs or do not have prior trekking practice and experience. So, tourists will, of course, have to be physically fit. Acclimatization at a higher altitude is a necessary consideration as it can save you from various problems like high altitude sickness.

Are foreigners allowed to visit? 

As Siachen base camp is situated just northeast of the line of control between India and Pakistan. So due to security reasons, foreigners are not allowed to visit here.

Is photography is allowed?

Photography is strictly forbidden at Siachen Base Camp, excluding the OP Baba Shrine. In any case, this is a sensitive military area and you should not click and post photos on social sites.

Celebrities who been to Siachen Glacier or Siachen base camp?

Almost nine celebrities have visited the Siachen and trek to the Kumar Post at the height of 15,630 feet. This daredevil expedition has been undertaken by the actors like Arjun Rampal, Rannvijay Singh, Arunoday Singh, Sonali Seygall, filmmaker Shlok Sharma, TV actor Hasan Zaidi and model Namrata Gujaran. Along with them, the cricketer RP Singh and hockey player Yuvraj Walmiki visited there. These famous celebrities have all the luxuries and can spend their time in their cozy houses but they choose to show unanimity for our soldiers who faced such intense situations every day. 

After gathering all this information, if you wish to visit Siachen and experience the adrenaline rush through your veins by glaring at the world’s highest battlefield and wanted to get the glimpses of Himalayas in its true form then Contact us and plan your tour with us. We will help you with the customized tour option which will let you have a memorable experience of this paradise!


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