On July 27, 2020, the Indian Army announced that the Siachen Valley is to be opened for the civilians. The decision comes amidst Line of Actual Control stand off between India and China.
The Indian Army had opened the Siachen, world’s largest non-polar glacier and the highest battlefield in the world was taken in October 2019. When the order was passed, winter had begun and when the tourist season was nearly over. Following the winter, India and China had tensed borders along the LAC.
The Army Adventure Cell is to issue permits for Siachen area. Siachen is in the Galwan valley. The valley is one of the spots where the Indian and Chinese armies engaged.
From 2007, India allowed civilians to trek from Siachen base camp to high altitude locations such as the Siachen Glaciers. The Glacier is at 11,000 feet height.
The Indian and Chinese Armies are still negotiating about stand off. They agreed to disengage in Galwan Valley, Gogra, and hot springs. However, the issue on Pangong Tso lake is yet to be concluded.
Army Adventure Wing
The AAW operates under Directorate General of Military Training. It plans, conducts, promotes adventure activities in the army. Currently, AAW is conducting adventure activities in 17 different adventure disciples under three fields of Aero, Aqua and Land.