Ignoring Pak, Army Launches Civilian Trek To Siachen

30 September 2008
The Indian Express


New Delhi: Notwithstanding Pakistan's vociferous protests, Indian Army on Wednesday launched a civilian mountaineering and trekking expedition to the forbidding Siachen Glacier for the second year in a row. The 21-day expedition is meant to show to the international community that Indian troops hold the 72-km-long Siachen Glacier in the Saltoro Ridge region of Jammu and Kashmir, and Pakistan was nowhere near it. However, the aim of the trekking trip for 42 civilians including women, journalists, DRDO scientists, and Defence personnel is to promote adventure tourism among civilian youth of the country, army sources said. 'The participants for the trek have already gathered at Leh and are currently going through an acclimatisation and medical fitness examination process before they proceed to the glacier,' an army official said.