Siachen Diaries | A tough terrain

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When Dinakar Peri undertook a civilian trek to the Siachen glacier, and lived to tell the tale...

Scaling a 16,000-foot-high summit is a daunting prospect. Soldiers, men who man outposts on the white expanses of the Siachen glacier, are at grave risk from natural elements. In a realm of biting climate and rarified atmosphere, frostbite and burial by snow are highly possible fates.

And this applies to men who have undergone rigorous training to survive in extreme conditions. What of civilians, plucked out their urban havens and airdropped into white desert, then?

Read the series of articles by Dinakar Peri, which provide an in-depth journal of the time he undertook one of these tests of endurance and fortitude.

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    Siachen Diaries I | The Civilian Trek

    Siachen is a legacy of partition. In this multi-part series, The Hindu's Dinakar Peri chronicles the annual trek with the Indian Army to the world's highest battlefield.

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    II | Getting fit to blend in

    Dinakar Peri takes us through the acclimatization process en route the world’s highest battle field, providing a peek into the hardships faced by the Army

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    III | The last hurdle

    Peri gets sight of the Army's flying lifelines at 15,000 feet above sea level ... and manages to clear one final hurdle for the civilian trek.

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    III | To sum it up, Siachen scaled

    On the final stretch of the Indian Army's civilian trek on the Siachen glacier, just 60 km more to reach the 16,000-foot-high summit post...

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