Stunning facts that every Indian should know about the soldiers defending world’s highest battle field, Siachen Glaciers

We owe so much to the Indian Army. They are the reason we sleep peacefully at night, a perfect example of bravery. But there’s still so much we don’t know about our men of steel.

The highest combat zone on planet earth, Siachen glacier is one place where fewer soldiers have died on the line duty due to enemy fire than because of the harsh weather conditions. It is the highest battleground on the earth and the minimum temperature in the region can dip to 50 Degree Celsius or 140 Degree Fahrenheit in winters.

But even if human bodies refuse to work normally in these harsh conditions, our soldiers with their human bodies do not. They toil on, day after day, guarding the highest battlefield with the will to protect it from the enemy.
Following are some facts about Siachen, 5000 metres above sea level, world’s highest battlefield and the difficult conditions that our soldiers work in.

  • Because the weather is very unpredictable, there is no telling when the next resupply helicopter might come.

  • Fresh food is something which never reaches our soldiers. At the altitude of 5,400 metres fruits like apple and oranges freeze like a rock in no time.

  • On bad days, there is zero visibility.Our soldiers are always present at this location, whether it is a good climate or bad.


  • Due to continuous use of oxygen masks, our soldiers often suffer from problems of hearing, eyesight and memory loss. Indian soldiers who stay at that altitude for long suffer from weight loss, loss of appetite, sleep disorders and memory loss. Speech blurring is obvious.

    There are no beds for the soldiers to sleep on.


  •  846 soldiers have been killed at Siachen, since the last 30 years and numbers add on

The Indian Army has made criteria that any soldier who dies at Siachen because of extreme cold climate and adverse conditions will be treated as battle casualties.

  • Soldiers get to call home once a week for just two minutes.

  • The Indian and Pakistani armies have been fighting a “No-Win” war on the 20,000-foot-high Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground.

  • Temperatures fall to 60 degrees temperature below zero, and sudden blizzards can bury field artillery in minutes. Only 10 per cent of oxygen is available in Siachen than it is in plains.

  • Snowstorms on the Siachen glacier can last for as long as 3 weeks. Winds here can touch speeds of 100 mph in no time. Annual snowfall in Siachen can be well over 3 dozen feet.

  • In Siachen, soldiers are at the risk of getting frostbite if their bare skin touches any metal object for more than 15 seconds. Fainting spells and pounding headaches are frequent.

  • Army pilots literally push their helicopters well beyond their optimal performance, to drop supplies at forward posts located at an altitude of more than 20,000 feet.

  • In the last three years alone, 50 Indian soldiers are reported to have died on the Siachen glacier.

  • A war memorial on the banks of the Nubra River has the names of Indian soldiers who laid down their lives on the glacier.

  •  Something as basic as water too doesn’t come easily to our soldiers.

    They melt ice on stoves to obtain drinking water. Machine guns are dipped in boiling water to keep them from jamming.

  • Soldiers find ways to entertain themselves when they can. In the end we all are from Cricket Crazy Nation.