Siachen Glacier: Ground war at 22,000 feet

April 16, 2012

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(AP/Channi Anand)
An Indian soldier trains at the Siachen base camp in Indian Kashmir.

Earlier this month search teams, including sniffer dogs, were deployed to find signs of life beneath an avalanche that buried 138 Pakistani soldiers on the Himalayan Siachen Glacier. At 22,000 feet, the heavily militarized border between Pakistan and India is known as the “world’s highest battlefield.”

Harish Kapadia is one of the few civilians that's been allowed on the army-controlled landscape. He’s visited Siachen Glacier three times.  Kapadia wrote about his experiences on the mountain in the book Siachen Glacier: The Battle of Roses.    He shares some of his most memorable moments on the glacier with Worldview.