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Leh To Siachen Base Camp Itinerary

6 years later when I finally revisited that part of Ladakh I couldn’t be happier. Leh to Siachen Base Camp was far more adventurous and just about as picturesque as Leh to Nubra Valley.

This 2-day journey (that we initially tried to attempt in a day, but failed) was one of those rare trips I would love to reattempt soon.

Here’s a detailed vlog of our Siachen Base Camp motorcycle trip…

Siachen Base Camp Trip – All You Need To Know

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve deeper into the nuances of this epic journey, ensuring you’re equipped with all the information needed to plan your unforgettable expedition.

What is Siachen?

Nestled within the majestic eastern Karakoram Range of the Himalayas, Siachen Glacier stands as a testament to nature’s grandeur. Not only is it renowned for its breathtaking beauty, but it also holds the distinction of being the highest battleground on Earth, a testament to its strategic significance.

What is Siachen Base Camp?

Siachen Base Camp serves as the gateway to Siachen Glacier. Perched at an altitude exceeding 12,000 feet, it beckons adventurers with promises of unparalleled vistas and unforgettable experiences.

Until recently it was not allowed for civilians to come here. In the year 2020, however, the Indian Army secured the area and opened it to the general public. Though it is still not allowed to stay anywhere around the area (and the nearest village where one can stay is Warshi – nearly 40km away from the base camp) visitors can be here between 8 in the morning and sunset.

There’s a souvenir shop, a War Memorial and a Shiv Temple to explore.

Where is Siachen Base Camp?

Nestled within the rugged terrain of Ladakh in the northern reaches of Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen Base Camp offers a glimpse into the raw beauty of the Himalayas.

Geographically, it is located in the Nubra Valley of the Ladakh region. From the town of Leh, you cross Khardung La to enter the valley and drive through Panamik and Warshi villages to reach the base camp.

From Leh, it is about 200 kilometers away, and 120 kilometers from Diskit.

Siachen Base Camp Permit

Before embarking on your journey, securing the necessary permits from Indian authorities is imperative. Given its proximity to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, these permits ensure your safety and adherence to regulations governing this sensitive border area.

You need an ILP that can be obtained from Leh in the SDM office or from Delhi as well. It is possible to get an ILP from one of many private travel agents in Leh for a fee. It is possible to get a one-week (or longer) permit so that you can explore the region without hurrying too much.

Ladakh permit

How to Reach Siachen Base Camp

There’s only one way to get there and the journey begins in Leh, the bustling capital of Ladakh. From there, you need to get through rugged mountain passes and picturesque valleys, navigating your way towards the Siachen Base Camp. En route, you also come across Khardungla – one of the highest motorable passes in the world.

You will need at least two days to visit Siachen Base camp and back to Leh.

  • Leh to Warshi (via Khalsar) – Day 1
  • Warshiu to Siachen and back to Leh  – Day 2

Here’s what the route map will look like (if going straight from Leh to Siachen Base Camp)…

Leh – Khardung La – Khalsar – Sumur – Panamik – Warshi – OP Baba Shrine – Siachen Base Camp

But for most people, it can be a challenging journey. I recommend you break the journey and do it in three days.

Additionally, a more enjoyable route (that will consume more days) will be…

  • Leh to Diskit / Hunder – Day 1
  • Diskit to Turtuk & Thang to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Siachen Base Camp to Panamik – Day 3
  • Panamik to Pangong Lake – Day 4
  • Pangong Lake to Leh – Day 5

Two iconic routes beckon travelers to Siachen Base Camp: the scenic Nubra Valley and the mesmerizing Pangong Lake. Each offers its own set of challenges and rewards, promising unforgettable experiences amidst some of nature’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.

OP Baba Shrine

A spiritual oasis amidst the rugged terrain, OP Baba Shrine serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made in the name of duty. Travelers pause here, paying homage to the spirit of a fallen soldier and seeking blessings for their journey ahead.

Where to Stay

Accommodation options near Siachen Base Camp are limited, with rustic guesthouses and campsites offering respite to weary travelers. Embrace the simplicity of life amidst the mountains, where each starlit night brings you closer to the heart of the Himalayas.

You will find guesthouses and homestays in Warshi, Khalsar, Panamir and Sumur.

Best Time to Visit Siachen Base Camp

Timing is key when planning your visit to Siachen Base Camp. From May to September, the summer months offer the most favorable weather conditions, allowing for smoother passage through the mountain passes and more comfortable temperatures at higher altitudes.

It is also possible to visit during April and October but it is possible the route is not open because of snowfall at high passes.

During the winter months of November to March, the route remains closed for tourists because of heavy snowfall and susceptance to risky driving conditions near Khardungla.

siachen base camp route

Siachen Base Camp Temperature

Prepare for fluctuating temperatures at Siachen Base Camp, with daytime highs ranging from a brisk 10°C to a more temperate 20°C during the summer months. As night falls, be prepared for cooler temperatures, necessitating warm layers to ward off the chill.

It is recommended you carry enough woolens including gloves and thermals.

If you are on a motorcycle ride, ensure you are travelling with proper riding gear, keeping safety and harsh weather conditions in mind.

Can Foreigners Visit Siachen Glacier or Base Camp?

Due to its sensitive military status, Siachen Glacier and Base Camp are inaccessible to foreign tourists. However, Indian citizens with the appropriate permits can visit Siachen Base Camp.

Siachen Trekking Expedition

For intrepid trekkers seeking a deeper connection with nature, Siachen Trekking Expeditions offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the pristine beauty of the Himalayas. Led by seasoned guides, these expeditions promise adventure, camaraderie, and memories to last a lifetime amidst the icy expanse of Siachen Glacier.

Embark on this extraordinary journey from Leh to Siachen Base Camp, where every step brings you closer to the heart of the Himalayas and the thrill of adventure awaits at every turn. Prepare to be captivated by the raw beauty of nature and the indomitable spirit of the mountains, as you forge unforgettable memories amidst the icy wilderness of Siachen.

Mobile Network at Siachen Base Camp

Jio turned out to have the best reception in the entire Nubra Valley. Airtel was intermittently working, however, Vodafone did not work at all.

BSNL also works as well in the entire region but their service is not that great. The call quality is a little bad and the data speed is way too slow. So the best network for Nubra Valley and the base camp in my opinion is Jio.

You need to have a postpaid connection if the number belongs outside of the Ladakh region.

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I am Dev, and I've been travelling full-time since 2016. I was a journalism student & started my corporate career as a documentary film-maker in England, before moving to India & becoming a full-time nomad. 25+countries. 50+ Brand Partnerships. And the adventure continues...

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