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...The annual Siachen civilian trek organised by the Indian Army, gives them a chance to trek up tothe icy heights of the glacier.The Army takes around 40 people, including its experts, two journalists, defence scientists, school cadets and "civilian volunteers," on the "unique adventure trip".On September 15 this year, 36 selected members reported for the trip at Leh in Jammu & Kashmir. I was one of them.It was the first step in our arduous journey and for the next two days we were allowed to do nothing but sleep and eat. Leh is situated at a height of 11,300 feet and it is crucial to get acclimatised to the thin air before climbing higher.The next four days were spent well exploring the beautiful, historical monuments in and around Leh.All this while, medical check-ups and acclimatisation were on and only 32 of 36 members were allowed to proceed to the Siachen base camp. ...NDTV on Oct. 21, 2015, midnight