The disputed Siachen glacier, where an avalanche hit early Saturday, is billed as the world's highest combat zone, but atrocious weather conditions have claimed more lives than actual fighting.
The 77-kilometre-long (48-mile) glacier traverses the Line of Control, the de facto border separating Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, at a height of over 6,300 metres (20,800 feet).
Combat between the nuclear-armed foes has claimed few lives but frostbite, avalanches and driving blizzards, which can sweep men into crevasses, are deadly for the thousands of soldiers deployed there.
Winter temperatures plummet to minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit), with blizzards gusting at speeds of 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour.
India in 1984 occupied the key areas on the glacier, including the heights, and Pakistan immediately responded by deploying its own forces. They fought a fierce
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