Chumik Glacier

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Chumik Glacier
Map showing the location of Chumik Glacier
Map showing the location of Chumik Glacier
Chumik Glacier
Location in Pakistan
Map showing the location of Chumik Glacier
Map showing the location of Chumik Glacier
Chumik Glacier
Chumik Glacier (Pakistan)
TypeMountain glacier
LocationKarakoram range, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Coordinates35°13′1.2″N 76°54′32.4″E / 35.217000°N 76.909000°E / 35.217000; 76.909000Coordinates: 35°13′1.2″N 76°54′32.4″E / 35.217000°N 76.909000°E / 35.217000; 76.909000
Length23 km (14 mi)
United Nations map of Siachen Glacier showing "Point NJ980420" (Point NJ9842) as the starting point of the "Actual Ground Position Line" (AGPL). The Nubra River valley and Siachen Glacier are held by India. The AGPL starts from NJ9842 and goes north to near Indira Col West. Goma military camp, Masherbrum Range, Baltoro Glacier, Baltoro Glacier, Baltoro Muztagh and K2 are held by Pakistan.
Indo-Pak mutually-agreed undisputed "International Border" (IB) in the black line, Indo-Pak "Line of Control" (LoC) in black dotted line in the north and west, Indo-Sino "Line of Actual" (LAC) in black dotted line in the east, Indo-Pak line across Siachen in north is "Actual Ground Position Line" (AGPL). The areas shown in green are the two Pakistani-controlled areas: Gilgit–Baltistan in the north and Azad Kashmir in the south. The area shown in orange is the Indian-controlled territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, and the diagonally-hatched area to the east is the Chinese-controlled area known as Aksai Chin. "Territories ceded by Pakistan to China claimed by India" in the north is Shaksgam (Trans-Karakoram Tract).

Chumik Glacier is located in the Siachen region. Located on the west of Saltoro ridge,[1] it is a 4-mile-long offshoot of the Bilafond Glacier.[2]


In military terminology, Chumik is a minor sub sector of Bilafond Sub Sector,[3] near Gyong La.

In March 1989, Indian Army launched the Operation Ibex to seize the Pakistani post overlooking the Chumik Glacier. The operation was unsuccessful at dislodging Pakistani troops from their positions. The Indian Army under Brig. R. K. Nanavatty then launched an artillery attack on Kauser Base, the Pakistani logistical node on Chumik Glacier. The destruction of Kauser Base induced Pakistani troops to vacate their Chumik posts just west of Gyong La, and Operation Ibex concluded.[4]

See also[edit]

Near the AGPL (Actual Ground Position Line)
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  1. ^ V.R. Raghavan (15 April 2003). Siachen: Conflict without End. Viking. p. 95. ISBN 978-0670049226. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  2. ^ Asad Hakeem, Gurmeet Kanwal; Michael Vannoni; Gaurav Rajen (September 2007). "Demilitarization of the Siachen Conflict Zone: Concepts for Implementation and Monitoring" (PDF). Albuquerque, New Mexico: Sandia National Laboratories. p. 28. SAND2007-5670. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  3. ^ Chumik ops.
  4. ^ The fight for Siachen, Brig. Javed Hassan (Retd) 22 April 2012, The Tribune (Pakistan)