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Army High Altitude School
 
 History

Army High Altitude School was established at Rattu (Northern Area of Pakistan) in December 1987. This institution trains troops in High Altitude and Mountain Warfare operations including skiing. During summers students are also given a chance of climbing 19000 feet altitude on various peaks.
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 Location

Army High Altitude School is located at Rattu (Northern Areas). Rattu is one of the century plus old cantonments of Kashmir. It is located at an altitude of 9000 feet above sea level. The weather during summer remains very pleasant but winters are very cold and temperatures vary between ~20°C to -35°C. Rattu receives 3 feet to 6 feet snow during winter.
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 Educational Philosophy

This school train students in skiing, High Altitude and Mountain Warfare operations. Training is imparted in the shape of lectures, demonstrations and practicals. In order to ensure realistic training, tactical exercises are conducted at altitudes of 12000 feet to 16000 feet at the base of famous Nanga Parbator Rakaposhi peaks. In the basic training, students are taken to 19000 feet altitude. School also undertakes number of trekking and mountaineering expeditions on famous peaks to ensure following:

  • Maximum stress is laid on practical training i.e. mountain/ snow crafts to enable trainees to overcome difficulties faced at high altitude.
  • To develop in trainees the confidence to operate in small groups and to survive in high altitude snow bound and glaciated areas.
  • To increase the awareness in use, care and maintenance of weapons/ equipment at high altitude.
  • To organize training in a way to develop endurance, liking for mountains and inculcate comradeship in the trainees to operate in most inhospitable environments


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 Faculty

Training team consists of Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officers. Entire training staff is qualified in mountain warfare and high altitude operations.
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 The Courses

Training activities of various courses run at this institution are as under:

  • 2x Ski Courses for 10 days
  • 2x Mountaineering Courses
  • 1x Mountain Warfare Course
  • 2x Snow Warfare Courses
  • 3x Liaison Officer Courses
  • Civil Adventure Courses (Male & Female Mountaineering Legs (Only for SSG)

 

Brief of the Courses Offred

  • Snow & Mountain Warfare Training 
  • Mountain & Glacier Craft Skills
  • Survival Technique in High Altitude Area
  • Characteristics of snow and its effect on per¬sons
  • Different navigational techniques in mountains
  • Solution of administrative problems in moun¬tainous & Snow clad areas 

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Selection Criteria

All the courses run at this institution are of practical nature and only physically and mentally fit students can undergo these courses. Pre-requisites of various courses are as under:

High Altitude / Mountain Warfare Courses

  • Officers
    Should be basic course qualified and under 30 years of age.


     
  • Junior Commissioned Officers
    Volunteers, physically fit and educated Junior Commissioned Officers with one army course and age under 40 years.


     
  • Non Commissioned Officers
    Volunteers, physically fit and educated Non Commissioned Officers with one Army Course and under 35 years of age.


     

Ski Course

Volunteers officers with inclination to mountain and winter sports.

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 Campus

Rattu Campus is surrounded by River Kalapani and River Mir Malik. Mountain craft training sites, river crossing sites and ski slopes are located within the campus.

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 Conclusion

Army High Altitude School is one of the youngest institutions of Army. In a very short span of time this institution has trained considerable number of troops in High Altitude and Mountain Warfare operations, the school is also making efforts to promote mountaineering and skiing in the country.top
 

 


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