What is High Altitude Medal and Who Can Earn It

Greeting future officers, we as a whole focus on the olive green however don’t know much with regards to the different decorations serving staff wear on the uniform. Today we will talk about one such decoration the ‘Uchh Tungta Medal’ otherwise called the ‘High Altitude Medal’.


  • The medal was instituted in 1986 to reward service at extremely high altitudes on India’s Himalayan border where blizzards may rage for weeks at a time and temperatures may fall below -50 centigrade.
  • The medal’s official name is ‘Uchh Tungta Medal’.

Conditions of Eligibility:

The conditions of eligibility for the award shall be as follows:-

(a) Personnel who have been definite for obligations associated with the guard of the boundaries and who have finished a total assistance of 180 days during the main spell of residency on the dynamic strength of a unit/arrangement in the spaces where high elevation remittance is acceptable beginning from first April 1984.

(b) Aircrew work force and staff of launch group of Air upkeep units who completed at least 10 forays or 40 hours of flying on transport support jobs from first April 1984.

(c) All faculty who kicked the bucket or supported injuries prompting untimely clearing regardless of time cutoff to remain. This will produce results from the date of issue.

Eligible categories:

The categories of personnel eligible for the award shall be:-

(a) Commissioned Officers, Juniors Commissioned Officers, Other Ranks, and Non-Combatants (selected) of the Regular Army encapsulated Auxiliary and Reserve Forces or some other legitimately established Armed Forces.

(b) Nursing Officers and different individuals from Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon:

  • Medal: The award will be round in shape, made of cupro-nickel, 35 millimeters in measurement, and fitted to a plain even bar. the face with the Ashokan Lions(State Emblem of India) over the public witticism ‘सत्यमेव जयते’ (Satyameva Jayate = Truth Alone Prevails) in Hindi characters, surrounded ‘Ucchh Tunga Medal’ in Hindi and ‘UCCHH TUNGA MEDAL’; the opposite with a portrayal of the Himalayan Mountains.


  • Ribbon: The award will be worn suspended from the left bosom by a silk lace which will be 32 mm in width of Azura Blue shading foundation with white inclining reverse V Shape stripes of 2 millimeters in width with a distance of 5 millimeters between the two stripes.


Bureau Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh administering as boss visitor of the 55th Raising Day(Oct 24) festivals of ITBP declared High Altitude Medals will currently likewise be granted to staff of ITBP, BSF, and SSB who serve at posts situated over 9,000 feet.

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