India sets up world’s highest terrestrial research centre

Date: October 05, 2015

UV radiation Pangong DIHAR DRDO

 DRDO sets up world’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre in Ladakh

Creating yet another centre of excellence, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established the world’s highest terrestrial centre at Changla near Pengong lake in Ladakh, which will serve as a natural cold storage for preserving rare and endangered medical plants for generations to come.


Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh, a constituent establishment of DRDO has established this Extreme Altitude Research Centre at Changla at 17600 ft above mean sea level.
The centre, 75 km ahead of Leh town towards Pangong lake, is poised to be the worlds highest terrestrial R&D Centre under cold desert of Ladakh, where the temperature goes as low as -40 0 C during extreme winter months (Dec April), coupled with reduced atmospheric pressure & humidity, and high wind velocity & UV radiation.

. It will be as an important utility for research work in frontal areas of food and agriculture and bio-medical sciences for well-being of the soldiers deployed in high altitude cold desert. It will also provide unique opportunity to other establishments and labs of DRDO for evaluation and testing of electronics and communication devices. It will serve as testing ground of various materials for high altitude applications including UAV’s micro engines, batteries and fuel cells, high altitude clothing etc. in naturally occurring extreme cold conditions at Changla.