High Altitude Medal
TypeService medal
Awarded forTenure at high altitude.
Presented by India
EligibilityMembers of the Indian Armed Forces
IND High Altitude Medal Ribbon.svg
Ribbon bar
Next (higher)Sainya Seva Medal[1]
Next (lower)Videsh Seva Medal

The High Altitude Medal (Ucchh Tungta Medal) is issued to service personnel who complete a specified tenure at high altitude.[2] The medal was instituted following the President’s Secretariat Notification No - 72/Pres86 dated 12 September 1986. The medal was instituted in lieu of the clasp Himalaya to Sainya Seva Medal.[3]


The award is given to those members of the Indian armed forces, who are eligible under the following criteria[2][3]

High altitude allowance is admissible to personnel serving in field areas, which are situated at a height of 9000 feet and above.[4] The medal may also be awarded to police and central armed police force personnel(CAPF) who serve in high altitude areas


The medal is circular in shape and made of cupro-nickel. It is 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar. The obverse has the State Emblem with its motto and the inscription “Ucch Tungta Medal” (उच्च तुंगता मेडल) in Hindi and English on both sides of the State Emblem along the rim. The reverse has the representation of the mountains. The ribbon is 32 mm in width with a Azure Blue colour background, white diagonal reverse V Shape stripes of 2 millimeters in width and a distance of 5 millimeters between the two stripes.[2]


  1. ^ "Order of Precedence". Archived from the original on 2022-08-30. Retrieved 2022-09-24.
  2. ^ a b c "Ucchh Tungta Medal (High Altitude Medal)". Archived from the original on 2022-09-24. Retrieved 2022-09-24.
  3. ^ a b "Gazette of India, No 39" (PDF). 1986-09-27. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-09-24. Retrieved 2022-09-24.
  4. ^ "PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF JCOs/OR, 2018 (page 74)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2022-09-24.