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Expedition in Sikkim

 
 

Recently the government has opened some of the peaks to promote mountain tourism in the state vide notification No.25/HOME/2006 dated 20/03/2006 issued by the Home Department, government of Sikkim, the following peaks have been open for mountaineering from the 17th September 2005.

 
     
 

PEAKS IN NORTH SIKKIM


Karma Bhutia (M.D.) with George Band (The 1st man to climb Mt.Khangchendzonga 8598m.3rd highest mountain in the world) in 1955

 Lamo Angdeng  5868 mtrs.

Grade AD

 Brung Khangtse  5635 mtrs.

Grade D

PEAKS IN WEST SIKKIM

 Frey Peak 5830 mtrs

Grade AD+

 Mt. Thingchinkhang 6010 mtrs

Grade D+

 Mt. Joponu 5603 mtrs

Grade D

The permits for the above mentioned peaks will be issued by the Home Department. The amount mentioned below has to be paid in Gangtok, Sikkim, after the permit is granted by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi

Expedition Royalties
The following royalties are levied for the expeditions.
For foreign expedition teams: US$350 per team of upto four members, US$ 500 per team of upto eight members and US$ 75 for every additional member.

Insurance
The following minimum insurance coverage is compulsory.
Expedition members: Rs. 3 lakhs per member
Camp crew: Rs. 1 lakh per person
Porters: Rs. 50,000/- per person
Animals: Rs. 20,000/- per animal

Essentials
The best season to climb in Sikkim is from May to October. Foreign expeditions have to book a peak along with a peak fee. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is the country's apex body that helps in organizing/ sponsoring mountaineering expeditions. It is mandatory for Expeditions in Sikkim to take a liason officer from the Sikkim Mountaineering Association along with the liason officer from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. IMF functions as a clearing house for foreign expeditions and deputes a liasion officer to accompany foreign climbers. All requests have to be forwarded to IMF for clearance.

It is advisable to give at least a six month's notice before embarking on an expedition. Rescue operations during emergencies and accidents are looked after by the liasion officer.

 

 

   

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