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Expeditions in Sikkim

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Introduction

  1. Any proposal for undertaking a mountaineering expedition in the Sikkim Himalaya must, in the first instance, be submitted to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) at Delhi, which is the apex body authorised by the Union Government to deal with all such cases. The application to the IMF must be made on the prescribed form by the alongwith all the requisite supporting documents. The IMF will, thereafter, refer the proposal to the State Government and to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Defense in the government of India.
  2. Foreigners entering Sikkim are required to be in possession of Inner Line Permits besides valid passports and visas to enter Sikkim which is inside after the proposal is given clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
  3. Most of the areas in Sikkim are close to the International Border and the clearance of the Ministry of Defense is also mandatory or else the Military units may not permit access.
  4. There are several peaks including Mt. Khangchendzonga which have been declared as "sacred" and the State Government does not permit scaling of such peaks under any circumstances.
  5. To summarise. the proposal to undertake mountaineering will have to be cleared by the following:-
    a) Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi
    b) Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India,New Delhi.
    c) Ministry of Defense, Govt. of India, New Delhi
    d) State government of Sikkim.

 

Procedure

The applicant is required to apply to the IMF at new Delhi in the prescribed format with the requisite supporting documents at least three months prior to the date of actual commencement of the expedition.

State Government Clearance

The clearance of the State Government is accorded in two stages :-

  • Proposals referred to the State Government by the IMF will be examined by the Home Department, Government of Sikkim at Gangtok and if approved, stage one clearance will be issued and intimation sent to the Ministry of Home Affair's and IMF and the Office of the Resident Commissioner of Sikkim at and Delhi.
  • Once the proposal has been cleared by IMF, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defense the applicants are required to contact the office of the Resident Commissioner, Sikkim House, 12 Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi for obtaining the final clearance. At this stage, the applicants will be required to pay the fees prescribed by the State Government of Sikkim and to sign an undertaking to the effect that they will abide by all the terms and conditions prescribed. On fulfillment of conditions laid down, the Resident Commissioner of Sikkim at New Delhi will issue the final clearance on behalf of the State Government.
  • Fees levied by the Wildlife Wing of the State Forests Department for entry into Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) and Wildlife Sanctuaries : (Mountaineering/trekking expeditions are required to pay fees as applicable if their routes fall within the parks and sanctuaries).

 

Fees for Kanchendonga National Park (KNP) Entry fees

Foreigners- Rs.200/- per head for first 5 days, Rs.50/- per head for each additional day

Foreigner Students- 50% of the above

Local guides and porters- Rs. 5 per head per day

Pack animals- Rs. 5 per head per day

Camera operating fees for foreigners

Still- Rs. 150

Video- Rs. 1000

Movie- Rs. 2000

Film making fees for foreigners

Feature Film (per film)- Rs. 50,000

Documentary film (per film)- Rs. 20,000

Film making fee is in addition to camera fee.

All fees are payable in rupees to the Resident Commissioner,
Government of Sikkim, New Delhi who will issue valid receipts.

Royalty for climbing of Peaks

Peaks US $
above 8000 Mtrs. 8000/-
between 7501-8000 Mtrs. 7000/-
between 7001-7500 Mtrs. 6000/-
between 6501-7000 5500/-
below 6500 Mtrs. 5000/-

 

Reference to the State Government

Reference to the State Government will have to be made through the IMF and proposals received directly will not be taken up for consideration. A centralised single window clearance system has been set up and all references to the State Government should be addressed to:
Resident Commissioner of Sikkim,
Sikkim House
12 Panchsheel Marg
New Delhi - 110 021 (India)

Fees for Wildlife Sanctuaries (WLS)

Foreigners- Rs.150/- per head for first 5 days, Rs.35/- per head for each additional day.

Foreigner Students- Rs.50/- per head for first 5 days, Rs.15/- per head for each additional day.

Local guides and porters- Rs. 5 per head per day

Pack animals- Rs. 5 per head per day

Camera operating fees for foreigners

Still- Rs. 150

Video- Rs. 1000

Movie- Rs. 2000

Film making fees for foreigners

Feature Film (per film)- Rs. 25,000

Documentary film (per film)- Rs. 15,000

Film making fee is in addition to camera fee.

Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions to be adhered to by expedition teams in the National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries

 

  1. The teams shall ensure that the necessary clearances of MHA, MOD, IMF and the State Government have been obtained.
  2. Entry is restricted to holders of valid permits.
  3. All teams shall travel along the permitted route only and no deviations will be allowed.
  4. The teams shall ensure carriage of sufficient quantity of kerosene oil and LPG for heating and cooking purposes and not use firewood.
  5. The teams shall ensure proper disposal of garbage and also arrange to bring back non-biodegradable items with them. They must also refrain from polluting waters with human and kitchen wastes.
  6. The teams shall not enter with weapons which can injure, harm or kill any wildlife or indulge in hunting and poaching of animals or kindle fires or leave burning embers or destroy or remove any wildlife, trees, herbs, shrubs, sign-posts etc. within the area.

 

Terms and conditions to be observed for all expeditions in Sikkim

  1. The teams should avail of all infrastructure facilities (boarding,, lodging and transport) available with the Government of Sikkim Throughout their expedition.
  2. The teams should abstain from using fuel-wood and only LPG/Kerosene oil should be used for their cooking purposes. They should zealously avoid any environmental damage/population during their treks.
  3. All expeditions shall ensure that the garbage that they generate is removed by them and they shall undertake to abide by such terms and conditions as may be stipulated by the State Government for this purpose.
  4. The teams may be requested to give wide publicity to these expeditions within their respective countries in order to place this State Firmly on the mountaineering map of the world.

 

Notes

  1. All mountaineering expeditions booked through registered travel agency located in Sikkim shall be eligible for a 20% rebate of the fees prescribed in (a) above. Expeditions sponsored by the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute at Gangtok and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling shall also be given the same concession.
  2. IMF does not deal with issue of permits for trekking in India by foreigners, Therefore, trekking details have not been included in these instructions.

 

 

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