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Proposal from foreign and Indian nationals:
Any proposal by foreign and Indian national to undertake mountaineering expeditions in Uttarakhand must be submitted to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), Delhi, which will coordinate with the concerned agencies of the Government of India to get the necessary clearances.
The application to the IMF must be made on the prescribed form along with the requisite supporting documents with handling charges, hiring charges of liaison officer's equipment and environmental levy payable to IMF in addition to the fee for Indian and foreign nationals given at Annex-III payable to Uttarakhand State Government.
Foreigners entering Uttarakhand State are required to be in possession of Inner Line Permits for areas where required, besides valid passport and visas.
Uttarakhand State Government does not permit scaling of peaks that are located within the Nanda Devi National Park, or which require access through the national park
The applications by foreign and Indian expeditions are to be submitted to IMF in Delhi at least 90 days in advance prior to the commencement of expedition. These applications will be processed by the IMF for obtaining Governmental clearance as here to fore.
After receipt of clearance from IMF the State Government will send intimation of its approval or otherwise to the IMF within a week from the date of receipt of the complete application. On approval, a copy of the proposal along with the route maps and other details will be sent to the concerned District Magistrate, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) and Superintendent of Police for information about the ensuing expedition in the area. All the above-mentioned officers will immediately issue the necessary directions to the concerned field staff in this regard.
IMF will issue a letter of final clearance in favour of the expedition party only after receiving of approval of the State Government and send a copy of the same to the State Govt by e-mail/fax.
The Forest Department (FD) will be the nodal agency to monitor and regulate mountaineering as per the existing laws of forest conservation, environment protection and wildlife protection, as well as the allied rules applicable in the area.
Measures for ensuring garbage disposal
Before the commencement of the expedition, the Liaison Officer and Team Leader, as the case may be, must compulsorily declare the biodegradable as well as non-biodegradable waste material being carried by the team, at the ECP. The Team Leader shall pledge a security deposit in the form of a demand draft amounting to Rs. 10,000/= for a foreign expedition and Rs. 5000/= for an Indian expedition, in favour of the concerned DFO and hand it over to the local Forest Range Officer at the ECP (See Form NO. 1 (Part IV) for detailed instructions).
On return, the team must give an undertaking in Form No. 2 to the effect that it has carried back all the non-biodegradable waste material generated by it at various camps, and suitably disposed the biodegradable waste. The team must declare all the non-biodegradable waste generated during the expedition and deposit the same at the ECP or at a suitable site on a road head as designated by the DFO. The local Range Officer will release the security deposit at the earliest after s/he certified the deposit of non-biodegradable garbage at the ECP.
It shall be the responsibility of the FD to transport the non-biodegradable garbage from ECP/ designated site, to the recycling zone.
Measures for ensuring carriage of sufficient food and fuel
The Team Leader shall ensure the provision of the sufficient food and fuel for the core expedition team members and porters for the onward and return journey from successive transit camps and the base camp. The Team Leader must give an undertaking to this effect at the ECP (See Form No. 1 (Part IV)) for detailed instructions.)
Number of Core Expedition Team Members and Frequency of Expeditions
Each expedition will comprise a maximum of 10 core expedition members including a doctor, but excluding the LO. Not more than two additional climbing members will be allowed on payment of a prescribed, additional Peak Fee in case of mixed expeditions. A maximum of 4 high altitude porters/guides/Sherpas shall be allowed per climbing member till the base camp. However, only 2 porters/guide/Sherpas will be allowed per climbing member from the base camp to the peak.
The maximum number of expeditions to a particular peak by any route will be limited to 2 expeditions per calendar month. However, not more than twelve expeditions shall be allowed in one calendar year to any particular peak and satellite peaks in close proximity.
The payments due to be made to Uttarakhand State Government will be made directly by the Expedition/Tour Operator to the Chief Wild Life Warden, Uttarakhand, through a demand draft drawn in favour of Director, Rajaji National Park, payable at Dehradun.
The additional payment will include the following
Expeditions which do not move through Tour Operators may pay the above mentioned fees through a separate demand draft (payable at Dehradun) drawn in favour of Director, Rajaji National Park, Dehradun and hand over such payment to IMF for onward transmission to Uttarakhand State Govt. It should please be noted that the Uttarakhand Govt clearance to an expedition shall be conditional to receipt of full payment of levies/fees recovered by them.
In case of the expedition route passing through National Parks and Sanctuaries, the entry fee for such protected areas shall be deposited in addition to the fees enumerated. Permission for filming will be granted as per existing norms on individual basis. Plsee refer the detailed list of the fees and tariff payment to the State Government of Uttarakhand.
The terms & conditions are as follows:
The IMF will nominate a Liaison Officer, preferably from Uttarakhand, to coordinate and liaise for expeditions within Uttarakhand.
Follow the link to download forms relvant to expeditioning in Uttarakhand.
International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute