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Expedition Royalties

The following royalties are levied for the expeditions.

For foreign expedition teams: US $500 per team of upto four members, US $500 per team of upto eight members and US $100 for every additional member.


The following minimum insurance coverage is compulsory.

1. Expedition members : Rs. 3 lakhs per member.

2. Camp crew : Rs. 1 lakh per person.

3. Porters : Rs. 50,000/- per person.

4. Animals: Rs. 20,000/- per animal.


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.

List of Institutions :

The suggested list of institutions whose certificate would be recognized as guide or trip leaders qualifications for specific activities are as follows :

1. Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute, Gangtok, Sikkim.

2. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, West Bengal.

3. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering Institute, Uttarkashi.

4. Directorate of Mountain & Allied Sports, Manali.

5. Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering, Gulmarg.

6. Armed Forces Training Establishment (In respect of ex-servicemen).

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