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).