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SAMA : Peaks & Expeditions

Sikkim, cradled amidst snow clad mountain peaks is one of the most ideal destinations for the trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. In the southwestern part of Sikkim, in the main Himalayan range, lies the majestic Khangchendzonga or Kanchenjunga, standing tall with a height of 8,585 m (28,169 ft) above sea level. In addition to Kanchenjunga, there are several other mountain peaks which offers some good mountaineering opportunities.

Peaks in West Sikkim

Name of Peak Location Grade
Frey Peak 5830 mtrs Chauringang AD+
Mt. Tenchenkhang 5603 mtrs West Sikkim D
Mt. Joponu 6010 mtrs West Sikkim D+

Peaks in North Sikkim

Name of Peak Location Grade
Lama Wangden 5868 mtrs. Lachen AD
Brumkhngse 5635 mtrs. Yumthang D

The permits for the above mentioned peaks will be issued by the Home Department Govt. of Sikkim.

Activities :

1. Expedition with UIAA (United International Alpine Association) Mar - Apr 2006
4 participants
2. Adventure Camp June - July 2006
3. Adventure Camp Oct - Nov 2006 4 participants
4. Rock Climbing High Altitude Course Jan Feb 2007 200 participants
Sponsored by : Youth & Sports Dept. Govt. of Sikkim.
5. Rock Climbing Nov Dec 2007 30 participants
Sponsored by : Tourism Dept. Govt. of Sikkim
6. Expedition with UIAA Oct 2007 4 participants
7. Everest Expeditions Mar - Jun 2008 25 participants Sponsored by : SGMI
8. Rock Climbing Oct - Nov 2009
9. Expedition at Mt. Sanglaphu Oct 2010
10. Expedition at Mt. Lama Wangden Oct 2010
11. Rescue mission during earth quake 2011

Best Time for Mountaineering : April-November and December-March

Equipment Required : Plastic boots and Crampons with front Points, Mountaineering harness, mountaineering ice-axe, climbing sling and two locking carabiners, telescopic ski-sticks, Prussik loops, Climbing helmet are some of the essential equipment needed for mountaineering. Equipment can be hired, either from clubs, or purchased from one of the agencies selling it. Prior to setting out, all equipment must be tested, and team members must familiarize themselves with its use.

The Sikkim Himalayas, the epitome of the world's mountains, encompass a wonderland, which for sheer beauty and magnificence remains unbeaten elsewhere in the globe. In the southwestern part of Sikkim, in the main Himalayan range, lies the majestic Kanchendzonga or Kanchenjunga, rising to a staggering height of 8,585 m (28,169 ft) above sea level. Beside this third largest peaks, other famous mountaineering peaks in Sikkim include - Kabru, Kirat Chulior Tent Peak (7,365 m) and Sinolchu (6,887 m).

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