Sikkim Peak Climbing


Sikkim Peak Climbing

Brief History of Sikkim Peak Climbing

Douglas W. Freshfield was the first European to Explore & reach from the Green Lake Basin the base of Mt. Kanchendzonga in 1899. A German expedition led by Paul Bauer made the first attempt to reach the summit in 1929.  In 1955 Charles Evans conquered Kanchenjunga a few feet below the summit from the Nepal side. Major Prem Chand reached a few feet below the summit in the Year 1977. An Indo Japanese expedition led by Hukam Singh and Yoshio Ogata conquered the peak in the Year 1991. Mr.C.R.Cooke a British Climber was the First Climber to Conquer Mt. Kabru in the Year 1935. The pyramid Peak was first conquered in 1949 by a Swiss R. Dittert.  A British A.M. Kallas, climbed the Paunhri in 1911. The summit of Siniolchu was first reached by a German in 1936. It was later again climbed by the famous Sikkimese Everester Sonam Gyatso. Pandim was climbed in 1993 by a team from the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute. Rathong was conquered by an Indian expedition in 1964.

More information on Sikkim Peak Climbing :
Government has opened thefollowing peaks vide notification No.25/HOME/2006 dated 20/03/2006 issued by the Home Department, government of Sikkim for mountaineering. These Peaks are declared Alpine Peaks and are Open for Alpine Expedition.

           Name of the Peak                           Location          Grade
1 Freys Peaks(5830mts) Chuarikhang valley – West Sikkim          AD+
2 Mt.Thinchenkhang(6010mts)  Thansing Valley – West Sikkim             D
3 Mt.Jopuno(5936mts)  Thansing Valley – West Sikkim             D+
4 Mt.Lama Lamani(5700mts)  Thansing ValleyWest Sikkim           AD+
5 Mt.Lama Wangden Lachen(5868mts)  Lachen Valley – North Sikkim           AD
6 Mt.Brumkhangse(5635mts)  Yumthang Valley – North Sikkim              D

The Following Peaks have been declared open for Expedition/Climbing in Sikkim by the Govt. of India

Govt. of India.
Ministry of Home Affairs,
Foreigners Division,
(F-1 Secton)
Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Statidium,
India Gate Circle,
New Delhi-110002
Dated – 13th.August 2019

Name of the Peak                   Location Height        Grade
 1 Mt. Kanchenjunga Kanchenjunga National Park 8598m Mountaineering
 2 Kanchenjunga South 8474m Mountaineering
 3 Talung South II 7388m Mountaineering
 4 Tent Peak 7365m Mountaineering
 5 Talung 7349m Mountaineering
 6 Kabru  North Rathong Valley 7338m Mountaineering
 7 Kabru  South Rathong Valley 7317m Mountaineering
 8 Nepal Peak 7168m Mountaineering
 9 Pyramid Peak 7123m Mountaineering
10 Zemu Peak 7038m Mountaineering
11 Talung South I 6970m Mountaineering
12 Mt.Sinioulchu 6888m Mountaineering
13 Mt.Simvo II 6812m Mountaineering
14 Mt.Simvo 6811m Mountaineering
15 Mt. Pandim Thansing Valley 6691m Mountaineering
16 Kabru Dome Rathong Valley 6640m Mountaineering
17 Simvo North 6587m Mountaineering
18 Simvo North East 6540m Mountaineering
19 Kokthang Rathong Valley 6147m Mountaineering
20 Goecha Peak Green Lake 6118m Mountaineering
21 Forked Peak Green Lake 6108m Mountaineering
22 Mt.Thinchenkhang Thansing Valley 6010m Mountaineering
23 Jopuno Thansing Valley 5936m Trekking Peak
24 Mt.Narsing Thansing Valley 5825m Trekking Peak

Under the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991 and the State Government’s Notification No.59.Home/98 dated 26.10.1998, the following peaks are classified as Sacred 

  1. Gabur Gangtsen
  2. Mt.Pauhunli
Following Royalty shall be levied for Sikkim Peak Climbing/Expedition

For Foreign Expedition Teams :

  • 1-4 members –  US$500 per  Team
  • 1-8 members – US$700 per Team
  • Thereafter   US$75 for every  additional  member.

For Domestic  Expedition  Teams

  • 1-8 members – IRs.15,000 per Team
  • Thereafter   IRs.1500 for every  additional  member.

For  Local  Expedition  Teams

  • 1-8 members – IRs.3000  per  Team
  • Thereafter   IRs.300  for  every  additional  member.

The following minimum Insurance Coverage is cumpolsary for all Expeditions in Sikkim

  • Expedition  members – IRs.3,00,000  per  person
  • Camp  Crews – IRs.1,00,000 per  person
  • Porters – IRs.50,000  per  person
  • Pack  Animals – IRs.20,000  per  animal
A total of 10 expeditions(6 foreign and 4 domestic) shall be permitted per year. However,the State
Government may permit additional expedition,if such situation arises. Permits for the above mentioned peaks will be issued by the Home Department. The amount mentioned below has to be paid in Gangtok, Sikkim, after the permit is granted by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi. Best Season for Mountaineering and Expedition is from May to October. Foreign expeditions have to book the 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 liaison officer from the Sikkim Mountaineering Association along with the liaison 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 Recommended that all Concerned Departments should be Notified Six Months in Advance before the Start of an Expedition. Agency Organizing the Expedition is Responsible for Rescue operations during emergencies and accidents and are looked after by the liasion officer.

Mt.Thingchinkhang Expedition in Thansing Valley

17 Days Thingchinkhang Expedition in Sikkim with Trek to Samiti Lake & Goechala Pass

Sikkim Expedition to Mt.Thingchinkhang(6010 Mts)and Mt.Jopunu(5603 Mts) starts from Yuksom in West Sikkim. These two Peaks fall in South of Thansing Valley under Kanchenjunga National Park. One can view these Peaks from the Onglathang Valley while trekking to Goechala Pass. These two peaks has been declared as Trekking Peaks by the Government of Sikkim in 1990 and is graded in the” D “Category as Alpine Expedition. In order to summit these peaks one has to go through an agency Registered and recognised by the Tourism Department Government of Sikkim. Permits for minimum of Two Persons will be issued after paying the Peak fees as prescribed by the Tourism Department with approval from the Indian Mountaineering Association. We are a recognised and registered Agency in Sikkim. With over 18 Years of organising Trekking and Expeditions activities in Sikkim Himalayas you can depend on us to make your climbing a success.


  • Type of Trek : Moderate to Rigorous.
  • Minimum No. of Participants : 2 Pax.
  • Total No. of Days : 17 Days.
  • Style of Trek: Camping/Expedition.
  • Starting Point: Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border.
  • Ending Point : Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border.
  • Best Season : April – June & September to December.
  • Availibility : Only private Expedition can be arranged for a minimum of two persons on request on a date of your choice.

Sikkim Peak Climbing Itinerary for  Mt.Thingchinkhang

Day 01 : Arrive at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station. meet Guide and Drive to Gangtok. Overnight Hotel.
Driving Time : 4Hrs. Altitude :1760m
Day 02 : Around Gangtok. Procurment of Trekking & Climbing Permits. Overnight Hotel.
Day 03 : Drive to Yuksom (Trek Head/1760m/5Hrs Drive). Overnight Lodge/Hotel.
Day 04 : Trek Starts. Trek to Bakhim/Tchoka (2970m/13Km/5-6Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 05 : Trek to Dzongri (4030m/9Km/5-6Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 06 : Trek to Lamunee (4164m/11Km/5-6Hrs). Overnight Tents.
Day 07 : Trek to Goechala Pass and trek back to Lamunee. After Lunch trek up to Toriphuley(4304m). Overnight Tents.
Day 08 : Acclimatization Day. Trek up to Thinchinkhang Base Camp(5400m/3Km) with the Sherpas & set up Camp. Return to Toriphuley. Overnight Tents.
Day 09 : Ferry Goods & climbing equipments & food to ABS. Overnight Tents.
Day 10 : Keep an Extra Day for climbing just in case the weather does not permit summiting the peak.
Day 11 : Keep an Extra day just in case weather does not permit Summiting the peak.
Day 12 : ABC to Summit & Back to ABC to Toriphuley. Overnight Tents.
Day 13 : Trek Back to Thansing. Overnight Tents.
Day 14 : Trek Back to Tchoka. Overnight Tents.
Day 15 : Trek Back to Yuksom. Overnight Lodge / Hotel.
Day 16 : Drive to Gangtok. Report to the Home Department. Overnight Hotel.
Day 17 : Drive to Bagdogra Airport / NJP Rail Station for Final Departure.
Extension can be made to Darjeeling/ Nepal / Bhutan.

COSTS : US$3640/Person

Indian Nationals Kindly enquire within for quotes in Indian Rupees.

14 Days Freys Peak Expedition in Sikkim

Freys Peak Sikkim Expedition follows the same route as the Yuksom Dzongri Sikkim Short Trek.The Freys Peak Sikkim Expedition Trek route then turns left from Dzongri Camp Site and goes past the Himalayan Mountaineering Base Camp in Chaurikhang Valley.Freys Peak (5830m) is situated in Chaurikhang Valley in west Sikkim and falls under Khangchejunga National Park.One can view these Peaks from the the Dzongri Top.Freys peaks has been declared a Trekking Peak by Sikkim Govt.  in the Year 1990.

Sikkim Peak Climbing Itineray for Frey’s Peak in West Sikkim
Day 1:  Arrive at Bagdogra Airport.Drive to Gangtok(5 Hrs).Hotel(B/B only).
Day 2:  Acclimitization day in Gangtok/Procurring the Permit.Hotel(B/B only).
Day 3:  Drive to Yuksom(1760m/5Hrs).Lodge.
Day 4:  Trek to Bakhim(2975m/11Km).Camp.
Day 5:  Trek to Dzongri(3950m/9Km).Camp.
Day 6:  Trek to Ghatey Khola(3860m/9Km).Camp.
Day 7:  Trek to Chaurikhang and set Up Base Camp.Camp.
Day 8:  Acclimatization Day.Recee of the Summit & Back to Base Camp.Camp.
Day 9:  Summit Peak.Return to BC & Back to Ghatey Khola.Camp.
Day10:  Return Trek to Dzongri.Camp.
Day11:  Return Trek to Tchoka.Camp.
Day12:  Return Trek to Yuksom.Lodge.
Day13:  Drive to Gangtok and Report to Home Department.Hotel.
Day14:  Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border for Final Departure.

COSTS : US$3000/Person

Indian Nationals Kindly enquire within for quotes in Indian Rupees.

Note: The above itinerary is a sample,intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule.
Numerous factors such as weather,road conditions,the physical ability of the participants,etc.,
may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail.We reserve the right to
change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety,comfort and general well being.

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Sikkim Darjeeling Nepal Bhutan & Tibet Travel Information, visa, permit, best time to visit

Frequently asked questions on Sikkim Darjeeling Travel Information/Best Season to Visit Himalayas, Trekking and Entering Sikkim Darjeeling and Nepal and other Informations for Domestic and International Travellers.

Farout Trek was established in the Year 1999. We have registered offices in Yuksom-Sikkim, Kalimpong -District Darjeeling and Kathmandu-Nepal. We are recognised by the Tourism Department Govt. of Sikkim ( Registration No. 10/TD/W/10/TA) and Tourism Department Govt. of Nepal. We are members of the Travel Agents Association of Sikkim, Travel Agents Association of Nepal & Nepal Mountaineering Association.

With over 19 Years of Experience handling Trekking & Tours Activities in the Himalayas we are one of the oldest Trekking Agency in Sikkim Darjeeling Nepal Himalaya. We go beyond expectations, delivering a Trekking Experience that is as delightfully different as the places we travel to. Come Join us for a Lifetime of Adventure.

HOW TO REACH SIKKIM & DARJEELING :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             One can either fly in or travel by train. If one is flying in than Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport to Sikkim. If one is travelling by train then New Jalpaiguri Rail Station(NJP)  is the nearest to Gangtok. Bagdogra Airport and NJP is approximately 144Km from Gangtok, capital of  Sikkim. Darjeeling is 90Km from Bagdogra Airport and 105Km from NJP Rail Station.

Bagdogra Airport is well connected by Air from New Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport and Kolkata. International Travellers can fly into New Delhi or Kolkata and then get a connecting flight to Bagdogra Airport. Domestic carriers like Spice jet, Jet Airways, Indigo Airlines, Air India etc. operate number of Flights from New Delhi and Kolkata. One can book all these flights online and make payments by using Credit / Debit Card. Farout Trek can also help you out by booking these Airline Tickets on request. There is a Pre Paid Taxi Booth operated under the supervision of the West Bengal Police and Travellers can reserve small Taxis to Gangtok Darjeeling or to any Parts of North Bengal and Sikkim. If one wants to avail the share Taxi or Government Bus / Private Bus than one has to travel 15Km to the main town of Siliguri. Share Taxis and Buses are available from Siliguri to Different Parts of Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills. Sikkim Transport Corporation runs regular Bus services from the Sikkim House in Siliguri to Gangtok, Pelling, Jorethang and other smaller Towns in Sikkim. West Bengal Transport Corporation also has Bus Services operating from Siliguri to Gangtok and Darjeeling Hills.

New Jalpaiguri Rail Station(NJP) is also well connected by Train from all over India. One can Travel into NJP from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore directly. One can either Reserve a vehicle or can also avail of Share Taxis from NJP to various parts of Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills. However when you book with us we always include within the package all Transport. Farout Trek has it’s own Transport. We use Toyota Innova and Tata Sumo for our modes of Transport. Farout Trek is concerned about Travellers Safety and Comfort. Therefore we have experienced Staff who take care of the Vehicles. We only accommodate 4Persons in a Toyota.

WHAT ARE THE FORMALITIES FOR ENTERING SIKKIM & DARJEELING ?                                                                                                                                                                                                         Foreign Nationals require a valid Indian Visa to enter India. One can apply for these visas online or visit the Indian High Consul or Indian Embassy in your respective countries. Tourist visa will be granted for a period of six months. Citizens of Australia, Brazil, Camboidia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Gernamy, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Phillipines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukarine, USA, Vanautu, Vietnam can get a tourist visa on arrival at all International Airport In India viz, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Cochin, Goa, Hyderbad, Trivandrum and Mumbai. This visa will be valid for 30 days and should be used for travelling purposes. This visa cannot be renewed.

One will need an Inner Line Permit(ILP) over and above the Indian Visa to enter Sikkim. International Travellers travelling to sikkim can apply for the ILP at the time of applying for the visa. No fees will be charged for the ILP. ILP will be granted at the Bagdogra Airport on arrival or at the two entry points in Sikkim Bengal Border. Farout Trek will assist you in this matter.

A simple and a valid Indian Visa is what International Travellers need to enter Darjeeling. With this visa one can Trek to Singalila Ridge in the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling Hills or visit other parts of North Bengal. There are other formalities for entering the National Parks for Foreign Visitors, we at Farout Trek will take care of the rest.

WHAT ARE THE FORMALITIES FOR ENTERING NEPAL ?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nepal Visa is readily available on arrival at Kathmandu International Airport or at the India – Nepal Border Crossings for a payment of US$30 per person. This Visa is valid for a period of six months and can be extended as per your need.

There are Two Seasons for Trekking in Himalayas.
March to May & September to December.
October to November is the best time for trekking in the Himalayas. This is because after the monsoons are over the skies are crystal clear and Mountain views can be seen almost 24X7 Days. March to May can be a little hazy but the multi colored Rhododendrons & Magnolias will compensate for the mountain views. Late afternoon showers are prevalent in the Himalayas during the Month of March to May.

In the Lower reaches or the foothills of the Himalayas March to April is very pleasant with an average Temperature of 18Degrees Celcius. May-June will be hot with temperature hovering between 21 to 30Degrees Celcius. The Upper reaches of the Himalayas beyond 2000m remain very pleasant during these summer months. Upper Himalayas i.e.2700m and above the Temperature remains below 7Degrees celcius at night and Day time Temperature remains between 10Degrees Celcius to 18Degrees Celcius. During October -December the Temperature will fall below freezing in the Upper Reaches of the Himalayas. While the foothills remain at 15-18 Degrees celcius.

WHAT LEVEL OF FITNESS IS REQUIRED FOR TREKKING IN Sikkim,Darjeeling ,Bhutan and Nepal Himalayas ?
One must be Physically fit to go on a Trekking Holiday in the Himalayas.We recommend that an individual should do some brisk walking for about an Hour or Two everyday for about Two to Three months prior to doing any Trekking activities in the Himalayas.The Fitness level also depends on the Altitude and the Trek Grade.

Farout Trek provides all Camping Equipments i.e. sleeping Tents,sleeping mats,Toilet tent,Kitchen Tent,Dining Tent. Participants should bring with them Down Feather Sleeping Bags which can withstand a temperature of minus15Degrees Celcius. Sleeping Bags also depends on the altitude one is trekking too. Low altitude Treks can be done using sleeping Bags which can withstand minus 1 Degrees Celcius. Walking Poles are an option too. Bring with you a Day Pack to put your personal Items in them. The List is given below:


  • Midweight synthetic or fleece long-sleeve top
  • Waterproof/breathable jacket or windproof shell
  • Waterproof/breathable pants (optional)
  • Extra pair of socks (optional)
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Map
  • Headlamp
  • Extra food
  • Water bottles and water treatment (drops, tablets, or filter)
  • First-aid kit (with personal meds)
  • Toiletries and towel


  • Down or synthetic insulated jacket
  • Emergency shelter (bivy sack, tent, tarp)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Fleece pants
  • Insulated gloves or mittens

In Nepal All trekking equipment can be rented or bought. In Darjeeling and Gangtok the options of renting is very low. One can either rent or buy these items from Gangtok,Darjeeling,Kathmandu,Pokhara or Lukla-depending on where your trek is starting and stopping.

Note: It may be a good idea to bring your own hiking boots from home as the quality you find here may not be up to par with those you will find at home. And ofcourse boots take awhile to break in and get comfortable. So it is best to do this before starting your trek to avoid any discomfort.

Yes.We have Group Departure Dates departing for various Treks in Sikkim,Darjeeling and Nepal Himalayas. We keep our groups under 8 people for a more personalized experience. With all of our group joining treks, you may either join a pre-existing trip or book your own with the possibility of other trekkers being added to your group before your departure date.

It is possible to organize your own trekking group.We can also organize private Treks for Individuals too.

Booking online is simple.Just fill out the booking form and send it to us.You will have to deposit an Advance Amount of US$100 per Person to Book and Confirm your place in the trek.The Balance amount will need to paid in Cash on your arrival before the start of the Trek.



  • Hotel accommodation – twin share including breakfasts.
  • Twin share tent with mattress during camping/trekking.
  • Fully organized trek services with guide, porters, camping equipment.
  • All fixed three meals everyday during trekking/Camping.
  • All road transport as per itinerary by car/jeep.
  • Service of an English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All Trekking Permits for Darjeeling,Sikkim,Nepal & Bhutan.


  • Sleeping bag, personal clothing/equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of personal nature.


We customize our Treks whether in Sikkim,Darjeeling or Nepal taking in mind our Customers Need.
At an average we Trek about 9Km/5-6 hours a Day.

Twin Share Accommodation is provided in lodges run by local families during Tea House Treks. These lodges have clean & Hygenic common washroom and Rest Room. Food will be served in the lodges of stay.
While on a camping trek,we provide all necessary equipment.Eg.Twin Share Water Proof tents,sleeping mattresses,dining tent,tables & chairs,lanterns & toilet tents.


During Tea House Trekking in Singalila Ridge Trek in Darjeeling Hills and in Nepal Himalayas food will be provided in the Lodges of Stay and lunch will be provided in the Tea Houses available along the Trek Route.Food will be provided as per the menu.

During camping Treks food will be provided as given below.



  • Tea/Coffee.
  • Fruits.
  • Cornflakes,Pancakes,Toast, butter and jam.
  • Eggs.


  • Vegetable cutlet/ sandwich/boiled potato.
  • Boiled eggs.
  • Roti or naan/Macaroni/pasta etc with Vegetable Curry.
  • Fruits.
  • Tea / Coffee.
  • Soup.

Evening Tea.

  • Tea/ coffee.
  • Biscuits.


  • Soup.
  • Rice.
  • Noodles.
  • Vegetable items.
  • Tea/coffee.
  • Hot Chocolate Drink.

We provide Boiled drinking water for Consumption. One can purchase Bottled Mineral water during Tea House Treks.

Altitude Sickness is very serious and is not to be taken lightly. Our guides are all highly qualified in First Aid and recognizing early symptoms of Altitude Sickness. Symptoms include: dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhoea. If you are showing signs of Altitude Sickness, our guides will immediately take you to a lower altitude and make sure you have the proper medical attention you need. Our guides are fully equipped with all necessary medicines before heading out on the trail.

Note: Altitude Sickness is not to be confused with food borne illness, which can often be considered one in the same. Your guide will know the difference and treat you accordingly.

We have experienced Guides who have lived in the himalayas all their lives. Trekking is their Passion and have years of experience Trekking in the Himalayas.

All our Guides speak English and Hindi.They may not be as proficient as an English Medium Educated but Yes all our Guides understand and speak English.

Farout Trek strongly beleive in Keeping our Himalayas Clean for future use. After 17 years of being in trekking industry we have seen the effect that tourism can have on the environment. We encourage & bring back all rubbish with us to our office so that we can recycle them. Farout Trek uses kerosene stoves for Cooking and do not encourage burning fire wood.

Volunteer trekking allows you to visit remote parts of Himalayas well off the beaten path to rural villages.

If you have any more questions please contact us and we will be happy to help.

IF IN CASE I HAVE QUESTIONS OR I NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONS FOR MY TRIP HOW WILL BE ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH  YOU ?                                                                                                                                                     You can visit our contact page & write to us whenever you have any question or want additional information that you may need to prepare yourself for your Trip or you can call us (+91-7797749499 / 9933975902 / 7001916274).

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