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 the following 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 Valley – West Sikkim|| AD+|
|5||Mt.Lama Wangden Lachen(5868mts)|| Lachen Valley – North Sikkim|| AD|
|6||Mt.Brumkhangse(5635mts)|| Yumthang Valley – North Sikkim|| D|
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
- Gabur Gangtsen
|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.|
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.
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16 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: Rest Day/Acclimitization Day
Day 7: Trek to Ghatey Khola(3860m/9Km). Camp.
Day 8: Trek to Chaurikhang and set Up Base Camp. Camp.
Day 9: Acclimatization Day. Recee of the Summit & Back to Base Camp. Camp.
Day 10: Keep an Extra Day jusr in Case the weather does not permit summiting the Peak.
Day 11: Summit Peak. Return to BC & Back to Ghatey Khola. Camp.
Day12: Return Trek to Dzongri. Camp.
Day13: Return Trek to Tchoka. Camp.
Day14: Return Trek to Yuksom. Lodge.
Day15: Drive to Kalimpong. Hotel / Home Stay.
Day16: Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border for Final Departure.
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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, 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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