How to get Restricted Area Permit (RAP) or Inner Line Permit (ILP)
Restricted Area Permit is applicable only for foreigners. It is free of cost. You must have a valid Passport and a valid visa for India. With proper documentation, it takes less than 30 minutes to get the permit across the counter.
Restricted Area Permit (ILP) can be manually obtained at the following places:
New Delhi - Sikkim House, Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri
Kolkata - Sikkim House, 4/1 Middleton Street
Siliguri - Office of Sikkim Nationalized Transport, Sevoke Road
Rangpo checkpost (on the way to Gangtok or East Sikkim) - issued between 8am to 8pm.
NOTE: It takes only few minutes if you have all documentation in place.
How long is the Restricted Area Permit (ILP) valid?
Initially it is issued for 60 days. It can then be extended for 30 days at a time. These extensions can be obtained at Foreigners' Registration Office (FRO) at Kazi Road, Gangtok or at the office of Sub Divisional Magistrates, or even through Superintendent of Police at district head quarters in Sikkim.
Protected Areas in Sikkim
The Protected Area Permits are issued by different Sikkim government authorities depending on the area you are visiting. Following are the protected areas in Sikkim popularly visited by tourists and their respective permit issuing authorities.
Tsomgo (Changu) Lake and Baba Mandir permits are issued at the Police Check Post. For foreigners it is also issued by Sikkim Tourism & Civil Aviation Department.
Nathulla: Permit for Nathulla Pass is issued only to Indians (foreigners are not allowed here). It's issued at Police Check Post as well as at Sikkim Tourism Department.
Dzongri & Goecahala Trek: Permit is issued to both Indians and Foreigners by the Adventure Cell of Sikkim Tourism & Civil Aviation Department. Trek operators can get the permits.
Singalila Trek from Sikkim: Same as above.
Yumthang, Yumesamdong, Thangu/Chopta Valley: Permit is issued to both Indians and Foreigners by the Tourism Department and Police Check Post.
Gurudongmar Lake: Indians can get the permits at Police Check Post while foreigners can get it from Sikkim Tourism Department but only up to Thangu.
There is no protected area in South Sikkim. For example no permit is required for Indians to visit places like Namchi, Ravangla, Jorethang etc. Foreigners only need Restricted Area Permit (i.e. Inner Line Permit) to tour & trek South Sikkim.
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Trekking In Sikkim / Sikkim Trek Route / Dzongri Trek / Rhododendron Trek / Goechala Trek / Green Lake Trek
Things To Carry
Brief Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Drive from NJP/Bagdogra – Yuksom (5,800 ft) (6 hrs)
Day 2: Trek Yuksom (5,800 ft) – Sachen (7,200 ft) (5 hrs)
Day 3: Trek Sachen (7,200 ft) – Tshoka (9,650 ft) via Bakhim (4 hrs)
Day 4: Trek Tshoka (9,650 ft) – Dzongri (12,980 ft) via Phedang (12,050 ft) (5-6 hrs)
Day 5: Trek Dzongri (12,980 ft) – Dzongri Top (13,675 ft) (1 hr) return to Dzongri and then Thansing (12,930 ft) via Kokchurang (12,100 ft) (5-6 hrs)
Day 6: Trek Thansing (12,930 ft) – Lamuney (13,700 ft) (2 hrs)
Day 7: Trek from Lamuney (13,700 ft) – Goechala (16,207 ft) and back to Kokchurang (12,100 ft) (10-12 hrs)
Day 8: Trek from Kokchurang (12,100 ft) – Tshoka (9,650 ft) via Phedang (12,050 ft) (6-7 hrs)
Day 9: Trek from Tshoka (9,650 ft) – Yuksom (5,800 ft) via Bakhim (8,600 ft) and Sachen (7,200 ft) (6 hrs)
Day 10: Drive back to NJP/Bagdogra
9 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary. Guesthouse/Hotel in Yuksom and camping during the trek.
All meals during the trek along with early morning tea and evening snacks.
Experienced Local Guide.
All necessary support staff (cooks, helpers, porters etc.) as per the size of the group.
Travel insurance covering high altitude trekking trips.
All trekking arrangements with the necessary number of dome or ridge shaped tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent etc.
Sleeping Bag with mattress.
Transport of the trekking equipment.
Porters or mules to carry upto 10kg of your personal luggage packed in a soft duffel bag or rucksack.
Basic Medical and First Aid Kit.
Royalty and permits, camping charges etc.
Optional activities. Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
Any meals during the transit to/from Yukson.
Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
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It offers some of the finest trekking experience in the Himalaya. The state’s vast unspoiled mountain range is a trekker’s delight and its Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary passes through forests of silver fir, hemlock, magnolia and rhododendron with a view of Kanchendzonga peaks in the background. The Dzongri- Goecha La Trek is the most popular trek in Sikkim and famed for great mountain views, a floral spectacle in summer, bird and views of pristine forest. The trek to Green Lake, the base of Mt. Kangchendzonga on the Zemu glacier in the North Sikkim is the most enchanting of all treks in this area with a variety of flowers such as rhododendrons, primulas and blue poppies. Trek to this route needs a trekking permit from Tourism Department after getting clearance from Defense, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.
Some of the popular and recommended trek routes in Sikkim are:
Itinerary: Pemayangtse- Sangacholing-Khecheopalri- Hongri-
Sinon- Tashiding- Ralong [Trekking in Sikkim]
(i)Itinerary: Hilley/Soreng- Barsey- Dentam-Pemayangtse
(ii) Hilley- Barsey- Jorbutey- Kalijar- Chewabhabjang- Uttary
Season: Mid March- Mid June/October- December
Itinerary: Yuksom- Bkhim- Tsoka- Dzongri- Thangsing/Kokchurong-
Lamuni/Chaurigang- Goechala/Rathong glacier and back.
Itinerary: Rumtek- Sang- Yangyang- Ravang- Tashiding- Yuksom.
Itinerary: Assam Lingzey-Pashing Teng Kha (Base Camp,
1425m)-Chauri Kharka-Do Bato-Khedi- Sela Pass (3150m)-Do Basti-
Tal Kharka-Nugang-Passang Teng Kha.
Season: Mid May-October
i)Itinerary: Uttarey-Chewabhanjang-Dhor(Wahong)-Sikkim Megu-
ii)Pelling- Nambu- Chongri- Yambung- Dafeybhir- Gomathang-
Tegyapla- Dzongri- Thanghshing- Lamuney- Kokchurong- Tsokha-
Yuksom- Tegyapla- Bikbari- Dzongri Tsoka- Yuksom
Season: Mid March-Mid June/October-December
Kungo-Kuling Nae(Cave) Gungramgampo-Singhik-Dak Bungalow
Itinerary: Kaluk-Rinchenpong Dak bunglalow-Rigsum Gumpa-
Kalud-Sribadam Jhandi Dara-Soreng
Himalayan Trek (South Sikkim)
Tosar Lake Trek (North Sikkim)
Mangan –Naksuk-Sohar Dhe-Soahar Antsok-Patam-Tosar Lake-
Mayong Tar-Kalep Mangan
Meanam Hill Trek (South)
Tendong Hill Trek
Dentam-Tendong- Samdruptse - Namchi.
Important Notice for foreigners:-
Foreigners need ILP (Inner Line Permit) which is issued by Sikkim Government at Gangtok (Sikkim).
Please go through below given guidelines for obtaining the Inner Line Permit:
Foreigners have to register for the trek in a group of minimum 2 or above.
You must report at Yuksom (Base Camp for Goechala Trek) one day prior to the regular reporting of the batch.
ILP will be acquired from Gangtok.
The charges for obtaining ILP are Rs. 2000 per person and amount will be handed over to the Renok Representative at Yuksom.
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You need to carry the Orginal ILP along with Original passport & Visa and 4 Passport size photos plus 3 Xerox copies of ILP, Passport and Visa each.
Citizens of China, Myanmar and Bangladesh are not allowed to trek in this area.
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Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs): A good quality backpack from reputed brand and try it before buying.
Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help to move freely, Trekking Shoes, 3 Pair of Quick Dry Tees, 2 Trekking Pants, Poncho/Rain Jacket, 1 Wind Proof Jacket, 1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket, 1 Heavy Jacket (Down Jacket preferable), 1 Trekking Pole, 2 Pair of good Thermals. 3 Pair of Cotton Socks, 2 Pair Woolen Socks, Woolen Gloves. Sun Cap, 1 Scarf, Light towel, Lip Balm, Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+), Water Bottle 1 Lt, Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries,
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper, Personal Medicine Kit,Dark Sunglasses.