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Permit for Trekking in Sikkim

About Permit for Trekking in Sikkim

Tucked in Northeast India, Sikkim, the partial home of Mt Kanchenjunga/Khangchendzonga (the third highest mountain in the world) is also one of the best trekking destinations. However, it is to be noted that for trekking expeditions in the state, a Protected Area Permit (PAP) also referred to as a trekking permit is required. 

What is Required to Get a Trekking Permit/PAP in Sikkim for Domestic Tourists?

Original and photocopy of Government photo identity card: One is required to carry any Governmet identity proof such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card or a passport. This is also required by the forest department for one’s identification. 

Disclaimer certificate: This is a legal requirement that is asked by the Government authorities as well as the travel agency organizing your trekking expedition. One has to duly fill a form that is available on the company’s website and then download it to later hand it over to the trek leader during registration at the base destination. 

Medical certificate: On several treks in Sikkim, a medical certificate has to be presented to get the trekking permit in a specific region or forest. 

What is Required to Get a Trekking Permit/PAP in Sikkim for Foreign Tourists?

  • Passport
  • Indian VISA/e-VISA with photocopies
  • Recent passport size photos

Where to Get a Trekking Permit in Sikkim?

Trekking permits in Sikkim have to be issued from the district headquarters of the location where the trek is situated. The SDM Office, Tourist Offices, and Forest Department Office have the authority to issue the trekking permits in Sikkim. For Green Lake trek in North Sikkim an Alpine Mountaineering Expedition permit is required along with the PAP. Different permits are needed from Sikkim state/Indian Govt. A Liaison Officer from IMF Delhi will also be appointed for this particular trek.


Getting a PAP/Trekking permit for Sikkim can take anywhere between 1-4 days. Thus, it is important to apply for the permit in advance.

Important Treks in Sikkim That Require PAP/Trekking Permit:

  • Green Lake Trek
  • Dzongri/Goecha La
  • Singalila Pass/Phoktey Dara (Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary)
  • Round Singalila Dzongri (Uttarey to Dzongri)