Restricted Areas

SIKKIM

Trekking in Western Sikkim

Trekking permits are issued in Delhi (Sikkim Tourism) or Gangtok and takes 1 to 2 working days. (For people who have time, they can apply for trekking permit after arrival in Sikkim). However, for group travel, it is best to apply in advance as mentioned below. 

For us to process the trek permit for Sikkim following documents are required. We recommend to apply for a regular Tourist Visa in your country if you can, else E-Tourist Visa is also fine.

 Minimum no. of pax: 2 persons 
 Maximum number of days: 16 which can be extended upto a month 
 Restricted area permit application form to be filled 
 2 passport photo/passport page/copy of India visa page or E-Tourist Visa confirmation 
 Information required: Name/DOB/pp details/visa details/address/occupation
Application to be submitted to Sikkim Tourism - processing time is 2-3 working days

West Sikkim Ridge trek via Uttarey
 

 Minimum no. of pax: 2 persons 
 An inner line permit as well as trek permit is required
 6 passport photos and 6 copies of passport and India Visa / E-Tourist Visa required for the Ridge trek beginning in Uttarey
 Personal information – Father Name, address, occupation

Sightseeing of Gangtok / Rumtek 

Permission can be obtained at the Indian Embassy in the country of origin. Mention needs to be made that you wish to visit Gangtok, Rumtek, Pemayangtse and your India visa will have a stamp permitting this visit for 10 days. 

Permit can also be obtained at point of entry into Sikkim at Rangpo, Melli or even at Bagdogra airport, Siliguri and Darjeeling. This is given immediately. 1 person can also apply 

North Sikkim 

Foreigners can visit Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang, Chopta Valley but cannot visit Gurudongmar lake. 

 Minimum no. of pax: 2 persons
 Permit obtained for maximum 1 week from Gangtok
 Permit application along with 2 passport photos, copy of passport page and India visa page required

HIMACHAL PRADESH

Spiti via Kinnaur

 Requirements are:

Minimum no. of pax: 2 persons
 Days: Any number of days

Restricted area application form to be filled
2 passport photos/copy of passport / India visa - regular or E-Tourist visa
2 passport photos to be hand carried
Permit can also be obtained at Rekong Peo but can be done in Shimla. Passport needs to be shown at the time of obtaining permit

Spiti only No restrictions if going and returning via Manali

For Kinnaur: Sarahan and Sangla valley requires no permit. Permit point from Rekong Peo only and again at Sumdo near Tabo

Other parts of Himachal: No permits required

UTTARKHAND (GARHWAL & KUMAON)

NANDA-DEVI, MILAM Glacier

After crossing Bugdiar from Munsyiari to Milam Glacier: Restricted area
Minimum 3 copies of passport and visa, 3 passport size photos, Father’s name and contact no required
Presence of all persons needed at the District Magistrate’s office (SDM)

Garhwal region: Most sections remain open to trekkers and no permits are required barring a few areas

Crossing Kalindi pass from Gangotri to Badrinath or vice versa: Restricted area

Minimum of 4 persons is required and presence of all persons needed at the District Magistrate’s office in Uttarkashi for permit
Medical certificate from your General Physician / Doctor is required

Lamkhaga pass: Crossing into Himachal Pradesh from Jaundhar glacier into Baspa valley

Minimum 4 persons required and permit needs to be applied in advance. Presence required for permit issuance along with photos, copies of passport page and India visa  
 

DARJEELING / KALIMPONG

No restricted area permit required.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Minimum 2 persons required for permit

Application form needs to be sent 45 days in advance along with 2 passport photos, copy of passport and India visa page. Permit applied through the Resident Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi / Kolkata or Itanagar 

Application forms for all permits would be sent by us and assistance given for the processing of the permit

LADAKH RESTRICTED AREAS

NUBRA VALLEY in LADAKH

Foreigners need to obtain an Inner Line Permit to visit Nubra Valley. Almost all routes are open for trekking in Ladakh and Zanskar and no permits required except for the places mentioned below.

Tsomoriri / Dha Hanu / Pangong Lake

For these areas, permits are obtained from Deputy Commissioner's office in Leh: 1 working day

Online application will be processed 
Photocopy of passport and India Visa page required along with a passport photo

 Minimum: 2 persons 
 Maximum period of stay at each place: 7 days

NOTE: Foreign nationals who have origins in / are citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan need to apply in advance through the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India to visit the restricted areas of Ladakh. This is also applicable to foreign diplomats and members of the United Nations and International Organisations holding diplomatic / official passport who need to apply in advance through the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India