Details for Permits required to Visit Zero Point Sikkim:
1. All visitors (including Indian citizens) need Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit certain protected areas.
2. In addition, foreign nationals need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) or Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to enter the state.
3. RAP is valid for 30 days, and PAP is valid for seven days.
4. While ILP/RAP is free of cost, fees for PAP are approximately 200Rs. One can apply for PAP applications offline, while RAP is applied online and offline.
5. Foreigners cannot visit several areas like Nathula, Gurudongmar lake, and Zuluk.
6. The Nationalities of Pakistan, China, Myanmar, and Nigeria will not be issued Permit without the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi.
Documents and IDs required:
For ILP/RAP – Passport, Visa, Passport size photographs
For PAP – Identity proof (Pan Card/Aadhaar Card/Voter ID), Passport size photographs
One can extend RAP for 30 days, while one cannot extend PAP.
For more details, click here.
Permits of Zero Point Sikkim can be availed from below listed places:
1. Gangtok Tourism Office
2. District Administrative Centre
3. Chungathang Sub-divisional Magistrate’s office.
Some authorized tour and travel companies provide Lachung, Yumthang, and Zero Point tours including permits. For reaching out to these agencies, click here.
Best time to Visit Zero Point Sikkim
1. The best season for packing your bags to Yumthang Valley, Lachung, and Zero Point Sikkim starts in late February and continues to mid-June.
2. That's the Time when thousands of colorful flowers are found blooming, spreading fresh vibes, and you can witness the real natural beauty of the place.
3. The October – December months would be ideal for adventures and witnessing views of the crisp snowy mountain ranges.
4. The Zero point remains closed after mid-December and January. Tourists are allowed to visit again in February, depending upon the weather conditions.
5. It is advisable to take a taxi to Zero Point early morning from Lachung since visibility is better around this time at such high altitudes.