Sikkim - Trekking beneath Kangchenjunga

India & Nepal, Trek & Walk, 21 days - from $2,825 (land only)

Trek & Walk

Visa Information

You must have a machine-readable passport with at least 6 months validity for entry into India. All nationalities need to obtain a visa for entry into India. Note: A tourist visa for India is normally valid for multiple entry into the country from the date of issue until 6 months after the date of issue.

From 14 February 2014 onwards, if you travel to India from Pakistan, Israel, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Afghanistan or Somalia you will be required to hold a valid polio vaccination certificate. Please contact your nearest Indian Embassy or High Commission for further information.

Filling out the application form

Where you are asked to state ‘Places to be visited in India’ please write ‘Delhi’. Please do not mention any restricted areas such as Sikkim or Ladakh as this may result in delays to the issue of your visa. When completing the online application answer ‘no’ to the question about visiting Sikkim. Note that when applying online, most of the questions have ‘required fields’ (denoted by a red asterisk). This means that you will not be allowed to submit the form without filling in these fields. If the question is not applicable to you, please type ‘NA’ into these fields.

For ‘Sponsor’ use KE Adventure Travel; first UK referee use KE Adventure Travel; Second UK referee use a friend or relative. For the first Indian referee please use: Rimo Expeditions, 229 DLF Galleria, Phase IV, Gurgaon Haryana 122002. Tel 911242806027. For ‘address in India’ and also for second referee in India, please use:Claridges Hotel, 12 Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi. 110011

Restricted Area Permit Form

For this trip, as well as an Indian Visa, you will also require a Restricted Area Permit, which our agents will apply for on your behalf. You must fill in, sign and return the Restricted Area Permit Application Forms sent with your booking confirmation. Please fill in only your personal details on this form. Do not answer questions 10, 11, 12, 13, or 14. Our agent in Delhi will add route details etc. before making the application. For question 7 (address in India) use your first night’s hotel in your joining instructions which are part of your booking confirmation. If you have not received the address of your hotel, use the Indian Referee address in the visa application information above. You can scan the signed form and send this to us by email if you prefer. We also require two photocopies of the information pages of your passport, two copies of the page showing your Indian visa and a total of three passport photographs. Return these to us at least three weeks before the trek departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your place on the trek. Note that we DO NOT require your passports.

UK Passport Holders

India visa applications can only be made online. From 14th March 2015, all Indian-visa applicants will also be required to visit an ‘India Visa Application Centre’ (IVAC) to provide biometric information (fingerprint data and facial imagery). At the end of the online application process, you will be able to choose an appointment time (note that visits to the IVACs are by appointment only). There are 14 Application Centres in the UK, operated by the visa outsourcing company, VFS Global. There are 3 centres in London and regional centres in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Bristol, Bradford, Newcastle, Liverpool and Leicester. Please visit the IVAC website at in.vfsglobal.co.uk for further details and visa costs, and to make your online application. The current cost of an India Visa for UK passport holders is £82 plus a fee of £10.20 to VFS Global. Note that there are strict requirements regarding the size and type of photograph to accompany the application. Please ensure you have read the photo specifications information on the VFS Global website.

USA Passport Holders

India visas can obtained by application to Cox & Kings Global Services Pvt. Limited, the authorized Service Provider for the Embassy of India and its Consulates across the USA. Note that US citizens can also apply for 5 year and 10 year visas (valid for a stay of 6 months on any visit and with no return within 2 months of a visit). Cox & Kings have offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and Houston. For application forms and further information please visit the Cox & Kings website at http://www.in.ckgs.us/

Other Passport Holders

Please contact the India Embassy or High Commission in your own country.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements and charges are subject to change.

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