Blessed with unparalleled beauty, Sikkim is truly a land of nature, culture and adventure, rich in traditional Sikkiman hospitality. Apart from being an ideal tourist destination for laid back travellers, the Himalayan state is also a haven for adventure seekers – be it paragliding, trekking through its beautiful villages, rock climbing From dizzying peaks to mountain biking its edgy roads, this ancient land is an adventure wonderland. The state offers a wide range of adventure sports including mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, zip lining, high ropes course, traversing, camping, yak safaris, helicopter rides and more. other things.
Home to the third tallest mountain in the world, Mount Khangchendzonga, Sikkim’s landscape is also adorned with peaks like Lama Wangden and Frey’s Peak, which have been conquered by many climbers over the years.
When it comes to trekking, you are truly spoiled for choice, as the state has a large number of trekking routes to choose from. Then there are the new-age adventure activities like ziplining and mountain biking which have gained immense popularity among adventurers nationwide.
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In recent years, Sikkim has also become a hub for people who want to take courses in mountaineering, trekking, ecotourism, jungle survival and other adventure activities. Institutes like the Indian Himalayan Center for Adventure and Ecotourism in the village of Chemchey in South Sikkim offer world-class facilities and training for adrenaline junkies.
Located at the foot of Tandong Hill and surrounded by beautiful tea gardens, rhododendrons and cherry trees, the Indian Himalayan Center for Adventure and Ecotourism (IHCAE) was launched in September 2009 in the village of Chemchey, in South Sikkim. It was inaugurated with the aim of establishing a national institute of adventure and mountaineering and its objective is to create awareness for the preservation of the ecology and environment of the Himalayas and also to create opportunities in the field mountaineering, trekking, tour guides and knowledge regarding the basic essence of tourism anywhere.
The institute offers various courses such as Basic Mountaineering Course, Advanced Mountaineering Course, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Paragliding and Parasailing. The highlight of the institute is, however, the training on sport climbing, which is the latest climbing technique and is the most preferred by youngsters all over the world. The institute takes a maximum of 40 students in each course. To be admitted to the institute, a person must present his medical certificate issued by the government doctor of his region.
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The IHCAE has now become a well known hub in all of the Northeastern states for having world class sport climbing. The institute successfully organized sport climbing competitions at All India level where 267 competitors participated in the All India Championship in the month of September. The institute is 100% solar-powered and houses separate hostels for boys and girls with an occupancy of 100 people each. The institute also organizes paragliding training (P1 and P2) in Gangtok.
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