Landscapes and Flora:
Botanic gardens, deep gorges,
and the Valley of the flowers!
The Himalayas of Sikkim & Darjeeling
May 22 - June 5, 2024
Explore the spectacular landscapes and flora of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Himalayas!
See tea plantations around Darjeeling— of British hill station fame—in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Visit botanic gardens and orchid gardens, then head to Sikkim which is filled with Old World charm. Learn about the art and heritage of the Tibetan culture of Sikkim.
Then drive toward the higher Himalayas through narrow valleys and winding mountain roads, where waterfalls leap into deep gorges, en route to Lachung. This will be our base to explore two spectacular natural areas, the Yumthang “Valley of the Flowers” and the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which blooms during April and May.
Our route is within sight of Kanchenjunga, at 28,169 feet, the 3rd highest peak in the world. We’ll also explore the Thangu Valley which is carpeted with alpine flowers in May, and Tsomgo Lake, a glacial lake in eastern Sikkim.
Come join us as we discover the foothills and mountains of Himalayan India with Sikkim expert guide Alister Adhikari.
What to Expect: This expedition is for travel enthusiasts with a special interest in plants and the natural and cultural heritage of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Visit botanic gardens and wild natural areas and drive in SUVs into the rugged high country of Sikkim to discover the spring flora in bloom. The trip will be a wonderful experience for plant enthusiasts, who can tolerate winding mountain roads to reach superb natural areas in fantastic landscapes of the Himalayas, including a chance to see the third highest peak in the world. The group will travel up to 6or 8 hours on two days. Walks will be at a leisurely pace suitable for discovery. It will be spring, when the weather is finest and during rhododendron and wildflower bloom. Some rain can be expected. The expedition will be a tremendous experience for hardy travelers with an appetite for adventure. (No smoking in vehicles or meals please.)
Contact Taunya: BetchartTaunya@gmail.com
$4,295 plus air