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India: Sikkim

Sikkim in Spring

12-day, small group birding tour of the Eastern Himalayas that combines the densely forested mid-elevations with high elevation valleys and pastures approaching the Trans-Himalayas of the Tibetan plateau in Sikkim and West Bengal.

Our exciting new tour of Sikkim and neighbouring West Bengal takes places in spring when it is possible to access the more northerly latitudes of this tiny mountainous state. Located at the western end of the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim holds the most humid tract of the entire Himalayan chain. This fact is reflected in the richness of its forest habitats, which shelter some of the most sought-after species of this region across a range of elevations. We will explore remarkably intact foothill forests, through magnificent moss-draped forests at mid-elevations, and finally, up into pine forests, alpine meadows, glacial valleys and cold desert landscapes approaching the border with Tibet. Sikkim offers exciting birding prospects in a fabulously rich yet largely unexplored part of India, and with access to high latitude habitats the chance to find some unequivocal high elevation species. Spring is also the ideal time to explore foothill and mid-elevation forests, enjoying fabulous mixed flocks of tits, yuhinas, fulvettas, warblers and laughingthrushes; further north we’ll scan incredible mountain landscapes for some true upland specialities. We will be looking for some of the most enticing birds to inhabit the Eastern Himalayas, stunners such as Grandala, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Cutia, Himalayan Shortwing, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Ground Tit, Ibisbill, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Himalayan Owl, and an incredible selection of scimitar-babblers, wren-babblers and cupwings, shrike-babblers, bush-robins,  thrushes, flycatchers, parrotbills, rosefinches, snowfinches, accentors, and much more. 

2025 - tba

with Lakpa Tenzing Sherpa

2025: $ tba / £ / € (Bagdogra/Bagdogra)

Duration: 11 nights/12 days

Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader

Single room supplement: $ tba / £ / €

Deposit: $ tba/ £ / € (20% of the tour price)

The tour is priced in Indian Rupees. Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

The tour price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • All meals and drinking water

  • Ground transportation

  • Services of a guide throughout

  • All birding and wildlife activities

  • Reserve entry fees

  • Sikkim regional permit fee

  • Tour info, pre-travel notes and checklists

Estimated flight costs:$ 900 / £ 700 / € 820 (to/from Bagdogra)

Estimated visa costs: $ 25 / £ 18 / € 21*

*Estimated visa costs shown here are for a 30-day e-visa for India.

More information on what's included

Read about our small group surcharges

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Bhutan with Sikkim

The Eastern Himalayas in Fall

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