Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society

Our Regular Monthly Meetings are held at 7:30 pm at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.  Guests are most welcome to attend.

October 14, 2015: Our own Glen Jamieson

Seeking Rhododendrons in Sikkim

In May 2015, Glen and 17 other rhodoholics travelled with Steve Hootman, RSF, to
Sikkim and West Bengal, India, where they planned to search in the wild for the 38
native rhododendron species found there.The trip extended over three weeks and
involved trekking and exploring in three main areas:
• a 6-day Dzongri tenting trek with horses and exploring the Yumthang Valley and
• Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary by SUV in Sikkim
• exploring the Sandakphu Ridge by trekking and ancient land rovers in West Bengal.
In between, they had a few days relaxationin Gangtok, Kalimpong and Darjeeling.
Glen will describe and illustrate his experiences and the culture in all these
areas, and will discuss some of the more interesting rhododendrons and other plants
The trip occurred one week after the big earthquake in adjacent Nepal, and while
Sikkim was not affected significantly by that event, landslides and “shooting stones”
were nevertheless exciting occurrences during his trip.
Full details are in the October MARS Newsletter









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