North Sikkim is an amazing place and a must visit for nature lovers. Be aware however, that this being a sensitive border state close to China you need permits to visit many places. Foreign visitors need a pass to enter Sikkim, available when you apply for a visa from the Indian consulate. These formalities should be completed before you travel. The Indian Army has a big presence and may check you at any place- so do keep ID proof ready. I was even asked for ID proof at Rumtek Monastry & on the way to Natu La pass.
For a great camp, my special appreciation and gratitude to
- Usha & Ganden Lachungpa - wonderful resource persons whom you can describe as walking encyclopedias on the flora and fauna of Sikkim. In addition, they gave a special touch of care and warmth to ensure that all of us were comfortable and protected from the ravages of altitude sickness
- Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) www.bnhs.org and the group leader Vandan Jhaveri for organising the camp despite there being very few participants
- Tashi Lachungpa, our lodge owner and his staff for the warm and friendly serviceas well as the local canines and felines Rambo & Jumbo for give us the daily welcome.
- Our ever-smiling drivers Sonam and _____??? for cheerfully taking us through some really rough terrain and for Chungti - our cheerful host at Yumthang who gave us great Temi tea after a long day.
- My cheerful, witty and above all nature loving fellow travelers for the enjoyable interaction that we had throughout the trip
- Flowers of the Himalayas - Oleg Polunin & Adam Stainton. also a useful encyclopaedia Botanica lent to me by my friend Nina Bhatt
- for birds, I used my collection of Field guides by diverse authors- Salim Ali, Grimmet, Kazmiercyack, Pamella Rassmussen, Bikram Grewal