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 There is now one vacant place on this trip, due to a cancellation.  

Please contact Kim at Pershore as soon as possible if you are interested. 





Two places on this tour are reserved for Merlin Trust applicants.

To apply for these places contact The Merlin Trust or use the link below.


The Merlin Trust

Tour Summary

This Expedition takes participants in the footsteps of Ludlow and Sheriff and Henry and Margaret Taylor to the Indian Himalaya in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The western section of the Great Himalaya is of particular botanical interest as it is home to many species not occurring further east. Our travels follow a route to within 60 miles of the Tibetan border to an area with many peaks over 6000m and we shall botanise on passes at up to 5000m from high camps during our two treks. We shall experience the whole range of altitudinal zones from our arrival in Delhi, crossing the plains of Haryana and Punjab before making an abrupt change as we rise into the forested hills to Shimla. Formerly the official summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla still has many examples of grand British architecture. From there we follow the course of the Sutlej River into the heart of the mountains to undertake the first trek and then transfer to Manali for a shorter trek into the area east of the Rohtang Pass. As a finale to our trip, we will visit the Taj Mahal, often described as the most beautiful building in the world.


 Of the many exciting plants we will see on this expedition, a large proportion will not have been recorded on previous AGS Himalayan expeditions to Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, as they are unique to this area. However, we also expect to see old favourites such as Cardiocrinum giganteum, Lilium nanum, Saussurea gossipiphora, S. obvallata, Saxifraga lychnitis and Paraquilegia anemonoides, which occur here in fine forms.

Primulaceae are well represented, with Cortusa matthiola and many Androsaces and Primulas. These range from the high altitude A. delavayi, P. elliptica, P. stuartii and P. macrophylla moorcroftiana to the more frequently grown A. muscoidea, A. sarmentosa, A. sempervivoides, P. denticulata, P. macrophylla, P. munroi and P. rosea with A. lanuginosa and P. sessilis (leaves only) at lower altitudes. We expect also to see stunning white P. reidii, rare P. obtusifolia, tiny P. minutissima and more.

There are many Asteraceae, with interesting examples of Anaphalis and Leontopodium, Cremanthodium and Ligularia, Aster and Erigeron. We also hope to see Walheimia glabra and amazing pink tinged Saussurea simpsoniana.

There is a good range of Corydalis, Pedicularis and Saxifraga, as well as of orchids. Although only one Meconopsis has been recorded, M. aculeata, it is a very beautiful species with a wide range of forms, depending on habitat and altitude.

A full list of the species we expect to see will be provided as part of the Post Booking Information.


 Sunday 3rd   July                                        Woodville Hotel, Shimla (1 night)

Monday 4th  – Thursday 14th  July               Camping (11 nights)

Friday 15th – Saturday 16th July                  Mayflower Hotel, Manali (2 nights)

Sunday 17th – Wednesday 20th July            Camping (4 nights)

Thursday 21st  July                                       Mayflower Hotel, Manali (1 night)

Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd  July                Ashok Country Resort, Delhi (2 nights)

Travel Arrangements
 Saturday 2nd July:            Depart London Heathrow on overnight flight.

Sunday 24th  July:             Depart Delhi on daytime flight to London Heathrow.

The dates and flight times may be altered and are only indicative at this stage.  


Total Cost of Tour

£2750 per person occupying a double/twin bedded room

The single supplement is to be confirmed.


The price includes: the services of the Tour Leaders, all flights (London/Delhi outbound and Delhi/London on return), all road transport in India, all accommodation and breakfasts in hotels and fully serviced camping on trek, tips to the Indian trekking crew.

The price does not include: drinks, laundry, items of a personal nature, meals other than breakfast in hotels, hotel tips, travel insurance.  Visa for India not included.

The Tour is limited to 18 members and bookings will be processed in order of receipt. AGSE reserves the right to refuse bookings if there is good reason to believe that the applicant is unlikely to be able to complete the trek.



Full Itinerary
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2011 Indian Himalayas (158Kb)

To book this tour or for more information contact Kim Matthews at for a Booking Form

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