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Denali and Airplane photo by Donna Specht

See (and Hike) the World with the Angeles Chapter

Our Travel Adventure series offers an unparalleled opportunity to visit special places throughout the world, with trips oriented toward outdoor adventure and environmental awareness and led by our most experienced volunteer leaders.  In addition, the proceeds from these trips provide vital support for the work of the Angeles Chapter.

Our 2014 schedule includes trips to the mountains, canyonlands and deserts of Asia, Europe, and North America -- browse our offerings below and let your travel fantasies run wild!


NOVEMBER 5-18, 2014
ISRAEL ADVENTURE — NATURAL AND HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter)

 Join an active adventure to Israel led by an Israeli and a veteran Sierra Club leader. Visit classic religious and historical sites, learn about the natural history that makes Israel a critical respite in wildlife migration, hike up Masada, stop at places along the Mediterranean Sea, experience the Jordan River and Sea of Galilee on this special Sierra Club trip. The cost is $3,970 per person for Sierra Club members; non-members add $100. Airfare isn't included in the price. Learn More >>


NOVEMBER 7-DECEMBER 1, 2014
NEPAL HIGHLIGHTS & MOUNTAIN HIKING ADVENTURES

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Crescenta Valley Group)

Come see the beauty and culture of Nepal on an 11-day trip, a 20-day trip or do both for a 25-day adventure. Cost is $3,100 per person. Learn More >>

Nov. 7 to 17, Nepal Highlights Adventure: See the Himalayas, the world's highest mountains, wildlife and learn about the religion and culture of the Nepalese. Highlights include Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha; sightseeing in Kathmandu, visiting temples, markets, and other places in the capital; the famous Boudhanath temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and more. Group is limited to 27 participants. Cost is $1,575 per person after March 31, 2014; non-members add $100. Learn More >>

Nov. 12 to Dec. 1, Nepal Mountain Hiking Adventure: The 20-day trip starts with a hike to Mt. Everest Base camp (not the full hike but do a shorter version with less elevation gain than the typical route to base camp) to see the spectacular mountain as well as glacier and valley views. The trek begins in Lukla with a hike to Namche Bazaar and continues to Thame, Khumjung, Tengboche and other villages. The second hike visits the Langtang Valley to explore an area of the Himalayas near the Tibetan border. Group is limited to 15 participants. Cost is $1,875 per person; non-members add $100. Learn More >>


FEBRUARY 12-28, 2015
THAILAND CULTURAL & WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Crescenta Valley Group)

Join us to see the cultural gems and wildlife of Thailand on a sightseeing and easy hiking adventure. In Bangkok visit the magnificent Grand Palace, huge reclining Buddha in Wat Pho temple, Boat trip in Bangkok canals, Thai Theater performance, National Museum full of Thailand’s treasures, Golden Mountain Temple & much more. Visit the ancient temple complex of Sukhothai, a UNESCO world heritage site and Thailand’s equivalent of Angor Wat. In depth tour of Ayutthaya, the Historic Capital City and UNESCO world heritage site, including Royal Palaces, Temples with Thailand’s largest Buddha image, and other priceless treasures. We will visit two premier Thai National Parks, Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site to see Elephants and Hornbills and on to the largest park, Kaeng Krachan, enjoying wildlife in this rich forest environment. Spend time at a beautiful beach resort, Cha’am. Visit a waterfall area near Burma & some of the ethnic tribes and the famous bridge over the River Kwai. Optional trip to Angkor Wat.  Learn More >>


FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 7, 2015
WINTER HIKING IN SWITZERLAND

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Orange County Group)

The Interlaken area is a veritable winter wonderland for hikers. More than 60 mi. of trails are tracked in the region and the leaders will show you the very best of them. We'll stay at the centrally located Hotel Carlton-Europe (all rooms with private bathrooms) where, after a busy day on wintry trails, we can enjoy the facilitites of a wellness village with 2 saunas (Finnish and bio), a steamroom, and a Kneipp pool. We reach the trails, typically at altitudes of about 5,000 to 6,500 ft., by cogwheel trains, aerial trams, and chairlifts. The views of the mountains that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien are breathtaking and our meals mouthwatering. In the evening we'll learn how to play curling and how the Swiss mitigate and adapt to climate change. The cost of $2500 with Sierra Club #, $2,600 non members, includes 7 nights accommodation sharing twin/bath (single supplement $195), buffet breakfast daily, one main meal daily (lunch or dinner), rail transportation from/to Zurich Airport, all transportation needed to get to and from trailheads. The leaders have extensive experience in the area. Interlaken is served daily by high speed trains from/to Berlin and Paris, allowing participants to balance the week in the snow with a few days of urban fun in the capitals of France and/or Germany. For itinerary, application and cancellation policy contact the Leaders: Ed Maurer, Helen Maurer Learn More >>


MARCH 7-14, 2015
FLORIDA KEYS AND THE EVERGLADES

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Sierra Sage, Sierra Singles)

Join us for this 8 day, 7 night fly-drive excursion to the wonders of Florida Everglades and the Florida Keys. Highlights will be visiting the Everglades National Park, viewing the many varieties of birds such as Herons, Anhinga’s, Ibis, Cranes, Egrets, as well as alligators, turtles, snakes and many more wild creatures. Who knows, we might even see some manatees and American Crocodiles. We will visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Key Largo to view the reef on a glass bottom boat, swim and or maybe even snorkel. Key West is one of the destinations with opportunities galore to enjoy the shops, museums, and historical places and/or take advantage of the tours, etc available. We will even stop at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key and the History of Diving Museum on upper Matecumbe Key in Islamorada. Leader Mike Sappingfield (26352 Via Juanita, Mission Viejo, CA 92691) or email mikesapp@cox.netLearn More >>


May 22 - 28, 2015
DENALI - THE LAST FRONTIER

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Orange County Singles)

Land pre-tour extension to the Celebrity Millennium Discovery Voyage Alaska May 29 to June 5, 2015. Experience the Call of the Wild on a seven night/eight day fully escorted charter coach trip from Anchorage to Talkeetna, Denali National Park and back to Anchorage for a fun slice of urban life, Alaska style. Relaxed pace to enjoy beautiful wilderness lodging, hiking adventures, spectacular scenery and wildlife. Learn More >>


May 29 - June 5, 2015
DISCOVERY VOYAGE: ALASKA

Rating C/O: (Angeles Chapter, Orange County Singles)

Cruise travels South, boarding at Seward, AK and ending in Vancouver, B.C. Explore the Mighty Hubbard Glacier and the Icy Straight where John Muir paddled his canoe along the coast and where we can still see the richness of the Tlingit culture in nearby Hoonah. Learn More >>

[Photo by Donna Specht]


June 5 - 7, 2015
THE BEST OF VANCOUVER, VICTORIA AND BUTCHART GARDENS

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Orange Cty Singles)

Treat yourself to an unforgettable weekend getaway in Vancouver.Take a gondola ride up to Grouse Mountain and hike the Alpine meadows and enjoy spectacular views. Walk across Capilano Suspension Bridge high above the canyon floor surrounded by coastal rain forest. Next day, take a short bus and ferry ride across to Vancouver Island. Visit the world famous Butchart Gardens and Victoria, a lovely seaside city with Old-English Victorian charm. Board the Hop-on Hop-Off Trolley for Vancouver sightseeing and stroll the beautiful Stanley Park.Learn More >>

[Photo by Dick Clement]


JULY 26 - AUGUST 1, 2015
THE WONDERS OF OREGON

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Sierra Sage, Sierra Singles)

Wikipedia describes Oregon as: “…diverse, with windswept Pacific beaches, volcano studded Cascade Mountains, abundant waterfalls, dense evergreen forests, ... and high desert sprawling across much of its east all the way to the Great Basin."Learn More >>

[Photo by Mike Sappingfield]


JULY 31 - AUGUST 11, 2015
PANAMA EXPLORATION & PANAMA CANAL CRUISE

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Crescenta Valley Group)

Land and cruise tour of Panama. Spend time on a catamaran cruising through the Panama Canal, stopping at various ports in and around the canal area. Visit Taboga Island, known as the “Island of Flowers,” with its birds of paradise, orchids, and other tropical species. Pass through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, experiencing the thrill of these engineering marvels, then on to the Gaillard Cut and Gatun Lake. Enjoy a nature walk at San Lorenzo National Park to view its diverse flora and fauna and some of its picturesque coastline, Visit old Panama City, the Anton Valley, and the Gamboa area with Soberania National Park. Learn More >>


OCTOBER 3 - 11, 2015
NEW ENGLAND 2015

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Sierra Sage, Sierra Singles)

Join us for this 9 day, 8 night fly-drive excursion to the wonders of New England in the fall. Highlights will be exploring the Freedom Trail in Boston. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL -- MEMBER FEE IS $1350 FOR MEMBERS WHO REGISTER AND PAY THE $500 DEPOSIT BETWEEN AUGUST 1, 2014 AND NOVEMBER 1, 2014. A $500 deposit will hold your place on the trip with the remainder due by July 1, 2015.Learn More >>

[Photo by Mike Sappingfield]


OCTOBER 8 - 21, 2015
CHINA PANDA YUNNAN SHANGRI LA ADVENTURE

Rating O: (Angeles Chapter, Crescenta Valley Group)

See seldom visited sights in Yunnan, pandas, Shangri La, several UNESCO world heritage sites & scenic areas and ethnic peoples of Southern China. See the town of Dali, and the ancient city of Lijiang. Learn More >>


[Denali National Park and Airplane, Header photo by Donna Specht]