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The Best of the Mountain Kingdoms: Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan

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Program #21103RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Mark Townsend Sep 25, 2014 at 03:37 AM

Here are links to the Trip Advisor reviews for all the hotels, including the one Judy and I will use near LAX at both ends.

Daniel Tam Sep 25, 2014 at 07:37 PM

Thank you for the valuable information!

Marjorie Beaudet Sep 24, 2014 at 08:04 AM

answering my own question, I looked up Druk Air regulations and found out that the measurements are tight as carry on luggage has to go under the seat.

Marjorie Beaudet Sep 23, 2014 at 03:49 PM

I note of pg. 35 of the first info book regarding the Oct 19 Tibet, et trip. Is Druk air exact about the carry on luggage being NO bigger than 17.5x13.5x8 to is there an inch leeway in length and width?

Toni Johnson Sep 21, 2014 at 02:10 AM

Do the hotels have wi-fi?
Christine Place Sep 21, 2014 at 03:27 AM

Dear Toni, My husband Jim and I are on your trip. I too wondered about internal travel luggage restrictions. If you look at page 35 of the first program guide sent to us under "Carrying Your Baggage" this is discussed. I have (2) bags so I will have to pay extra. Wi fi seems to be at most of the hotels. You can look them up online. Looking forward to our adventure.

Toni Johnson Sep 20, 2014 at 04:35 PM

Who knows the maximum weight we can take including all of the airplanes involved? I am on the September 24th trip!
Manoj Aryal Sep 20, 2014 at 04:41 PM

Hey Toni, its 23 Kilos (per suitcase, 2 are allowed for one pax) and 7 kilos is allowed in your hand bag
Annemarie Etsell Sep 20, 2014 at 05:04 PM

Hi Toni, you might want to check Druk Air in and out of Butan. Their baggage allowance is less than on Air China. However, we had a "group check-in" where all the weight was averaged for the group, hence no one to my knowledge had to pay extra. Most, if not all members of my group had only one suitcase to check in and a carry-on. (I was there in April this year.)

Diane Belcher Sep 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM

If anyone has been on this trip recently we would greatly appreciate any feedback positive and/or negative!
Pat Hoskin Sep 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Well I could not take the altitude medicine and got sick, so if you do then please demand the oxygen and you will get well. The trip is fabulous so go on and enjoy it
Diane Belcher Sep 19, 2014 at 05:13 PM

Thank you- love your advice!

Mark Townsend Sep 16, 2014 at 09:45 AM

For the steeper climbs, I would like to have a map (now) which shows how fast the elevation changes along the different parts of the trail. (I can't recall what such maps are called, but they help us estimate how we will need to pace ourselves.) Does anybody know where we might be able to buy such maps?
Annemarie Etsell Sep 20, 2014 at 05:19 PM

Hi Mark. I was on the trip in April 2014. I found the itinerary well planned and particularly well paced. We did not need to worry about pacing ourselves as the schedule takes into consideration that most of us have at least some silver hair. The steeper climbs were mainly the climb up to the Potala Palace (and there, because we had only arrived a few short days before, the altitude played a role with the need to slow down), the small climb to Chimi Lhakhang in Bhutan and finally the main hike to the Tiger's Nest which does not occur until the last day in Bhutan. In those countries, beside the group leader, we had local guides accompanying us on every outings. They are very well versed in the terrain, so you can discuss your pacing directly with them.

Joy Rector Sep 10, 2014 at 04:36 PM

I am on the Oct. 19 trip
On day 5 we will be visiting a primary school.
I am going to bring some pencils, erasers and other small school supplies. I just checked with Road Scholar office and they said it is okay to bring school supplies.
Looking forward to meeting our group.
Annemarie Etsell Sep 10, 2014 at 07:28 PM

I was on the April trip this year. We had a delightful visit with the pupils at the school. We asked them to sing something for us which they were happy to do. They treated us to a tibetan falk song..... then they took us off guard when they asked us to sing for them. After some quick consulting we sang "You are my Sunshine". Everyone enjoyed the moment.
Annemarie Etsell Sep 10, 2014 at 07:31 PM

(that was supposed to be "folk song". I don't see an edit button)
Joy Rector Sep 11, 2014 at 07:32 PM

Does anyone know how many students are enrolled at the school we visit? I
Annemarie Etsell Sep 13, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I don't know how many students are in the whole school. The class we visited had just over 40 grade 6 students. They come from the surrounding villages and are boarding at the school. Most go home over the week-ends.

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