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TIBET / NEPAL / BHUTAN / THAILAND

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

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Program #21103RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Mary Ann L Jul 13, 2014 at 06:14 PM

Laura or anyone else who's taken this trip: was anyone in your group unable to make it all the way up to Tiger's Nest?
Annemarie Etsell Jul 13, 2014 at 06:28 PM

I was in the April 2014 group. We were 21. Everyone made it to the tea house where we also had lunch. Seventeen made it to the view point which is actually above the Tiger's Nest, and ten made it all the way to the monastery. From the view point, the trail goes down into a gorge, across a bridge and then up again on the other side. More steps inside the monastery. Personally, I did not go all the way as I feared my knees would rebel too much on the way down. I used hike poles and for anyone with knees issues, I would recommend them. Regardless of how far someone can make it, it is a wonderful experience. Enjoy!
Laura Inscoe Jul 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I agree with Annemarie about taking care of your knees--I overdid it. We had some who stopped at the tea house. Don't hurt yourself, just to make it up there. It's a lovely place to see, even from the tea house.


Pat Hoskin Jul 13, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Hello I went on the trip which returned May 1st. I used a Bank of America visa card at the ATM's in Bhutan. No problem.
I do recommend a hiking pole.


Laura Inscoe Jul 12, 2014 at 09:50 PM

From the June 1, 2014 trip: I and one other person had poles. I'm not in great shape and was glad to have them, but most didn't have them and were fine. It is a tough hike, no doubt about it, but worth it if you cn do it. The few hotels without elevators have porters to take luggage to and from your rooms. The hotel in Bhutan without an elevator had 4 floors. Climbing floors helps prepare you for the Tigers Nest Hike as do many days of walking a lot. If you're not in shape already, you will be by the end of this trip! We had one person who lost his cell phone--he thinks some boys in Nepal jostled him and took it--a big inconvenience and concern for him. In Bhutan, the ATMs seemed to only take MasterCard. Most people are gracious and kind. I wasn't fearful, but was cautious, as one would want to be whenever traveling. Be not afraid; a beautiful trip awaits you!
Karen Lewis Jul 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

I second the Laura. Beautiful, memorable trip.


Richard Selby Jul 12, 2014 at 05:41 PM

I would not buy new hiking poles..for the long hike up to Tigers Nest purchase at the beginning of the trail two wooden poles ($1 each)...give them to the guide when you return so they could be used by the next group..or just return them to stand where purchased...they do not repurchase them.Keep you eye on them at the 1/2 way restaurant/toilet; They disappeared from one RS hiker there.
And we had one wallet taken from a backpack in Beijing so make copies of all CC information so as to call to cancel cards..that couple did not do that..and therefore spent one day of their trip recreating that information.
Elevators in Bhutan/Beijing hotels..Nepal Hotel has many levels and stairs; spread out and no elevator..ask for lowest level room.There is usually a porter to help with your luggage if needed.Get all local monies at airport..suggest getting small bills...and converting residual monies to next country before going thru security.
Used US dollars for large purchases in Tibet & Nepal.Bangkok credit cards were used in some stores. Always had local currency.In Beijing there was only one exchange open at the late hour of your flight back to the USA..it was in the area just beyond where you checked in and before security.


Mark Townsend Jul 12, 2014 at 05:06 PM

Judy and Mark again. Can we assume that the hotels without elevators are fairly short?
Karen Lewis Jul 12, 2014 at 05:18 PM

The elevator ride depends on what country and what hotel you are in. I was on the May-June trip and in China, Thailand and Nepal we stayed in very nice hotels. 4-5 star actually and the hotels were fast. In Tibet the elevator was adequate, although I took the stairs as I was on the second floor. In Bhutan, the hotel did not have an elevator. Great country though. Gracious, lovely people.


Mark Townsend Jul 12, 2014 at 05:04 PM

Judy and Mark again. How hard is it going to be to get cash? Do the hotels have ATM machines or not?
Karen Lewis Jul 12, 2014 at 05:22 PM

I made the mistake of taking a pre-loaded cash card. Take dollars. Practically everyone took them. I found ATM's hard to find although our guide went out of his way to find one for me. Other people used Visa cards or Mastercard. AMEX was hard to use. So cash seemed to be the best option and you can exchange at the hotel desk. The hotel in Bejing did have an ATM. I did not look in the others, I just took out what I needed for the rest of the trip. Road Scholar will give you advice when you receive the packet. They are an excellent tour company and they take care of the people.


Mark Townsend Jul 12, 2014 at 05:01 PM

We are going on the October trip, and we would appreciate some help from you veterans. First, though we have two sets of hiking poles, they are too big (even when collapsed) to fit in the allowed carry-on luggage. We figure we have several possible choices: buy shorter poles (which probably cost a lot), or bring at least one of our larger suitcases (hard to carry up stairs), or forget the poles, or hope that we can find some THERE (doesn't sound likely). What do you think? (We are both about 70, but in fairly good shape.)
See you soon!
Mark (retired math prof) and Judy (retired librarian)Townsend
Elizabethtown, PA


Laurel Kracen Jul 10, 2014 at 03:35 PM

I am going on the Oct. 19 trip; traveling with a few other friends. Anybody else planning on that trip?


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