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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
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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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nancy gralla Sep 01, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Hi Everyone, I'm on the October 19 trip like Carol. I'm starting to look for a walking stick. Any recommendations? Also, I saw that the fleece was really useful. Did you bring another jacket also?

Kathy Osmond Aug 27, 2014 at 08:30 AM

Hi Everyone - Regarding concerns over different electrical outlets and plug configurations, I brought along just one multiple-international adapter, which worked in all locations. I bought it in Marshalls or in the AAA travel store (don't remember). In Tibet, the adapter kept falling out of the wall even though it had the right plugs, so I just took my camera battery recharger down to the desk and they plugged it in for me each night. EASY!! I, too, was anxious about the plugs, but used the information in the Road Scholar trip manual to determine that I had the right adapter.
Christine Place Aug 27, 2014 at 02:46 PM

Thank you for the information! I always like hearing from those who have already been on the same trip.

Christine Place Aug 23, 2014 at 05:51 PM

Dear Manoj,
Just wondering how many people are on this trip besides myself and my husband.
Manoj Aryal Aug 23, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Hi Christine, the maximum size for this trip is 22 and minimum is 14

Kathryn Simmons Aug 20, 2014 at 04:51 PM

Guessing what the weather will be September 24-October 12: it looks like we can expect hot weather in Beijing and Bangkok, possibly in Kathmandu? Fall-like weather for the rest; i.e., crisp days and crisper nights? Is that your experience? Also, colder weather at highest elevations (how cold)? Possibility of rain, but not much, right?
Toni Johnson Aug 21, 2014 at 07:42 PM

I will be on the same trip. I look forward to hearing the answers to your question.
Kathy Osmond Aug 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I took this trip at the same time last year. The stop in Beijing is very short (we slept except for orientation and meals), but Bangkok was hot. My most useful clothes were a snug fleece jacket and a Macabi brand skirt. I'd start out with the jacket in the morning, but take it off as the temperature rose. Kathmandu was very pleasant. We only had a few partial days of rain, including while we were walking down from Tigers Nest - quite exciting!
Manoj Aryal Aug 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

By 24th September Monsoon will be normally ends so there won't be chances of rain (but sometimes Monsoon stays a bit), most of the destinations this time have a pleasant weather actually this is the RIGHT TIME TO go, good luck

Jennifer Payton Aug 12, 2014 at 09:41 AM

So I rec'd the Tibet visa. Am I good to go? Should I be applying for Nepal and Bhutan visas?
Manoj Aryal Aug 12, 2014 at 02:17 PM

Hi Jenifer you will get Nepal Visa upon your arrival at Nepal Airport so as Bhutan Visa, for Nepal visa you need a photo.

Jennifer Payton Aug 08, 2014 at 02:13 PM

How about communications? Can I take my cell phone to the Verizon store & have them enable it to work in Tibet? Should I try to buy a phone in China? If someone back home needs to get hold of me, can they do that?
Suzanne Whisler Aug 08, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Download the free APP called Viber toall electronic communication devices. You can call anyone else who has it. Go to their website. I called home from Bejing, free.
Manoj Aryal Aug 09, 2014 at 01:49 AM

Hi Jennifer, its better for you to buy a CHINESE sim card when you reach Beijing, the best telecom company in China is CHINA MOBILE, you can buy a sim card and use it during your stay in China and Tibet. Regarding trying your own phone, yes you can try but sometimes it works sometimes it won't, ask your GL to take you to China Mobile and get a sim card.

Carol Green Aug 03, 2014 at 10:34 PM

What are the temperatures at night in Tibet,Bhutan and Nepal in the evening?any chance of snow?how chilly is chilly? I am thinking of Oct 19-Nov6 trip? I come from a tropical environment so I don't want to be too cold.
Pat Hoskin Aug 03, 2014 at 11:19 PM

the hotels will keep you warm I went on the trip which returned on May 1. I live in Maui and I was fine.
Manoj Aryal Aug 05, 2014 at 06:28 AM

Hi Carol, pls find the average temperature in Tibet Nepal and Bhutan during Ocober, TIBET: MAX 48 F MIN 9 F, NEPAL MAX 67 F MIN 55 F, BHUTAN, MAX 70 F MIN 50.
Manoj Aryal Aug 05, 2014 at 06:30 AM

Marshall- the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort is situated at an altitude of 4500 feet from the sea level and it is surrounded by lush green hills, a perfect place.
Jennifer Payton Aug 05, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Jennifer Payton Aug 05, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Manoj, are those temperatures centigrade?
Manoj Aryal Aug 05, 2014 at 12:03 PM

no these are Farenheight
Jennifer Payton Aug 07, 2014 at 09:13 AM

In Louisville, a temperature of 9 F is considered quite cold.

Marshall Smith Aug 03, 2014 at 05:48 PM

Any Comments re the Dhulikel mountain Resort and the surrounding area.
Pat Hoskin Aug 03, 2014 at 11:18 PM

that resort is wonderful
Karen Lewis Aug 04, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Yes the Dhulikel Mountain Resort is wonderful.
Kathy Osmond Aug 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

It's incredibly beautiful. We wished we could have stayed there longer.

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48 meals: 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
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