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Program #20336RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Judy Berger Dec 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I am going on the Road Scholar trip to India in February and am thinking about this trip for 2016...Eager to hear about your experiences...also am wondering which time of year is best weather-wise. I'm quite fit but wondering how folks acclimated to the elevation.

Karla Brown Dec 09, 2014 at 04:44 PM

I am interested in hearing from people about the November 2014 trip. The weather, difficulty, did you stay healthy? Thinking about it for next year.
Helen Wolfson Dec 09, 2014 at 08:46 PM

My husband and I both thought that the trip far exceeded our expectations -- and that's in spite of the fact that each of us was incapacitated for one day (luckily the two days of bus travel) and had to resort to our Cipro. We had some light rain, but especially on one day, I really enjoyed hiking in the rain. The scenery is stunning; the stars are amazing. Our guide (Rajendra) was superb -- we couldn't have dreamed up a better guide. Some of the hiking was difficult but not as difficult as we'd feared. We were tired but not near the end of our ropes. I found going down harder than going up. I was glad to have good hiking boots and trekking poles (although we saw some burdened Nepalese navigating the trails in bare feet). We signed up for the add-on to India, which was cancelled because nobody else signed up, but they re-created it for us through their India vendor. If you're going to be in Nepal, I highly recommend going to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Like the mountains in Nepal, it is beyond words.
Nora Contini Dec 17, 2014 at 07:23 PM

Karla, we just returned from the November Nepal trip. In a word it was GREAT. the weather was mild, lord of bougainvillea, pointcettias, marigolds and other flowers in bloom. The hiking was steep and fairly strenuous! It the most strenous day was about 7 miles and 3000feet elevation gai. If you are planning for next year, you could train in advance. We did not get sick. Our guide (Pasan) was amazing. There were 6 in our group. The extension was fun, but involved a lot if time in the van driving back and forth to Agra. This was our first Road Scholar trip, we wil do more.

James Lanz Oct 10, 2014 at 05:47 PM

Getting very excited about this trip. wondering about cash needs. Often we travel to a country then get necessary cash in the correct currency at an ATM. Does that seem practical for Nepal?
Helen Wolfson Oct 10, 2014 at 06:55 PM

We got it ahead of time but you might not be able to get it at this point. It took several days for us. See you Monday in Delhi!
Nanette Lareau Oct 10, 2014 at 07:14 PM

Our guide book says there are lots of ATMs in Kathmandu, plus money-changing opportunities at the airport. God knows there's no way we can get Nepalese Rupees in Russellville, Arkansas! ;)
James Lanz Oct 10, 2014 at 08:55 PM

Thanks Helen & Nanette-sounds like we'll be able to use an ATM, either at the Kathmandu airport or near the hotel. Just remember we won't see you until you arrive in Kathmandu since we are flying there directly & don't stop in New Delhi.

Nanette Lareau Oct 07, 2014 at 07:03 PM

GETTING EXCITED!!! OCTOBER 12, here we come!!
Helen Wolfson Oct 07, 2014 at 09:07 PM

Hard to believe it's almost time. Three weeks without a newspaper :-) Three weeks without a dulcimer :-( Looking forward to meeting you!
Nanette Lareau Oct 10, 2014 at 07:15 PM

Me too! I know you're from the South if you're talking about a dulcimer! :D
James Lanz Oct 10, 2014 at 09:03 PM

41 hours until departure for us...really getting excited now! Have been reading "The Violet Shyness of their Eyes: Notes from Nepal" to get ready. It's excellent & written by teacher from our part of the country!
Helen Wolfson Oct 11, 2014 at 02:09 PM

Nanette, you're probably thinking mountain dulcimer if you associate it with the South. I play the hammered dulcimer (picture here: http://helenwolfson.com/Dulcimers.html )

Nora Contini Oct 06, 2014 at 09:16 PM

Hi, we are on the trip leaving after Thanksgiving. Anyone else going at that time?

James Lanz Sep 21, 2014 at 03:17 PM

Does anyone know if the recent flooding that's been so bad in Kashmir & western Nepal has affected the region we'll be trekking trhough on this trip?

Nanette Lareau Sep 19, 2014 at 03:35 PM

Hi Helen, are you leaving October 12? My husband and I are taking this trip also, but we fly out of Chicago. It will be a marathon just getting to Kathmandu! :D Look forward to meeting you. - Nanette

Helen Wolfson Sep 10, 2014 at 06:49 AM

This is starting to feel very real to me, and I'm both apprehensive and excited. We're wondering who else might be in the New York airport on the 12th so that we can connect there. We were hiking on Mount Mitchell on Monday -- the highest we can get around here (North Carolina). Wondering how different steps will be from wet rock!
Kirk Avent Sep 10, 2014 at 07:23 AM

Nancee and I made the trek in Oct 2012. We are in Asheville. kirk.avent@gmail.com
James Lanz Sep 21, 2014 at 03:12 PM

Hi Helen, Glad to hear you & your husband are going on the same trip my wife, Kate Ketcham, and I are on. We're getting excited; it's only 3 weeks from today we leave. Trying to do a lot of hiking but need to do some of the "steps" walks in Portland, OR that we've heard about. We live in Vancouver, WA just across the Columbia River. Cheers.
James Lanz Sep 21, 2014 at 03:12 PM

BTW, Road Scholar got my name wrong: it's actually James Lanz.
Nanette Lareau Sep 21, 2014 at 05:11 PM

James, it's funny that I see your comments when I get the email notification but don't see them in this discussion!? We actually live in Arkansas and will fly from Little Rock to Chicago to Zurich to New Delhi. I am recuperating from a tumble off a ladder (still having physical therapy) and we've just started our practice hikes. Luckily a local state park was built by the CCC on top of a mountain so there are lots of stone steps up and down between trails. This morning we did 5.5 miles. Does anyone know what the longest hike is? I only saw one reference to distance, 7 miles....
Helen Wolfson Sep 21, 2014 at 06:57 PM

I think that Day 2 sounds the hardest -- that's the 7 mile thing. I've been working with a PT too, Nanette. I'm hoping we'll all manage fine (and not have too many Olympic athletes in the group! -- happened to some folks we know on a (not Road Scholar) Machupichu trip!
Nanette Lareau Sep 21, 2014 at 07:02 PM

Ha! We did Machu Picchu last year, and I am proud to say we were strictly "middle of the pack" people. We usually finished 5th & 6th out of the 12 participants. (It was a Road Scholar trip.) Does anyone know how many people are on this trip?

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