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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.
See our Small Group programs.
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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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.

B Shannon Sep 10, 2014 at 01:03 AM

i contacted verizon and it's much cheaper to send text (.50 each) and receive text (.05 each) than to talk (depending on city, from 2.29 to 5$ per minute)
this is with an iphone 5s.

Toni Johnson Sep 03, 2014 at 02:44 AM

I am on the September 24th trip. Anyone else following this list also on this trip? I live in L.A. so I will fly straight to Beijing.
Kathryn Simmons Sep 09, 2014 at 01:39 PM

I'm on that trip, Toni, and I will be arriving LAX from Seattle around 9:15pm on the 23rd.
Toni Johnson Sep 09, 2014 at 03:50 PM

I look forward to meeting you.
Manoj Aryal Sep 09, 2014 at 03:52 PM

Manoj Aryal Sep 09, 2014 at 03:55 PM

Hey Toni, you can text message by the mobile you are carrying but sometimes in China and Tibet it does not function so better for you to buy a chinese sim card when you arrive in Beijing, CHINA MOBILE is the best company, tell your group leader and your local chinese guide they will arrange it, it is very cheap, you can use this sim card till you are in Tibet, from Nepal your own sim card might work properly if not in Nepal also you can buy a sim card for on 2 dollars
Toni Johnson Sep 09, 2014 at 05:26 PM

Thank you. The price is right!!!

Toni Johnson Sep 03, 2014 at 02:42 AM

I am wondering if I will be able to test to people in the U.S.?

B Shannon Sep 02, 2014 at 09:37 PM

Has anyone read any of the readings on the list? recommendations?
Carol Hermann Sep 10, 2014 at 04:35 PM

I ordered the suggested books, but haven't yet read them. Have enjoyed some of the other listed readings and enjoyed Demystifying Tibet by Feigon, Radio Shangri-La by Napoli, The Skull Mantra by Pattison, an Bhutan from the Cultures of the World Series in the Children's department. I am arriving early in LA from Detroit (about 6 pm) and figured I'd hang out in the Delta lounge for a while until others arrived.
Carol Hermann Sep 10, 2014 at 04:57 PM

Update on my last sentence - I'm on the Sep 24th trip so will be at LAX on Sept 23rd

Mark Townsend Sep 02, 2014 at 04:12 PM

Mark and I are on the Oct trip. A real bucket list trip for us. We have worked for months to get in shape. However, I have over done and sprained a leg muscle. How moderately challenging is the trip? We each have our own hiking poles.
Manoj Aryal Sep 09, 2014 at 03:57 PM

Hi Mark, except the two climbings POTALA PALACE AND TIGER'S NEST, rest of the walks are smooth, you can use your own poles during Potala and Tnger's Nest Climb

Jennifer Payton Sep 02, 2014 at 09:35 AM

Anyone else going on the October 12th trip?
B Shannon Sep 02, 2014 at 09:36 PM

jennifer, i'll be on that trip. my summer wanderings are just now over, so i'm making lists and getting excited. what an adventure this will be!!

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?
Laura Inscoe Sep 02, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I used Leki Leki Micro Vario Carbon Women's Trekking Poles. They were perfect for Potala Palace, the hike near Dhulikel, and Tiger's Nest. You'll need a pair of walking tips for the ends.
nancy gralla Sep 02, 2014 at 04:16 PM

Thanks Laura. It sounds like you used two poles --- I wasn't sure if I shoudl get one or two, , but I'll get two.
B Shannon Sep 02, 2014 at 09:35 PM

nancy, the website has good advice about poles.
Kathy Osmond Sep 03, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Hi - I also took a light weight rain/wind jacket with a hood that could be crunched up into my bag. It was useful over shirts and over the fleece some mornings.

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