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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.
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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Mary Ann L Apr 09, 2014 at 08:59 PM

I'd like to hear from someone who has taken this program. How physically demanding is it for a very healthy moderately overweight early 60s year old lady? Is altitude sickness usually an issue? Are the hotels acceptable by western standards or would they be considered "roughing it."? (I don't expect luxury but I would expect a comfortable place to call home at the end of the day.)

Karen Lewis Apr 03, 2014 at 03:38 PM

I would like to know who is going on the May 18th trip. Yes, please post photos from the April trip. That would be nice.
Shari Kuemmel Apr 14, 2014 at 08:10 PM

I will be going on the trip. Iam flying in on my own directly to and from Chicago.

Pat Hoskin Apr 03, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Just a note. I just received pictures from friends in Jiuzhaigou which is at 12,000 feet and as of two days ago there is definitely snow on the ground where they are.
Laura Inscoe Apr 03, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Folk who are going on April 13, I hope you'll be able to post a few photos while you're there. I'll be following the discussion board and thinking about you.

Aaron Mar 29, 2014 at 06:16 PM

P.S. Horses are available for hire for the first 1/2 of the trail up to the Bhutan Tiger's Nest.
Laura Inscoe Mar 29, 2014 at 09:14 PM

Hi Aaron--I called Road Scholar about the horses. They do not allow RS participants to hire the horses--too much of a chance of liability.

Aaron Mar 29, 2014 at 06:14 PM

I have been told by my MBA manager/partner that my comments come across as a "pompous
a$$" and "self-righteous". So apologies are due.
We have rule for air travel: absolutely no cotton anything. The blends, piles, and poly mixes compact well, are easy to wash and dry, and are comfortable. Look at online companies such as TravelSmith or Magellan, and your local outdoors store. The choices are plenty--can be used year-round for hiking, gardening, work, or around town.
Another must: everything is carry-on plus a
small dayback or fannypack. Yes, one has to be brutal; no checked luggage. No jeans.
Merle Hutner Mar 31, 2014 at 05:36 PM

Have it your way, I would rather have all my creature conforts, it doesn't cost any more and they schlep your bag no matter what the size.
Karen Lewis Mar 31, 2014 at 08:37 PM

I am with you Merle. I have to have certain items and some the the carry on's are limited to 11 #.
Aaron Apr 01, 2014 at 01:16 PM

Most travelers prefer to travel light. Here's why: 1. Airlines often "lose" checked bags. Then you either have to wait for the bag(s) to be found and hopefully delivered to Tibet.
Karen Lewis Apr 01, 2014 at 04:31 PM

Aaron that is true, however what does one do when the carry on is limited to 11#
Aaron Apr 01, 2014 at 05:16 PM

Dimension limits for all the airlines we've taken, not weight. China Air may be different. I never again want to have to search a town for clean, new undies when the bags took 3 days to arrive with no apology or comp. Hey, we don't travel to be fashion plates. Jeans are a clear giveaway who you are anyhow. Pack light. Carry on. Wash and wear.
Aaron Apr 01, 2014 at 05:17 PM

And, who "schleps" your gigantic wardrobe from transport to the hotel and room ?
Aaron Apr 01, 2014 at 05:22 PM

More foolishness from the go lights: 3 sets of u-wear, layers for warmth including pile, light gloves, light hat, silk or poly longies, two pairs of comfortable walking shoes/sneakers/light hiking boots, and semi-dress stuff for the odd night out that doubles as traveling wear. If I keep this up, too many will be offended.

Pat Hoskin Mar 29, 2014 at 01:33 PM

Well Annemarie I am in the middle of planning my suitcase; are you taking jeans or only some lightweight pants and like tights or something to make inner layer?

Pat Hoskin Mar 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Hello this is Patricia Hoskin. I was wondering who reads this and is going on my trip April 13?
Annemarie Etsell Mar 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I am :-) and I am looking forward to meeting you

Kathy Osmond Mar 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Hi Laura - Yes - you can go into the monastery. We weren't offered the chance to use a horse, but it might be possible. Maybe Road Scholar could answer that one.
Laura Inscoe Mar 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Thanks so much, Kathy!

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48 meals: 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners
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