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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. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Betsy Noyce May 04, 2015 at 03:48 PM

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Fran. It is encouraging to know you would support a trip even under these circumstances. I also appreciate the information re. how to support relief efforts directly. It is wonderful that you have stayed in touch with your guide and have that direct link. We hope that contributions will continue even as the story fades from public awareness, as they so often do with time. And we will find a way to be supportive that feels right for us. Thanks so much for helping me sort out my own feelings a little.

Frances Malley May 03, 2015 at 09:43 PM

Hi Betsy, Fran here - I went on the trip in 2012. Well worth it. I understand your dilemma and hope you will be able to go. I remained in touch with Parshu, our trekking guide ever since my trip and he has kept me up to date on the situation in Nepal. I wanted to send funds to support the earthquake relief and he has guided me to how to send directly to the bank so all the money would go to aid. You can find this on the right4children web site. I also became involved in helping to support a school in Ghandruk. He has been contacting me daily through Facebook and directly. there is much suffering but the international community is helping a great deal. He and his family as well as the children of Ghandruk are all right. I plan to go back to Nepal in 2016, God willing. It is a beautiful country and so are its people.
I believe that if Road Scholar goes ahead with your trip that it will be all right. enjoy Fran Malley.

Betsy Noyce May 01, 2015 at 11:56 AM

We are scheduled to go on this trip in Oct. 2015. We are heartsick about the human suffering and overwhelming devastation the earthquake has caused. RS I am sure is in the throes of figuring out how to manage future, or even current participant trips. We are just wondering if anyone has heard anything at this point. We are trying to sort out our own feelings and thoughts and think we might still want to go if possible and would love to add some component of service to the trip. We know how important tourism is to Nepal's economy. We wonder what others are feeling and thinking.

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?

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