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Program #19634RJ
18 Days | 17 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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Lenny Mar 01, 2014 at 08:35 AM

I too am interested in the September or December trip. I too am interested in the weather during this time of the year. Also interested in sharing lodging as I will be travelling solo.

Linda Bitter Jan 20, 2014 at 04:33 PM

I am considering the Sept 28 departure of this trip. What is the weather like in sept?

Marilynn Miciek Jan 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I used a credit card at the hotel in Thialand. I carried US dollars. I don't recall having any problems using the dollars, but then, I am not a shopper. I usually have a glass of wine with dinner, but wine was not available by the glass, or not at all. I don't remember, but we drank only the local beer. US dollars work in all the airports.

Karen Nickel-Creusere Jan 20, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Good, your update on currency was reassuring. The book on Bhutan I am reading was published in 1992, and apparently things have changed in the interim. Will take US dollars as you recommended.

Leonard Behr Jan 19, 2014 at 07:37 PM

You won't need much money Karen and you will find that the gift shops do take credit cards. Also, there are one or two ATMs in the country and your guides will make sure you can get to them or change some cash. Bring a couple hundred dollars American, 20s and 50s best, they prefer to change the larger bills rather than the small ones. Len Behr

Karen Nickel-Creusere Jan 19, 2014 at 06:27 PM

What about currency? I read that they dont take credit cards or checks, and probably dont have ATMs?
Susan Baker Jan 19, 2014 at 07:32 PM

I was in Bhutan with RS in 2012 and there are ATM machines in Thimpu and Paro. Forget about checks. I can't remember using a credit card, but did use the ATM to get Bhutan's money.

Gordon Nast Jan 18, 2014 at 02:47 PM

Hi Barbara, The only thing I would add to Leonard's comment is that a good walking stick (& perhaps 2) would be a terrific help to you, especially the final Km or so, which is contains a lot of stairs down & back up. Also, this is not a forced march, and you will be allowed to proceed at your own pace.

Barbara Rydlander Jan 18, 2014 at 02:10 PM

am considering this trip and would appreciate feedback re. difficulty of climb to Tiger's Nest. Have one bum knee and some balance issues due to hip surgery.
Leonard Behr Jan 18, 2014 at 02:33 PM

Hi Barbara,
Leonard Behr Jan 18, 2014 at 02:37 PM

Hi Barbara, My wife and I climbed the Tiger's Nest trail last April with the RS group. We are in ur 70s and fair shape but not athletes. The trip got us into shape as this hike was the last full day. It was a work out but very doable. There's a tea house just half way up and you'll get time to rest there. Bring an ACA bandage for your knee and some ibuprofen. Just go for it.. you'll be kicking yourself forever if you don't. Len Behr

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