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Program #21103RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
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Kathryn Simmons Aug 20, 2014 at 04:51 PM

Guessing what the weather will be September 24-October 12: it looks like we can expect hot weather in Beijing and Bangkok, possibly in Kathmandu? Fall-like weather for the rest; i.e., crisp days and crisper nights? Is that your experience? Also, colder weather at highest elevations (how cold)? Possibility of rain, but not much, right?
Toni Johnson Aug 21, 2014 at 07:42 PM

I will be on the same trip. I look forward to hearing the answers to your question.
Kathy Osmond Aug 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I took this trip at the same time last year. The stop in Beijing is very short (we slept except for orientation and meals), but Bangkok was hot. My most useful clothes were a snug fleece jacket and a Macabi brand skirt. I'd start out with the jacket in the morning, but take it off as the temperature rose. Kathmandu was very pleasant. We only had a few partial days of rain, including while we were walking down from Tigers Nest - quite exciting!

Jennifer Payton Aug 12, 2014 at 09:41 AM

So I rec'd the Tibet visa. Am I good to go? Should I be applying for Nepal and Bhutan visas?
Manoj Aryal Aug 12, 2014 at 02:17 PM

Hi Jenifer you will get Nepal Visa upon your arrival at Nepal Airport so as Bhutan Visa, for Nepal visa you need a photo.

Jennifer Payton Aug 08, 2014 at 02:13 PM

How about communications? Can I take my cell phone to the Verizon store & have them enable it to work in Tibet? Should I try to buy a phone in China? If someone back home needs to get hold of me, can they do that?
Suzanne Whisler Aug 08, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Download the free APP called Viber toall electronic communication devices. You can call anyone else who has it. Go to their website. I called home from Bejing, free.
Manoj Aryal Aug 09, 2014 at 01:49 AM

Hi Jennifer, its better for you to buy a CHINESE sim card when you reach Beijing, the best telecom company in China is CHINA MOBILE, you can buy a sim card and use it during your stay in China and Tibet. Regarding trying your own phone, yes you can try but sometimes it works sometimes it won't, ask your GL to take you to China Mobile and get a sim card.

Carol Green Aug 03, 2014 at 10:34 PM

What are the temperatures at night in Tibet,Bhutan and Nepal in the evening?any chance of snow?how chilly is chilly? I am thinking of Oct 19-Nov6 trip? I come from a tropical environment so I don't want to be too cold.
Pat Hoskin Aug 03, 2014 at 11:19 PM

the hotels will keep you warm I went on the trip which returned on May 1. I live in Maui and I was fine.
Manoj Aryal Aug 05, 2014 at 06:28 AM

Hi Carol, pls find the average temperature in Tibet Nepal and Bhutan during Ocober, TIBET: MAX 48 F MIN 9 F, NEPAL MAX 67 F MIN 55 F, BHUTAN, MAX 70 F MIN 50.
Manoj Aryal Aug 05, 2014 at 06:30 AM

Marshall- the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort is situated at an altitude of 4500 feet from the sea level and it is surrounded by lush green hills, a perfect place.
Jennifer Payton Aug 05, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Jennifer Payton Aug 05, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Manoj, are those temperatures centigrade?
Manoj Aryal Aug 05, 2014 at 12:03 PM

no these are Farenheight
Jennifer Payton Aug 07, 2014 at 09:13 AM

In Louisville, a temperature of 9 F is considered quite cold.

Marshall Smith Aug 03, 2014 at 05:48 PM

Any Comments re the Dhulikel mountain Resort and the surrounding area.
Pat Hoskin Aug 03, 2014 at 11:18 PM

that resort is wonderful
Karen Lewis Aug 04, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Yes the Dhulikel Mountain Resort is wonderful.
Kathy Osmond Aug 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

It's incredibly beautiful. We wished we could have stayed there longer.

Pat Hoskin Jul 31, 2014 at 12:01 AM

I did get altitude sickness. I had to ask for oxygen several times, I was on the trip which returned on May 1. You need to demand oxygen, some of the local guides try to not encourage this, but it really helps. So by the third day I was able to do the Potala Palace. again I am not able to take the high altitude pills.
thank you

Premium Email Subscriber Jul 30, 2014 at 08:32 PM

I am wondering if anyone had problems with altitude sickness. I have read that it is important to gve yourself time to become accliated to the high altitudes in this part of the world. The itinerary does not seem to take that into consideration. Did anyone become ill? I have allergy-induced asthma, am not on meds because I avoid the allergens (cats) but was recently at Yellowstone and experienced some breathlessness at 8000 feet. I would appreciate your observations and experiences. Thanks!
Manoj Aryal Jul 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

yes, few clients had problems with altitude sickness
Manoj Aryal Jul 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

if you go through the itinerary it clearly suggests that we do not engage in any activities on the day of the arrival in Lhasa. We have kept free time to relax on the first day. I suggest you to go with proper medicines like Diamox, Ibuprophne, drink plenty of water when you arrive in Lhasa. The hotel provides you water bottles, while on tour just slow your pace, do not rush, this will help you to combat altitude sickness.

Manoj Aryal Jul 19, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Hi All..! I am Manoj Aryal, I am the Group Leader for Mountain Kingdoms, I have just joined the discussion forum, I have finished my group from 01 June to 19th June, please feel free to ask any questions related to the trip would be happy to answer
Mary Ann L Jul 19, 2014 at 04:11 PM

Hi Manoj, I'm seriously considereing this trip for next year. Any recommendation on the best time of year to go? I'm favoring October but was wondering if it ever snows in October?
Manoj Aryal Jul 30, 2014 at 04:35 AM

Hay Mary, October is actually is the best season to go on this trip, Tibet will be a bit chilly but you will enjoy your trip

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