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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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Laura from Richmond, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/19/14
This is a fabulous program--well organized, very nice accommodations, and great leaders! Everything was well thought-out and prepared, which made it a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a beautiful part of the world.

Palmer from Lethbridge, AB Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/22/14
Just back from the amazing trip to the three Himalayan "kingdoms" (technically, only Bhutan remains a kingdom; Tibet is a region of China, and Nepal is a republic). For many, many years I have wanted to climb to the top of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, and also to climb to the fabled Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan. In addition, in 1966, I almost made it to Kathmandu, but did not succeed, so I have wanted to go there ever since. The trip is a complex one, with a day and a night in Beijing; four nights in Lhasa, Tibet; five in or close to Kathmandu, Nepal; five nights in three different places in Bhutan; and a final night and day in Bangkok, Thailand. EVERYTHING was superbly organized. Our group leader and four of the five local guides (the exception was the Lhasa guide) spoke good-to-excellent English and were able to pass on a great deal of useful information on their countries. Hotels were all clean and comfortable, and meals were varied and delicious. High points? The Potala Palace in Lhasa, the Hindu temples in Kathmandu, and the Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan. My favorite country of the four has to be Bhutan, and its striving to achieve Gross National Happiness, rather than simply increasing its Gross National Product.

Rick from Jackson, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 05/01/14
This is a terrific program! The comparison and contrasts of the three governments was very interesting. Each mountain kingdom is taking a different path to the future and the advantages & disadvantages of each were evident. I highly recommend this trip.

Maurice from Oro Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/24/14
The breadth and depth of learning about each fascinating country's religion and history exceeded my high expectations.

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"Tiger's Nest, view from overlook" Uploaded By: Laura
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16 nights of accommodations
48 meals: 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
24 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
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4 Flights during the program
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