The Land of Giant Pandas, Buddhist Caves, and Sacred Mountains
Explore hidden regions of China and the Tibetan highlands in Sichuan and Yunnan, visiting five World Heritage Sites along the way. Encounter giant pandas, hike amid the Thousand-Buddha Cliffs at Jiajiang and sacred mountains.
Follow in the footsteps of Basho, Japan's celebrated haiku poet, and experience many fascinating places he wrote about, from remote pilgrim trails and castle towns to exquisite shrines set among ancient cedars.
Experience the festival of lights in Nepal, hike through traditional villages of the Kathmandu Valley with cultural visits, and marvel at the glorious Himalayan views on this special small-group adventure.
We are still finalizing the details of this itinerary. Please let us know you’re interested and we’ll send you the Full Detailed Itinerary as soon as it is available.
With more than 250 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 7 according to the activity and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 7 the most difficult—see descriptions at right for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level.
The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions.
The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.
Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.