Travel to the “top of the world” in Nepal and Bhutan and meet the people of these distant lands, home to Buddhist monks and Hindu deities. 

Starting at: $6,272 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
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Himalayan Kingdoms

A Journey to Nepal & Bhutan

15 days from $6,272 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Travel to the “top of the world” in Nepal and Bhutan and meet the people of these distant lands, home to Buddhist monks and Hindu deities. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Sep 4 - 18, 2018 Departure
Ken Hammond

Ken Hammond

Ken Hammond is a historian with expertise in Asia and the cultural and intellectual history of China. As a professor at New Mexico State University, he also teaches courses on the history of Central Asia and the Silk Road and has taught at the China Studies Program in Beijing. Ken has a breadth and depth of knowledge as reflected in his 36-lecture series for “The Great Courses,” entitled From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History.

Ken also focuses on global and comparative history and is interested in urban history and cartography. He has published many articles on a wide range of subjects, including Chinese intellectual and political history and Chinese gardens. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from Harvard University in history and East Asian languages and has been a research scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands. 

Oct 9 - 23, 2018 Departure; Oct 26 - Nov 9, 2018 Departure; Apr 16 - 30, 2019 Departure; Oct 25 - Nov 8, 2019 Departure
Preston Scott

Preston Scott

Preston Scott was the Curator of the Bhutan Program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2008, which was then the largest presentation of Bhutanese life and culture ever hosted outside of the remote Himalayan Kingdom. He also has served as an advisor to the Royal Government of Bhutan on several environmental and cultural projects and is a frequent traveler to the eastern Himalayas.  Throughout his professional career, Preston has worked in more than thirty countries around the world.  He also was the Curator of the Kenya Program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2014, and is preparing for a new program relating to Circus Arts for the Festival’s 50th Anniversary in 2017. 

Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2019 Departure
Robert Shepherd

Robert Shepherd

Robert Shepherd is a visiting associate professor of international affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses on international development, human rights and ethics, contemporary Chinese society, and environmentalism. He is also editor of the journal Critical Asian Studies and an area studies course coordinator for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. Before becoming a professor, Dr. Shepherd spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Dipayal,  Nepal, three years teaching at a United Nations training institute in Beijing, China, and two years helping design and implement a national technical training program on Java, Indonesia. He has also led study-abroad programs to China and Tibet for George Mason University and George Washingtion University, worked with the "Semester at Sea" program, and conducted field research in rural Nepal and China. Dr. Shepherd's articles on the interactions of culture and tourism, cultural heritage issues, and international development has appeared in various publications, most recently the International Journal of Cultural Policy, the Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Annals of Tourism Research. He is the author or co-author of four books, including Faith in Heritage: Displacement, Development, and Religious Tourism in Contemporary China (Left Coast Press, 2013) and Heritage Management, Tourism and Governance in China (with Dr. Larry Yu; Springer Press, 2012). His most recent book is an edited volume entitled,  Cosmopolitanism and Tourism: Rethinking Theory and Practice (Lexington Press, 2018).

Oct 11 - 25, 2019 Departure
Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney is a veteran of expedition travel, and has lectured on and journeyed to all seven of the Earth's continents. With a lifelong interest in the natural and earth sciences, Wayne specializes in making the fascinating story of our planet come alive for fellow travelers. His travels have taken him to all areas of South America including Patagonia and the Amazon; the Polar regions from Antarctica to Iceland, the desert lands of Africa and the American Southwest, and most of Earth's outstanding landscapes. He was elected to the Explorers Club and has visited more than 80 countries. Wayne is a retired professor of geology but still teaches an occasional honors course at Northern Arizona University in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. He is passionate about sharing his vast knowledge of earth history with others in an easy and informal style, and is a well-respected author of numerous award-winning books and articles. He enjoys studying languages, hiking, river running, photography, conversation, and anything else that allows him to get out with others to see the varied and interesting landscapes of this beautiful world.