Headed to the Himalayas

Asia Transpacific Tours offers unique, world-class itineraries

By: By Sarah Sussman

Asia Transpacific Tours of the Himalayan region breaks the commonly held misconception that the area is only for those willing to rough it. The tour operator pairs insightful cultural interpretations with luxurious accommodations.

“Asia’s Himalayan region — from Bhutan to Ladahk — is jam-packed with cultural treasures that don’t require an ice axe to uncover,” sais Marilyn Downing-Staff, CEO of Asia Transpacific Journeys. “The foothills are bursting with monasteries, temples, traditional villages and Raj-era hill stations. People tend to think frozen peak, when, in reality, a great deal of the region’s landscape is spectacularly lush.”

Here, clients can enjoy world-class dining, infinity-edge pools, games of croquet and more,. With luck permitting, travelers might even catch a glimpse the Dalai Lama from a cozy, family run cottage near Dharmsala.

Fall travel options include small group trips to Bhutan, or to the Indian Himalayas. The 11-day Bhutan — Inside the Dragon Kingdom tour departs Oct. 3 and rates start at $4,595 per person. The 16-day India—In the Realm of the Spirit: Temples and Monasteries of the Indian Himalaya
explores monasteries, temples, diverse religious traditions, ancient cultures, UNESCO World Heritage sites and remote villages. Rates start at $6,195 and the tour departs on Sept. 16.

“Alternatively, all of our group departures can also be customized for a family or group of friends,” Downing-Staff added. “We specialize in creating trips crafted around an individual’s interests and timeframe.”