Asia

We are at home in the Himalayas and all of Asia. Our trips emphasize nature, outdoor activities, and cross-cultural experiences rather than shopping, big cities, or luxury resort experiences. Since our first Mount Everest Trek in 1978, JOURNEYS has been building relationships with Asian guides and leaders to enable our travelers to enjoy their Asia trip with a confident sense of family friendship.

We offer group and individual guided treks, nature and culture tours, photo safaris, vehicle explorations, and in-depth adventures in Nepal, China, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Ladakh, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysian Borneo, Indonesia, and other areas of Central Asia. We were the first company to establish completely private trips in Burma. We can help you find tigers, rhinos, and orangutans in the wild and in nature reserves. Circumnavigate Kailash, Annapurna, or Swaymabhunath. Meditate in Lhasa, Leh, Angkor Wat, or Mandalay.

Our services cover all activity levels, travel interests, and accommodation preferences. We have lots of personal experiences, trip reviews, and references to help you benefit from our assistance. Trust, confidence, and personal relationships are the keys to your successful JOURNEYS trip in Asia. We want to share our experience and our cherished relationships with you.

Tours to Asia

Active Vietnam Adventure
Cost: $3,695  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Nov. 3-14, 2014 or Privately on Request

Active travel by bike, on foot, and by kayak to places you can reach no other way.

Nepal: Annapurna Family Trek
Cost: $2,950-$3,600  •  Duration: 14 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

This is an easy trek for all ages that still affords close-up views of high, snowy Himalayan peaks and contact with Nepal's friendly Buddhist cultures.

Nepal: Annapurna Lodge Trek
Cost: $2,950  •  Duration: 10 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Hike the scenic foothills beneath towering Annapurna, spending comfortable nights in cozy, hospitable guest houses along your trail. Porters carry your gear.

Nepal: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Cost: $4,450  •  Duration: 19 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

High in Nepal's Annapurna Conservation Area, you encounter one of the most spectacularly beautiful frozen, serene sanctuaries in the world.

Burma: Bagan and Beyond
Cost: $2,995  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

Travel deep into the countryside. Your guide leads your trip to the ruins of Bagan, tribal villages and historical sites of Mandalay and Yangon. Enjoy top-quality arrangements and a local...

Bhutan: Black Mountain Trek
Cost: $3,950  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Nov. 1-12, 2014 or Privately on Request

Trek through vast mountain forests, stopping in small, welcoming Buddhist villages. Of the few foreigners who hike in Bhutan, almost none come this way.

Bhutan: Black-Necked Crane Festival
Cost: $3,150  •  Duration: 9 days  •   2 upcoming departures

Join Bhutanese villagers in a Buddhist temple festival honoring sacred cranes and all of nature. This trip is about art, beauty, celebration, and understanding the Buddhist spirit of Bhutan.

Buddhist Valleys of Bhutan
Cost: $2,050  •  Duration: 6 days  •  Weekly Thursday departures

This is a very personally- and compassionately-guided, non-trekking exploration of villages, monuments, and scenic sacred monasteries of the last Buddhist Kingdom.

Burma: Ruins and Rivers
Cost: $4,295-$4,650  •  Duration: 15 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Take time to reflect and meditate on the special wonders of Burma. Drift down the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Mingun and bask in the Buddhist spirit of an ancient land.

Captivating Cambodia
Cost: $1,795  •  Duration: 8 days  •   5 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Discover the enduring wonders of Angkor Wat and the unfailing hospitality of Buddhist people successfully emerging from a recent tragic history.

China's Wonders, Past and Present
Cost: $4,295-$4,795  •  Duration: 15 days  •   4 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Explore historic, cultural, and scenic treasures of China on foot, by tram, ferry, bicycle, river boat, train, and van in a small group with an expert guide.

Classic and Festive Japan
Cost: $4,350-$6,395  •  Duration: 12 days  •   5 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

This trip accomplishes something rare -- personalized, small-group engagement with Japan. Include must-see sites and adventures off the tourist path. Enjoy Oeshiki Festival in October, Shichi-go-san and Fall Foliage in November, or Cherry Blossom Festival in April.

Discover Malaysian Borneo
Cost: $3,895  •  Duration: 14 days  •  Aug. 4-17, 2014 •  Flexible departures joining small groups

Explore the greatest nature and culture sites of Malaysian Borneo while staying in award-winning ecolodges. Enjoy great hiking and birding options.

Thailand: Elephants, Arts and Adventure for Families
Cost: $2,500-$2,850  •  Duration: 11 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Your family will enjoy this active and hands-on experience -- it's a great first-time visitor's overview including some fantastic, quality time with elephants.

Enchanted China for Families
Cost: $2,650-$3,495  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Jun. 22-Jul. 3, 2015 or Privately on Request

This itinerary includes the absolute must-see's as well as fun activities and whimsical attractions beloved by Chinese families. Begin in Hong Kong. Visit the Giant Pandas in Chengdu. See the terracotta warriors in Xi'an. Hike the Great Wall.

Nepal: Everest Namche Lodge Trek
Cost: $2,950  •  Duration: 11 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Hike to the heart of the Sherpa homeland and stay awhile in a cozy Sherpa lodge nestled in the highest valley of Nepal's Himalayas.

Nepal: Everest Sherpa Country Trek
Cost: $4,450  •  Duration: 19 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

The Everest region offers an enduring experience of geological magnificence and profound cross-cultural discovery. This trek may be the most extraordinary and enlightening experience of your lifetime. Choose your date or join a group.

Nepal: Fall Festivals East of Everest
Cost: $3,250  •  Duration: 12 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Experience Dashain, Nepal's biggest festival, in the dramatic Arun Valley where few travelers go. Walk among Nepal's most scenic peaks and villages, visit weekly markets in Wana and Chainpur, bask in the beauty of terraced rice fields, and join revelry in local homes.

Fall Festivals of Bhutan
Cost: $3,950  •  Duration: 12 days  •   2 upcoming departures •  Tentative

Become one with the hypnotic drumming, chanting, dancing, and devotional fervor of Bhutan's most accomplished lamas as they honor and celebrate the unseen mountain spirits around them.

Family-friendly Japan
Cost: $3,450-$5,590  •  Duration: 10 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Japan is a spectacular dynamic destination for the entire family. Experience the profound traditions and the 21st century energy. Join a group in summer or visit on your dates. Early April is cherry blossom time!

Finding Forgotten China
Cost: $3,950  •  Duration: 11 days  •   2 upcoming departures •  with Gail Scherer

Traditions, cultures and visions of ancient China and of the Dong, Miao and other tribes are still accessible to travelers willing to venture deep into rural and mountainous regions. Enjoy direct contact with people in traditional dress and exceptional opportunities for cultural and landscape photography.

China: Great Gorges and Sacred Peaks
Cost: $3,775  •  Duration: 13 days  •  Oct. 12-11, 2015 •  Tour operates May-June & Oct-Nov

Hike through wild, remote Buddhist villages and Himalayan valleys, past great glaciers, and through vast forests at the headwaters of Asia's greatest rivers.

Nepal: Himalayan Discovery Safari
Cost: $3,600  •  Duration: 14 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Soak up medieval magic in fascinating Kathmandu, then trek mountain ridges and ride swirling river currents through tranquil lands and traditional villages. Meet friendly Nepalese and learn about their rich, varied, and ancient culture.

Ladakh: In Search of the Snow Leopard
Cost: $4,950  •  Duration: 18 days

JOURNEYS senior naturalist-guide Avi Sarkhel has been monitoring a particular Snow Leopard population in Ladakh. Observing and photographing these Snow Leopards will be the main goal of this trip. Spot other mammals and birds as well, and enjoy traditional Ladakhi hospitality.

Nepal: Kathmandu Ridgetop Trek
Cost: $2,200  •  Duration: 8 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

The north rim of the Kathmandu Valley offers a little known window to the highest peaks from relatively easy trails at modest altitudes. Routes are easily accessible from Kathmandu without flights or long drives. Visit a variety of cultural groups in their middle hill villages.

Ladakh Indus Valley Odyssey
Cost: $2,400  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Jun. 25-Jul. 2, 2015 or Privately on Request

Meet Ladakhi Buddhists in their homes and villages set in the spectacular beauty of the Tibetan Plateau where it meets the high Himalayas. This is an escape in time, spirit, and culture.

Laos: Meandering the Mekong
Cost: $2,595  •  Duration: 9 days  •   4 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Demystify the Mekong by floating along a very scenic stretch and then explore the charming city of Luang Prabang in Laos.

Mongolia Lakes and Legends
Cost: $3,995  •  Duration: 13 days  •   Privately on Request

A fantastic overview of scenic and historic sites, and Mongolia's best national parks. Customize just for your party, anytime from June to September.

Nepal Namaste!
Cost: $2,600  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

This is an expertly-guided, flexible exploration for non-hikers who enjoy wildlife, ancient traditions, spiritual discovery, and beautiful mountain scenery.

North India Treasures
Cost: $3,550  •  Duration: 13 days  •   4 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Visit India's greatest heritage, scenic, and sacred sites with an expert local guide. Spend each night in comfortable accommodations.

Northern Ladakh Trek
Cost: $3,300  •  Duration: 13 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Enjoy breathtaking beauty and Himalayan passes. Explore the convergence of the Tibetan plateau with Himalayan peaks and villages where Buddhism has resonated unimpeded for hundreds of years.

Laos: Palaces and Pagodas
Cost: $1,995  •  Duration: 7 days  •  Departures every Tuesday October-February

Experience the serenity and Buddhist character of Laos with a personal guide and comfortable accommodations.

India: Rajasthan Royal Wildlife Safari
Cost: $6,125  •  Duration: 15 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Expert naturalists lead this search for tigers and other wildlife in the parks of northern India. Visit both famous and lesser-known sites and sanctuaries.

Savoring Southeast Asia
Cost: $5,295  •  Duration: 20 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Tour temples. Cruise the Mekong River. Attend a traditional Vietnamese puppet show. This is a comprehensive overview of Southeast Asia packed full with a wide variety of cultural, historical, and recreational activities.

Thailand: Secrets of Siam
Cost: $2,050  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Tuesday departures October-March

Appreciate the the beauty and serenity of Buddhist Thailand from beautiful eco-lodges in the northern hill country.

South India Treasures
Cost: $3,150  •  Duration: 11 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

A counterpart to North India Treasures. A lovely overview of the gentler half of India, focusing on the cultural and natural highlights of the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Sri Lanka: Splendors of Serendib
Cost: $3,450  •  Duration: 11 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

This is a fantastic overview of culture and history. Explore ancient cities, the roots of Buddhism, and the tea-covered hill country.

Thailand Karen Home-Stay Trek
Cost: $1,750  •  Duration: 7 days  •  Weekly departures Oct-Mar

Meet the indigenous people of Thailand by trekking to their remote villages. This is a walk back in time, leaving technology trappings behind.

Timeless Ladakh Trek
Cost: $4,250  •  Duration: 18 days  •  Jun. 25-Jul. 12, 2015 or Privately on Request

If you can trek and have any interest in Tibet or Buddhism, this adventure in Ladakh may be the most amazing travel experience you will ever have. Our incomparable Ladakhi guides will demonstrate why we have offered this trip for 26 years.

China: Tracing the Ancient Silk Route
Cost: $3,995-$4,650  •  Duration: 15 days  •   2 upcoming departures

Travel in modern, comfortable style on the legendary Silk Road, along which camel caravans plodded a thousand years ago.

Burma: Treasures of the Golden Land
Cost: $3,450-$3,850  •  Duration: 12 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Enjoy a classic exploration of Burma's greatest sites with a JOURNEYS senior local guide. End with a coastal beach option.

Bhutan: Trek to Sacred Chomolhari
Cost: $3,750  •  Duration: 11 days  •   2 upcoming departures •  Privately on request Apr-Jun & Oct-Nov

Trek through ancient mountain battlegrounds of warrior monks whose legends still echo in deep glacial valleys, never-conquered peaks, and dense, dark forests. Don't trek alone!

Burma: Trek to the Last Village
Cost: $3,950  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Currently unavailable until further notice

Trekking through the tiny villages at the base of the towering Burmese Himalayas offers rich nature, tribal hospitality, and an unbounded exploration challenge.

Tribes and Trails of Thailand's North
Cost: $2,700  •  Duration: 11 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Enjoy a very personal exploration of the cultures and natural environments of northern Thailand. This is an active, flexible itinerary made all the more wonderful by the personal hosting at two of Thailand's most unique, most lovingly-run, eco-lodges.

Ultimate Mongolia with Naadam Festival
Cost: $4,350  •  Duration: 14 days  •  Jul. 9-22, 2015

Outstanding leadership, scenery, accommodations and celebration of Mongolian culture and rituals. Join destination specialist Kerina Rowley on the 2014 departure. The Naadam Festival will be a highlight -- with its great displays of horsemanship, wrestling and pageantry. Nothing else like it on the planet!

Bhutan: Views, Valleys, and Visions
Cost: $3,450  •  Duration: 10 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

On this ten-day immersion in Buddhist culture, you may catch glimpses of the forest spirits, the leaping lamas, or at least a Musk Deer, Bearded Vulture, or Black-Necked Crane. Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery.

Vivid Vietnam
Cost: $2,650  •  Duration: 10 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Travel to Vietnam's most beautiful sites with an expert local guide and learn a very personal story about history, cultures, and hope.

Sri Lanka: Wild and Sacred Sanctuaries
Cost: $4,595  •  Duration: 14 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Maximize your experience with the nature and wildlife of Sri Lanka. Seek out elephants and monkeys, langurs, sloth bear, leopards, sambur and many other mammals, as well as endemic bird and plant life in some of Asia's best sanctuaries. Visit cultural highlights as well.

Wildest India
Cost: $5,350  •  Duration: 14 days  •  Apr. 1-14, 2015

Visit Tadoba, Kazirangain northeastern India in search of tigers, experience the city of joy, Kolkata, and more on this JOURNEYS Signature Trip with senior naturalist guide Avi Sarkhel.

China: Yunnan Jade Dragon Journey
Cost: $3,295  •  Duration: 11 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Explore southern China's Yunnan Province, a feast of natural, scenic, and cultural diversity born of Himalayan mountains, deep valleys, and a history of isolation, Buddhist heritage, and adaptation.

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