Beijing to Lhasa

My wife and I have recently returned from travelling which incorporated in late April the Beijing to Lhasa journey organised by World expeditions.

For the Beijing to Xian sector we were guided by Qui Ming who we called Milly.

I would like to record what a pleasure it was to have Milly as our guide.

We have travelled extensively in the past and had many guides. Milly stands out as the one we will remember for the exceptional way she looked after our group.

Milly's knowledge, and her ability to explain things, could not have been better. In fact she had so much she could tell us that there was never a moment when she wasn't being asked a question.

She chose where we dined, and ordered for us, after ascertaining what people liked or disliked and we were never disappointed. The restaurants were usually local, not tourist only places, and we appreciated that.

When we had time to ourselves she enquired if there were things we specially wanted to do and made sure we knew how to get there and back and what to expect. On one occasion when all in the group wanted to visit a Houtong she arranged it and came with us in what should have been her time away from us.

We were a group ranging in age from about 40 to 70. She appreciated that, at times, some were getting physically tired and she would vary what we doing to accommodate that.

Above all I will remember with pleasure her sense of humour, her always cheerful demeanour and the extra things she did for us beyond what is not normally expected.

Milly is an exceptional guide and I would recommend her to anyone going to China.



Michael & Kay Alexander | New Zealand
 
 

Bulgaria on Foot

The Rila and Pirin mountain ranges of Bulgaria are home to vast alpine meadows, glacial lakes, rare vegetation and a rich variety of fauna. In the Rila Mountains, the highest peak, Musala (2925m) is a focal point of this engaging walk on which you only need to carry a day pack. Superb mountain vistas, hidden villages brimming with traditional culture and a visit to Rila Monastery, Bulgaria's most famous monastery, are some of the many highlights of the program. Based in 3 star hotels in Govedartsi and Bansko and a mountain hut in the Pirin Range, this trip will appeal to keen walkers seeking an alternative mountain experience in a country that simply teems with history and beautiful natural landscapes.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Sofia, transfer from airport to your hotel (for arrivals between 9am and 7pm)
DAY 2 Transfer to Borovets and climb Musala (2925m) for superb view of the Rila Mountains (6hrs), then transfer to the village of Govedartsi (1150m), our base for the next 2 nights
DAY 3 Walk to Prekorechki Lakes and return to hotel (6.5hrs)
DAY 4 Seven Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery (5hrs)
DAY 5 Trek across the Central Pirin (6hrs)
DAY 6 Continue trek to Demyanitsa Hut, transfer to Bansko (6hrs)
DAY 7 Ascend the highest peak in the Pirin Mountains, Mount Vihren (2914m) and return to Bansko (7-8hrs)
DAY 8 Transfer to Sofia, trip concludes

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