Cultural travel is about more than just seeing a place; it’s about getting to know and understand its people, its history and its environment from the inside. We design custom trips to reveal the heart of each destination. Our travelers both embrace and are embraced by the local culture.
Every Myths and Mountains trip incorporates one or more core concepts that provide unique insights into our destinations. Naturally, these themes are not meant to limit your experience. Rather, they are intended to inspire you to explore more fully, to approach your destination on a deeper level, to be a participant rather than just an observer.
CULTURE and CRAFTS
Discover the diverse ethnic groups of Southeast Asia’s hill tribe peoples, learn to cook local delicacies in Bali, visit with traditional puppet masters in Vietnam, explore the remote province of Guizhou amid a kaleidoscope of colorful villages, learn traditional Lao crafts from local artisans, or meet with Bhutanese religious masters.
RELIGION and PILGRIMAGE SITES
Trek to remote Himalayan monasteries and experience traditional celebrations at a local Buddhist festival, witness millions of Indian pilgrims submerging themselves in the holy Ganges, explore Cambodia’s magnificent ancient Khmer temples, or wake up early and watch Buddha get a bath at the Maha Muni Pagoda in Myanmar.
ENVIRONMENT and NATURAL HISTORY
Marvel at the elegance of Nuptse, Lhotse and other sky-touching mountains in Nepal, explore the caves and lagoons of Halong Bay, gasp at the riot of color when the rhododendrons bloom in Bhutan, search for freshwater dolphins in the Irawaddy River, discover the stunning national parks of Thailand, or take a boat on the magnificent Tonle Sap to visit the estuary and wildlife preserve.
NATURAL HEALING and TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
Visit a shaman festival on the Tibetan plateau, talk with an Ayurvedic doctor in Sri Lanka, or spend time in remote villages in Northeast India with the Meitei, Nagas, Khasi and other tribal cultures.