Yesterday, I gave you all the details of the who, what ,when, and where of the “Bird Meets World” tour. Okay…maybe not ALL the details. I revealed pretty much nothing about my trip Itinerary. Well, no worries – today I’m spilling all the beans. (Well the beans that I know about).
A word about planning
In the world of travel there are many philosophies on trip planning. Some argue that all you need is a one way plane ticket and a passport. Others claim that each day should be meticulously scheduled. However, for the most part, people seem to lean towards the first category more often than not.
Me? I’m a bit of an overplanner. There are so many reasons for this: I get excited and want to start researching and looking forward to things, I get worried that hotels will book up, I worry I’ll miss out on something, etc.
But this trip was supposed to be different. It was our grand adventure. Two girls wandering the globe. There was just one major issue.
Ugh Visas. Don’t even get me started on visas. Okay, nevermind. DO get me started.
One does not simply WALK into Russia. It might as well be Mordor.
So…we planned. And we planned some more. We set dates. We booked tickets.
And this is what we came up with:
Aug 20th – We depart DC and fly into St. Petersburg, Russia. From there we will spend a week visiting there and Moscow.
Aug 27th – Shannon, Tejal and I board the Trans Mongolian Railroad to journey across Siberia towards China. But first, a few stops:
- Irkutsk, in the middle of Siberia. We will spend a few days staying Lake Baikal and exploring the area.
- Mongolia. We have a week to explore as much of Mongolia as possible. More details still need to be worked out regarding exactly what we will be doing. But it will most likely involve gers.
Sept 14 – Arrive in Beijing, China. Explore China for three weeks. Visit the Great Wall. Pet Pandas. See the terracotta warriors. Embrace life outside of a train.
Oct 5- Board another train heading to Tibet.* Explore Tibet for a week.
*note: more information regarding Tibet in an upcoming post
Oct 13-Nepal. Where we will face our biggest adventure of the trip. A hike to Everest Base Camp. We are probably going to Die. Shannon has already told me she plans on punching me in the face during the trek (I may have booked this trip without fully explaining the scope of the expedition to her).
Luckily we are going with a highly recommended tour group “Simrik Real Nepal Treks.” They will be arranging all our food and accommodations as well as guiding us up the 17,600 feet we must ascend to reach base camp.
Nov 1- Assuming we survive Everest Base camp our next stop is India! In a stroke of good luck we have timed our visit to coincide with the celebration of Diwali in Mid- November. We will be spending a month in India exploring as much as possible.
This is where things get a little fuzzy:
Dec 1- We head to “South East Asia.” Yes, that’s a big area. No, we don’t have ANYTHING planned. But, I think it will be okay. Hopefully we will hang out. Go the beaches. Eat amazing food. Rock Climb. Learn to surf. Generally be awesome.
So there you have it. The “Bird Meets World” itinerary.