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Myths and Mountains

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Regional Expert
Established
  • 1988
Headquarters
  • Incline Village, Nevada, USA
Trips
  • 60

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The houseboat trip on the Kerala January 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The houseboat trip on the Kerala backwaters was a highlight of our trip to India. It was the most relaxing day of my life - just beautiful! The boat staff was excellent and the food was amazing. Myths and Mountains staff were outstanding - always very responsive, quick, on-point and helpful. I promise you, anyone who asks me about my travels, you will get a glowing recommendation.
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The kindness and cleanliness is so welcoming and peaceful January 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Bhutan is such a special place and we hope to be able to return one day to other areas. The kindness and cleanliness is so welcoming and peaceful, I think unlike any other place in the world. Sometimes I felt as if I was in a pretend world. What was most unexpected is how different Bhutan is from Nepal, completely opposite, and we had no idea! We enjoyed our time and learned so much, it was a wonderful experience. I feel very fortunate we had the opportunity to take this adventure.
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Our guides Cuong & Pol were outstanding November 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our guides Cuong & Pol were outstanding. They went above and beyond to tailor each and every day o our needs and interests. They were all flexible, friendly, and knowledgeable. The highlights of our trip included meeting locals, kayaking on Ha Long Bay with a stay on a private boat. We enjoyed the local street food and touring the Siam Reap market with a chef. The Mono Garden and Angkor Village Hotel provided an excellent stay.
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Bhutan is amazing! July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Bhutan is amazing! We are at a loss for words and overwhelmed with the sights, people, and experiences. Paro festival was incredible! We were very lucky to see the king when he arrived for the festival. Bumtang was beautiful,  but the 8 hour bus ride was like Mr Toad's Wild ride at Disneyland.  Part of the experience. Thanks for your help in setting up a great trip! Wishing you the very best from Bhutan!
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Bhutan is amazing! July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Bhutan is amazing! We are at a loss for words and overwhelmed with the sights, people, and experiences. Paro festival was incredible! We were very lucky to see the king when he arrived for the festival. Bumtang was beautiful,  but the 8 hour bus ride was like Mr Toad's Wild ride at Disneyland.  Part of the experience. Thanks for your help in setting up a great trip! Wishing you the very best from Bhutan!
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Punakha was very interesting and knowledgeable June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
"Seeing the world has been a lifelong passion taking me to many far off and obscure places. Bhutan has been in my sights for years and has even been scheduled a few times, but never worked out. When I contacted you, I was very impressed with your hands-on knowledge and appreciation of Bhutan and its wonderful people and unusual culture. Your planning and implementing of the trip we designed together was exceptional. You must have listened very well.

The guide and driver could not have been better. Our guide, Chencho, was an extraordinary guy with a deep and intimate knowledge of Bhutanese Buddhism as well as history, horticulture and ornithology. I ask many questions. When he was not sure of the answer he would search to find out, though that was rare. Sangay, the author at the farm resort in Punakha was very interesting and knowledgeable regarding the fusion of Animism and Buddhism. We also enjoyed our dinners in Jakar Village with the old administrator who in his time was quite an important guy in Bhutanese politics. We had wonderful meals and a few raucous political debates. I loved it!

We cannot thank you enough for your efforts and a remarkable adventure that went beyond our expectations!"
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Stride Review

Since it was founded in 1988, Myths and Mountains has endeavored – and succeeded – in immersing travelers deeply in the culture of destinations where they conduct both group and custom-designed trips. Each itinerary is focused upon one or more “core concepts” intended to provide unique insights into a destination.

What Makes Myths & Mountains Stand Out?

The concepts around which each trip is planned are not intended to limit participants’ experiences. Instead, they provide inspiration to explore a destination more deeply and fully, based upon the unique attributes of the local culture.

For example, depending upon the destination, the “Culture and Crafts” focus might include learning traditional crafts or cooking local delicacies. “Natural Healing” and “Traditional Medicine” may visit a shaman festival or include a visit with indigenous healers in a rainforest. There also are itineraries that explore the “Environment and Natural History” of a destination, and “Religion and Pilgrimage Sites.”

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Myths & Mountains?

Travelers with Myths and Mountains are seeking to delve below the surface of a country and its culture, and meet and interact with its people. These trips are intended to provide an immersive experience, exploring through doing and getting to know individuals.

If your ideal trip challenges your perspective in ways you never saw coming, provides avenues through which to go off the beaten path, and explores well beyond the classic tourist spots then the Myths & Mountains approach could be for you.

These trips are not for those travelers who are looking to stay in 5 star hotels, or pack a lot of activities in each day. Expect modest but comfortable lodgings, you will be active during the day, and spend a good amount of time outside or in rural areas getting to know the locals.

People who travel with Myths and Mountains to Nepal, India, or Bhutan also have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the company-supported READ Global centers there.

Those self-sustaining projects provide education and community development to residents of isolated villages. In the past two decades, the close to 80 READ (Rural Education and Development) centers that have been established continue to improve the lives of people in countless ways.

Top Destinations

Given its goal of introducing travelers to life-changing experiences, it’s not surprising that Myths and Mountains steers clear of more tourist-trodden destinations. It offers guided trips to six countries in each of Asia and Southeast Asia. A “Customize Your Trip” link to each planned itinerary described on the website enables those who wish to do so to tailor a tour to their own interests and preferences.

Myths & Mountains Travel Style

The term “off the beaten path” gets thrown around a lot these days, but Myths & Mountains creates itineraries with this in mind, and in a more authentic and true way than most. This is somewhat due to the destinations themselves that they specialize in.

Depending upon the location, Myths and Mountains augments familiar ways of getting around with modes of transportation that are indigenous to a destination. They include trekking through stunning landscapes, exploring caves in a sea canoe and hiking over lava fields to a volcano.

Why Choose a Tour with Myths & Mountains?

The Myths and Mountains approach to immersing travelers in the essence of a destination is a major reason why it attracts a very high percentage of repeat clients. You will return home with not only new understanding about a part of the world but also with memories of very personal experiences that will linger for the rest of their lives.

For Myths and Mountains, the belief that “There is no such thing as one itinerary fits all” is not just a slogan. It’s the way the company does business. As a result, travelers benefit in ways well beyond only seeing a destination.

They get to know and understand its history, environment, and especially the people who live there. They come away with an understanding of a new and different society that results from being a participant in its traditions and mores, rather than just an observer.

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From Myths and Mountains

Myths and Mountains is the adventure travel company for the discerning and inquisitive globe-trotter seeking a hand-crafted, life-changing experience. With more than 25 years of expertise in designing award-winning trips focusing on cultures and crafts, religion and pilgrimage sites, environment and natural history and natural healing and traditional medicine, we promise adventures beyond the guidebooks, excellence beyond expectations, and guaranteed departures.

Myths and Mountains is the epitome of elegance and casual sophistication – comfortable, convivial and relaxed. We look forward to greeting you as one of our privileged travelers. Enjoy the journey.

Comfortable Travel: Luxury travel with a casual elegance has been our calling at Myths and Mountains for almost 30 years. After all, you’re on vacation, on a journey, on a path of discovery and enlightenment, getting away from it all, seeing the beauty in everything, and breathing the rarified air that makes wherever you travel uniquely yours.

True Experiences: You’ll enjoy boutique hotels and exquisite meals, but traveling with us you’ll also be enveloped by people and societies who teach us about ourselves. You’re sharing yourself with the world and soaking in what the world offers in return.

10 Reasons to Travel With Us:

  • We share our passion with our travelers.
  • We know each destination inside and out.
  • We believe in connecting you with the people and cultures you visit.
  • We are travel philanthropy. (www.READGlobal.org)
  • Our travelers come back to us again and again and send us their friends and families because they love us.
  • Our guides are known local experts in their fields.
  • We will customize a trip just for you, not just pull a standard design off a shelf.
  • National Geographic Adventure, Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast magazines think we deserve awards.
  • We guarantee departures and do not cancel trips.
  • We are bonded, insured and stand behind our trips.



Associations:

Adventure Travel Trade Association, American Soceity of Travel Agents

Awards:

 Conde Nast Travel SpecialistWendy Perrin AwardAdventure Travel Trade MemberASTATourism Cares

Trips & Specials

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Highlights

  • Discover Shanghai.
  • Explore Shanghai Museum and Optional Acrobatic Show
  • Visit Taiyuan and Xian
  • Explore Beijing and Lama Temple
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19 days
Private Guided
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,995

Highlights

  • Enjoy viewing the summit of Pumo Ri (23,442’)
  • Trek to Kalapatat and Everest Base Camp
  • See Lho Lha, one of  the passes between Nepal and Tibet.
  • Visit  the  Golden  Temple,  the  largest  Newar  Buddhist  monastery  in  the valley  and  a  superb  example  of  Newari  metal craft.
  • See  the  beautiful wood carvings  for which  the Newari  artisans  of  the  valley  are  rightly  famous.
  • Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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Highlights

  • Visit Salay and Gubyaukgi Temple in Myinkaba
  • Explore Yangon and see the Sule, British colonial buildings, National Museum, meditation center, circular train ride, River Gallery
  • Visit Salay and Gubyaukgi Temple in Myinkaba
  • Visit Minnanthu Village for sesame and peanut oil
  • Discover Bangkok
  • Visit healer and stroll through Ubud
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7 days
Group Tour
Luxury - 5 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,650

Highlights

  • Explore Paro
  • Explore Punakha
  • Visit the massive sites like Memorial Chorten, Textile Museum, Paper factory, village school for arts and crafts, Zilukha Nunnery
  • Horses or climb to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery.
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