The Himalaya

5 Reasons Your Next Trip Should Include a Travel Guide

Choosing a trip that includes a travel guide could save you time, stress, and money – the best vacation you’ll ever have!

While exciting, planning your dream adventure can be overwhelming. Vacation planning, particularly when there’s excursions, activities, and adventures to be had, is often a time-consuming and stressful undertaking. You want to make sure you’ve crossed all your Ts and dotted the Is to ensure that your travel is safe and secure, doesn’t go over budget, and is, most of all, fun.

To help you get the most out of your travels and your budget, plan your next vacation with a travel guide, or a guided tour company.  Let experienced professionals manage all the moving parts! You get to enjoy all the wonder and joy of travel without the headache of planning – issues of safety, navigating language barriers, and all the other variables of travelling abroad.

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Why 2020 is a Great Year to Plan Your Family Vacation with BBX!

2020 is your year to make some serious memories and plan THE family vacation – a one-of-a-kind BBX rafting adventure – no one will ever forget!

When people think of international rafting adventures or any rafting adventure for that matter, it’s typical to assume that the world-class rapids we tour are so challenging and dangerous as to be only for athletic, risk-seeking adults.

Not so! While some of our trips are better suited to those with more experience on advanced whitewater, many of the adventures we offer are perfect for the whole family – kids of a certain age, of course!

So, as you ponder your family vacation options for 2020, we urge you to consider a trip that takes you off the beaten track. Plan a vacation that has it all and will be sure to thrill and delight the spouse and kids!

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Above Everest Base Camp

Congratulations to our Wilderness & Travel Medicine Everest Base Camp trip participants!everest-trek2

This is Bio Bio Expeditions’ 16th year of joining forces with Wilderness Medicine to bring you this amazing trek in the Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalaya. Our 2016 group  have all arrived safely home after a thrilling trek to Base Camp.  Many of you wonder what it’s like above the Base Camp and we thought you might enjoy this presentation.  You can see where the avalanche took place in the dangerous Khumbu Icefall, above Base Camp, summit Mount Everest and see what it’s like to be on world!

Click here for your Everest virtual tour

Click here to donate to Bio Bio Expeditions and Wilderness & Travel Medicine Nepal Fund


Multi-Sport Rafting and Cultural Tour of India

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Bio Bio Expeditions is happy to announce an amazing adventure into the heart of India!

  • Visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Rafting
    expedition on the Alaknanda, an upper section of the sacred river
    Ganges – perfect for first timers or experienced paddlers!
  • Cycling through remote villages
  • Visit to Corbett National Park, famous for its elephants, tigers, and macaques!
  • Riverside camping at our beautiful base camps – Leopard beach camp and Camp Tusker
  • The trip includes camping, luxury hotels, and beautiful riverside lodges.

    This trip is designed for the active traveler looking for a combination of adventure, expedition, fun and culture!

    November 5th – November 19th, 2007
    March 9th – November 22nd, 2008

    Call 1-800-246-7238 for more information or a detailed itinerary.

    Princeton Alumni Association, Annapurna Circuit and Sarah Ferris

    Bio Bio
    Expeditions,  Princeton Journeys
    Alumni Association  & Bodhi
    Tree Foundation with Sarah Ferris.

    Not long
    after giving birth to two beautiful children and “settling down” in Truckee,
    California, Sarah Ferris realized that she is not really the stay at home
    type.   In 2006, Sarah &
    her husband (Mark Ferris) decided it was time to start traveling again so they
    took their 2 & 4 year old daughters on a 16-day trek around the Annapurna
    Circuit in Nepal.   Shortly
    after returning from that trip, Sarah & Mark co-founded a small non-profit
    organization, Bodhi Tree Foundation (BTF), which promotes and supports
    Maternal-Child Health Projects in the hidden Himalayas of Humla, Nepal.  BTF provides safe motherhood
    educational classes, clean delivery kits and pre/postnatal vitamins.  Sarah’s passion for helping the women
    of Humla stems from her experience as a Labor & Delivery and Postpartum
    Nurse and the seven months that she and her husband spent living and working in
    Humla in 2000.  You can learn more
    about Bodhi Tree Foundation at:

    she is in Nepal, Sarah usually spends most of her time in Humla, overseeing BTF
    projects and working as a Trekking Guide but she also loves traveling to other
    regions throughout the country. This spring she went to Annapurna Base Camp
    with a Princeton Journeys Alumni Association group as the Head Trekking Guide
    for Bio Bio Expeditions. This was an amazing group and a beautiful trek!  Bio Bio organized a unique trekking
    experience that included not only breathtaking scenery, culture and camaraderie
    but also impressive and highly educational daily lectures on high-altitude
    medicine and geology by some of the world’s most knowledgeable professors. This
    led to stimulating conversation on every step of the trail all the way up to
    4130 meters! The trip was a huge success and everyone was able to complete the
    entire trek, including a truly inspiring woman with Parkinson’s disease.  This was the trip of a lifetime and is
    highly recommended for everyone!


    First Raft Descent of the Drangme Chuu River in Bhutan is a big success!

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    Bhutan Boys In The Mountains

    Rafting Adventure Trip

    Guided Whitewater Rafting

    On November 14th Bio Bio Expeditions joined forces with Ultimate Descents, to run the first raft descent of the Drangme Chuu river in Eastern Bhutan.

    Dave Allardice of Ultimate Descents writes ” Let’s not mince words here: Bhutan is the cutest little kingdom on earth. A gigantic staircase rising from the Indian border to the high Himalayas of Tibet, the soaring peaks of Bhutan are an untapped treasure house of whitewater. The rivers are powerful and challenging. The mountains are magnificent. The people are delightful. The architecture and art is superb. All together, this is a world-class odyssey in a magical land. Far from being a static, restricted environment, Bhutan is a dynamic country whose development is focused on meeting the practical, spiritual and aesthetic needs of its people. Compared with the countries that surround it, Bhutan is succeeding remarkably well.”


    Bhutan is only 130 miles wide but still takes 4 full days of driving to cross the country and arrive at our put-in. Along the way we visited Dzongs (large fortresses), monastaries, and enjoyed an amazing 20 k raft descent of the class IV Mangde Chuu river. We arrived to the far eastern reaches of the country near Trashigang, Bhutan and got our first glimpses of the Drangme Chuu river. The river was running clear with an estimated 4000 CFS. We spent the next 7 days rafting and kayaking 120 K from Trashigang to the Indian Border. We were thrilled to find one of the finest rafting experiences in Asia. We found big fun class 4 + whitewater, with an occasional class 5 rapid, big beaches, wildlife, very few bugs, and plenty of interaction with local Bhutanese people. Simply put, the river canyon is a gem and we were all excited to have the opportunity to experience it still in its pristine state.


    The people of Bhutan are some of the most gracious people we have ever met, warm and welcoming, and the country has left us with an indelible image of what is possible in an otherwise chaotic world. Hope for our planet is very evident in Bhutan.

    We look forward to running the Drangme Chuu river again in 2010.

    Click here for a short video preview – Final video coming in January.