Upper Dolpo Trek is a remote trekking experience that takes you to the mystic land of Upper Dolpo and lets you admire the natural and cultural splendor it possesses. Upper Dolpo is an ancient land of Buddhist that is popularly known for its unique landscape and stunning beauty. This isolated region is enriched with natural beauty and cultural glory in abundance. The trekking route passes many gigantic mountain ranges like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba, etc. The wild remoteness, rugged natural beauty, and the stunning mountain scenery make this trek the first choice of the enthusiastic trekkers.
Dolpo is a high altitude region and a home to around 5000 people who live a traditional but unique life. The people are mostly engaged in agriculture for livelihood and practice Pre Buddhist Bon Po religion which is a unique religion of its own kind. The place has its own myth. As per mythology, Guru Rinpoche created this place. He created Dolpo as a sanctuary by separating it from the rest of the world. The high mountains and snow clad mountains would create a barrier between the sanctuary and the rest of the world making the place a good meditating location for any Buddhist devout.
Upper Dolpo Trek takes you to Shey Gompa, which is popular as the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo trek. It’s a magical place, situated at the base of Crystal Mountain. The Crystal Mountain is the very auspicious place and is visited by hundreds of pilgrims each year, who come here to perform a kora (circuit) around the mountain.
Upper Dolpo trekking trail follows the ancient Tibetan salt caravan route across the cross three high passes, Nagdalo La of 5350 m, the Shey La of 5000 m and Jeng La of 5110 m. During summer, the flora explodes in its full splendor. You can encounter orchids, edelweiss, campanulas and forget me not plant all along your way. Phoksundo Lake, a lake with deep blue crystal clear water is the major attraction of this trek. Upper Dolpo region is also remarkably known for its wildlife. Blue sheep, Serow and Snow Leopard are the major attractions.
The wilderness in this secluded region is just awe inspiring. This is a strenuous hike that involves long climbs and long descends but the unforgettable landscapes; the views from the passes and the encounter with a very ancient untouched culture makes the hike worth it. Nepal Intrepid Treks organizes the trek to Upper Dolpo for all those aspiring travelers. So, if you are amongst the one, then join Nepal Intrepid Treks for a wonderful trek to Upper Dolpo Region of Nepal.
- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport
- Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
- Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
- Day 04: Fly to Juphal and trek to Chhepka
- Day 05: Trek to Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital
- Day 06: Trek to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake
- Day 07: Acclimatization in Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake
- Day 08: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake to Chunemba
- Day 09: Trek to Snowfields Camp
- Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang La
- Day 11: Rest day Shey Gompa
- Day 12: Trek to Namgung via Shey La
- Day 13: Trek to Saldang
- Day 14: Trek to Sibu
- Day 15: Trek to Lagmo Che
- Day 16: Trek to Tokyu via Jeng La
- Day 17: Trek to Dho Tarap
- Day 18: Trek to Sisaul
- Day 19: Trek to Laina Odar
- Day 20: Trek to Lingdo
- Day 21: Trek to Dunai
- Day 22: Trek to Juphal
- Day 23: Flight Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
- Day 24: Leisure day in Kathmandu
- Day 25: Farewell
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Nepal Intrepid Treks will be your dedicated travel companion until you return to your home country. Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, we will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Accommodation for our valued customers includes room and breakfast in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.
Take in the impressions of Nepal as we drive you from the airport to your hotel. We will assist you with the check-in and provide you with further information regarding your Everest Base Camp Trek. You may then have a rest or stroll through the bustling, colorful streets and alleys of Kathmandu.
Prepare for a day of immersion into the Nepalese culture, while visiting the most important landmarks of this fascinating city and its outskirts. Our experienced guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site which represents the political and historical values of Nepalese civilization.
We then proceed to Swayambhu Nath Temple, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ thanks to its adorable colony of monkeys that run free. This temple is the symbol of harmony between Buddhists and Hindus. At the top of the stupa you will have a splendid birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.
We continue to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a holy place for Hindu devotees. Especially interesting is the holy cremation area where preparations and daily cremation ceremonies take place. From here we return to the hotel.
We take a flight to Nepalgunj from the domestic terminal at Kathmandu airport. After an hour flight above the clouds with scenic landscape beneath, we arrive at the airport in Nepalgunj. You will be transferred to a hotel for check in. Being a border city with India, Nepalgunj is a crowded busy city and is the hottest place in Nepal. We stay at a hotel in Nepalgunj for the night. (Breakfast included)
We start our day with a flight to Juphal. A flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal is of 35 minutes and you will be pleased with the journey as you can get beautiful views of snow caped mountains from your set inside. Upon arrival, you will be glad to see the drastic change in climate, atmosphere and landscape in just 35 minutes. From a hot plain land you will find yourself amidst the mountainous villages with cool air. We initiate our trekking journey from Juphal with a walk down the fields to Thuli Bheri river. We cross a long suspension bridge over Dhim Bridge and enter Shey Phoksundo National Park (SPNP). We pass Suligad and follow Suli Khola River. In the way, we can get a glimpse of Dhaulagiri Range. We further pass villages like Kageni and Sangta. We pass through forest of wild flowers, pine tree, spruce, fir, juniper and small bamboo forests. We cross other side of river and climb up high rocky slope and continue until we reach Chhepka. We set our tents at a small beautiful village in Chhepka for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We continue walking through lush pine forests with some bushes and birches. Our trail follows a river for most of the time and the path goes easy and flat. Some ups and downs may be encountered in between. As we move ahead, valley gets narrower at some point with rocky towering walls on both sides. We may encounter dzokpas hauled up with goods and traders on the way. We walk for around four hours to Rechi village from where our trail continue to other side of river to Chunuwar. We visit Amchi hospital on the way where Tibetan medicines and local herds are prescribed to patients. The popular Tibetan acupuncture treatment is provided here and many local rely on the treatment of this hospital. We set up our tent near the hospital for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today we take a long and steep climb up to Rigmo and then to Phoksundo lake. It takes around two hours to reach there. We will encounter a stunning waterfall before reaching the Phoksundo lake. It is the highest waterfall in Nepal and is also popularly known as Phoksundo Waterfall or Suligad Waterfall. As we cross the pass, we will get a glimpse of beautiful Phoksundo Lake. As we continue along our trail, we reach Ringmo. Rigmo is a beautiful village where we will find traditional people who practice Bonpo religion and preserve their culture that goes thousands of year back. The religion holds a history marked 18000 years back and was founded by Buddha Tonpa Shenrab Miwo. In ancient time, Dolpo being a Bon kingdom, there were people who practiced this religion. Today we stay at a tented camp in Ringmo for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
As we move higher, we need to adapt ourselves with the rising elevation. Therefore, today, we spend our day in Ringmo for acclimatization. We spend our day wandering around the azure high altitude Phoksundo lake in the backdrop of beautiful mountains. After that, we explore the Ringmo village, interact with the locals and get some insights on unique Bon religion practiced in this area. We spend another day at Ringo in our camps. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Leaving the Phoksundo lake and Ringmo village, we continue our trail towards a restricted area in Dolpo. Our journey for the day is exciting as we move in the popular demon trail i.e. the same trail that was flimed in the movie Caravan. This beautiful yet challenging trail goes all the way above the lake. As we climb up a ridge, we can get some fabulous views of the Phoksundo lake and Ringmo village. The beautiful and lush yet wild pine forests beneath the ridge looks fascinating. The beautiful peak of Norbung Kang to the south adds to the mind blowing views that we can get from the top of the ridge. From here, we descend down to the north side of the lake. Our trail further climbs up through a wide valley from where we can get some splendid view of Kanjirowa Himal. Finally, we arrive at an alpine area full of junipers which would be our halting spot for night. We set up our tents at Chunemba. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
As we move ahead, the valley gets narrower will high rocky walls on both sides. We cross few streams on the way and walk for around half an hour when we leave the valley behind and enter into a narrow gorge. We climb up the gorge which is quite long and steep until we reach our campsite i.e. Snowfields Camp. We stay at the camp for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today’s walk is quite long and hectic. We initiate our journey with strenuous climb for about two and half hours and continue walking through dusty path till we reach Kang La that lies at an elevation of 5350 metres. As we reach the pass, we can see colourful prayer flags and cairns that mark the pass. From here, we descend down steep for around 45 minutes and then descend gradually for around three hours until we reach Shey Gompa. As we reach near the village, we can see the village adorned with colourful chortens and mani walls. Shey Gompa is a beautiful village with few houses and a monastery. Here, we visit a popular gompas that holds a history of 11th century. The gompa is mystical and lies beneath the Crystal Peak on a small grassy plain at the confluence of two rivers. As per a Buddhist myth, a Tibetan Buddhist came to this place flying on a snow lion and built the gompa. It is a highly auspicious place and many pilgrims visit this place every year for performing kora. We stay at a tented camp in Shey gompa for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We spend our day in Shey gompa by visiting Tsakang Gompa. It is popular monastery from the Buddhist Kagyupa sect. The glory of this gompa is filmed in the documentary- Himalaya too. Placed at a spectacular located on the top of red rocky slope, Tsakang Gompa follows the same trail used by the pilgrims to perform Kora of the Crystal Peak. If lucky, we can see flocks of blue sheep or snow leopard in this area. We stay at our camps in Shey gompa for the nght. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today we have to cross a pass called Shey La/ Geu La at an elevation of 5000 metres. At first, we ascend up and pass a narrow valley to the pass. We can get some fascinating views of Tibetan plateau from the pass that stretches endlessly. The whole landscape looks quaint and wild. We can also see the beautiful Mustang to the east. After beholding the beautiful glory of mountainous region, we descend down to the pastures of Namgung where we set up our camp for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Our trail goes above Namgug khola and descends down to Saldang which is probably the largest settlement area in inner Dolpo. The traditional villages have traditionally built houses with crop fields. The barley, potatoes and buckwheat are the crops generally grown here. People live a simple life and are engaged in farming for livelihood. People also rear yaks and sheep for cheese, wool and meat. Saldang is somewhat close to the Tibetan border and we can see Tibetan traders trading salt across Saldang. We stay at a guesthouse in Saldang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We walk through an easy trail to Sibu today. We follow the Nagung khola to south and pass small villages like Namdo on our way. We also pass the fields in the villages followed by mani walls, chotens and gompas. The prayer flags, gompas and chortens that we pass depicts the influence of Buddhism in Dolpo. We continue walking along our trial until we reach Sibu. We stay inside our tented camps in Sibu for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We start our journey with an easy walk along the river to the last village in Dolpo i.e. Raka. We leave the village and enter a large valley which is popular for sight of blue sheep or snow leopard. We walk for around two hours after which our path continues away from the river and climbs steeply up to a meadow. The meadow is generally used by the yaks for grazing. This meadow acts as a base camp for climbing Jeng La and is known as Lagmo Che. We set up our tents here for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Our trial for today climbs up steep for around two hours to Jang La at an elevation of 5110 metres. From here, we will be blessed with the splendour of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other neighbouring snow-capped mountains. We cross the pass and descend down to Tarap valley. As we enter Tarap valley, we come across Tokyu village which would be the first settlement area after Raka village. There is a beautiful gompa in Tokyu with a statue of Maitreya -the Future Buddha which is worth visiting. We stay at tented camps in Tokyu for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Our destination for the day is Dho Tarap. We pass the Cristal Mountain School on the way which provides education for children from Dho and is sponsored by a French NGO. We visit this sbhool which has an alluring entrance gate i.e. Chorten. Dho are the descendants of Tibetans and practice similar religion, culture and tradition. We can see people dressed in typical dark dresses with colourful aprons. We can see Dho women wearing bracelets of big shells with beautiful silver and turquoise coloured headgear. Men generally have long hair with a red ribbon in their hair that resembles the style of Tibetan Khampas. They also wear a long coat with one sleeve is hanging down. We can interact with friendly Dho people at the school. Dho is a traditional village that resembles other villages in the region. It has stone built traditional houses, fields of buckwheat, barley and potatoes and people and engaged in farming and yak rearing for livelihood. Today, we set our camps at Dho Tarap for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
In the morning, we explore around the village and move along the chortens and mani walls to Tarap Khola. As we mone ahead, we can feel the change in landscape. From barren land, we can find ourselves traversing into a lush environment. On the way, we climb us a small pass from where the valley gets narrower. We finally make a short descend to Sisaul where we will set our tents for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today, we leave Sisaul and climb up a pass with beautiful chorten. As we cross the pass, we will be able to see lush trees again. We will walk in the river valley with high rock walls towering on both sides. We walk through an easy path for around three to four hours to Nawarpani. From here our trail descends down until we reach a three sided tunnel. We further walk through an easy path with more lush in the environment until we reach Laina Odar. We set up our camps here for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Our trail further descends down to Laisicap. At first, we walk through forests until you find yourselves surrounded by steep cliffs full of pine,spruce, fir, juniper and Cyprus trees.We can see a river far below from here. We walk for around 3 hours to Laisicap where we cross a suspension bridge over Thuli Bheri river. We further descend down steep for around 45 minutes along an easy path until we open up into a lush ad impressive landscape. Moving ahead, we continue walking towards Lingdo in the backdrop of beautiful snow-capped peak of Kang Tokal. We continue our journey until we reach Lingdo where we set up our camp for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Leaving Lingdo, we initiateour journey with a walk along rough landscape. We walk through a challenging path for two and half hours until we reach a village of bazaar. From here, our trail goes up slightly and then again comes down. We follow the Thuli Bheri river and pass few houses along the trail. We further walk until we reach Dunai which is the headquarter of Dolpa district. It is a large village in Dolpo with 2500 people living amongst whom more than half are Buddhist and remaining are Hindu. At a top of a hill near Dunai lies a monastery called the Dolpa Kendriya Gompa. We visit the gompa in Dunai and set up our camp at Dunai for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Leaving Dunai, we take a short walk to Juphal. We walk around forty five minutes and reach a stupa gate which marks the entrance gate of Dunai VDC. Thebeautiful Buddhist painting i.e. mandala is a beautiful craftwork found here. We pass a big iron suspension bridge and walk for around three hours to reach Juphal. Taking about our journey, at first we walk through wide path and pass village of Kalagaonda. From here, we leave the main road and take a small path that goes through crop fields. We further climb up steep until we reach Juphales. It’s a pretty steep climb to reach Juphal. We set our camps at Juphal where we stay for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today we take an early flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. This thirty five minutes flight over the clouds is full of wonderful views of Himalayas including Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri to the north. Upon arrival, we take another flight to Kathmandu as per the availability of tickets and flight schedules. In the evening, we will find ourselves in our hotel in Kathmandu. We stay at our hotel in Kathmandu for the night. (Breakfast included)
Spend this day at your leisure in or around Kathmandu. You can take one of our optional day trips, relax or roam around Kathmandu city. Perhaps go for a massage – you deserve it – or do some last-minute shopping. Take a leisurely lunch in one of the many tea gardens or dine on one of the rooftop terraces. Overnight stay at the hotel (breakfast included).
After this wonderful adventure, it’s finally time to bid you a farewell. We will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your journey home! We hope with all our hearts that we served you well and look forward to seeing you or your friends again someday.
- Pick up and drop option from and to the airport
- Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3 star category hotel which is inclusive of breakfast
- Transportation cost
- Flight Cost
- Three time meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with cup of tea during the trek
- Accommodation in best available guesthouses during the trek
- First aid kit with basic medicines
- Necessary documentation and Permit costs to enter into Annapurna Sanctuary and trek
- Professional guide and porter (1 porter will be available to two persons)
- Expenses related to our staffs (guide and porter)
- A duffle bag, t – shirt and travel achievement certificate on the behalf of our company
- Government taxes and office service charge during travel
- Nepal entry visa fee
- International air fee
- Travel insurance
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- All cold drinks, water any beverage are not included on your trip price.
- We provide such service with extra charge.
(Note:– Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).
- Trekking Equipment:
(Note: – Clients them have to arrange personal trekking equipment such as- trekking pole).
- Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.
2. Cost arising out of land slide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.
3. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.
April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC
Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!
You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.
I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.
Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.
This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.
Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.
Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.
Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.
Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.
Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!
Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!
This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.
Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.
Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!
Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.
Patan historic and good adventure
Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.
Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days
Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!
Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019
Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.
Perfection EBC trekking
Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.
It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!
Our Visit to Nepal
I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.
Luca & Ludovico
Unforgettable solo trek in Nepal
I did the Mardi Himal trek with Nepal Intrepid Treks as a solo hiker in November 2019. I learned that I would be traveling in the region on business only a few weeks in advance, and after some research I reached out to Lal for help in customizing an add-on personal trip that worked for my tight schedule and my desire to do a beautiful and challenging trek in the iconic Annapurna region. Mardi Himal was the perfect trek:
- It offered epic views of Annapurna South and Fishtail nearly the entire time, getting closer and closer each day until High Camp and Base Camp when you’re right in between them and it feels like you can reach out and touch them!
- It offered a good balance of physically demanding sections and relatively easy sections, as well as spots to catch your breath, have some masala tea and take in the scenery.
- It offered great elevation gains, so that you can experience firsthand the way the environment, weather, and level of exertion changes as you climb higher and higher.
- The trekking camps were comfortable and the meals were very good. The people who ran the camps as well as the other guides and trekkers were lovely.
Lal put together my entire itinerary, including a couple nights in nice hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and a yoga class at a beautiful retreat outside Pokhara. He ensured that every detail was covered during my stay, and he was in touch throughout to make sure everything was going smoothly. As an experienced hiker and marathon runner we were able to shorten the trek to 5 days by combining some days for greater distance each day; this was great for me both for the level of difficulty I was seeking as well as my tight schedule. My guide Nisan and my porter Prabin were skilled, knowledgeable, professional, extremely helpful and attentive, and fun to be around (not to mention they were great sports about the fast pace).
I’m beyond thrilled with the experience and the service level of Nepal Intrepid Treks. I will definitely come back for a longer trek, and I recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable experience in the Himalayas. Thank you Lal, Nisan, Prabin, and the entire Intrepid team for being excellent guides in every sense of the word, going above and beyond to make my unique solo trip a success and a truly life-changing experience.