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.