Coming from flat Denmark, with a passion for the outdoors, my travel priorities have always included mountains, forests, deserts or any kind of great nature. Norway and Swedish Lappland have been my preferred destinations while growing up, but after visiting Nepal I knew I was sold. Today I live in Kathmandu where I work for a pioneering adventure company. During my time here I have had the privilege of working closely together with the Tharu people of the Therai plains, exploring trekking routes in remote corners of the country, and hosting guests from all over the world.
For me Nepal is all about authentic and experiential travel. I find that a less-is-more philosophy is the best way to support this: Keep it simple yet comfortable, and slow down but stay excited.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Chitwan National Park: Ethical elephant encounters, conservation-based wildlife safaris, and bird-watching.
Bardia National Park: Conservation-based wildlife safaris and bird-watching.
Full support camping treks to remote regions in Nepal and any kind of tea-house trek in the well-established trekking areas like the Annapurnas, Langtang, and Solu Khumbu.
And anything in between, from cultural experiences and Buddhist pilgrimages to motorbike expeditions and spa and yoga retreats."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I first came to Nepal in 2012, and all I wanted to do was to go trekking. And that's what I did - Khumbu, Annapurna, and Langtang. During my travels I visited a family member who had settled in Nepal and married the owner of a travel agency/operator. They invited me on my first trek, and the sense of excitement I had when embarking on my first real adventure in Nepal still returns to me every time I leave the Kathmandu valley to go to other parts of Nepal. Two years later I returned on a small stipend from my University to do research for my master's thesis. I again met with my extended family, and left Nepal with a job offer I couldn't refuse: come back and explore the potential for new trekking routes in the North-Western corner of Nepal.
I was back two months later, and have stayed since. The company I work for is a family-run business, and the feeling of belonging to the family is very strong. Not just for me, but also for my colleagues of whom many have been with the company for decades. Since my initial "recces" in the Himalayas I have spent many months in the jungle working closely with my colleagues there to improve elephant welfare practices among other things. I am now settled in Kathmandu, but I grab any chance to go the mountains or the jungle. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Horse-trekking for two weeks in Mongolia! A most amazing but also painful travel experience (my knees did not agree with any angle that the stirrups could offer). One week into the trip, just after crossing a river where my friend and I literally had to swim with the horses, our only guide's horse gets spooked, throws him off and kicks him. For some 10 seconds our guide is not moving and my friend and I are both petrified, imagining having to navigate back to some sort of civilization carrying an unconscious (or, God forbid, dead) guide on a horse. Luckily, the guide gets up looking slightly disoriented and sends us a big smile, and we burst out in a somewhat nervous laughter. The rest of the trip runs smoothly and I will never forget the landscapes and thrilling remoteness of our camps. Definitely a memorable experience and it taught me that I prefer trekking on my own two legs!"
Featured trips & expertise
Originally designed for the Prince of Wales, this easy trek takes you on quiet, off-the-beaten-path trails through the foothills of the Pokhara Valley. From the ridge lines and local villages where you'll stay each night, you'll have stunning views of the Annapurna Himalaya and experience a more rural and traditional side of Nepal.
Mixing outdoor and jungle activities with a healthy dash of comfort and service, this trip will take you through the best of Nepal—with time for both adrenaline rushes and relaxation. The adventure starts in Kathmandu with a flight over the mountains, continues to the country's oldest temples, and leaves time for views of the Annapurna range, where thirteen peaks scrape the sky. Two days of rafting send you through the jungle to finally discover the abundant wildlife of Chitwan National Park.
For travelers wanting an authentic Himalayan trekking experience with incredible views without the time (or stamina) required for a long trek, the Panchase trek is perfect. It starts close to the popular town of Pokhara, takes just four days, and can be done in autumn, winter, or spring.
If you’re short on time and looking for a luxury experience, here’s a unique way to see the Everest Region and all the main highlights. You’ll spend your nights in the comfort of Himalayan resorts (often with panoramic views) and your days either trekking and flying through the Everest region by helicopter.
There’s no reason to put off trekking in the Himalaya until the kids have left home. Aside from the amazing landscapes, cultural and wildlife encounters awaiting you, here are some other great reasons why visiting Nepal with your family is a good idea.
Family Adventure in Nepal: Trekking in the Annapurna Foothills and exploring Chitwan with a young child
Families with young children may wonder if Nepal is a travel destination they should even consider, since it's not your typical kid friendly "Disney Land". At kimkim we've put together several treks and mixed adventures for families with children, and by sharing their experiences we hope we can help you decide if Nepal is right for your family. First up, a family from the United States, who traveled with a 2 year old child. They did a 5 day trek and then explored Chitwan National Park for a few days.
Recent trip reviews for Marie Stissing
Our experience in Nepal was magical. · Nepal - Oct 24 - Nov 11, 2019
Our experience in Nepal was magical. It was a return visit for my husband and I and we were not disappointed. The place remains amazing, the people warm and welcoming and our overall experience reinforced our love of the country. The Kathmandu Guest House was a good start with a great location in the bustle of the old town. Amit, our guide in the city, was sensitive to our wishes, thoughtful and informative. He did not rush us at any time but gave sensible advice on how long to stay and where... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2018
We had a great trek in Nepal- we did a 6 day comfort Poonhill trek- and as it was monsoon season we had the mountains more or less for ourselves! Marie was super helpful with advise and helping us choose our trek. Our guide Daewon and porter was also super sweet. Would totally recommend!
Ghandruk Trek - Scenic 3-4 day trek through the Annapurna Foothills · Nepal - Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2018
What an amazing adventure! KimKim.com got us into contact with Marie Stissing from Tiger Tops. Highly recommended. Organisation was impeccable. Itinerary developed by Marie was excellent. Her services are professional and personal. We did a 3 day trek with Mr Saila, an amazing guide and the great Mr Jongkwe as our porter. Mr Mangal did an great job with guiding and advising us with all the transfers. It was like clockwork and he took great care of us. All accommodation was really good and... read more