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Makalu Barun National Park Trek – 15 Days

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  • Lightweight tea house trek.
  • Fully customized itinerary .
  • Small group size.
  • Local experienced porter guide.
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hugo m
hugo m
Nepal best 's trek Nepal best 's trek, very remote, very wild, lots of different scenery. If you want to trek in a place that is still very authentic you should go for it.
Mola k
Mola k
Makalu Base Camp Makalu Base Camp trekking is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It's a challenging route that requires a lot of experience and good physical condition. You'll pass through snowfields such as Shipton La & Keke La, which are located above 4000m and covered in deep snow, making it difficult to trek. The snow blizzards and strong winds add to the challenge. You'll also encounter big boulders before reaching Yangle Kharka, which requires good balance and experience to navigate. The trek involves constant ascent and descent between 3500m to 4200m, and you'll climb (and descend) 8500m overall, including the viewpoint at 5900m elevation. However, all the hard work pays off when you witness the breathtaking mountain, river and lake sceneries that are unlike anything you've ever seen before. One of the most striking things about this trek is that you'll rarely see other hikers on the route. This gives you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and see firsthand how the Sherpa people live their everyday lives. We highly recommend using a local company like Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) and local guides/porters like Mr Suk Bahadur Ghimire and Mr Ratna Bahadur Rai, who have extensive knowledge of the area and are incredibly helpful.
arun u
arun u
The best and the only trekking company registered in Makalu region Right from the beginning Mr. Tejanath was very involved and helped with the planning and obtaining all the permits. His company is the only trekking company registered in the Maklau region so they only work with locals who have great knowledge about the region. Rajkumar Rai was my porter/guide who was incredibly helpful and without his support I wouldn't have made it to the base camp. From picking me up at the airport, inviting me to his lovely home for lunch Tejanath helped me prepare for the trek. After I finished the trek he made sure everything went well right until my return flight from Tumlingtar and even helped me with making alternate arrangements when my flight was cancelled. Overall if you want a real local experience for me exploring the Makalu base camp and very reasonably priced compared to what other companies from Kathmandu charge your best option is Maklau Arun Social Trek
Peter M
Peter M
A highly recommended trek This was my tenth trek in Nepal and my fourth trek this year as I am making up for lost time during Covid. In October 2002 I trekked in Dolpo with a group for a month and then wanted to do a shorter and cheaper trek in November 2002 before returning to the UK. The Makalu Base Camp trek seemed ideal as I wanted to have close up views of the mountains and trek somewhere that wasn’t too commercialised or busy. Makalu Arun Social Treks (MAST) was mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide book and, after looking at their website and reading the good Tripadvisor reviews, I decided that the service they were offering was what I wanted. What I wanted was a good porter/guide at a reasonable rate and for someone to organise the required transportation and other aspects of the trek like the TIMS card. MAST was set up to help fund an orphanage but no longer does this as the government has taken over this responsibility. MAST is run by Tejanath who is a retired English school teacher who lives in Khandbari. This year they haven’t organised many treks and mine was their fourth trek for the year. Tejanath was extremely helpful from the moment I contacted him and always promptly replied. He prefers Whatsapp so we soon switched to that and he is happy to talk on Whatsapp also. Tejanath allocated me a porter/guide called Suk (aka Strong Man) who was very good and friendly, strong enough to carry all my gear and spoke some English. He also lives in Seduwa, which is at the start of the trek, so he knew the trek and the local people very well. I didn’t expect him to speak English and the only problem was that he thought his English was better than it was. As a result it was sometimes a bit difficult and frustrating trying to understand him. Tejanath personally met me at Tumlingtar airport and brought me by tuk tuk to my hotel in Khandbari and also took me back to the airport. He and his wife were both very hospitable and looked after me very well whilst I was in Khandbari. The trek was very well organised and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending MAST for the Makalu Base Camp trek. It is much better and cheaper to use MAST than a Kathmandu based trekking agency. I also think that the Makalu trek is excellent and one gets very close up to so many 6,000 to 8,000 metre peaks. You can fairly easily get up to 5,738 metres on this trek, which is higher than on a lot of other treks in Nepal. I have posted a trip report on the Tripadvisor travel forum: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293889-i9243-k14193957-Lower_Dolpo_and_Makalu_Base_Camp_Treks_Trip_Report-Nepal.html
Makalu basecamp yrek I returned to Nepal for the 8th time, to do Makalu basecamp trek in October 2022, starting from Phaplu to the Arun river and up the high passes to the Barun river towards the basecamp and back the same way to Tumlingtar. I used the services of Makalu-Arun social trek (MAST) because it fits my budget supplying a porter/guide only (a porter who knows the trail). The walk was great and Tejanath of MAST took care of all the details. Really there was no need for a guide as the trail was clear all the way and it was nice to walk alone in the nature as my porter was most of the time well ahead or behind. Here follows some notes for other travellers : 1- For the first time i noticed a lot of Nepali trekkers on the trail, this will definitely make the experience richer and change the old image of trekking in the Himalayas forever. 2- The trail is a lodge trek with new and big lodges all the way, there are even smaller lodges halfway for lunch or a less crowded experience. Note that prices here are higher than elsewhere in Nepal (rooms from 500 to 700 per person and same for a Dahlbat). The smaller lodges tend to charge more than the big ones. 3- the big "draw back" for this trek is the terrible jeep ride from Khandbari to Num, really 4 to 5 hours of non stop shaking through deep muddy trenches and big rocks. I hope that the national park authority will really try to find a walking alternative adding 2 more days to the trek.
Scenic and strenuous hike in the Himalays I completed the Makalu Base Camp trek early October and had a great experience. The trek itself is a pretty hard one. Harder than Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Cicuit trek which I did back in 2016. But it is more rewarding. Still a pristine off-the-beaten path trail. Especially the Barun valley is heaven on earth. During 14 days I just met one foreign tourist. Besides him just friendly locals on the trail. On the lower section of the trail you will see mainly Hindu people. The higher you go the more Bhuddist people you will meet. This gives the trek a nice contrast. Accommodations and food a pretty basic on this trek (don’t expect deep fried chocolate bars). I recommend vegetarian food while hiking in order to prevent food poisoning. With MAST you pay for the porter guide and transportation in advance. Your personal expenses on the trek you pay as you go. This consists mainly of food and accommodation. Sometimes I experienced some bigger price differences between the accommodations/food places. I recommend you confirm the price in advance at these places. In short this is a more cost-effective way to hike. If you go for a Kathmandu based agencies you could easily spend double the price. My guide was a local from Seduwa village on the trail. He was very strong and helpful person. However I experienced a culture-shock sometimes 😉. While hiking I recommend to get up as early as possible to experience clear conditions. Yes, it still rains a lot even during mid-September. Also you should bring good hiking sticks hence the trek can be quite technical at some points. Expect landslide areas and rough river crossings. In a nutshell I recommend this trek to the experienced hiker. This is not a hike for rookies. But it is definitely worth the struggle. Your reward will be higher than on other treks in Nepal.
Sham Tatkare
Sham Tatkare
Brief Trek Report and Feedback about Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) Makalu (27,820 ft.) is worlds 5th highest mountain. It is located at 20 km southeast of Mount Everest, Nepal. Our journey and trek route was, Pune - Delhi - Kathmandu - Biratnagar – Dharan – Khandbari - Num – Seduwa – Tashigaon - Danda kharka – Khongma – Dobato - Yangle kharka - Shiv Dhara - Langmale Kharka - Makalu Base Camp. Trek route is initially through Arun valley and then we enter in to Barun Valley. Due to lack of basic facilities & development, this region of Himalaya has been preserved in its best form. Quality of air, water and vast variety of fauna & flora are really exceptional. Barun valley has many Rudraksha trees and medical plants (Jadi-Buti). As per local belief, people living in Barun valley never have any disease and look much younger than their age. Recently (April 2019) Yati foot prints were reported by Indian army expedition team near Langmale Kharka. Tashigaon is the famous village of high altitude specialist mountaineers i.e. “The Sherpas”. At Danda Kharka, near Tashigaon, we had a tea break. The hotel owner Sherpa Mr. Lakpa Gylzen, 22 years age, casually told us that he had climbed Mount Everest twice and few more peaks. I felt ashamed that Everest climber was serving tea to an ordinary trekker like me. . . Shiv Dhara is a 500 feet tall waterfall, on the mouth of a huge dome shape cave. It is believed that God Shiva using his Trishul made a hole in the cave (top side) to solve water scarcity problem in this region. Guide asked me to stand at about 8 feet away from main stream of water fall and then we started praying God Shiva. After about 5 minutes, the water fall changed its position and water started falling on our heads. Guide informed that we are blessed by the God. Of course, there is a scientific reason for this natural phenomenon. However, such incidents help to strengthen one’s belief in God and inspire us to follow the path of righteousness & virtues. . . No words will be enough to Thanks my brave guide Mr. Shuka Bahadur Ghimre & the respected school teacher, Mr. Tejanath Pokharel, Chairperson, Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) & his family for organizing such a wonderful trek and all the help. We are also thankful to Mr. Mohan Kumar Kafle, Chairman (MAST) for the coordination & arranging necessary trek documents.
Well organised trek We did the Makalu Base Camp trek in November 2017. This was our ninth trek, organised through different agents in Nepal. For this trek we chose a local agent rather than one based in Kathmandu because the route is still relatively undeveloped and we wanted the benefit of local knowledge and contacts. We have no hesitation in recommending Tejanath. He always answered our email queries promptly and fully, gave us wonderful hospitality before and after the trek, found us an excellent porter and guide, and efficiently organised all the paperwork and land transport before and after the trek. Our guide was related to the extended family that runs all the guest houses on the trek, which enriched our experience. Makalu Base Camp is a beautiful and relatively uncrowded trek, well worth the extra hassle and expense of the flight into Tumlingtar. But you need to be prepared for quite basic food and accommodation, and be aware that once over the Shipton La communications (and hence rescue, should it be necessary) are difficult. Best for trekkers who have some experience.
Alex W
Alex W
Makalu BC Trek Nov. 2016 Tejaneth of MAST organized a porter/guide (Suk Bhadur Ghimibre) and porter (Raskamar Ghimibre) from the village of Seduwa for our teahouse trek to Makalu Base Camp in November 2016. What an amazing experience! The route and teahouses along it were relatively uncrowded, the natural landscape was epic, the cultural tapestry overlaying all of it was fascinating. Our guide and porter were fantastic and everyone we met along the way was friendly. I would definitely recommend this trek and MAST. I would love to return someday to do this same trek again, and/or one of MAST's Social Treks. Tejaneth and his wife were very gracious and welcoming at the beginning and end of our journey. Namaste, Dhanyavaad, and Feri Betonlah!
Makalu base camp April 2019 I did the trek in April 2019. MAST was very helpful in helping organizing the trek in general. Tejanath coordinated a porter guide for my solo trip and also arranged accomodation in Khandbari. He also helped me get a seat on a plane back to KTM, thank you again! My guide Suk Bahadur was very knowledgeable about the trail and did speak some english. I also stayed at his house and his family was very welcoming. He helped arrange accommodation in tea houses and was regularly asking other sherpas for trail updates along the way. I would just recommend anyone who does this trek in general to bring lots of snacks - past Shipton La expect a diet of rice and potatoes. I got really hungry on the way down. If you do the trek with MAST specifically, be aware that not all porter guides are equipped equally. All i had for my guide was a duffle bag, which he ended up carrying in a very uncomfortable way for 16 days because he didn't like to use straps or baskets like most porters across Nepal. So i would recommend that you ask in advance who your guide will be and what kind of equipment they have or don't have. In doubt, bring a backpack for you and for your porter. The trail conditions were unexpectedly snowy last April (several meters of snow and warm T up and down Shipton La). Nepalese people have no training/awareness of avalanche risks. Use your best judgement and speak up if you feel uncomfortable.

Makalu Barun National Park Trek – 15 Days

The Makalu Barun National Park is one of the most beautiful unique and breathtaking travel destinations in Nepal. The route offers a rich and diverse natural environment to explore. The park’s vast array of wildlife, including over 441 species of birds and 78 species of mammals, is truly remarkable and makes it a top destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. it is a  rewarding journey, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore the remote and pristine wilderness of the park.

Along the route, you encounter the rich culture of the local Sherpa, Bhote, Gurung, and Rai communities.

This trekking route is one of the best attractions for natural lovers, photographers, and trekker move makers. Bird watcher. This place is one of the best ones for study and research.

Through our company, we would like to welcome you to enjoy the trek. Get in touch for more information.

Outline of the Trek Details

  • Total Program Days: 15 Days
  • Total trekking Days: 14 Days
  • Trekking Grade :Fairly Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude :Makalu Base camp (5520m)
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Home Stays.
  • Best Trekking Time: September to November,Mid March to May
  • Permits: TIMS card MBNP Entrance Fees
  • Transportation: Reserved Jeep, Regular Jeep Flight/ #public Bus.
  • Activity: Trekking , Volunteering, Sight seeing., Study and Research.
  • Total Trekking Hours Per Day : 4-6 hours.

Major Highlights of the Trek

  • Breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, as well as other neighboring peaks such as Mount Everest and Lhotse,
  • Diverse ecosystems and rich biodiversity of the Makalu Barun National Park, known for its wide range of plant and animal species.
  • Trek through a variety of picturesque landscapes, including lush forests, alpine meadows, glacial lakes, and high mountain passes
  • Cultural exchanges with the local communities their unique traditions, customs, and warm hospitality of the indigenous Rai and Sherpa communities.
  • Off-the-beaten-path adventure, away from the more popular trekking routes,

Trekking Cost Include

  • 14 Days One porter guide daily salary including his food and accommodation
  • Porter guide insurance cost for 1 Porter guide
  • Trekking Permits (TIMS) card cost for 2 person
  • Makalu Barun National Park Entrance Fee for 2 person
  • Jeep Reservation from Tumlingtar – Khandbari-Num – Chamla Kharka and from Chamla Kharka – Num – Khardbari – Tumlingtar
  • Two-night Khandbari Hotel room booking cost for 2 person.
  • Company service charge cost including government Tax as well as miscellaneous cost

Trekking Cost Exclude

  • Guest food and accommodation costs throughout the trekking route
  • International airfare cost
  • Kathmandu -Tumlingtar -Kathmandu Airfare cost
  • Nepal entry visa fees are USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days
  • Lodge, Breakfast, Dinner, and lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment cost.
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters, and local staff.
  • Travel and medical insurance for the guest in case of emergency.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation for the guest.
  • Personal expenses such as battery charging, laundry, alcohol, cold drinks, hot showers at teahouses, etc.
  • Unforeseeable expenses incurred due to accidents, strikes, natural calamities, political unrest, etc.
Makalu Barun National Park Trek Itinerary (15 Days)

Day 1Khandbari (1036m)

Budha Air 30-minute flight from Katmandu to Tumlingtar. Meet MAST Company Staff at the airport. Catch an auto Rickshaw and travel (13km, 20 minutes) to Khandbari pre booked hotel room. Meet your porter guide and be introduced with him. Then Pack your necessary materials and for your trek.

Day 2Travel from Khandbari to Num to Chanla Kharka. Trek from Chamla to Seduwa (1540m)

After your breakfast catch your reserved and travel ( 4-5 hours ) get Num- Chamla Kharka.Your real trek stats from there. Walk down to the Arun River cross suspension bridge on the river and ascend and get Seduwa village (1540m) ( 4 hours walk) for your overnight stay at local tea house there.
Please remember to register your TIMS card and pay Makalu Barun National Park Entrance fee Rs.3000 at the Park Site office there.

Day 3Trek From Seduwa to Tasigaun (2070m)

After breakfast walk 4-6 hours to reach your destination (Tasigaun 2027m). All the part of this trekking trial is uphill. Climb gently, pass Chyaksedanda (1890m) a primary school at the bottom of Tasigaun. In the evening you get Tasi Gaun for your overnight stay at a teahouse there

Day 4Trek from Tasi Gaun to Khongma (3500m)

After your morning meal, begin your 4-6 hours trek . Pass Danda Kharka, Chipla (2520m) Unishisha (3180m) and finally reach Khongma (3560m). Be careful you may experience the first sign of altitude mountain sickness there

Day 5Trek from Khongma to Dobato (3,510m)

After your morning meal at 8 and start your trek. Today you trek approximately 4 to 5 hours. You cross three passes: Ghenguru La (4045m), Shipton La (4216m), and Keke La (4150m). As you enjoy breathtaking view of Chamalang (7319m) Barunotse Himchuli (6424m) and admire the impressive peaks of Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6105m) and finally get Dobato for your overnight stay at a teahouse there.

Day 6Trek from Dobato to Yangle Kharka (3600m)

After breakfast prepare for your 4-5 hours’ trek to Yangle From Dobato walk slowly down, pass a big landslide, then Phematang and cross a suspension bridge on the Braun river and finally reach Yangle Kharka (3600m) for your overnight night stay there.

Day 7-8:Yangle Kharka Exploration ( 3600)

This is your rest day at Yangle as well as your destination. Conduct your study research, visit the area and take more pictures. Utilize your full time to enjoy observing the stunning natural beauty around the place. Your overnight stay at the same teahouse there.

Day 9:Trek from Yangle Kharka to Dobato

After breakfast at the tea house at Yangle, commence your trek to Dobato, which will take approximately 4 to 6 hours. Find a room at the tea house and spend the night there.. Enjoy more sightseeing around the place

Day 10Trek from Dobato to Khongma

Have your morning meal at the tea house at Dobato, begin your trek to Khongma, which should take around 4 to 6 hours. Upon arrival, find a room at a tea house and enjoy food and accommodation there.

Day 11:Trek from Khongma to Tasigaun

After having your breakfast start your trek down to Tasigaun, which should take approximately 4 to 6 hours. Upon arrival, find one of the best rooms at a tea house for your overnight stay. Explore the surrounding area and enjoy some sightseeing.

Day 12:Trek from Tasigaun to Seduwa

After your breakfast, begin your trek down to Seduwa, which should take approximately 4 to 6 hours. Upon arrival, find one of the best tea houses for your overnight stay. Explore the surrounding area and enjoy some sightseeing.

Day 13:Trek from Seduwa to Chamlakha, Travle from Chamla Kharka to Khndbari

After having morning meal, walk down to the Arun River, cross suspension bridge on the river an ascend up to Chamla Kharka Catch a reserved jeep and travel for 5-6 hours and arrive Khandbari hotel room. Say goodbye to your porter guides. In the evening meet MAST company staff and evaluate the whole trek.

Day 14:Khandbari Exploration Day

This day visit Khandbari market, purchase some local product like Allo Clothes, Rudrakshya, Sugra can (Sakhar) , sheep woolen blanket, (Radi), locally waved money bags etc as a souvenir as you like. Also you have time to visit any one school or hospital or any one project being supported by our company and do some volunteering you like.

Day 15:Travel from Khandbari to Tumlingtar, Flight from Tumling to Kathmandu

After having your breakfast catch an auto rickshaw and travel for about 20 minutes (13km) to get Tumlingtar airport. Check in your flight to Kathmandu. Say goodbye to MAST company staff and border the plane and enjoy scenic flight to Kathmandu


FAQs About Makalu Barun National Park Trek

What is condition of Khandbari to Num travelling now a days?

Nowadays a regular jeep service from  Khandbari to Num  (38 km) is available.  Since the road to Num,  is dusty and not good. Sometimes it is muddy because of rainfall. As result, a jeep takes about four hours to get to Num from Khandbari bus station.

But a  regular jeep leaves the station only when it is able to receive 10 passengers. So you will have to wait until the jeep until it is full. So waiting for the regular jeep to be full may be not suitable for you as per your time and comfort. So you may have to have to consider reserving a jeep from Khandbari to Num or from Num to Khandbari. 

If you like,  after you land at Tumlingtar airport you can  reserve a strong four-wheeled Bolero brad    a jeep to  go to Num (52 km)  directly  on the same day and stay at a tea house there

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You have the option to pay for our company services in either US dollars or Nepali rupees. However, during the trekking route, you will need to pay in Nepali rupees to local service providers. It’s advisable to carry some change as there may be instances where change is not readily available.

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

Pre-booking of tea houses or homestay rooms along this trekking route is not mandatory, as the route is not overly crowded. However, your porter guide will inform the tea house in advance on the same day of arrival

What is cancellation policy?

To find out more about our cancellation policy, please refer to our terms and conditions page. This page contains valuable information about our company policies and terms

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