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  • Lightweight tea house trek.
  • Fully customized itinerary .
  • Small group size.
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  • Local Home stay /tea house Overnight
  • Flexibility in unexpected situations
  • Pick and pay model along the Trekking
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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.
hugo m
hugo m
Very beautiful trek Very beautiful trek, very wildBut you need to be prepared for quite basic food and accommodation, and be aware of the hard path of the trek
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.
Jamie G
Jamie G
Makalu BC trek My 7th trip to Nepal and I am so pleased to have MAST on hand to help organise and deliver it. Tejanath is organised and eloquent, he answered all questions clearly in the months leading up to the visit and the trek (for all 8 of us) went without a hitch - very well put together.Our main guide was Suk and he was attentive and helpful throughout. At times he seemed to disappear under the rucksacks as he helped people over the cols. We also stayed at his house and met his lovely family.
Patrick C
Patrick C
Makalu Base Camp trek I did the trek in September/October of 2018 and after 10 previous treks in Nepal I can say that it was one of my best trekking experiences in Nepal. Tejanath organised the trek well, and he and his wife were most welcoming. My guide Pasang Sherpa made the trek a rich cultural experience by welcoming me to all his wonderful relatives along the trail, and looking after me the way that he did. Because of what I had understood to be big altitude changes between teahouses and that I am prone to altitude sickness, I had planned to camp for 2 nights, however a teahouse between TasiGaun and Khongma meant that I only had to camp for 1 night, and even this would now not be necessary because a new teahouse has been built between Yangri Kharka and Langmale.....so camping is no longer required on this trek even if you are prone to altitude sickness. This is a remote trek and there are very few trekkers, but it is serviced by flights from Kathmandu. So if you want to do a trek that combines fantastic scenery with a true cultural experience, then this may the best in Nepal.

Makalu Base Camp Trek

The fifth highest mountain in the world is called Mt.Makalu which is located at the elevation of 8463m in the east of Nepal. It is situated in the Makalu Barun National Park, which covers an area of 2330 sq. km extending around the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal. The panorama of the highest mountain in the world such as Mount Everest, Mount Chamalang, Mount Lhotse, Mount Chamalang Mount Makalu, and other mountain peaks greet you.

Makalu Base Camp trek can be fairly challenging depending on your level of physical fitness. The outstanding scenery of the Makalu Base camp Trek route significantly provides a unique cultural heritage and incredible views of mountain peaks.

Normally the trek begins with a flight from  Kathmandu to Tumlingtar in mid-eastern Nepal for 30 minutes. The trial of Makalu Base Camp envelopes plain, sub-tropical valley of Arun River,  basin to extraordinary temperate passes called Keke la (4230) and Tutu La (42100m) many edges ascend up from the Barun River valley which is off the beaten mid-hill trials.

Sherpa  Bhote, Gurung, and Rai are the main habitats in this area. The trail follows the beautiful Barun river valley in the  Makalu Barun National Park, crossing Shipton La (4127m) before arriving at Makalu  Base Camp. From here views of the South face of Makalu, as well as Everest, and Lotse, are really amazing. Also, you have unbelievable views of mountains, Glacier lake, and Hungu valley.

 Makalu Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Total Program days: 18 Days.
  • Total Trekking days: 16 with porter guide.
  • Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude: Makalu Base Camp (5520 m.)
  • Accommodation: Local tea houses/ Homestays/Hotel
  • Best Trekking time: September to November. Mid-March to May.
  • Permits: TIMS card, MBNP permit fee.
  • Transportation: Reserved jeep/ Regular jeep/ Plane/public bus
  • Activity: Trekking/ sightseeing/volunteering.
  • Total trekking hours per day:4-6 hours.
  • Travellers’Review

Day 1Khandbari (1036m)

On a daily basis, either Buddha Air or Yeti Air operates a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the welcoming staff of MAST at the airport. A jeep will then take you on a 15-minute journey to the Khandbari hotel, where you can take a well-deserved rest.

Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Khandbari bazaar area, and perhaps purchase any necessary items. You’ll then meet your porter guide and be introduced to them. The evening will be spent at the Khandbari hotel, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 2Drive from Khandbari to Num (1500m) (38 km)

After a nutritious breakfast at around 8 am, board the reserved jeep and embark on a scenic 38km journey to reach Num (1500m). The jeep ride takes you from Khandbari, through the picturesque villages of Manebhangyang, Arun Than Bhotebas, and Chhyankuti, to the bustling town of Chichila. Take a break and indulge in some snacks at one of the local tea houses in Chichila

Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayan range, including the majestic Mt. Makalu (8463m) to the north. After a short rest, continue your journey, passing through Hururu, Mude, and finally reaching Num around 2 pm after 4 to 5 hours of travel. At Num, find one of the best tea houses and prepare for an overnight stay.

Day 3Trek from Num to Seduwa (1540m)

Starting your day with a hearty breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house in Num, embark on a leisurely and cautious trek down to the Arun river, where you’ll cross the suspension bridge. Afterward, you’ll hike uphill, passing through Lumluma, before reaching Seduwa (4-6 hours of trekking). At Seduwa village, find a comfortable tea house for an overnight stay.

Take some time to explore the sights around Seduwa village, including visiting the Secondary School if you desire. Then, head over to the Makalu Barun National Park site office and pay the park entrance fee of Rs. 3000 per person.

Day 4Trek from Seduwa to Tasigaun (2070m)

Begin your day with a filling breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house and start your next trek. You’ll trek through lush meadows and fertile farms, reaching Tasi Gaun (4 to 6 hours of trekking). Take your time and enjoy the trek, taking in the scenic rural landscapes that line the trail.

By evening, you’ll arrive at Tasi Gaun and find one of the best tea houses to secure suitable accommodation for the night. Savor the picturesque rural scenes that will welcome you along the way, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural surroundings

Day 5Trek from Tasigaun to Khongma Danda (3500m)

Begin your day with a nutritious breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house, and start your trek. Take your time and walk slowly for 4 to 6 hours, conserving your energy for significant elevation gain. By evening, you’ll reach Khongma and find one of the best tea houses for an overnight stay. Make sure to pace yourself and take care of your health as you take on this journey through the scenic terrain.

Day 6Trek from Khongma to Dobato (3,510m)

Your day with a satisfying breakfast at 8 am at your tea house, and then embark on a trek to Dobato, which takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. Today, you’ll cross three passes: Ghenguru La (4045m), Shipton La (4216m), and Keke La (4150m). As you trek, take in the breathtaking beauty of Chamalang, and admire the impressive peaks of Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6105mBegin

Upon reaching Dobato, find a tea house for a warm meal and comfortable accommodation for the night. Enjoy the stunning scenery and the sense of accomplishment from your successful trek through the high passes

Day 7Trek from Dobato to Yangre Kharka ( 3600)

Begin your morning with a nourishing breakfast at 8 am at the tea house, then set out on a trek to Yangre Kharka (3600m) which takes roughly 4 to 5 hours. After a day of hiking, find one of the best tea houses at Yangre Kharka for a delicious meal and comfortable accommodation. Take time to recharge and enjoy the peaceful surroundings before continuing your journey.

Day 8Yangre Kharka Rest Day. ( 3600)

Today is a day to take a well-deserved break and acclimate to your surroundings. Use this time to fully relax and appreciate the stunning natural beauty around you. Find a comfortable tea house for your food and accommodations as you rest and rejuvenate.

Day 9Trek from Yangle Kharka to Langmale (4410 m)

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at 8 am at the tea house, then embark on a gentle climb to Nghe Kharka (3750m), Ripuk Kharka (3930m), Jhak Kharka (4210m), and finally to Langmale Kharka (4400m). This journey takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. At the end of the day, find one of the best tea houses at Langmale Kharka for a delicious meal and comfortable accommodation.

Day 10Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

Start your day with a nutritious breakfast at 8 am at the tea house, then head out on a trek that takes approximately 4 to 5 hours to reach the Makalu Base Camp at 4870 meters. Once you arrive, find one of the best tea houses to enjoy a delicious meal and a comfortable rest. Take in the stunning surroundings and bask in the achievement of reaching your trekking destination.

Day 11Day Trip from Makalu Base Camp

Spend the day exploring the beautiful surroundings of the Makalu Base Camp. Your guide will assist you in reaching sights such as Barun Pokhari (4950m), Peak 3 above Shersong (5250m), the Hillary Base Camp, and more. Take in the stunning views and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area. At the end of the day, return to the same tea house for an overnight stay.

Day 12Trek from Makalu Base camp to Yangle Kharka

After fueling up with breakfast at your tea house at MBC, begin your descent to Yangle Kharka. At the end of the trek, find a suitable tea house in Yangle Kharka for your overnight stay.

Day 13Trek from Yangle Kharka to Dobato.

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the tea house in Yangle. Afterwards, set off on a 4 to 6-hour trek down to Dobato. Upon arrival, search for one of the finest tea houses and settle in for the night. Indulge in the local cuisine and take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area. Spend the night at a tea house in Dobato.

Day 14Trek from Dobato to Khongma

After breakfast at the tea house in Dobato, make your way down to Khongma, which will take 4 to 6 hours. Upon arrival, find comfortable accommodation at one of the tea houses and relish a delicious meal and drink. Take in the surrounding beauty and spend the night at the tea house.

Day 15Trek from Khongma to Tasigaun

After having breakfast at the tea house in Khongma, make your way down to Tasigaun, taking 4 to 6 hours to complete the trek. Find a comfortable room in a tea house, take some time to relax, and have a meal and drink. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the area. Spend the night at a tea house in Tasigaun

Day 16Trek from Tasigaun to Seduwa

After having breakfast at the tea house in Tasigaun, slowly and carefully make your way down to Seduwa for a 4 to 6-hour trek. Look for one of the best tea houses in Seduwa and take time to relax and enjoy a meal and drinks. Explore the sights and surroundings of the area.

Day 17Trek fromSeduwa to Num, Drive from Num to Khandbari

After fueling up with breakfast at the tea house in Seduwa, set out on your return journey to Chaulakharka, taking 3 to 4 hours to complete the trek. In the evening, board a pre-booked jeep and enjoy a 4-hour drive to Khandbari. Say farewell to your porter/guide and check into a hotel or homestay in Khandbari for the night

Day 18Drive from Khandbari to Tumlingtar, Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Enjoy your breakfast at the tea house/home, then catch a jeep for a 20-minute drive to Tumlingtar. Prepare for your flight to Kathmandu. Bid farewell to the staff at MAST company and board the plane for a flight to the capital city, Kathmandu.



Question 01Where can get TIMS card for the trek?

As you are trekking with a government-licensed trekking company like Makalu Arun SocialTrek  (MAST), we will provide you with a TIMS card. You will need to pay a fee of Rs. 3000 (USD 30) per person at the Seduwa site office for entry into the Makalu Barun National Park.

Question 02How much does a tea houses food and accommodation cost away from Tasi Gaun?

Typically, a serving of Dal Bhat (a popular Nepalese dish) costs between Rs. 600-800 per person, and a bed for the night is priced at Rs. 500-600 per person. Additionally, a cup of tea is priced at Rs. 100, while a boiled egg costs Rs. 100, etc. You will follow the pick-and-pay model and pay accordingly. 

Question 03Is it worth spending two days at base camp ? Are there two day walks we could do?

Some of our previous guests chose to spend an extra two days at the base camp, during which they went on a trek to higher elevations and had a chance to take in the stunning views of the Himalayan range. They then returned to the base camp tea house to rest. If you have the time and desire, you are welcome to do the same.

Question 04We have heard that some or the entire road from Khandbari to Num is very bad indeed, so bad that it is better to walk. How much of this road is bad? What do you advice?

Yes, the road from Khandbari to Num is not paved and can be a bit bumpy, but it is passable. Currently, road construction work is underway. Small four-wheeled jeeps can travel the road with ease. However, if you have time and enjoy trekking, you might prefer the hike from Khandbari to Chichila. After spending one night in Chichila, you will reach Nun the next day.

Question 05Will the teahouses still be open in November?

Yes, it’s the peak season for trekking. All tea houses are open until the second week of November. However, weather conditions can sometimes change, and there may be snowfall after the second week of November. In such cases, tea house owners may close their teahouses and return to Tasi Gaun to their homes.

Question 06 Is it best if we get the TIMS permits and conservation area permits ourselves in Kathmandu, or can you get these?

As you are embarking on a trek with a registered and licensed government trekking company, we will provide you with a TIMS card. You will need to pay the Makalu Barun National Park entrance fee of Rs. 3000 (USD 30) per person at the Seduwa site office. Your guide will assist you with this process.

Question 08My flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar cancelled because of bad weather. And I could not find a flight ticket for the next day. What Can I do to travel from Kathmandu to Khandbari?

Fly to Biratnagar from Kathmandu at 7am, 11 am, 12 pm, or 2 pm (a 30-40 minute flight). Upon landing at Biratnagar airport, head to the main road and take an express bus to Dharan (fare of Rs.100 per person, 1 hour of travel time). From the Dharan bus station, go to the Dharan-Khandbari jeep counter. You can call us from there if necessary, but keep in mind that a jeep will only leave Dharan once it is fully loaded with 10 passengers. To ensure your travel, consider reserving a jeep to Khandbari (Rs.10000), otherwise, you will have to spend the night at a hotel in Dharan and take a bus or jeep to Khandbari the next day (6-8 hours of travel time, Rs. 1000 for jeep/bus fare).

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