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Milke Danda Trekking – 11 Days

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  • Lightweight tea house trek.
  • Fully customized itinerary .
  • Small group size.
  • Local experienced porter guide.
  • Local Home stay /tea house Overnight
  • Flexibility in unexpected situations
  • Support for Local Community

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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.

Milke Danda Trekking – 11 Days

Milke Danda Trek  route, one of the finest but rarely trekked trails in far  Eastern Nepal, offers immense  natural beauty, amazing geography, rich biodiversity, colorful culture, and the warm welcome of local people.

Milke Dada trek is most admired for the splendid views of Mt. Everest (8848m)  Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) Mt. Kumbhakarna (7710m)  Mt.  Makalu (8463m) etc. The natural, cultural, and geographic diversity of the area is the major attraction of the trek. The region is densely vegetated with rare alpine flora and the beautiful 28 kinds of  Rhododendron forest in the spring. During summer this place will be a paradise for naturalists, botanists and flower lovers,

We invite you to take part  in this  natural trek enriching your  experience. For further details, please feel free to reach us.  We are eagerly waiting  to organize your adventure  

Outline of the Trek Details

  • Total Program Days: 11 Days
  • Total trekking Days: 9 Days
  • Trekking Grade :Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude :Milke Danda (3690m)
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Home Stays.
  • Best Trekking Time: Mid March to May
  • Permits: TIMS card
  • Transportation: Reserved Jeep, Regular Jeep Flight/ #public Bus.
  • Activity: Trekking , Volunteering, Sight seeing.
  • Total Trekking Hours Per Day : 4-6 hours.

Major Highlights of the Trek

  • Breathtaking panoramic views from Milke Danda, offering trekkers an awe-inspiring vista of the majestic Himalayan mountain peaks such as Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu, among others.
  • Enchanting rhododendron forests of Milke Danda, known for their vibrant and colorful blooms during the spring season
  • Cultural encounters with the local communities residing along the Milke Danda trail, renowned for their unique traditions, warm hospitality, and rich cultural heritage
  • Off-the-beaten-path adventure, away from the more popular trekking routes
  • A variety of bird species, including colorful pheasants, eagles, and other endemic and migratory birds.
  • Photography and Nature Exploration of Milke Danda, featuring rolling hills, deep valleys, and serene meadows

Trek Cost Include

  • 10 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
  • One 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.
Milke Danda Trekking Itinerary (9 Days)

Day 1 Khandbari (1036m)

Buddha Air Flight (30 minutes) from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar airport. Receive and welcome by MAST staff representative at the airport. Catch a jeep, drive for 15 minutes and get a Khandbari hotel room.
Meet your porter guide at the hotel be introduced to him. Discuss about the whole trek plan. Overnight stay at the hotel in Khandbari.

Day 2Travel from Khandbari to Chainpur, Trek from Chainpur to Pokhari

After your breakfast at about 8 am at the hotel catch your reserved Van and travel for about two hours and get Chainpur bus station. Get off the van. Your real trekking starts from Chanpur. Follow the trail to Pokharei ,and after about two hours’s walking get Pokhari for your overnight stay there. Explore Pokhari village and enjoy sightseeing and capturing photos around the place

Day 3Trek from Pokhari to Nundhaki

After having your morning meal at 8 am commence your trek. Continue walking for about 4- 6 hours get Nundhaki. Find one of the best tea houses there for your overnight stay there

Day 4Trek from Nundhaki to Gupha Pokhari (2900m)

After breakfast at 8 am trek for 4- 6 hours and get Gupha Pokhari in the evening. Find one of the best tea houses there for your food and accommodation.

Day 5Gupha Pokhari Exploration day.

This is day is your Gupha Pokhari exploration day. The place is located along the Tinjure Milke Jaljale Trail, famously referred to as the “Rhododendron capital of Nepal.” This region boasts the highest concentration of Rhododendron species, with 28 out of 32 found in Nepal. The region not only home to various species of rhododendrons, but also a wealth of other flora and fauna, including a diverse range of bird species, mammals, and breathtaking views of majestic peaks such as Makalu (8463m) Kangchenjunga(8586m) and Mt. Everest(8848m) when visibility is clear

Day 6Gupha to Milke Danda(3690 m) Exploration day

It sounds like a wonderful day ahead of you! The Milke Danda is known for its stunning scenery, including the breathtaking views of the rhododendrons. As you continue on your journey, be sure to take your time and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
Staying overnight at the same tea house in Gupha Pokhari is a great option as it allows you to settle into a comfortable and familiar surroundings, giving you the chance to fully relax and recharge before continuing on your journey. enjoyable stay

Day 7Trek fom Gupha Pokhari to Chauki (2,700m)

After breakfast your breakfast at 8 am , trek up to Chauki (4-6 hours trekking). Enjoy observing the beautiful scene of rhododendron glowering there. Find one of the best tea houses at Chauki for your overnight stay.

Day 8Trek from Chauki to Basantapur (2,200m)

Have your breakfast at 8 am and trek up to Basantapur (4-6 hours trekking). Find one of the best hotels there for your food and accommodation. Explore Basantapur and capture pictures of those places.

Day 9Travel from Basantapur to Kathmandu

After your breakfast prepare for travelling. Catch a regular bus coming from Dharan to Khandbari and travel for about three hours and get Khandbari Bus station. Bus station catch an auto rickshaw and travel to your pre booked hotel room for your overnight stay

Day 10:Khandbari Exploration Day.

Visit the market, purchase some local product like Allo Clothes, Rudrakshya, Brown sugar made of Sugra can (Sakhar) , sheep woolen blanket (Radi), locally waved money bags etc as a souvenir. 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 11:Travel from Khandbari to Tumlingtar, Flight from Tumling to Kathmandu

After having your breakfast at your hotel, catch an auto rickshaw and travel for about 20 minutes to get Tumlingtar airport. Prepare for your flight to Kathmandu. Say goodbye to MAST company staff and border the plane and enjoy scenic flight to Kathmandu.


FAQs About Milke Danda Trekking

Question: 01What is the best time to enjoy Milke Danda trekking?

The best time to enjoy this trek is in April.   This region is famous for the thirty-four varieties of rhododendron found here during the period.

Question :02Can we enjoy this trek tea house trek?

Yes. You can enjoy this trekking having food and accommodation at local tea house.

Question:03How much does food and accommodation cost at local tea house of this trekking trial?

The food and accommodation is not so expensive along this trial.  Local  food (dal bhat) cost about Rs.200- 300 and best cost about  per 300- 500 per person.

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