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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
  • Pick and pay model along the Trekking
  • Support for Local Community

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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.

Mundum Trekking Trial

Wow, the Mundum trek sounds like an incredible adventure! The scenic views and natural landscapes along the trail must be breathtaking. It’s great to know that the Nepalese government is promoting new trekking routes, which not only diversifies tourism but also supports the local economy.

It’s impressive that the Mundum trek passes through several stunning spots, including the holy Salpa Pokhari and Silichho Peak, which offers stunning panoramic views of several mountain ranges, including Mount Everest. However, it’s also essential to respect the cultural significance of these spots and ensure that we follow responsible trekking practices, such as leaving no traces and respecting local customs.

It’s also good to know that camping is the only option along the trail, as it offers a chance to connect with nature and fully immerse oneself in the wilderness. However, it’s essential to prepare accordingly and carry all the necessary equipment and supplies.

Overall, the Mundum trek sounds like an unforgettable adventure, and I can’t wait to explore it someday!

Silichho Peak offers clear views of more than 22 peaks, including Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Mera (6476m), Chamlang (7319m), Numbur (6958m), Makalu (8481m), Chalachuli (3636m), and the Kanchenjunga Range (8586m). Salpa Lake and Silichho Peak are both considered holy in the Kirat Community.

The Mundum trek ends with a descent from Silichho Peak to Salpa Phedi (1680m), Chewa Besi (285m), and Tumlingtar (457m). The trek is a challenging one, with steep ascents and descents, but it offers an unforgettable experience to seasoned trekkers seeking adventure and stunning views.

Mundum  Trekking Trial Highlight 

  • Total Program days: 11 without porter guide.
  • Total Trekking days: 10 with porter guide
  • Trek Grade: Medium
  • Altitude: Silchung Hill (4200m.)
  • Best Trekking time: October, November, December, February, March, April.
  • Permits: TIMS card, MBNP permit.
  • Transportation:  Regular Bus./ Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.
  • Activity: Trekking/ sightseeing/volunteering.
  • Total trekking hours per day:4-7 hours.
  • Accommodation: Local tea houses/ Tent
  • Start Kathmandu.
  • Finish: Tumling tar.

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Diktel Bazar 1,650 m (12 hours)

It’s great to know that there are options for high-quality accommodation in Diktel Bazaar, as it provides a comfortable place to rest and prepare for the Mundum trek. Additionally, the opportunity to explore the local market and observe the traditional way of life of the Rai and Kirat tribes is a unique cultural experience that adds depth to the trip.

It’s fascinating to see the blend of traditional and modern influences in the homes and lifestyles of the locals, which is a testament to the richness and diversity of Nepalese culture. It’s important to respect local customs and interact with the locals in a responsible and respectful manner, as it helps to promote sustainable tourism and support the local economy.

Overall, the opportunity to explore Diktel Bazaar before embarking on the Mundum trek adds to the richness of the experience and provides a deeper appreciation for the culture and people of Nepa

Day 2Trek from Diktel to Chakhewa Village 2,300 m

It’s exciting to know that the Mundum trek offers an authentic rural experience, with the opportunity to trek through beautiful villages such as Dorap, Chiuri Danda, and Dobela. It’s great to see the emphasis on experiencing the local culture and way of life, which adds to the richness of the trek.

Covering a distance of approximately 24 kilometers with an easy grade is also a good start for the trek, allowing trekkers to acclimate to the altitude and terrain gradually. It’s essential to listen to the advice of the guide and porter and take the necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness.

Finding a comfortable home to spend the night in this charming area is also a highlight of the trek. It’s great to have the opportunity to interact with locals and learn more about their way of life. Additionally, staying in a local home adds to the authenticity of the experience and supports the local economy.

Overall, the first day of the Mundum trek sounds like a perfect start to the adventure, with beautiful scenery, authentic rural experiences, and comfortable accommodation.

Day 3Trek from Chakhewa to Dhotre 2,752m

Waking up to the scenic views of Chakewa Village and savoring breakfast sounds like a great way to start the second day of the Mundum trek. It’s important to fuel up for the uphill hike that follows, as it requires more energy and stamina.

Traversing through Maluwa and Dalsinga Pass, with the ridge of Merung Danda along the way, adds to the adventure and provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. It’s great to see the diversity of landscapes and terrain along the trek, which keeps the experience exciting and engaging.

Reaching Dhotre village and immersing oneself in the local lifestyle is a highlight of the trek. It provides an opportunity to interact with locals, learn more about their culture and way of life, and form meaningful connections. Finding a comfortable homestay for the overnight accommodation also adds to the authenticity of the experience and supports the local economy.

Overall, the second day of the Mundum trek sounds like an excellent continuation of the adventure, with challenging hiking, stunning views, and authentic cultural experiences.

Day 4Trek from Dhotre to Maiyung (3122m)

It’s great to hear that the third day of the Mundum trek is a shorter and easier trail, providing a chance to take in the stunning views at a more leisurely pace. Starting the day with breakfast is crucial for providing energy and stamina for the day’s hike.

Crossing the Chhimalung Pass, admiring the beautiful Mani wall of Phokte, reaching the hill point of Chautara, walking through Mattim Danda, and visiting the religious temple of Baspani Devisthan are all exciting attractions along the way. It’s great to have a mix of cultural and natural sights, providing a more comprehensive experience of the area.

Reaching the campsite at Mailung or Hans Pokhari is a great way to end the day, providing a chance to relax and soak in the stunning scenery. Camping in the area also adds to the adventure, as it allows for a more immersive experience of the wilderness and the surrounding natural beauty.

Overall, the third day of the Mundum trek sounds like a great continuation of the adventure, providing a mix of cultural and natural attractions and stunning views.

Day 5 Trek from Maiyung to Rawadhap 3,426 m

It’s great to hear that the Mundum trek includes opportunities to immerse oneself in the local culture of the area. Connecting with the Rai and Kirat people and experiencing their hanging cultivated fields, traditional work practices, and way of life provides a more comprehensive understanding of the area and its people.

Passing through the Kirat Rai Villages of Satdobato, Hyakule, and Lauri Bina allows for a deeper connection with the local culture and traditions. The beauty of the area, with the Laure Hill in the distance, adds to the overall experience of the trek.

Reaching the campsite at Rawa Dhap is a great way to end the day, providing a chance to relax and reflect on the cultural experiences of the day. Spending the 7th night at this campsite as part of the Mundum Trek itinerary allows for a more immersive experience of the area and its people. Overall, it sounds like a great continuation of the trek, providing a balance of cultural experiences and natural beauty.

Day 6Trek from Rawadhap to Salpa Bhanjyang 3,348 m (3,550m)

Today’s trek is not too long, but you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the local culture and traditions, so it may take a bit longer than expected. The Kirat and Rai people you’ll meet along the way have a fascinating way of life, and you’re sure to be captivated by their unique customs.

On this leg of journey, you’ll come across some incredible sights, such as the Mani Wall of Nikasa, the Mani of Handi Lake, and the Mani Wall of Salpa Pass (also known as Kulu Pankha Bhanjyang). Take your time to soak it all in, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself slowing down to fully appreciate the local attractions. You’ll spend the night at Salpa Pass or Salpa Pokhari.

Day 7Explore around Silchung Hill 4,200 m

Today is a significant day in the Mundum Trek itinerary, as you will begin your early morning hike to the Silichung Peak viewpoint, also known as Salpa Peak, which stands tall at 4,153 meters above sea level. The views from this point are awe-inspiring, offering panoramic views of deep valleys, lush greenery, and the snow-capped Himalayan mountain range. You’ll have the chance to catch a glimpse of the world’s five highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu, all towering above 8,000 meters. You’ll also be able to admire Thamserku, Kangtega, Amadablam, Dorje Lakpa, Kusum Khungurung, Numbur, and many other peaks.

After marveling at the stunning vistas, you’ll head back to your camp at Salpa Bhanjyang to enjoy a delicious lunch and explore the nearby Rai village of Sanam and the Kirat village of Guranse. This will be a fulfilling end to an unforgettable day.

Day 8Trek from Salpa Bhanjyang to Phedi 2,972 m.( 3600)

Today, we will retrace our steps and hike back down to Hyakule, taking the same trail we used a few days ago. This time, we’ll have the chance to explore any attractions or points of interest we may have missed during our initial hike. It’s always interesting to see things from a different perspective and gain new insights into local culture and traditions.

After arriving in Hyakule, we’ll settle into our accommodations for the night and take some time to relax and unwind. We may choose to explore the local area or simply rest up for the next leg of our journey. Whatever we decide to do, we can look forward to another memorable day on the Mundum Trekking Trail.

Day 9Trek from Phedi to Katike Pul.

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Day 10Trek from Katike Pul to Tumlingtar 457 m

After having breakfast at the tea house around 8 am, start your trek by crossing the suspension bridge and walking for about three hours along the Arun River until you reach Tumlingtar airport. Find a comfortable hotel for your overnight stay and make sure to get enough rest. This is also the time to bid farewell to your porter and guide.

Day 11Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Today is the last day of your Mundum Trek adventure. After breakfast, take some time to explore Tumlingtar before your flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy the local culture and scenery, and take some last-minute photos to remember your trip. After lunch, you will head to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Once you arrive, you can rest and reflect on your incredible journey through the Mundum Trekking Trail. 



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