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What do We Offer?

  • 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.

Upper Arun Valley Trek – 11 Days

Upper Arun Valley Trek is a unique journey along the edge of Makalu Barun National Park and the Buffer Zone Area. This trekking route which lies in  Makalu + Bhotkhola Rural Municipality offers a rare glimpse into the local culture of the Bhote people, a tribe with roots in Tibet, as well as the border between Tibet and Nepal.

 Nowadays there is a daily private jeep service from Khandbari to Gola (Fare Rs.2000 per person). Since the road is not good, a strong jeep takes about 10 to 12 hours to  get to Gola (76km)  from  Khandbari. The jeep runs through Chichila (20km), Num (38km), Hedangna Gadi (55km), Simma(62km), Ekua to Gola (76km). After staying one night at Gola the next morning your real trekking starts.

Since the availability of teahouses along the trekking path, embarking on a tea house trek has become possible. A local porter guides you in managing your journey and making it enjoyable.

Our company would like to invite you to partake in this cultural socially enriching trek. For further details, feel free to reach out. Your adventure is waiting for you.!

Outline of the Trek Detail

  • Total Program Days: 11 Days
  • Total trekking Days: 09 Days
  • Trekking Grade :Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude :Kimmathanka (2800m)
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Home Stays, local lodges
  • Best Trekking Time: September to November,Mid March to May
  • Permits: Special trekking Permit, MBNP Entrance Fees
  • Transportation: Flight, Reserved Jeep, Regular Jeep, public Bus.
  • Activity: Have a bath at sacred Barun River Hot water spring at Hatiya ,Trekking , Volunteering, Sight seeing.
  • Total Trekking Hours Per Day : 4-6 hours.

Major Highlights of the Trek

  • Unspoiled natural beauty ,pristine landscapes, untouched natural surroundings, and tranquil environment
  • Spectacular panoramic views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Makalu, Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Chamlang. Arun River, Barun River
  • Visit Kimmmathanka village – Nepal China Border.
  • Hot water Spring at Hatiya village.
  • Arun third Project Damp Site.
  • Cultural exchanges with the local Bhote communities inhabiting the region.
  • Off-the-beaten-path adventure, away from the more frequented trekking routes,
  • Rich biodiversity of the region, characterized by its diverse flora and fauna, including a variety of plant species, wildlife
  • Picturesque valley landscapes, lush forests, and terraced farmlands

Trekking Cost Include

  • 10 Days One porter guide daily salary including his food and accommodation
  • Porter guide insurance cost for 1 Porter guide
  • Special trekking Permit, MBNP Entrance fee 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.
Upper Arun Valley Trek Itinerary (11 Days)

Day 01Khandbari

Buddha Air Daily scenic Flight (30 minutes) from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar airport. Receive and welcome by MAST staff there. Catch an auto rickshaw, drive for about 15 minutes and get Khandbari hotel room and have a rest there
Explore Khandbari bazaar. etc. Meet your porter guide and be introduced with him.

Day 02Travel from Khandbari to Gola (1500m)

After your morning meal at around 7.30 am, board a reserved jeep to Num. The jeep runs
From Khandbari through Chichila (20km), Num (38km), Hedangna Gadi (55km), Simma(62km), Ekua to Gola (76km) in the evening ( About hours travelling).

Day 03Trek from Gola to Hatiya (1585 m)

Have a big breakfast at a tea house at Gola, start your trek. Follow the trekking route along the side of the Arun River. Walk continuously and get Barun River. Cross a suspension bridge over the Barun River and continue walking for 4- 5 hours to reach Hatiya (1585M). Find a tea house for your overnight stay and relax after the day’s journey.

Day 04Trek from Hatiya to Hungung

Make sure to have a good breakfast to give you the energy. Start your trek at around 8 am, following the route up to Hungung. Keep in mind that this is a village where tea houses may not be readily available, so it’s important to work with your local porter guide to identify a suitable house for an overnight stay.
Important: Involve and enjoy local culture of the with the local people

Day 05Trek from Hungung to Kimmathanka ( 2842)

Start your trek at around 7 am after having breakfast. Follow the trail towards Kimmathanka, this is going to be a long trek day so make sure you carry enough water, food, and other essentials. You can also pack a lunch to eat while you are on the trek trail. During the trek, you will get to see the beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains, streams, and forests. After walking the whole day, you finally reach Kimmathanka in the evening. Look for one of the best homes for your overnight stay.

Day 06Kimmathanka Rest Day. ( 2840)

Take your time to explore the local area, visit nearby villages, and observe the way of life of the local people. You can also learn about the unique culture and traditions of the Bhote tribe, who originate from Tibet. Try to interact with the locals, ask them about their lives, and learn about their customs and beliefs. You can also visit some sacred shrines and monasteries in the area if they are of interest to you.
In the evening, return to your home stay for your overnight stay there.

Day 07Trek from Kimmathanka to Chumusur

This day you return back after you trek. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the tea house, pack some food for the trek, and start your journey at around 7 AM. Today you’ll be following a different route and heading towards Chhumusur, which is your destination for the day. Take some time to explore the local area, and look for a homestay for

Day 08Trek from Chumusur to Chepuwa (2040m)

As you start your day with a big breakfast at 7 am at the house, be sure to pack some food for lunch to eat on the trek route. Your trek today will take approximately 5 to 6 hours, leading you to the village of Chepuwa. Take your time to explore the area and look for one of the best homes to stay overnight. Make sure you are well-rested for the next day’s journey ahead.

Day 09Trek from Chepuwa to Gola

Have breakfast at 7 am, pack some food for lunch on the trek, and start your journey from Chepuwa.. The trek involves a descent to the Arun river, and then a climb up to Mapalungdanda, passing through the Rukuma village. Continue on the trail and pass through the Namase and Sibrung villages before descending and crossing the Arun river to reach Gola. After a long day of trekking, spend the night at a local tea house in Gola.

Day 10Travel Gola to Khandbari.

After your breakfast at the local tea house at Gola bordered your reserved jeep and travel by jeep to Khandbarii, Say goodbye to you porter guide.

Day 11Trsvel from Khandbari to Tumlingtar, Flight from Tumling to Kathmandu

Have your breakfast at your hotel in Khandbari. Then Catch a jeep and drive 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 fly to Kathmandu.


FAQs About Upper Arun Valley Trek

Question 1:Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

Pre-booking of tea houses or homestay rooms along this trekking route is no in practice, as the route is not so crowded. However, your porter guide will inform the tea house owner in advance if telephone works.

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