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Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) is a government registered and licensed social trekking company  established in Khandbari in the Sankhuwasabha District of eastern Nepal in 2010. The organization was  established by  Sankhuwasabha Education Scholarship Foundation(SESF) with  the  aim of  promoting  a sustainable tea house social trekking  business that  can create jobs in the local community and generate economic benefits for the SESF child education support program around Sankhuwasabha.

We work in collaboration with local communities and government line agencies, ensuring equal benefits amongst MAST, local host communities and  our guests.

Since its establishment, MAST has been organizing community-friendly tea house social trekking  activities around the Makalu and Arun Valley regions of Nepal. MAST staff, together with our local communities, take good care of our visitors. 

Our guests  relax, and enjoy food and accommodation, at local tea houses/ home stays, where they will experience a traditional way of life. They pay service providers directly for their service. This way, all benefits from the program are automatically distributed  amongst local communities, and a large part of the profits is reinvested into SESF child Education support  projects. Women, children and local community-based organizations also benefit from this business.

Through MAST, we offer our guests the opportunity to plan their entire vacation around our programs, or customize an individual trek within the region. With the help of our locally hired porter guides, our guests can  enjoy trekking responsibly with us. We can create a customized trekking itinerary for you, off-the-beaten-path, in often unvisited regions of rural Nepal. 

 If you are interested, you  will have an opportunity to volunteer at an orphanage or in a local school, or to design an itinerary that incorporates both trekking and volunteering in the region.

Unlike other trekking companies operating in the region, we offer our guests local, first hand knowledge of the unique natural and cultural history of the area. Our guests do not merely glimpse village life as they pass by, rather they are offered  the opportunity to delve into the local peoples’ way of life through home stays in rural villages, guided interpretive village walks, and various volunteer opportunities.

Please contact us  for  more information

Why trek with us

How we work

We specialize in socially-responsible trekking programs around  the Makalu-Barun region, renowned for its lush green valleys and snow-capped mountains. The region remains the most isolated and pristine trekking areas of Nepal, which sees few trekkers, and even fewer on route due to its wilderness and remote location.

We foster a community-based approach to trekking through teahouse-style accommodation, village home-stays, local porter guides, locally-sourced resources, cultural exchanges, support for local service providers,  volunteering  opportunities and advocacy for an appreciation not only of nature, but also for indigenous cultures.

Since 2010, MAST has successfully been creating jobs in the local community. We have helped  to  generate sustainable income for local communities, and provided visitors with an authentic experience of Nepal through eco-tourism.

We are a fully trusted, fully government-registered  and licensed trekking company in Nepal. Our office is located in Khandbari, on the main trekking route to Mount Makalu, the 5th highest mountain in the world.

Our porter guides are multi-lingual, professionally trained, and insured for your safety and wellbeing. They carry  your 15 kg weight  luggage and lead  your trek. They will  choose one of the best, safest tea houses  for your overnight stay.

Choose one of our many programs  from the list or design your own unique itinerary around what you want to see. We are ready to help you!


Tea House and Home-Stay Programs

In Nepalese tourism, ‘tea house’ means a small restaurant with basic food and accommodation. These are common along trekking trails around Makalu and the Arun Valleyregion.

The standard of accommodation and meals  at the tea houses is medium. Home-stays are an alternative to hotels, tea houses and camping. Travelers gain first- hand experience of village life in Nepal, its culture, traditions and people. You will live with a local Nepali family, eat traditional food that is prepared in their kitchen, and stay in their home. Tea houses and home-stays are great ways to socialize and learn  about  local peoples'culture and tradition.

Depending on the time of year, you might have the chance to be involved in  memorable local celebrations and other local festivals.

Facilities are basic at many tea houses. Rooms are simple with a bed and other basic needs. The mattress may be thin, so  you will have  to use your own sleeping bag.  Most houses have a communal bathroom downstairs that's shared between family members. A flashlight or torch will be needed to go to the bath room at night.

The average Nepali family gets up early in the morning at half past five, and we encourage you to do the same. It’s a chance to learn about Nepali breakfast recipes!


Food and drinks

A traditional and typical meal served throughout Nepal is "Dal Bhat", which is essentially steamed rice (Bhat) and a hearty lentil soup (Dal). This dish has its roots in the Himalayas and often it's the only meal served in tea houses and home-stays along the  trekking trials.

Occasionally meat, like buffalo, chicken or goat is available. Meals are prepared with locally-sourced produce and common ingredients include local spices, herbs and chillies. Tea is a Nepali tradition and a symbol of hospitality, served hot with sugar, milk or spices.

The average price for a meal is between NRs 100 – 400 (USD1 – 6). Tea houses and home-stays have good hygiene standards and the food is cooked properly. Boiled drinking water is served on our treks.
 


Porter guides

Our porter  guides are hired from the local community. They are experts on their trekking  routes, with extensive knowledge on geography and local flora and fauna, and remain sensitive to local cultures, customs and the natural environment.

They can speak a little English can effectively communicate with you. They carry about 15 kg weight and lead  your trek.

Our guides help to make your trekking experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. More importantly, they ensure that you are staying at safe and comfortable tea houses and home-stays throughout your trek. Click the  link for more information about  our guides.

 


The best time to trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek can be enjoyed from September to November, and from March to May, when it is less likely to be snowed-over and  all the  tea houses  are open. 

The region has four major seasons: Winter (December to February), Spring (March to May), Summer (June to August), and Autumn (September to November).

Lower elevations are temperate during winter and hot during spring. Heavy monsoon rains occur throughout the region from June through September, with occasional showers during April and May.

 


Getting there and away

Makalu and the  Arun Valley region can be reached by Budda Air and Yeti Airlines.There are two Nepalese  Air Companies Nepal  operate daily flights between Kathmandu and Tumlingtar Airports.The flight takes 35 minutes. All flight times and routes are subject to favourable weather conditions. At Tumlingtar Airport, you will have to reserve  a jeep  to  get  your pre booked hotel/ home  stay  in Khandbari.


Credibility and safety

 

We offer you opportunities to enjoy the utmost safety during your trip with us. We are a government registered and licensed   trekking company in Nepal. We have also been recognized by NTB and TAAN. Our porter guides live here, and know your destination as only locals do. They are trained, fully insured and have successfully led treks and expeditions across some of the most diverse and rugged mountain terrain in Nepal.


We give back

We organize social trekking in  Nepal. Our guests enjoy managed overnight stays at local tea houses/home stays. They have local food and drinks   at the local tea houses and pay directly to  the local service providers.

We employ local people and use local resources. We put people at the heart of what we do and are proud to say that we run a social business. What's more, 100% of the income generated goes back to the local community. We're the low-impact, eco-friendly and community-oriented way to travel!


Some Popular Trekking Packages

  • Makalu Base Camp Trek

    Go on the journey of a lifetime. Trek through the remote and wild region of Eastern Nepal to reach at the bottom of Mt Makaluthe 5th highest mountain in the world, .......

  • Makalu View Hill side Trek

    Trek the quintessential landscape of small villages, flowery meadows and rhododendron forests. The Makalu Hillside Trek starts from Khandbari and.......

  • Mera Peak Base Camp Trek

    Mera Peak is the world’s finest trekking peak located south of Mt. Everest. The trek begins from Khandbari and follows the Arun River through Chandnpur, ....

  • Arun Valley Trek

    Discover pristine Arun Valley, a paradise of exotic flora and fauna. The trek starts from Khandbari and runs through Heluwa Besi, Phedi and Gurase over the Salpa Pass and ends in Lukla.

  • Khandbari Lukla Trek

    The Khandbari to Lukla trek is popular among the adventurous. It starts from Khandbari and runs through Heluwa Besi, Phedi and Gurase...

  • Makalu Barun National Park

    The Makalu Barun Nation Park is located on the way to Mt. Makalu Base Camp. The trek starts from Kathmandu and ends in Yangle Kharka in the East through some of the region's.......

  • Milke Danda Trek

    Milke Danda is a favourite spot amongst naturalists. The trail runs from Khandbari to Gupha Pokhari via Chainpur and features the Himalaya's Kingdom of Rhododenrons located over...

  • Upper Arun Valley Trek

    The Upper Arun Valley lies on the edge of Makalu Barun National Park and the Buffer Zone Area. The route starts from Khandbari to Chichila, Num and Hedangna....

  • Barun Valley Trek

    The Barun Valley lies within Makalu Barun National Park at the base of Makalu. The trek starts from Kathmandu and ends in the Barun Valley, home to the Barun River,.......

  • Shiva Dhara Trek

    Shiva Dhara is one of the most famous pilgrimage site situated in Makalu VDC, along the route to Mt. Makalu Base Camp. Every year, pilgrims trek to the site to bathe in the holy waters 

  • Sabha Pokhari Trek

    Sabha Pokhari is among the many popular tourist trekking spots in Nepal. The trek starts from Khandbari and ends in Kathmandu. 

  • Sekaya Sightseeing Tour

    Full-day sightseeing tour in Sekaya introduces the best sights in Khandbari. It's a great way to see Khandbari in a short time! 

Some Popular Trekking Packages

  • Makalu Base Camp Trek

    Go on the journey of a lifetime. Trek through the remote and wild region of Eastern Nepal to reach at the bottom of Mt Makaluthe 5th highest mountain in the world, .......

  • Makalu View Hill side Trek

    Trek the quintessential landscape of small villages, flowery meadows and rhododendron forests. The Makalu Hillside Trek starts from Khandbari and.......

  • Mera Peak Base Camp Trek

    Mera Peak is the world’s finest trekking peak located south of Mt. Everest. The trek begins from Khandbari and follows the Arun River through Chandnpur, ....

  • Arun Valley Trek

    Discover pristine Arun Valley, a paradise of exotic flora and fauna. The trek starts from Khandbari and runs through Heluwa Besi, Phedi and Gurase over the Salpa Pass and ends in Lukla.

  • Khandbari Lukla Trek

    The Khandbari to Lukla trek is popular among the adventurous. It starts from Khandbari and runs through Heluwa Besi, Phedi and Gurase...

  • Makalu Barun National Park

    The Makalu Barun Nation Park is located on the way to Mt. Makalu Base Camp. The trek starts from Kathmandu and ends in Yangle Kharka in the East through some of the region's.......

  • Milke Danda Trek

    Milke Danda is a favourite spot amongst naturalists. The trail runs from Khandbari to Gupha Pokhari via Chainpur and features the Himalaya's Kingdom of Rhododenrons located over...

  • Upper Arun Valley Trek

    The Upper Arun Valley lies on the edge of Makalu Barun National Park and the Buffer Zone Area. The route starts from Khandbari to Chichila, Num and Hedangna....

  • Barun Valley Trek

    The Barun Valley lies within Makalu Barun National Park at the base of Makalu. The trek starts from Kathmandu and ends in the Barun Valley, home to the Barun River,.......

  • Shiva Dhara Trek

    Shiva Dhara is one of the most famous pilgrimage site situated in Makalu VDC, along the route to Mt. Makalu Base Camp. Every year, pilgrims trek to the site to bathe in the holy waters 

  • Sabha Pokhari Trek

    Sabha Pokhari is among the many popular tourist trekking spots in Nepal. The trek starts from Khandbari and ends in Kathmandu. 

  • Sekaya Sightseeing Tour

    Full-day sightseeing tour in Sekaya introduces the best sights in Khandbari. It's a great way to see Khandbari in a short time! 

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