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.
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!