We offer you a fantastic lightweight tea house social trekking experience including volunteering, opportunities as well as internship and research programs around the Makalu Arun Valley region of Eastern Nepal. Through our flexible itineraries you enjoy trekking with the help of local experienced , insured porter guides at your own pace and enjoying accommodation at the best local tea houses and paying directly to your service providers. You will have an opportunity to meet and interact with people from different communities and cultures!
The fastest way is a direct flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar Airport (30 minutes). From Tumlingtar airport, catch a jeep (Rs500 per person) and alight at Khandbari bus station. Then walk 15 - 25 minutes on foot to the village bazaar and find a hotel to stay there.
Catch a 12-hour overnight bus (NPR1,500 per person) from Kathmandu to Hile. Then by jeep from Hile to Khandbari (Rs.700) The trip should take 17 hours via road to get here.
If you're traveling from India, take a train from Chennai to Jogmuni, then by bus from Jogmuni to Biratnagar in Nepal, and another bus from Biratnagar to Dharan (RS.100) In Dharan, take a microbus to Hile (Rs.200) and then by jeep to Khandbari (Rs.700).
If you would like to enjoy the Makalu Base Camp Trek the best time to go trekking is between March and May or October and November. Heavy monsoon rains occur throughout the region, with occasional showers during April and May, and from June through September. We have mentioned the best time to trek in the details of every trekking packages. Please go through them for more information.
In addition to clothes that are comfortable and well suited to the activities and climate conditions specific to your trip, other useful items are personal toiletries, first aid kit, insect repellent/essential oil, sunblock, sunglasses, hat, water bottle, and water purification tablets. Please remember to bring a robust sleeping bag, and a strong trekking stick.
Pack your trekking gear in a robust bag which your porter guide will carry while leading and lead your trek. Please be sure it weighs below 20 kg. You will have to carry your most valuable things in your own personal bag.
Pack clothes made from lightweight and moisture wicking fabrics that you can layer for all weather conditions, and outerwear that's breathable and fully water and windproof.
The pace depends on your chosen intinerary. Our trekking intineraries are designed for all ages and fitness levels, and are customisable to suit your needs. We are adaptable to ensure your safety and success on route.However, you will have to enjoy walking slowly, carefully following your porter guide, observing the natural beauty around you taking pictures and receiving warm welcomes form the local people.
Yes, our porter guides speak English. But their English is tolerable.
Yes, our guides and porters, who have lived and worked in the area for years, have intimate knowledge of the area, the people and cultures, as well as animal and plant life, which they will share with you.
The most common meal served on our treks is Dal Bhat, the quintessential Nepali dish made from rice and lentils. Occasionally meat, like chicken, goat or yak is available. But the variety of dishes is limited and mostly vegetarian. Unlike traditional trekking outfits that camp with a full support kitchen crew, we advocate for local tea houses and village home-stays, and for our guests to experience the local food and culture.
Most village home-stays serve boiled water that's generally safe to drink.You should also bring your own means of water purification; either tablets or a portable water purifier.
Absolutely, you can bring high energy snack food such as candy, energy bars, gels, dried fruit and nuts, etc. But food provided on trek will be more than adequate, and snacks can be purchased in Khandbari before the start of your journey.
Travel Insurance is required to participate on all MAST treks. Our porter guides are insured through our company.
Our porter guides are trained in basic first aid and can render immediate aid if needed. You are required to provide your own medical evacuation insurance.
The local government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you're arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. Please check with your doctor about travel vaccinations you may need.
Treks that reach 4,000m and above can expect temperatures between 0ºC to -18ºC. Lower altitude treks are much warmer. Expect chilly evenings during the months of November through February. You can visit the Government of Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division for updates.
The highest altitude reached is 5,000m on the Makalu Base Camp Trek (MBC). For other treks, the highest point is at 3,500m.
Our trekking itineraries are designed for a graded ascent and proper acclimatisation. You are advised to drink up to 3 litres of water per day as a preparation for high altitude travel, and at least 1 litre per day on trek. Please consult with your doctor if you have ongoing medical conditions.
You will stay in village homes at lower altitudes and in small basic hotels or huts at higher altitudes. Both village-style home-stays and hotels going up to MBC are owned and operated by local people, who have agreed to partner with us in our community-engaged program, which provides them with training and support in accommodation services for trekkers.
You can travel alone as a woman in Nepal. Nepal is one of the safest countries in the world. But it is prudent to take the necessary precautions you would anywhere in the world.
Yes, trekking gear like trekking sticksand sleeping bags can be purchased in Kathmandu.But they are more expensive to buy here in Khandbari than in Kathmandu. We recommend you buy your trekkig gear in Kathmandu.
Nepal Tourism Board
Tourist Service Center
Bhrikuti Mandap Park, Exhibition Rd, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Sunday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tel: +977 985-1077385
Fax: +977 1-256910