Our Porter Guides
MAST employs a robust well experiened local porter guides to facilitate the trek for our guests.
Our porters are experts on the route, with extensive knowledge on geography and local flora and fauna, and remain sensitive to local cultures, customs and the natural environment. They have knowledge about the best tea houses for accommodation and food
We believe a porter guide should have a good character. He should not drink and get drunk. He should take care of our guests and their goods very well. He helps to make your trekking experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.
Our porter guides are fully insured for Rs. 500000.They carry mobile phone so that they can contact us in case of emergency.
In our social trekking program our guest have to pay for food along the trekking route (simple diet like Daal Bat, no meat).
Food and Accommodation
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 is the only meal served in tea houses and home-stays along the route.
Occasionally meat, like buffalo, chicken or goat is available. Meals are prepared with locally-sourced produce and common ingredients include local spices, herbs, and chilies.
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 – 8). Tea houses and home-stays have good hygiene standards and the food is cooked properly. Boiled drinking water is served on our treks.
Internship and Research
Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) is a non-profit, socially responsible, trekking organization working around the Makalu and Arun valley region of eastern Nepal. We can provide unique opportunities for internships and practical work experience in the areas of education, cultural research, plants and animals, environment, global warming, social services and other subjects.
If you are a student seeking academic credit, or simply want to add experience and knowledge in your specified field through an international internship, we can provide you with a meaningful opportunity.You will be accommodated with a Nepali host family and given a placement according to your chosen area of interest. The match will take into account your skills and experience, the needs of the community, the duration of your program and your specific learning objectives. Interns are free to choose the date and duration of their internships and MAST local guides and porters will be there to help.