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9779842084078 [email protected] Company Regd No. 286/067/068

FAQ

Question 01.What does Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) offer to their guests?

MAST offers a lightweight tea house social trekking experience around the Makalu Arun Valley Region and other parts of Nepal. Unlike other commercial trekking companies currently operating in the region, we do not carry complete camping materials like tents, kitchen utensils gas stoves,s, and crew. Rather, we employ a local porter guide for carrying our guests’ luggage. Our guests trek at their own pace staying at local tea houses or village homes, enjoying local traditional food and drink, and paying directly to their service providers for their service.

Question 02Is someone going to meet me at the airport?

Although to date we have not opened our company branch in Kathmandu, we have employed a company representative Mr. Mohan Kumar Kafle to serve our guests around Kathmandu valley. If you feel necessary. You can contact him for help. He can come to receive and welcome you at the airport.

But here at Tumlingtar airport, the porter guide employed by our company to lead your trek will come to receive you and welcome you there. After traveling by jeep for about 20 minutes you will arrive at Khandbari.

Question 03Where will the trekkers stay each night?

While trekking our guests are managed to stay at local tea houses or home stays or local lodges. The standard of accommodation and meals at the tea houses along the trekking route of Nepal is medium. Facilities are very basic at many tea houses. Rooms are simple with beds and other basic needs. The mattress may be a little thin. As a result, you may feel cold during the night. So we advise bringing your own robust sleeping bag to use when necessary. Your porter guide will carry it during your trek.

Most tea houses have a communal bathroom downstairs that’s shared between family members. So you need a flashlight or torch to go to the bathroom during the night.

Question 04Is the food / water safe to eat / drink?

We cannot say that the drinking water available along the trek route is safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is not available to buy throughout the trekking route. So we suggest you get your tea house owner to boil it very well and to fill your water bottle. Or you can use a good water filter. Or you can use water purification tablets. You will have to drink enough water to save yourself from altitude sickness. Nepali food like Daal Bhat which is fresh, hot, and well-cooked is delicious and safe to eat. You can digest it easily

Questions 05What is a porter guide service like?

We employ a well-experienced strong local porter guide from the local community. He can communicate with you in English and so can explain to you about the local geography, plants and animals, local people’s culture and their tradition.

He manages a tea and a good teahouse for your overnight stay food and accommodation. He can carry your 15-18 Kg luggage and lead your trek. But since his food and accommodation cost has been included in his daily salary he will pay for those services himself.

Question 06What is the best time to go trekking?

The time to enjoy trekking depends on the trekking route. We have mentioned the best time to trek in every trekking package. For more information please go through the trek package
Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the most challenging treks to complete in Nepal the best months for the MBC trek are September, October, November, then mid-March to May.

question 07What is the difficultly rating of the trek(s)?

We have packaged different trek programs. Some are easy and some are difficult to complete. Makalu Base Camp (MBC) trek is rated as hard. The other treks in the area are easy to moderate.

Question 08Can you tell us the maximum altitudes reached for the trek(s)

The maximum altitude of the Makalu Base Camp (MBC) trek maximum altitude is around 5500 meters. Other trek packages are below 3500 meters.

Question 09What temperatures can be expected?

While trekking a trekker can reach around 5500 meters of height from the sea level The potential temperature around this altitude in eastern Nepal is -13ºC. It is very cold during the night. So a robust sleeping bag and clothing warm clothes are extremely for a trekker. However, lower altitude treks will be much warmer, and less robust sleeping bags and clothing should be used. Please also expect chilly evenings during the months of November through February. Please also visit the site http://www.mfd.gov.np/mountaineering for more information about the weather condition in Nepal.

Question 10What is a typical day on the tea house trekking like?

Usually your day on Tea house trek starts around 7:00 am, You get up and wash and clean and order the breakfast like bread, omelette, potato chips, doughnut, boiled egg, tea or coffee depending on your choice. After breakfast, you set off on the day’s walk at around 8.30. After walking for 2-3 hours you will stop lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and you usually arrive at your destination in time. After you arrive at your fixed tea house you will have time to explore the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. Other day activities are the same as before.

Question 11Can we somehow Reserve beds in the lodges on the way o Makalu Base Camp?

Sorry, we cannot reserve any beds in advance up to the base camp because of the lack of communication facilities. Only Sky’s (CDMA) mobile phone, which the porter guide carries with him, can work up to Dobato during the day if it is a sunny day and clear weather. We also cannot tell you that all the lodges up to Base cam will provide you with food and accommodation during this period of time. Some lodges may be full or some may be close because of bad weather.

We depend fully on our porter guides from Seduwa or Tasi Gaun. He knows which is one of the best ones, which lodge is open and which is close. He knows what he has to do in such an adverse situation and leads the trek.

Our guide also can also carry tents and hiking cooking set and can lead this trek. But I am sorry to tell you that such hiking cooking sets can only be found purchased in Kathmandu.

Question 12Will the Nepali guides be able to speak some English?

Yes, our porter guides will have some basic English knowledge and can communicate with you in English.

Question 13What happens if there is an emergency?

We employ a local well experienced strong porter guide from the local community. He can communicate with you in English and so can explain to you about the local geography, plants and animals, local people culture and their tradition. He manages tea houses for your food and accommodation throughout the trek. So you will not have to worry about this thing.

He can carry your 15-18 Kg luggage and lead your trek. But since his food and accommodation cost has been included in his daily salary he will pay for that service himself

Question 14Can trekking gear be purchased in Kathmandu?

Yes, we can purchase but only minimal things. And the quality of the goods is not good but very expensive. So we always suggest our guests bring all the necessary trekking gear from their homes or from Kathmandu.

Question 15We will have breakfasts and dinners at the Tea Houses but what about he lunch? Do we need to bring our own food for this? And how about water?

While enjoying Makalu Base camp Trek you will have your big breakfast at the tea house where you stay and commence your trek of the day. You will continue walking until you get next tea house about at about 3-4 p.m. and say there and have any kinds of food you like to have.

But sometimes there may not be a palace to have lunch and so you may be hungry. You can tell the guide to carry pack lunch for you. Or you can take and have some energy giving chocolates. Your guide will boil water at the tea house and fill your water bottle. But sometimes you will have to use your water filter or water purification pills etc.

Question 16Do we need a sleeping bag even when spending nights in Tea Houses?

Yes, a Sleeping bag is necessary for you since the mattress at some of the tea houses may be thin and so you may feel cold during the night. So we suggest you bring a full sleeping bag for trekking under our company. Your porter guide will carry your sleeping bag and your luggage.

Question 17Is it possible to leave some belongings at your home during the trek?

Yes, all our guests have been doing the same. They leave their necessary goods at our house. And they take their goods after coming back from their trek.

Question 18How much will the treks cost?

In order to calculate the total cost for your trek, we need to know
• the Total number of people in your group.
• a Total number of trekking days with a porter guide.
• The total number of porters you need to carry your luggage.
• Where do you plan to stay? At local home stays? or tea house or a hotel?
• How do you plan to travel? Are you trekking or traveling by reserved jeep or regular jeep

Please contact us for more information.

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