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Proper accommodation and good food are vital aspects of a successful Manaslu trek. The high-altitude terrains, such as Tsum Valley and the Manaslu Circuit, necessitate a diet rich in proteins, minerals, and carbs to sustain your strength.
You need a satisfying supper that replenishes your energy levels until evening for trekking in Nepal, you won’t find plenty of shops and teahouses for food midway during the trek, especially in the Manaslu region.
Manaslu Circuit Trekking used to be a camping trek a few years back, but around the year 2012 tea houses were introduced along the trekking route and now fortunately, the Manaslu trek offers a diverse array of food and accommodations options.
This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the food and accommodation options available on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek, ensuring a fulfilling and nourishing trekking experience.
Dal Bhat and Momo's
Manaslu Circuit Trek demands 5-6 hours of walking every day and for that, you need food that provides enough energy and nutrients required for your body. Although you may not find every food you desire, you can definitely find a wide variety of food items in the teahouse of Manaslu. The tea houses in the Manslu are upgrading in terms of quality day by day as the number of visitors trekking the Manslu Circuit and Tsum Valley is increasing every year.
The cost of the food in the tea houses tends to be cheaper in the lower part of the trail and increases as you go to the Upper sections. You can find both Veg and non-veg food options during the trek however, the food options may be limited on the upper section of the trail.
You can find both vegan and non-vegan food options in the Manaslu tea houses. however, we don’t suggest you eat non-vegan dishes on the trek because consuming meat at higher altitudes may cause digestion problems and strain your metabolism. Being ill in between the trek can make things worse.
Just to provide you with an idea, an average of 30$ per day is required for food and accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit for an individual. This includes three meals a day (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Here are some of the food options you can find on the Tea House menu during the Manslu Trek.
Breakfast in the Manaslu circuit usually starts in the early morning as trekkers start their hike as early as possible. having a warm and hearty breakfast and seeing the sunrise and the mountains provides an unexplainable ultimate experience. Normally breakfast starts from 6 am to 8 am.
Dal Bhat during the Manaslu Trek
Lunch and Dinner on the Manaslu Trek include rice, noodles, momos, vegetables, pizzas, etc. These are the main foods that you’ll be eating during the trek. Ensure it is healthy, nutritional, and enough to power you throughout the day.
We recommend Dal Bhat for Lunch and dinner as it is high energy-yielding and makes your belly full. Some of the popular items you can find on the menu are:
Momo is one of the popular foods in Nepal, commonly known as dumplings this delicious food is liked by everybody and You should definitely try these when you visit Nepal.
Types of Momos available on the Manaslu Trek are
Potato items are most common on the route and you can find a wide variety of potato-related dishes
Some of the popular potato items in the Manaslu Circuit trekking are:
Pizza on the Manaslu Teahouse
Hydration is the key to any successful trek, and this holds especially true in the high-altitude terrain of the Manaslu region. We suggest you to drink at least 4 liters of water a day. You can carry a water bottle with you and refill it on the way. Make sure the water is clean and drinkable.
Tea and coffee have been cherished companions for trekkers in the Himalayas for generations. Not only do they provide warmth in the chilly mountain air, but they also offer a comforting ritual at the end of a long day of trekking.
Drinking tea and coffee keeps your body energized and provides the necessary caffeine during the hike.
Since you are at a high altitude you can expect the price of tea and coffee to be around Rs. 200 - 400 per cup.
The Manaslu region boasts a variety of locally brewed alcoholic beverages and fruit juices, each with its own distinct flavor and cultural significance. While it's tempting to partake in these offerings, it's essential to do so in moderation, especially at high altitudes.
You’ll find a lot of items on the menu of Tea houses on the Manaslu trek. The best option we recommend for you during the Manaslu Trek is apple porridge, toast, and omelet or pancake with honey for breakfast and Dal Bhat, momos, pasta, or spaghetti for Lunch and Dinner.
Make sure you carry some snacks like energy bars, chocolates, and biscuits during the trek.
Also don’t forget some fruit, rice pudding or an apple pie as a dessert.
We have a sample of the food menu found on the Manaslu Trek so that you can have an idea about the foods available on the route and their pricing.
For accommodation on the Manaslu Trekking, you can find teahouses and lodges on the trek route. Teahouses provide you with a common type of accommodation and are widely found along the trail whereas lodges are a little bit rare in the Manaslu and comparatively more expensive than tea houses.
Manaslu being a less crowded trekking destination, you won’t have a hard time finding a place to stay during the trek.
Rooms in the tea houses
For some adventure enthusiasts, people who want to have a proper camping experience you can even complete the Manaslu trek by camping. Camping can be a little tougher than tea house trekking, so you need some porters to carry the necessary equipment.
It hasn’t been much since the tea houses were established in the Manaslu Region. so please don’t expect it to be as good and luxurious as the teahouse on the EBC Trek or the Annapurna Trekking. Manaslu Trek used to be a camping trek a few years back where you needed to carry the tents and a cook along with you.
A normal tea house in Manaslu offers you a twin shared room with a simple bathroom. You can expect two separate beds adequate for one person along with a mattress, pillow, and blanket.
You don’t get an AC or a Heater in the rooms so make sure you have a good sleeping bag. You can also get some additional blankets from the tea house if you want.
Bed on the Manaslu tea houses
In order to make things easier for you we have picked some of the best accommodation (teahouses and lodges) in the Manaslu trek route:
We used to start the Manaslu Circuit trekking from Soti Khola before as the bus couldn’t go further but now the extended routes in Manaslu allow you to reach directly up to Machha Khola. However, if you wish to spend the night in Soti Khola here are some of the best options available.
The quality of accommodation and food is proper and provides basic services.
Since most of the people are starting the trek directly from Machha Khola you can expect good quality accommodation and meals here, you even get additional services like WIFI, hot showers etc. with some additional charge.
Although most people prefer to catch a bus to Kathmandu or Pokhara from Dharapani you still have an option to stay here
You can find twin-sharing rooms with proper blankets, pillows, and mattresses in the accommodation of Manaslu teahouses however they don't provide sleeping bags and you need to carry them by yourselves.
You can request extra blankets in the tea houses in case of extremely cold temperatures, especially at a higher elevation but in the peak trekking seasons it's hard to get the extra blankets and we highly recommend you carry sleeping bags that are rated minus degrees.
Yes, it's always a good thing to pre-book your accommodations on the mountains, especially during the trekking seasons. booking your accommodations beforehand not only secures your spot in the teahouse but also provides you with a sense of ease.
Although you find fewer tourists on the Manaslu trek route the options are limited on the higher elevations and not finding a proper place to stay after a full day of walk can be really a hassle experience.
In order to avoid such cases we at Hiking bees pre-book the accommodations of our guests during the Manaslu trek.
In a nutshell, you can find proper food and accommodation on the Manaslu Trekking. However, don’t expect to be luxurious like the Everest and Annapurna region. You get a variety of food options to eat and a proper place to sleep and rest which is enough for an individual to complete the trek. Make sure you are properly hydrated and warm enough during the night.
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