Camping was the only option to do the Manaslu trek just a few years back. But as the region got popular and saw a good number of trekkers many tea houses were opened along the trekking routes to accommodate the trekkers. Today, the Manaslu trek is widely known as a tea house trek. At the same time, camping is also available.
Tea houses/Guest Houses/Trekking Lodges
Tea houses provide basic but comfortable rooms with a variety of bedding arrangements. Most rooms have twin beds with blankets. The room is not heat-insulated. However, communal dining areas where trekkers can relax, socialize, and enjoy meals are typically heated with stoves to combat the cold mountain temperatures.
Glacier view on Manaslu Trekking!
Washrooms are usually shared, and additional services like charging, WiFi, hot showers, etc, usually cost extra money. While tea houses offer shared rooms with multiple beds, some tea houses have single rooms. It is available at a higher cost.
Camping is another option for accommodation during the Manaslu trek, but it is quite expensive to do a Camping Trek than a Tea house Trek. If you wish to do camping Manaslu trek, you can get in touch with us. We, Outfitter Himalaya, offer full support during the Manaslu camping trek. Our team will take care of all the tents, supplies, and equipment.
Teahouse Accommodation in the Major Night-Stop Villages along the Manaslu Circuit Trail
There are few tea houses in the Soti Khola that offer basic rooms and meals along with charging, WiFi, hot showers, and phone and some of them are:
- Fulbari Guest House
- Green Valley Guest House
- ABC Guest House
- Tsum Valley Guest House
- Satkar Guest House
In Machha Khola, there are few tea houses. Services include basic rooms, meals, WiFi, charging, and hot showers and some of them are:
- Everest Guest House
- Hilltop Guest House
- Tsum Valley Guest House
- Larkey Guest House
There are few tea houses in Jagat. Services include WiFi, satellite phones, hot showers, charging, etc. This village also has a check post where you will register your permits. Some of the Tea houses in Jagat are:
- Jagat Guest House
- Rubii Nala Guest House
- Himalayan Tourist Guest House
- Manaslu Santi Guest House
From Deng, the restricted region begins. You will register your permits here as well. There are few tea houses in Deng that offer accommodation and meal services to the trekkers. Additional services include WiFi and charging. A hot shower is not available here. Some of the tea houses in Deng are:
- Sangrila Cottage
- Windy Valley Guest House
- New Manaslu Guest House.
You will get a hot shower, charging, and WiFi services in Namrung. There are few tea houses here and some of them are:
- Namrung Guest House
- Namrung Thakali Guest House
- Nubri Four Season Resort
In Lho village, there are few tea houses. You will get WiFi, charging, satellite phone, and hot shower facilities here and some of the Tea houses in Lho Village are:
- Majestic Manaslu
- Lama Guest House
- Tashi Dalek Guest House
- Namaste Guest House
Samagaon is a small village with few tea houses. All of them provide hot showers, WiFi, charging, and satellite phone service and some of them are:
- Gurung Cottage Guest House
- Mount Manaslu Guest House
- Peace Haven Guest House
- Norling Guest House
- Tashi Dalek Guest House
- Sama Gaun Guest House
- Nobri Valley Guest House
In Samdo, there are also few tea houses. The additional services are limited here. You will get WiFi and charging opportunities here. Some of the Tea houses in Samdo are:
- Tibetan Twin Hotel
- Yak Hotel
- Jambala Guest House
Dharamsala (Larke Phedi)
This is the last settlement before you cross Larkya La pass. There are only two tea houses here. You will only get charging facilities here.
- Jambala Guest House
- Larkey Guest House
After crossing the Larkya La pass, you will spend the night in Bimthang. Here, you will get a hot shower, charging, WiFi, etc services. There are five tea houses in the village. Some of the Tea houses in Bimtang are:
- Mountain Ponker Cottage
- Ganga Manaslu
- Himalayan Guest House
- Apple Garden
- Sushma Guest House
Dharapni is the last stop on your Manaslu circuit trek. You will get most of the services here with a decent WiFi network, charging, hot shower, private washroom, etc.
Tsum valley trail
There are a limited number of tea houses along the Tsum Valley trail. Most of them offer very simple accommodation with meals. Additional services are very limited. You will only get charging and hot showers in some of the villages.
Facilities in the Tea Houses along the Manaslu Trail
*Note: The availability and quality of facilities can change as you ascend higher into the mountains. Popular tea house stops tend to offer better amenities, while those in remote areas may have more basic facilities. You have to be flexible and adapt to your surroundings.
WiFi availability varies along the Manaslu trail. In some tea houses, you may find limited and often slow WiFi connections, which may come with an additional cost. However, at higher altitudes and more remote areas, the availability of WiFi may be limited or nonexistent. Getting Nepali tourist sim to use data is a better option than WiFi but still not reliable.
Many tea houses offer hot showers for an additional fee. The cost of hot showers may vary from place to place. Inquire about the availability and cost of hot showers upon arrival at each tea house.
Tea houses typically offer shared rooms with multiple beds, which can vary in size. Single rooms are available in some tea houses but are often limited and may be at a higher cost compared to shared accommodations.
Tea houses along the Manaslu trail provide charging facilities for electronic devices. These are often available in common areas. Be prepared for a small fee for charging services. Ensure you bring appropriate plug adapters and chargers for your devices. Likewise, also carry spare batteries or a power bank for backup.
Tea houses generally have shared washroom facilities, which can range from basic squat toilets to western flush toilets. The quality and cleanliness of washrooms may vary. We suggest you bring your own toilet paper, as it's not always provided.
Laundry facilities are available in some tea houses. However, the availability of these services can be limited, and it may take time for your clothes to dry in the mountain environment. Carry enough clothes to last you throughout the trek.
Tea houses may offer basic toiletries like soap and towels, but it's not guaranteed. Bring your own toiletries, including soap, shampoo, and a towel.
Main Meal Options on the Manaslu trek
The food menu is decent along the Manaslu trek route. It ranges from typical dal bhat to a variety of curries, chilies, parathas, thukpa, momo, noodles, pasta, etc. In some villages, you may also get pizza, burgers, and sandwiches.
Breakfast is served between 7 to 9 AM. You will have lunch on the way and dinner/breakfast in the same tea house where you will spend the night. The menu is similar in all villages. At the higher altitude, there will be a few fewer options.
In non-veg, you may get chicken, mutton, and yak meat. Make sure to confirm how old the meat is before having meat dishes. It is better to stick to veg dishes at the time of trekking as they are the freshest option.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner expenses are covered in the Manaslu trek package cost, so you don't have to for them. However, you can carry extra money to buy additional snacks and drinks.
In villages such as Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, and Namrung, there are wonderful resturants. In the peak trekking seasons, there are also professional chefs who cook a variety of cuisines, including Nepali, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Continental.
Likewise, in Lho, Samagaon, Samdo, and Dharmasala, you will mainly get local dishes prepared by the ladies of the homes. Better carry your favorite snacks for the trek as they are quite expensive along the trail.
Sample Trekking Menu
Availability of Vegetarian and Special Dietary Requirements
You will have no issue getting vegetarian food during Manaslu trekking. Vegetarian food options are widely available. Dal bhat is the most famous veg dish that also comes in non-veg options. It consists of rice, lentil soup, veggies, pickles, etc. Additionally, you can find dishes like vegetable momos, noodles with vegetables, and fried rice.
While vegan options may be more limited than vegetarian choices, you can still find vegan-friendly dishes in tea houses. Some tea houses offer vegetable curries made with coconut milk or other plant-based alternatives.
Himalayan view on Manaslu trekking!
For trekkers with specific dietary needs or preferences, bring your own snack and energy food. Nuts, dried fruits, energy bars, and similar items are lightweight and can provide a quick energy boost during your trek. If you have any other specific dietary requirements, inform us ahead. We will see what we can provide.
Drinking Water and Beverages
Hydration is a crucial part of trekking in the Himalayas. It helps you avoid altitude sickness and acclimatize to the altitude. First of all, tap water along the Manaslu trek is generally not safe to drink. So, you have to purify the water before consuming it.
Most of the tea houses offer boiled drinking water either free or at a small cost. You can refill your water bottle. Likewise, for extra safety, use a water purification tablet.
You can purchase bottled water at various points along the trek, but it's more expensive and not as environmentally friendly. However, it can be a reliable source of clean water if you're unable to purify your own.
Beverage options like tea and coffee are widely available. These hot beverages are comforting and can help you stay warm in the cold mountain weather. Likewise, many trekkers enjoy hot lemon and ginger drinks. It's not only refreshing but can also aid in digestion and relieve altitude-related symptoms.
Some tea houses offer soft drinks, but they can be expensive due to the transportation costs to remote areas. Local wine and alcohol are available along the trail, too, but better not consume them.
Hygiene and Food Safety
The tea houses have very safe spaces where the hosts prepare and cook meals for the trekkers. Most of the veggies, fruits, and other ingredients are locally sourced from nearby areas. They are organic and clean. On top of that, our guide will also make sure you are having hygienic food. He will pick the Tea Houses along the trail, given his many years of experience.
Below are some tips you can follow for hygiene and food safety on the Manaslu trek:
- Wash your hands with soap and clean water before eating and after using the restroom. Carry hand sanitizer for situations where water and soap are not available.
- Refill your water bottles at filtered water stations in tea houses whenever possible.
- Request well-cooked and hot meals. Avoid raw or undercooked foods, including salads.
- Carry your own personal hygiene items, including soap, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.
- Communicate any food allergies or dietary restrictions to the guide (or tea house staff) to ensure your meals are prepared accordingly.
- Pay attention to the cleanliness of utensils and dishes. If you have concerns, you can rinse them with purified water before use.
Meal Costs and Budgeting
The Manaslu trek packages include breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the tea houses along the route. These meals are provided as part of the overall trekking cost. While the main meals are covered, you may still want to purchase additional snacks, hot drinks, and bottled water.
You can budget approximately USD 15 per day for these additional food and beverage expenses. For example, a plate of momos or a bowl of noodle soup might cost around USD 4-6. Hot drinks like tea or coffee can range from USD 2 to 4 per cup.
Cash is the most widely accepted form of payment. Make sure to carry enough Nepali Rupees with you, as there is no access to ATMs along the trekking routes in the Manaslu region.
What to Bring in Terms of Snacks?
Below is a list of snacks you should consider packing for your trek:
- Energy bars
- Dried fruits (apricots, figs, and raisins)
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, and cashews)
- Trail mix (combination of nuts, dried fruits, and sometimes chocolate or seed)
- Granola bars
- Dark chocolate
- Peanut butter
- Instant soup packets
- Jerky (chicken or plant-based)
- Reusable snack containers
- Ziplock bags
- Health and Nutrition Tips
Health and nutrition tips
- Ascend gradually to allow your body to acclimatize to higher altitudes.
- Stay well-hydrated. At high altitudes, you may not feel as thirsty, but it's essential to drink plenty of water to prevent altitude-related illnesses and maintain energy.
- Consume a balanced diet with a mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats.
- Pack energy-dense snacks like nuts, dried fruits, and granola bars to keep your energy levels up between meals.
- Trekking requires less food intake compared to regular life. Be mindful of portion sizes to avoid overeating.
- Use sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin and eyes from the strong mountain sun.
- Listen to your body and allow time for rest and recovery.