Food and Accommodation on Manaslu Circuit Trek

Food and Accommodation on Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a great way to witness the Himalayas and experience Nepal’s culture. You can see everything from the challenging trails and beautiful views to remote villages and ancient monasteries.

Having led treks here for years, I’ve seen firsthand how important food and accommodation are to the overall experience. They can make or break your trek, so you need to pay attention to them.

On this tough trek, you must eat nourishing meals to keep your energy up. Carbohydrates like rice and pasta are excellent fuel for the journey. Staying hydrated is crucial, too, especially at high altitudes.

Moreover, when the sun sets and temperatures drop, a cozy place to rest is essential. A good night’s sleep prepares you for the next day’s adventures. So, it would be best if you chose clean and comfy accommodations.

Sadly, some trekkers overlook the significance of food and accommodation and end up tired, sick, and unable to enjoy the beauty around them.

That’s why I always make sure to share my knowledge of food and accommodation with my trekkers.

Let’s dive in and explore the types of accommodation and variety of food and drink options that await you on the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Explore our comprehensive guide on Manaslu Trekking to learn about the factors that affect the trek, such as challenges, trip highlights, average costs and tips to conquer the obstacles.

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Types of Accommodation Available

There are two main types of accommodation available on this trek: Teahouses and Lodges.


Teahouses are the most common type of accommodation along the trail, and they are usually located in villages or along the main trekking trails. 

These tea houses range from simple ones with basic amenities to more upscale options equipped with facilities like hot showers and Wi-Fi.


Lodges are larger and more comfortable than teahouses, but they also tend to be more expensive. Lodges often have private bathrooms, hot showers, and Western food options. 

They are typically located in larger villages or towns, and they may offer additional amenities such as laundry service and internet access. 

In addition to teahouses and lodges, there are a few other types of accommodation available on the Manaslu Circuit. These include camping, homestays, and high-altitude huts.

  • Camping 
  • Homestays 

Here are some of the frequently asked questions related to accommodation that might be helpful for you.

a. How are the Rooms? 

The rooms in the tea houses are designed with a focus on practicality and comfort rather than luxury. Here’s what you can expect in most of the teahouses:

  • Twin Beds: Rooms usually have two single beds with clean sheets and blankets, perfect for trekkers. If you need more comfort, bring a portable pillow. Nights can be cold at high altitudes, so consider packing a sleeping bag for extra warmth.
  • Basic Furnishings: The rooms are simply furnished, considering a trekker’s fundamental needs. You may spot a small table or some hooks for hanging your gear. 
  • Communal Living: In certain teahouses, particularly as you climb to higher altitudes, you may find yourself sharing rooms with other hikers. You may take this opportunity to connect with fellow adventurers and exchange stories.
  • Insulation and Heating: The teahouse rooms usually don’t have insulation, and there’s no heating system for individual rooms. But, most teahouses do have a shared space with a stove or heater. This is where trekkers can come together to stay warm and enjoy each other’s company. 
  • Electricity and Charging Facilities: Certain tea houses provide power supplies and charging options for your gadgets. However, this might require an extra fee. So, it’s wise to bring along a power bank to keep your devices charged throughout your journey. 

b. What about the Toilets? 

The toilet arrangements in the teahouses can vary, with some offering western-style flush toilets and others providing more basic squat toilets.

  • Lower Altitudes: In the lower sections of the trek, you’ll likely find western-style flush toilets in the teahouses. 
  • Higher Altitudes: As you ascend, squat toilets are more prevalent. These may be challenging for unfamiliar people, but they’re pretty usable with a bit of practice.
  • Shared Facilities: The toilet facilities in the teahouses are often communal. There might be times when you have to wait your turn, especially during busy times like early mornings or evenings. 
  • Hygiene and Supplies: Not all toilets will have toilet paper and handwashing facilities. It’s a good idea to bring your own toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and a small towel to maintain your personal hygiene during the trek.
  • Waste Disposal: Some locations along the trek might have eco-friendly composting toilets. These facilities help reduce the environmental impact of waste disposal in the region. Following any guidelines posted in these facilities is essential to ensure their proper use.

c. What Other Facilities are Available? 

In addition to the basic amenities, teahouses offer a few other facilities to make your stay more comfortable. These include the facilities listed below: 

  • Shared Dining Area: Teahouses typically have a communal dining area where meals are served. This is also a place where trekkers can socialize and share their experiences.
  • Wi-Fi: Some teahouses might offer Wi-Fi access, although it’s usually limited and might come with an extra charge.
  • Hot Showers: A hot shower can be a real luxury after a long day of trekking. Some teahouses offer this facility, often for an additional fee.
  • Laundry Facilities: Laundry services are generally not available in the teahouses. It’s a good idea to bring quick-drying clothes to wash and dry yourself.
  • Shops and Stalls: Along the trek, you might come across small shops or stalls selling snacks, bottled water, and other essentials. However, it’s a good idea to carry some supplies with you as the availability of items decreases as you trek higher.
  • Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are limited along the trekking trail. There might be some health posts or pharmacies in larger villages. It’s crucial to carry a well-stocked first-aid kit and any necessary medications with you.
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Food Facilities Along the Manaslu Circuit Trek 

At low altitudes, such as Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, there are wonderful restaurants. And during peak seasons, they even hire professional chefs. These restaurants cater to the normal cuisines, like Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian, and Continental cuisines

At high altitudes, such as Lho Gaun, Samagaon, Samdo, and Dharmashala, there are no excellent restaurants, but locals serve great local dishes. Local household women have adequate necessary skills in preparing typical Nepalese dishes according to their culture. 

While trekking on the Manaslu Circuit, you’ll usually have three main meals daily – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Having some snacks on hand for quick energy boosts during your trek is also wise.


The breakfast menu at tea houses usually includes items like, 

  • Porridge
  • Eggs 
  • Tibetan bread
  • Oats 
  • Chapati
  • Pancakes
  • Cornflakes
  • Muesli
  • granola with milk
  • Toasts
  • Hot drinks like tea

Note: The number of items in the set menu decreases with an increase in altitude.


The lunch menu at tea houses usually includes items like, 

  • Chow mein
  • Spaghetti
  • Pasta
  • Sandwich
  • Momo (dumplings)
  • Vegetables and salad
  • Dal Bhat 
  • Potatoes items like fried potatoes, Finger Chip
  • Snacks items like prawn crackers and papad
  • Sherpa Stews.


The dinner menu at tea houses usually includes items like, 

  • Dal bhat
  • Thukpa
  • Fried rice
  • Chow mein
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Momos
  • Soup
  • Salad
  • Meat or fish curry

Moving on, here are some of the frequently asked questions related to foods that might be helpful for you.

a. What to eat? 

Teahouses serve a variety of dishes, combining local Nepalese and international cuisines. The traditional Nepali meal, Dal Bhat, is a common choice for many trekkers. 

During your trek make sure to eat plenty of carbohydrates, such as rice and pasta. These foods will give you the energy you need to keep going.

b. Can You Get Meat on the Trek? 

Yes, you can find meat dishes, especially in the regions at lower altitudes. These areas have easier access to supplies and better storage facilities, making serving meat possible.

However, as you continue your trek and reach higher altitudes, you’ll notice that meat items become less and less available. 

c. How Fresh is the Food on the Trek? 

The food that you’ll be served during your trek is typically prepared right on the spot in the teahouses and lodges. This means that you’ll be getting meals that are cooked fresh.

Nonetheless, it’s important to note that the freshness of the ingredients used in these meals can vary. This is because the altitude and location of the teahouses can affect the availability and freshness of certain ingredients. 

Despite these challenges, the teahouse owners do their best to serve meals made from the freshest ingredients possible.

d. Water Sources on the Manaslu Circuit Trek 

The availability of safe drinking water along the trail can vary, and you need to be mindful of the potential risks of dehydration and waterborne illnesses.

There are 4 main ways to get drinking water on the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

  • Bottled water is available in some places, but it can be expensive and hard to find in remote areas.
  • Boiled water is a safe and affordable option. Teahouses and lodges usually offer boiled water for a small fee.
  • Water purification tablets or drops can be used to make untreated water safe to drink. They are lightweight and convenient, but they may not be effective in all areas.
  • Water filters or filtration systems provide a reliable source of safe drinking water. They are especially useful for those who prefer not to rely on bottled water or boiled water.

Cost of Food and Accommodation along the Manaslu Circuit Trek 

The cost of food and accommodation along the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary depending on several factors, such as the season, altitude, and individual teahouses.

a. Accommodation 

Staying at a teahouse during your trek can cost anywhere from $5 to $30 per night. The price depends on the location and the facilities offered. As you climb higher, the cost may increase due to the remoteness and transportation challenges.

b. Food 

The cost of meals along the trek can range between $3 to $10 per dish. As you climb higher, the prices tend to increase due to the limited availability of resources and the transportation of goods to these remote locations.

Final Say 

The food and accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit Trek are generally of good quality and will provide you with the energy you need to complete your trek. However, it is important to be aware that the food may not be as varied as you are used to, and it is important to be prepared for this.

Here are some tips for choosing food and accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit:

  • Make sure to eat plenty of carbohydrates. These foods will give you the energy you need to keep going.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Dehydration is a major problem on high-altitude treks.
  • If you have any dietary restrictions, be sure to let your lodge know so that they can accommodate you.
  • If you are on a budget, teahouses are a good option. They offer basic lodging and meals, and they are usually located in villages or along the main trekking trails.
  • If you are looking for a more comfortable and luxurious option, then a lodge is a good choice. They often have private bathrooms, hot showers, and Western-style food options. 

They are typically located in larger villages or towns, and they may offer additional amenities such as laundry service and internet access.

With a little planning, you can easily find great food and accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit. This will help you have a safe and enjoyable trek, and you’ll be well-rested and energized to explore the stunning scenery.

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Basu Panday

Basu Panday started his journey in tourism and hospitality as a support staff 17 years ago. He has travelled all the Himalayan region as trekking staff and trekking guide, and have climbed 6000+ meters several trekking peaks in the Himalaya. He often leads trips in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. He had travelled to many other countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Romania, Lithuania, Greece, Denmark Spain, Australia and the USA for promotion of Nepal’s tourism.  After working as support staff, then tour and trek guide, he eventually fulfilled his desire to start his own company, Nepal Social Treks and Expedition, in 2006. Basu is friendly and he is the one who answers most of your trip questions. So if you have any inquiry about our trip, don't be shy. Write to us.
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