With a basic teahouse, Manaslu Circuit Trek recently upgraded itself from a camping trek to a teahouse trek. Unlike camping, you won’t have professional cook to cook your desirable meal but will have to rely on the food that is available in the teahouses. The tea house in Manaslu is basic standard. Most of the teahouses hire professional cooks for the peak season but they might be on leave during the off season.
The teahouse has a menu with a wide variety of food. However, you can’t compare it to other mainstream treks like Annapurna and Everest. The price of food is cheaper in the lower section of the trail and will get more expensive as you go higher. The availability of food on the menu can be limited when you go higher, because there is no cold storage facility for meat and fresh vegetables. So, it is recommended to avoid meat at the upper section of the trail.
Different people have different appetites and tastes. Some are happy with a single meal, while others prefer to start with a drink and appetizers and then finish with a delicious dessert. On average, USD 18 per person per day is good for basic meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For the foodies, the menu below will give you an idea about how much you need for the trek.
In March 2016, I did a thirteen day trek around the Manaslu Circuit. I took a photo of the food menus in different places. I later converted the information into PDF files, which you can find below.
- Manaslu Trek Soti Khola Food
- Manaslu Trek Jagat Food
- Manaslu Trek Namrung Food
- Manaslu Trek Sama Gaun Food
- Manaslu Trek Samdo Food
- Manaslu Trek Bimthang Food
- Manaslu Trek Surki Khola Food Menu
- Manaslu Trek Dharapani Food
The places I covered were Soti Khola, Jagat, Namrung, Sama Gaun, Samdo, Bimthang, Surki Khola and Dharapani. Soti Khola is the starting point and Dharapani is the ending point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Prices are in Nepali rupees. By next few year, prices will hike by a certain percentage, somewhere between ten and fifteen percent. I believe this will help you to plan your budget.
Namaste & enjoy your Manaslu Trek!