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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

More Manaslu pre-trek reading: Where Rivers Meet by Clint Rogers

Those going on a Manaslu Trek will pass through Samdo, and you may indeed have an acclimatisation rest day here.samdo-manaslu-trek-where-rivers-meet-clint-rogers-anthropology

Depending on the time of year that you trek, you might find people busy with a range of different activities, or indeed, in winter there maybe next to nobody there. How do these people make a living? Where did they come from? How do they get on with their neighbours in Sama? No doubt you’ll have more questions.

Clint Rogers spent a year living with the community there, primarily researching contemporary Himalayan caravan trade, and while his work focused on that, his book will give you a clear idea about life in Samdo, traditional practises and Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Coupled with Geoff Childs’ book about Samagaon, you’ll have a much better appreciation of life in this mountain area under the shadow of Manaslu (Mount Pungyen – the ornate pile as it translates!)

Kathmandu’s ECS Magazine reviewed the book and described it thus:

Where Rivers Meet is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in northern Nepal, Tibet, Tibetan refugees, border communities, Himalayan anthropology, trans-Himalayan trade, mountain village life, or adventure travels.

You can easily find this book in Kathmandu bookshops (it is published by Mandala Bookpoint) or via the ubiquitous Amazon.

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