Avoid the Manaslu road building, hike the east side
This from Sonam Lama of the Tsum Valley Homestay project. He and his team wanted to check out the alternatives to the traditional route of the Manaslu Trek, via Sotikhola, Machhakhola, Tatopani etc. If you didn’t already know, a road is being built there and as far as Machhankhola (Nov 2018) you’re going to have a dusty hike in parts.
So Sonam and team took the east side of the valley, and you can follow this route on the zoomable Manaslu map. Sonam wrote the below, and in summary it is a good alternative for small groups.
“Our assessment of the alternative trail via Manbu – Yartsa – Kasigaun –