Vegan Dream Destination

Trip Details

About Trip

Vegan Dream Circuit Trek is a trek towards the Manaslu region which is often regarded as the best trek in Nepal. This trek is a remote, physically demanding, culturally enriching and scenically uplifting trek. The circuit takes you from the steamy lowlands with their terraces of rice and millet, through the mighty gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls.

Suspension bridges in this trek are in a league of their own for both length and height, and the yearly monsoon often washes minor bridges away leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks.

So, this trek provides you the combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty, and biological diversity. 

Trip Highlights

  • The jaw-dropping natural beauty of forests, rivers, and flora of the Manaslu region
  • The friendly people and rich culture of the region which includes both Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.
  • Stunning views of Mountains
  • Abundant wildlife

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Soti Khola 700m 8 hrs.
  • Day 03: Soti Khola to Machha Khola 900m 6 hrs.
  • Day 04: Maccha Khola to Jagat 1340 m 8 hrs.
  • Day 05: Jagat to Pewa 1600m 6 hrs.
  • Day 06: Pewa to Namrung 2630m 6.5 hrs.
  • Day 07: Namrung to Lho 2957m 4 hrs.
  • Day 08: Lho to Sama Gaun 3540m 4 hrs
  • Day 09: Sama Gaun sightseeing
  • Day 10: Sama Gaun to Kathmandu 1300m 10 hrs.
  • Day 11: Departure

Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • Any permit fees (in restricted areas)
  • Transportation
  • Guide / Porter salary

Cost Excludes:

  • International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
  • Personal travel insurance (which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including anything you may wish to hire in Kathmandu)
  • Any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver and others.
  • Day 01Arrival in KathmanduVeggie Nepal representative will pick up you in the airport after your arrival and transfer to hotel. In the evening meeting with trekking guide and involve in briefing class of trek.
  • Day 02Kathmandu to Soti Khola 700m 8 hrs.Your tour to Manaslu Circuit begins from Kathmandu. To start, you can take a direct bus at 6 am and 8 am, from Gongabu Bus Park, Kathmandu to Arughat. Or, you can take the bus to Dhading or to Malekhu on the Prithvi Highway and take the local bus or jeep thereafter.
    Although the road will be quite dusty and bumpy, you will catch the best landscape views from your window seat. En route, you can stop at many rest stops for short break and meals. Overnight at one of the teahouse in Soti Khola.
  • Day 03Soti Khola to Machha Khola 900m 6 hrs.The next morning, you will enjoy the warm breakfast at the teahouse at Soti Khola while enjoying the scenic landscape. Then, you will start your trek of the day. Unlike other trekking trails, the road from Soti Khola to Machha Khola is quite rocky and narrow.

    Despite the uneven road, you will have the most amazing walk on the first day of this trek. The stunning countryside views will keep you engaged throughout the trail.

    On walking, you will pass through Sal forests where you can take short rests during the tiring walks. Following the forest trails with many rivers, waterfalls, towering cliffs you will encounter a few Gurung and Ghale inhabitants of the region.

    In the dispersed settlements, you can get to enjoy local food i.e. Dal Bhat with seasonal vegetables and typical pickles.

    Once you reach Nyali Khola, you will notice at a rocky edge of the hill. Standing there, locals and trekkers pray to the local deities, river, and mountains to keep them safe throughout the trail.
    Following the river trail, you will climb several ascends and descends across the winding road. On this day, you will encounter hundreds of mules on the route. So, you must be careful as you see them approaching you. You need to stand on the wall side of the road to prevent from slipping down the hillside.

    With such experiences, you will reach Machha Khola to find many teahouses for a comfortable night stay.
  • Day 04Maccha Khola to Jagat 1340 m 8 hrs.The following day, you will start walking across the twisting road on the bank of Budi Gandaki River. As you enter the forest trail, you will witness many monkeys and langurs.

    After the forest, you will walk to the Gurung villages, like lower Khorlabeshi. In the village, you will notice the shepherds clad in a typical smoke-browned cape called Bokkhu.

    On walking further, you will reach Tatopani ‘hot water’ where you can take warm showers and relax your soaring body. After hot water relaxation, you will cross a new suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki River to reach Doban.

    After a landslip and Yaruphant, you cross a wooden bridge to the left of the Budi Gandaki River and avoid a torturous 3-hour climb up Gurung village trails.

    Following the waves, you will find the river flattening at Yaru from where you cross a long cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, a neatly flagstoned Gurung village. Upon entering the village, you will have to verify your trekking permits at the check post there. From this day, you will be walking in the restricted region.
  • Day 05Jagat to Pewa 1600m 6 hrs.The next day, you will walk to Salleri and descend to Sirdibas. The village welcomes you with several gompas and Buddhist prayer flags. You can also try the local alcohol in many stopovers on the route before you reach Phillim. At Phillim, you will have your permits checked and then you will continue along the western bank of the river.

    The trail is beautiful with unique sculptures over the boulders on the river bank formed due to river water. Leaving the river bank, you proceed through forests of rhododendron, Himalayan pine and the overhanging rocks on the towering peaks. These highlights beautify the trail.

    On proceeding further you cross the Siyar Khola Bridge and reach a junction where the trail separates to Tsum valley on your right.

    Finally, you will reach Pewa, the final destination of the day. There are only two teahouses in the region where they serve basic food and a night of cozy sleep. Pewa has the best Dal Bhat in Nepal with the Shilong Achar is amazing.

    In the evening, you can gather around the fireplace and share your experiences with fellow trekkers and locals before you go to bed.
  • Day 06Pewa to Namrung 2630m 6.5 hrs.After the sun rises up, you will have your breakfast and start the trek of the day. Before you ascend the winding trails, you will walk across the bamboo forest to reach Deng. Moving further, you will cross a suspension bridge to climb to Rana and Bihi Phedi. On the trail, you can see White Faced monkeys visiting villages on the lookout for a free feed.

    The trail then proceeds to Ghap through several landslide zones. At this point, you must be extra careful as you walk. Plus, you must be attentive to your guide’s instruction to maintain physical safety. After the landslide zone, you will follow the trail up to Namrung.

    After about 1hr on the uneven trail, you will climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660m). The place has some of the best teashops, a restaurant, and rest houses on the trek. A local businessman worked for over a decade in Hong Kong then returned to Namrung and built a restaurant and hotel that is modern with Cappuccinos and Wi-Fi.
  • Day 07Namrung to Lho 2957m 4 hrs.Witnessing the lifestyles of Nubri people, you will start the day. Exploring their Tibet-influenced typical lifestyle you will walk past several walls, lush terraces and houses through Banjam to enter the fir, rhododendron and oak forest before climbing to Lihi then to Sho.

    As you start walking, you will see most of the locals clad in traditional Tibetan dress. As you start further, you will notice some fine paintings in the Kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. Walking across the rocky hillside routes, you will finally reach Lho.

    Form the place, you can catch the stunning views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m). On this day, you will gain a quite high altitude, so you must walk slowly and check your body signs.
  • Day 08Lho to Sama Gaun 3540m 4 hrsThe next morning, you will start with a short trek because of the altitude reasons. On walking, the picturesque view of Mt. Manaslu accompanies you. You will walk across the easy trail to Shyapla on passing through pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. From Shyapla, you will walk for almost an hour to reach Sama Gaun.

    Once you enter the village, mountain views fade, however, the yak pastures and typical settlements will attract you.

    Sama Gaun is the principal village of the Nubri people which holds a large gompa, many shops, a health post, heliport and telephone/wifi access, etc.
  • Day 09Sama Gaun sightseeingOn this day, you will explore the Samagaun Village. This village is regarded as the vegetarian village also. You can walk through the narrow lanes of the village and communicate with local villagers. Most of the people living in this villagers follow Buddhism. O/N at Samagaun.
  • Day 10Sama Gaun to Kathmandu 1300m 10 hrs.Early morning, you will have a warm healthy breakfast with tea or coffee. After having breakfast, you will take a public or private vehicle to return Back to Kathmandu. You can explore the streets of Kathmandu during the free time. Also, you can buy souvenirs by walking on the streets of Thamel. O/N in Kathmandu.
  • Day 11DepartureDeparture for onward destinations.

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