Forest Bathing, Burnout Recovery and Rejuvenation 'In' VanVaas

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 02 Nights 03 days      Manali

    Escape to a Fairytale at VanVaas, Manali’s Hidden Gem

    Unwind in a world apart at VanVaas, Manali’s best-kept secret. Nestled in the oldest village of the Kullu Valley, this enchanting Himachal heritage home rests beside a refreshing glacial stream. Imagine spending your nights amidst an orchard, lulled by the gentle murmur of the water and surrounded by a majestic pine and oak forest.

    VanVaas offers the perfect escape from the digital world. Immerse yourself in the quiet peace of the misty Pir Panjal range and reconnect with nature. Your picture-perfect cottage, nestled beside the stream, boasts breathtaking Himalayan flora and fauna right on your doorstep. Basic amenities blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings, allowing you to truly find harmony with nature.


    • Program Type: Premium Activity – Guided Offbeat Experiential Adventure
    • Best Season: All year round
    • Trip Duration: 2 Nights and 3 Days 
    • Region: Manali
    • Max. Altitude: 2050 m
    • Grade: Easy
    • Group Size: 04 – 08
    • Location: VanVaas, Soyal Village, Manali
    • Average Hiking Daily: 3-4 hrs
    • Accommodation: Himalayan Jungle Lodge, VanVaas, Soil (Soyal) Village, Manali


    • Community Living in ‘VanVaas’
    • Truly offbeat and secluded location by a glacial stream
    • Introduction to Himalayan Trekking and Camping
    • Guided hikes and Picnics
    • Bonfire, BBQ, healthy food 
    • Option of Paragliding/ Rafting/ziplining
    • Old Manali Cafe Hopping
    • Experience life in a mud and wood ancient Himachali home

    Forest Bathing, Burnout Recovery and Rejuvenation In VanVaas: Detailed Itinerary

     A Slow & Mindful Escape to VanVaas: Reconnect with Nature and Yourself

    This itinerary is specifically crafted for slow mindful travelers, artists, and changemakers. It emphasizes:

    • Slow & Immersive Experiences: Gentle hikes, ample reflection time, and opportunities to connect with nature.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The natural beauty and tranquility of VanVaas provide the perfect muse for creative exploration.
    • Mindful Practices: Zen walking meditation and “Rest of Awareness” sessions promote self-discovery and inner peace.
    • Sustainable Practices: Foraging for wild edibles and enjoying locally sourced meals foster a connection with the land.

    VanVaas welcomes you to a transformative journey – a chance to reconnect with nature, unleash your creativity, and discover a renewed sense of self.


    Day 1: Arriving at Your Sanctuary

    • Gentle Journey: Our team welcomes you in Patlikuhal, followed by a scenic drive to Soil village. Immerse yourself in the vibrant greens and tranquility of the landscape as you meet your fellow travelers. Visit the ancient Rishi Jamdagani Temple in Soyal Village.
    • The Path to VanVaas: Embark on a short, invigorating hike along a nature trail, savoring the fresh mountain air and the whispers of the orchards and streams. As you reach the end of the trail, VanVaas awaits with refreshing welcome drinks.
    • Your Forest Sanctuary: Nestled amidst a thick Deodar forest, VanVaas is a haven of peace. Unwind in a hammock strung between apple and plum trees, the gentle murmur of the glacial stream serenading you.
    • Mindful Movement: After lunch, embark on a silent hike, practicing Zen walking meditation (Kinhin). Focus on each step, your breath, and the present moment, deepening your connection with nature.
    • Evening by the Bonfire: As dusk paints the sky, gather around a crackling bonfire. Share stories, create art inspired by the day’s experiences, or simply soak in the serene silence under a blanket of stars. Savor a delicious vegetarian meal prepared with fresh, local ingredients, and then gather firewood for the night’s warmth. Rest in your cozy cottage, lulled by the symphony of the forest.

    Day 2: Unveiling Hidden Gems

    • Sunrise Symphony: Greet the day with the gentle melodies of nature. Take a quiet walk, allowing the beauty of the surroundings to inspire contemplation and artistic expression. Enjoy ample time for journaling, sketching, or simply being present.
    • Deep Forest Exploration: Embark on a guided trek, immersing yourself in the heart of the Deodar forest. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and witness the cascading beauty of Crystal Falls. Then, discover the hidden treasure of Troys Waterfall, a sight unseen by many. Enjoy a picnic lunch beside the cascading waters, letting the power of nature rejuvenate your mind and soul.
    • Foraging & Culinary Connections: Under guidance, learn to identify and harvest wild edibles used by the local people. These seasonal treasures could be incorporated into your evening meal, creating a unique connection to the land.
    • Rest & Rewire: Allow yourself the luxury of “Rest of Awareness” – a dedicated time for quiet reflection and creative renewal. Disconnect from technology, reconnect with yourself, and tap into your inner wellspring of inspiration.

    Day 3: Farewell & A Renewed Perspective

    • A Lingering Goodbye: Savor a leisurely breakfast, taking one last moment to appreciate the serenity of VanVaas.
    • The Return Journey: Begin your trek back to Soil village, reflecting on the transformative experience and the artistic treasures you’ve created.
    • A Touch of Old Manali: Explore the vibrant cafes and unique shops of Old Manali, picking up souvenirs to remember your journey. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (at your own cost).

    Departure & Onward Journey: By 5 pm, we’ll take you back to the Manali Volvo stand for your onward journey, carrying cherished memories, renewed inspiration, and a deeper connection with nature and yourself.


    • 2 Nights stay in shared accomodation
    • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3
    • Well-trained and qualified Guides and Support Staff to take care of the safety and services
    • Wildlife/ environmental or any other permits required
    • First aid medical kits


    • Any kind of personal expenses
    • Travel to and from Manali
    • Insurance
    • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”

    Additional Activities

    • Paragliding: Soar above the breathtaking scenery.
    • Ziplining: Experience an adrenaline rush amidst the forest canopy.
    • Rafting: Navigate the thrilling rapids of the Beas River.


    Safety & Adventure Sports
    The most basic yet prominent principle of indulging in any adventure activity is to take all the necessary precautions for safety.
    We at Yoloo.Life, keep it all in account and ensure maximum safety measures to pre-plan the trip and minimize any kind of risk. We plan to mitigate the risk of high altitude-related problems by preparing and acclimatizing well and staying in comfort.
    We strongly suggest you keep yourself adequately hydrated- possibly double your water intake.

    • Ensure that you take all your medications along to avoid any health issues.
    • Inform your friends and family before you depart for the trip and let them know that this will be a ‘No-Network’ zone.

    We will be your point of contact throughout the entire trip. Our complete staff is trained and certified, including our wilderness first responders on the programs. So in any case, we will be there to help you out.