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Code: VLD 02H

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  • 1st night: Night train to Lao Cai
  • Day 01: Lao Cai – Sapa – Ta Van village
  • Day 02: Sapa trekking. Trek to Nam Sai village.
  • Day 03: Nam Sai – Sin Chai. Trek to Sin Chai village.
  • Day 04: Sin Chai – Sapa.
  • Day 05: Sapa – market – Lao Cai – Night train to Hanoi

1st night: Night train to Lao Cai

In the evening, pick up at your hotel/residence and transfer to Hanoi railway station to catch the overnight train to Lao Cai. Train departs at 21h15

Overnight on the train

Day 01: Lao Cai – Sapa – Ta Van village (B,L,D)              

Arrive Lao Cai early in the morning, pick up and transfer up to Sapa. After a shower and breakfast at the hotel in Sapa, we leave Sa Pa at 09am. The trek begins from Sapa to the Lao Chai village (Black H’mong people) and the Zay village - Ta Van – where we ascend the mountain and cross a pass in the altitude of 1.700m. From here we have a magnificent view of the minority villages and terraced rice fields beneath us. The walk is about 12 km along the track that the Vietnamese used for fleeing, when the Chinese invaded Sa Pa in 1979.

Overnight at a local home of Ta Van village

-          05 hours trek/dirt paths/downhill

Day 02: Ta Van – Ta Trung Ho (B,L,D)

After breakfast we start the adventure of the day. The trek is beautiful and easy seasoned by crossing two rivers by both a primitive aerial ropeway and an old suspension bridge. We plan to spend the night in Ta Trung Ho, which is inhabited by the Red Dao minority.

Dinner and over night in the village in Ta Trung Ho

-          05 hours trek/dirt paths/downhill

Day 03: Ta Trung Ho – Nam Sai (B,L,D)

We are now at the fringe of the rain forest by Hoang Lien Son mountain range. With 3143 m the highest mountain in Vietnam - Fanxipan - is located in this mountain range. Crossing a mountain pass in the altitude of 1180 m. we descend to Nam Sai. Nam Sai is inhabited by Xa Pho tribe, which is one of the smallest minority group in Vietnam.

We expect to stay overnight in a local house in Nam Sai

-          06 hours trek/dirt paths/downhill

Day 04: Nam Sai – Sin Chai (B,L,D)

We trek further through the valley and pass Thanh Phu village, where we have lunch. After a minor ascend we arrive at the Red Dao village - Sin Chai. We enjoy our dinner in a private Red Dao house and spend the night in bamboo huts in the village. Diner at local house

Overnight in Sin Chai village

-          05 hours trek/dirt paths/downhill

Day 05: Sin Chai – Thanh Phu – Sapa (B,L,D)

We leave our huts in Sin Chai behind and walk by the track around the mountain to Thanh Phu. We cross the river and trek on the river bank to Ban Ho village - inhabited by the Tay minority. It is possible to enjoy a refreshing swim in river while our cooks are preparing lunch. We leave Ban Ho after lunch and ascend to Su Pan, where the vehicle is awaiting for us to get  back to Sa Pa. We arrive in Sa Pa and transfer by car to Lao Cai Station for overnight train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on train

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-     Hiking in the region Thai

-     Trail of Tonkin Mountain

-     Trail of Tonkin Alpes mountain

Level of difficulty:

  • 5h00 of walking per day on average 4 days. Accessible to all who already have experience of hiking for several days and not fearing the discomfort ...
  • The walking rythm is slow and steady, suitable for everyone, the discovery aspect is privileged over the sporting aspect.
  • No technical difficulty, sometimes slippery trail.

 

Guiding:

Vietnamese speaking guide throughout the journey. During the trek, sometimes  team of local porters don't follow you because they take another road passable by their mopeds to be in charge of shipping bags and cooking. They are employed on site and managed by a local guide, responsible for directing and communicating with the natives.

Luggages: Only your business day.

Luggage transfers: By Minibuses or motors

 

ACCOMMODATION:

  • In Hanoi, in cozy B & B hotel in base of double room
  • In small cities, hostel or guest house
  • While walking, homestay very simples  (sleeping on mats), but typical, offering the advantage of discovering truly minority life  of Tonkin. But it is always possible to wash.

Food:
Vietnamese cuisine is rich and varied , as one of the finest in the world.  However, the basis of Vietnamese cuisine is simply white rice, accompanied by a variety of vegetables, meat, fish, spices and sauces. At each meal, many small dishes that everyone can draw at will with chopsticks. You get used very quickly ...

Rice wine:

You are invited to share the rice wine by the host when  you sleep at their home. Without upsetting the refuse is not always easy. For those who do not like alcohol, drink in one gulp and make him the cup with both hands and make you the happiest of men ...

War:

Regions through during this trek have been the site of bloody battles between the French and Viet Minh. For Vietnamese, it completely belongs to the past, especially since a large proportion of ethnic groups that we encounter fought alongside the French. The warm welcome in the villages is a usual. The paths are used by villagers and thus without any risk of mine.

What to bring:

A duffle bag or duffel bag with shoulder straps or better a large backpack which must not exceed 15 kg for business carried by the porters who have no other means than the backpack. Your backpack should be large enough to fit your business of the day (water bottle, camera, windbreaker, t-shirt spare ...).

Tariff for this trip:

The tariff may differentiate according to number of participants and the high or low seasons in Vietnam. Please contact our Sales Staff for the price of this trip.

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