Overview: On this trip you have an opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful parts in Sapa area, which is under protection of Hoang Lien National Park. The night you spend in campsite nearby a river will be memorial moments along the trek. You will also be able to meet several different minorities, which cannot be found in other areas of Sapa, such as Tay and Xa Pho. Even though they live close to each other, the Tay is one of the most advanced minority meanwhile the Xa Pho still maintains the tradition of being nomadic.
First night Hanoi – Lao Cai by night Train
We will be met at the lobby of the hotel and transferred to the Hanoi Railway station. The train will depart Hanoi at around 22:00. We spend tonight on a 4 soft sleeper berth cabin.
Day 1 Sa Pa – Cat Cat – Sa Pa (B, L)
Up on arrival in Lao Cai Railway station early in the morning we will be met by a local guide who will escort us to Sa Pa town. After checking in hotel, we enjoy our breakfast at the hotel restaurant and take a quick shower before going out for our visit the town. Firstly in the morning we climb up the Ham Rong mountain for the overview of Sapa town and villages where will visit after that. After lunch we will have time to walk through the local market to Cat Cat village, home of H’mong, ethnic minority people. Once we walk to the village nestled in the valley below Sa Pa we will meet the local minority people on the way and we will have chance to visit the home to share culture with families who live here. In the late afternoon we walk back to the town to join the local market. Overnight in Sa Pa.
Trekking distance 5 km
Approx: 1 hour driving/ grade 3 of 5/ 2,5 hours walking
Day 2 Sa Pa – Ta Van – Seomity (B, L, D)
You will go south by car toward Muong Hoa valley. Your trek will begin from Tavan village of Giay minority. The first day trek will be mostly uphill. Whenever you stop for a rest, you will be able to enjoy valley view. Before noon, you stop again at a nice spot for lunch.
The trek will be softer in the afternoon. But the scenery becomes even more beautiful. You pass by Seomity village of Black Hmong minority before you arrive at the campsite, which locates nearby a river outside the village. While porters put up tents and cook dinner, you can take a walk to stretch the legs.
Approx: 0,5 hour driving/ grade 3 of 5/ 4,5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch
Day 3 Seomity – Den Thang – Ta Trung Ho (B, L, D)
The trek today takes you through beautiful rice paddies and over old suspension bridges. You will trek on small trail sneaking through rainforest. You arrive in Den Thang village of Black Hmong by noon. Here you stop for lunch either nearby a river or in a local school according to the weather. After lunch, the trek will becomes tough on tinny footpath going up and down, which requires a lot of concentration. You will reach to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao minority where you spend the night in local house. Both the valley and the village have just received foreign visitors. The night will be even more interesting when you are in the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao
Approx: Grade 3 of 5/ 7 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch
Day 4 Ta Trung Ho – Nam Toong – Thanh Phu (B, L, D)
You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina with its 3143 m, is located in this mountain range. You will start the trek today by ascending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local school. After lunchtime, you descend to the valley where locates My Son village of Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest groups ethnic in Northern Vietnam. From there you take a short walk to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you spend the night in traditional house of the Tay. You can take a walk to explore local daily life while your dinner will be served with Vietnamese dishes.
Approx: Grade 3 of 5/ 6 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch
Day 5 Thanh Phu – Nam Cum – Sin Chai (B, L, D)
Today’s trek will be relatively short and soft. Once leaving Thanh Phu, you follow the trekking route built in the bottom of the valley, which offers the best view to the surrounding mountains. You stop at a nice spot for lunch.
After lunchtime, you continue the walk toward Sin Chai village of Red Dao minority where the night will be spent in bamboo huts. The wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao will attract you.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 3 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch
Day 6 Sin Chai – Thanh Phu – Ban Ho – Sa Pa (B, L)
Once having left Sin Chai you will start heading towards Ban Ho. You will trek along the riverbank where you can enjoy a refreshing swim nearby a waterfall. At Ban Ho, your lunch will be prepared and served in a friendly local Tay family’s house.
On the last hours you can enjoy the valley view one final time while trekking upward Supan. Here your car will take you on journey back to Sa Pa for drive back to Lao Cai where we take the night train to Hanoi. On the way you still have many opportunities to enjoy magnificent views of valleys and mountain.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 1-hour driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch
Day 7 Hanoi
Up on arrival in Hanoi very early morning, we transfer back to our hotel.
End of services.
Note: The trek is sometimes hard. The itinerary can be changed due to high water level in the river between Seomity and Ta Trung Ho. There will be no toilet facilities in the National Park area. Toilet tent will be provided.