Sapa is an incredibly picturesque village that lies on the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the Chinese border in North West Vietnam. It is called as "the Tonkinese Alps" You can see many ethnic group, their villages, rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, highest peak in Vietnam. Sapa the primier destination of north-west Viet Nam, Sapa is a hill station built in 1922. It lies in a very beautiful valley close to the border with China. The whole area has spectacular scenery-frequently shrouded in mist and home to diverse hill tribe communities. In this trip you have chance to discover the daily life and spend the life experiences of local ethnic minorities...
Trekking through Vietnam's beautiful Sapa region
Visit some ethnic villages and immerse into the daily life of the local people
Enjoy the stunning scenery such as vegetable gardens, rice terraces, etc.
Night 1 - 8.00 pm: Meet in hotel or ODC's Sales Office and tranfer to Hanoi Railway Station. Take a night train to Lao Cai railway station. O/N on the train (soft sleeper with air conditioning)
Day 1: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Ban Ho (B/L/D): Train – Bus
Trekking distance: 12 km. 5 hours trekking, 3 villages.
5.00 am: Arrive in Lao Cai and be transferred by shuttle bus to Sapa, which gives yours eyes a massage with the endless blue sky and colorful terraced paddy field. The road is curved around the mountain and you will just go from one surprised to another. The further you go, the closer you are to the sky and to nature.
On arrival, you will stop by our office and leave your luggage and possibly take a shower in our partner hotel’s waiting room.
7.00 am: Have breakfast at a local restaurant.
9.00 a.m: take 7 km by jeep to Lao chai, the first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River along Y Linh Ho valley and from here lead to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. There we are experiencing the richest traditional culture of Black H’Mong people in the region. The trekking route offers a breathtaking view of vegetable gardens and rice terraces with green mountains rising above. There will be time for visiting with local families and learning about their traditional fiber processing.
10.00 a.m: After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. Ta Van is a small village set within a picturesque valley not far from the northern Vietnamese mountain resort of Sa Pa. The area is renowned for its colorful ethnic minorities, and Ta Van is home to two such groups.
12.00: Picnic Lunch by the side of the river.
1.00 p.m: The bus will pick you up to transfer 12 km long. Spend time to enjoy the picturesque scenery along the way, a mountainous area of stunning natural beauty and diverse ethnic minorities.
1.30 p.m: We trek down the hill, enjoy the fantastic open views in Ban Ho the most beautiful valley in which we spent a night on the bamboo house of Tay people. Ban Ho is worth the somewhat difficult journey to get there, as the village rewards visitors with stunning views of unspoiled sites and an opportunity to discover the daily activities of the ethnic people Tay.
4.00 p.m: Walk out of the Lavie Stream in the scenic village Ban Ho, more than 26 kilometers away from the famous resort town of Sapa. The water was fresh and cleans in the stream which ran from rocks and hills where a few minority groups live.
Young citizens of Lao Cai Province Vietnam and foreign tourists often trek to Ban Ho to indulge in the pristine Lavie Stream, enjoy the sweet sound of running water from the Ca Nhay Waterfalls and other natural attractions of the tranquil village.
We stay overnight with a local family in Ban Ho and have our dinner here.
Day 2: Ban Ho - Nam Toong - My Son - Thanh Phu - Ban Ho - Sapa (B/L/-): Bus - Train
Trekking distance: 15 km, 6 houus trekking, 3 villages.
8.00 a.m: After breakfast you trek 2 km (40 minutes) up to the Red Dzao village at Nam Toong, the Red Dao people originated from China and migrated to Vietnam starting around the 12th or 13th century and continuing until the early 20th century. The majority migrated into Vietnam during the Minh dynasty, due to drought, failed crops and the pressures of Feudalism in China.
9.00 a.m: You keep descend to the valley where locates My Son village of Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest group ethnic in Northern Vietname with population is just about 4000 individuals living in North Vietnam, who basically live on hunting, gathering and slash and burn agriculture till recently.
12.30 p.m: After an hour visiting the Xa Pho dwellings, we walk to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. The Tay people live a sedentary life in large village and farming rice and other food plants intensively. They built large wooden houses on stilts and well organize their villages and here lunch will be prepared in a local school. It is interesting to spend time talking with the teachers and playing with children, teaching them some English. They are very keen to learn new things.
1.30 p.m: Lunch in Thanh phu then trekking to Ban ho where you will return to Sapa by Jeep. This trek is relatively trouble-free though the trail can be quite slippery if it rains, so good footwear is recommended.
4.00 p.m: Say good bye to Sa Pa and get back to Lao Cai. On the way back, drop in to see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbor Mouth in Lao Cai. Transfer to Station for overnight train back Hanoi.
7.00 p.m: Dinner at Lao Cai station (paid by yourself).
8.20 p.m: Night train back to Hanoi.
Bring walking shoes, raincoat, jacket, extra clothes, torch, insect repellent and sunscreen...
Train departure from Ha Noi at 9:15PM and from Lao Cai at 20:45PM
Pick you up at your hotel at 8:00PM
Please take your passport to check in hotel.
Beware of your luggage and money
Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
All customers must obey the order of your tour guide for your safety.
Passengers are advised not to take along big luggage for convenience.
- Transfer from the hotel to Hanoi Railway station
- Roundtrip transfer in Sapa
- Return train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Soft sleeper with A/C – 4 persons in one cabin)
- 1 night at homestay
- Meals as stated above
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Extra food and beverages
- Phone and laundry
- Tips and personal expenses