Vietnam’s highest peak, the 3,143-metre Mount Fansipan, looms over the surrounding valleys, which feature terraced rice paddies and blazing green fields divided by fast-flowing sparkling silvery streams. Gaze at the layers upon layers of green ridges fading into the distance, edged by sharp, rocky peaks. The region is a home to several ethnic minority groups, all wearing their traditional and colorful attire. Mt. Fansipan and its surrounding natural luxury is the pride of Sapa town. Trek through the lush greeneries, vibrant markets to meet the locals in distant secluded villages cuddling on mountain tops.

Highlights:

 + Encounter hill tribe culture. Trek and bike to remote villages and visit busy morning markets to mingle with members of Vietnam’s diverse ethnic groups.

+ Explore North Vietnam’s landscapes Admire Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest peak, and cross through spectacular river valleys untouched by the modern world.

GROUP SIZE AND PRICE PER PERSON

Group size
Valid from 1 Nov 2018 – 31 Dec 2019
Price per person in USD in party of
1
2
3-4
5-6
7-9
10-14
Sgl-Sup
Deluxe

$653

$482

$427

$390

$368

$352

$190

 

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Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa

Your adventure starts with a night train to the mountain town of Sapa from Hanoi at 21:30. The journey to Sapa will take around 10 hours. Arriving in Sapa late in the following morning day.

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Day 2: Sapa - Tram Ton – Sin Chai (B/L/D)

Met up at your hotel in Sapa by local guide and driver then transferred towards the Silver Waterfall. After a short time to take picture of the waterfall. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views.

We start descending nearby the waterfall. The trail takes you all the way downhill through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. Your lunch will be served at a nice spot nearby a river. After lunch, you continue the trek to Sin Chai village of Black Hmong minority, where Community Based Tourism in Sapa takes place. You will have opportunity to explore daily life of one of the largest group ethnic minorities in Sapa area. Here you spend the night in local house.

Approx: 40 minutes driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch

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Day 3: Sin Chai – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho (B/L/D)

After having breakfast, you start heading up the mountain. Once you get to the top, you will trek on a small trail with spectacular view and then gradually descend to Cat Cat village, where you will have lunch nearby a waterfall.

In the afternoon, you take a trail sneaking through mountain. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. Eventually you will arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest in a nice spot nearby the beautiful river. You will spend the night in Y Linh Ho.

Approx: 5 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch

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Day 4: Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai – Tavan (B/L/D)

Today’s trek will continue along Hoang Lien mountain range, which offers you many opportunities to enjoy view over huge rice paddy terraces in Muong Hoa valley, the largest one in the area.

After lunch at a nice spot, you descend into the bottom of the valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route.  You spend the night in a traditional house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Approx: 4 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.

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Day 5: Tavan - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan – Hanoi (B/L)

Today’s trek is short, but still the landscape is beautiful. Once you get energy for your last day trek after having breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village where you can take a rest nearby a waterfall for lunch. You will enjoy the walk in bamboo forests.

After passing trough the bamboo forest we will find a nice place to enjoy lunch. After lunch we continue towards Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa.

Approx: 0,5 hour driving/ 3 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch

Optional:

You can take a car or coach from Lao Cai back to Hanoi or vice versa. The train departure is at 21:30 from Lao Cai.

Cities Hotels List Room Type
Superior Category

Sapa

Homestay

 

INCLUDED

All transportation in air conditioned vehicles

English speaking guide

Accommodation in Sapa based on twin share basis with daily breakfast & local home stays

Cook

Porters

Additional meals as indicated in the itinerary

Fees and permits where applicable

Services charges and government taxes

EXCLUDE

International airfares

International departure tax

Visas and visa fees

Pre and post trip accommodation in Hanoi

Entry fees and permits during free time

Travel insurances

Personal expenses

Tips and gratuities

Peak season surcharge if any

Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas & New Year if any

Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$25 & 2 passport photos per person)

Other services not mentioned above

EXPERT’S PICK:

A traditional homestay is the perfect way to access remote parts of this region and get a real glimpse of Vietnamese life, not to mention the beauty of a home cooked local meal after a day of hiking

Hike through the rolling rice terraces, waterfalls, mountains and lush green hills of Sapa and you’ll quickly realise why this has become an iconic image of Vietnam

Meet a community of hill-tribe people who have been in Vietnam for over three centuries. Having emigrated from China, the H’mong settled in Cat Cat Village and invite you to learn about their rich culture

An included overnight sleeper train through northern Vietnam is a unique experience. This is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals and to squeeze a bit of local knowledge out of them. Local guides will take you to the train in Hanoi, and Sapa local guides will meet you at the other end

Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.

It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat…

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