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Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Hanoi
3-day tour with 2-day trek and 1-night home-stay
Trekking grade: Moderate

At an elevation of 1,600 meters, Sapa is a delightful former French hill station situated in the mountainous region of Vietnam's northwest, close to the Chinese border. The region is home to many ethnic minority groups, each wearing traditional and colorful attire. This trip includes a trek through the hills and valleys of the Sapa region, discovering several different minorities along the way. You will have panorama of rice terrace field inside beautiful valley and experience the hospitable villages of Giay and Tay ethnic minorities. The apparent hardships are worth it though as we walk through some of the most spectacular scenery that Vietnam has to offer and experience unique villages culture.

 

Highlights
  • Awesome scenery
  • Rice terraces
  • Colorful minority groups
  • Home stays in minority villages

Sapa hiking & leaving crowded town route map

ITINERARY AT GLANCE

Night 1:  Overnight train to Lao Cai
Day 1:   Drive to Sapa/Trek to Muong Hoa Valley
Day 2:  Trek to Ban Khoang Village – Giang Ta Phing. Overnight train back to Hanoi
Day 3:  Arrive in Hanoi. Tour concludes

PRICE (Per person)
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2 persons:      US$
3-4 persons:  US$
5-6 persons:  US$
7-8 persons:  US$
From 9 persons: price on request
Single Supplement:        US$

Inclusion:

  • AC sleeper cabin on train for two ways
  • Transfer  two ways in Sapa
  • Transfer one way in Hanoi
  • 16 seated transfer mentioned in program
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Home stay permission
  • First-aid kit
  • Water & Snacks
  • Entrance fees & sightseeing fees.

Exclusion:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Note: these prices are subjec to change without prior notice.

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Night 1:  Night train to Lao Cai.

Transfer from your hotel to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight in AC soft sleeper cabin.
Summary
Transfer hotel – railway station:  AC vehicle
Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 1:  Transfer to Sapa – Trek to Muong Hoa Valley

Arrive in Lao Cai around 5.30 am. We will take 1hr bus ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride gives you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Upon arrival in Sapa Town, we have breakfast in local restaurant and prepare for driving for a short road transfer to the trekking point. Trekking uphill on a large and rocky path for 2 hours along the narrow valley which runs between two high mountains passing two hamlets of the Black H’mong of Sa Pa Commune: Sau Chua and Sa Seng. Lunch in the village.
After lunch, we continue along the same trail gradually uphill the Den Thang mountain for an hour to Hang Da Village of the H’mong which sits at 1,800m height and over looking down the Muong Hoa Valley. Then, we enjoy easy walk on high elevation for half an hour which offers great view of Muong Hoa Valley until arriving to Thao Hong Den, another village of the Black H’mong.

We getting downhill for another hour along a dirt track to Pho Village at the center of Hau Thao Commune. Dinner and overnight in the local house.

Summary
Transfer Lao Cai – Sapa: 45 mins 
Trekking:   4-hr trek – Moderate grade
Accommodation:  Local house
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Trek to Ban Khoang – Giang Ta Phing - Night train to Hanoi

We will have breakfast in the local house before embarking upon another day of adventure. Today we head on northwards of Sapa with several stops for magnificent landscapes of Fansipan, Sin Chai valley and especially amazing flower and vegetable farms before arriving to Ban Khoang. It is a village of the Red Zao ethnic peoples who live their unique way of life and well maintain their traditional values. We stay over an hour walking to explore this remote village for a brief understanding of local life. We leave  Ban Khoang and process along the road for about 10km to Ta Giang Phin valley inhabited by the Black Hmong who live in some small villages scattering along a peaceful stream.

We enjoy lunch on the bank of a stream before walking along village path which connects village to village to witness daily activities of local life such as plough and harrow the fields, growing, harvesting or doing some house work. In leisure months men often gather to built new houses or repair parts of old ones while women stay home making their traditional costumes. We back to Sapa in mid afternoon, In the late afternoon, we transfer to Lao Cai for night train back to Hanoi.
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Summary
Trekking:   4-hr trek – Moderate grade
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 3: Back to Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Tour ends at Hanoi Railway Station.


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