Experience Sapa in the way others don't

Different Sapa - Different Trek

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Hanoi - Sapa - Ben Den - Sin Chai B - Thanh Phu - Nam Nhieu - Nam Than - Ta Trung Ho - Nam Toong - Ban Ho - Hanoi
6-day tour with 4 days trek and 3 nights homestay
Trekking grade: Moderate to Challenging. View grading definition here
Group size: 12 persons

This trip gives you the bests of Sapa in an unordinary way. Instead of taking popular trek routs, this special trek starts in Ben Den and finishes in Ban Ho village before backing to Sapa. The trail is tougher, your body may be sweater and your heart may bump quicker but your reward is much bigger. You will trek on remote trails that no many even knows let alone foot on; encounter ethnic minorities living in the most authentic lifestyle that mass tourism haven’t touched. In some parts, you even meet no one - just you and magnificent scenery of the most beautiful, breathtaking Vietnam’s mountain range..


Tour Highlights
  • Awesome scenery
  • Tough trails
  • Colorful minority groups
  • Homestays in minority villages

Different Sapa - Different Trek route map


Night 1: Overnight train to Laocai
Day 1: Transfer to Ta Thang, Trek to Sin Chai B Village
Day 2: Trek to Nam Sai Village
Day 3: Trek Ta Trung Ho
Day 4: Trek to Sapa
Day 5: Transfer to Lao Cai. Night train to Hanoi
Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi. Tour concludes

PRICE  (Per person)
Valid to 30th September 2014 

1 person:        US$ 582
2 persons:      US$ 433
3-4 persons:  US$ 390
5-6 persons:  US$ 351
7-8 persons:  US$ 348
From 9 persons: price on request
Single Supplement: US$ 30


  •  Round trip AC sleeper cabin on First class train
  • Twin share double room in Sapa
  • Transfer  two ways Lao Cai train station
  • Transfer one way to Hanoi train station
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • First-aid kit
  • Homestay permission
  • Water & Snacks
  • Entrance fees & sightseeing fees


  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Note: these prices are subject 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.

Transfer hotel – railway station:  15 mins
Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 1: Laocai - Ben Den - Trek from Ta Thang Village to Sin Chai B Village

Arrive in Lao cai around 05.30AM. Soak up the morning with hot and delicious breakfast in local restaurant. Instead of transferring directly to Sapa as regular tours, we will drive to Ta Thang where we will follow another route to Sapa after trekking through several villages.
Today is our first challenge with up to 8 hours trekking. From Ta Thang, we lift our feet for this hard trek passing through bamboo forest and green jungle along some of the most remote area of the north. We stop for lunch in the village of Nam Phang before heading towards our homestay in Sin Chai B village of Red Dzao people. We may meet the Red Dao tending fields or working in forest on our way. Arrive our homestay in late afternoon. Having a dinner and overnight in a local house of Red Dao people.

Transfer Lao Cai – Ta Thang: 1 hr
Trekking:     8 hrs – Challenging grade
Meals:     Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Homestay

Day 2: Sin Chai B Village – Thanh Phu Village – Nam Nhiu - Nam Than - Nam Sai Village

Breakfast and leave Sin Chai B at about 08.00 am. Today’s adventure will take us through a number of small ethnic minority villages (including Red Dao, Tay,  Xafo and Black H’mong). This portion of the trek offers stunning view of Nam Sai and Nam Cang Valleys as well as chances to understand life of tribal peoples in remote land. We will see people from the local communities carrying out their daily activities as it is in the northern highlands. The hiking trail lead us to our home stay for tonight in the Tay village - Nam Sai. Check in home-stay, having a short rest and enjoy an easy walk to explore this charming and quiet village.

Trekking:     7 hrs – Challenging grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Home stay

Day 3: Nam Sai - Nam Sang - Nam Ngan - Ta Trung Ho

Following breakfast we will leave Nam Sai behind us and start to ascend to Nam Sang, a village of Xa Pho people through Nam Sai valley. Paying a visit to local homes here for interesting discovery of their unique ways of living. The Xa Pho is a sub group of the Phu La ethnic whose population is just about 4,000 in Vietnam and still live a primary way.
Keep heading on the same trail uphill for 1,5 hour through the forest to Nam Ngan Village of the Red Zao. Lunch break at the top of the mountain and in the forest. After that, we spend the whole afternoon for challenging along a narrow dirt trail snaking on steep hill sides. The trail gets through narrow & sharp canyon from the height of 950 m up to nearly 1,700m leading right to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao, where we will stay here for overnight.

Trekking:     7 hrs – Challenging grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Home stay

Day 4: Ta Trung Ho – Nam Toong – Ban Ho – Sapa.

You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The range own Fansipan peak, the highest in Indochina Peninsula with 3143 m. Our whole trek today is under the huge shadow of Hoang Lien Son Mountain.
You will start the trek by descending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local house or in local school. In the afternoon, before descending to Ban Ho, you can make a stop by a waterfall to refresh. Then where your car takes you on the journey back to Sapa. 

Transfer Ban Ho - Sapa - Laocai: 2 hr
Trekking:     5 hrs – Challenging grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel

Day 5: Sapa – Lao Cai – Night train to Hanoi

Breakfast in the hotel. We leave this last day under your own plan for relaxing after a real challenging adventure. You can walk to Ham Rong Mountain where gives you an eye bird view of Sapa town center or check out some souvenir at local market. We will collect you at around 5pm for a transfer back to Lao Cao station. Get ready for night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

Transfer Sapa – Lao Cai:  1 hr
Meals:     Breakfast
Accommodation:   AC, soft sleeper cabin

Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi – Trip completes

Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Trip completes. You may need to take taxi to your hotel or transfer to airport in order to connect to your next  adventures in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia.

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.


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