Sapa hiking & leaving crowded town

Routing: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Muong Hoa valley - Ban Khoang - Ta Giang Phinh - Sapa - Hanoi

Trip Duration:

3 days 2 nights


Activity:

SightSeeing, Trekking, Moutain Climbing, Homestay,


Physical Grading:


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 a 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.

Tour Highlights
  • Less known tracks
  • Rice terraces
  • Colorful minority groups
  • Home stays in minority villages

Day by Day Program:

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

Services and Activities included:

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.


Tour Exclusions:

Travel insurance
Visa
Tips
Personal expenses




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    Night 1:  Night train to Lao Cai.

    This Vietnam adventure tour typically starts with a night train travel from Hanoi Railway Station (B Gate - Tran Quy Cap street). Before that, our guide and car transfer will collect you from your hotel or a pickup point. You will need to be at Railway station at least 45 minutes prior to departure. Our train often leaves at 20.30 - 21.50. Your cabin is air conditioning, sharing, 4 berths by default but you can request us to upgrade to private charter.  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 a local restaurant and prepare for driving for a short road transfer to the trekking point. We start our Sapa trekking tour from here. We will trek 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 an easy walk on high elevation for half an hour which offers great views of Muong Hoa Valley until arriving in 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. Back to Giang Ta Chai for dinner and overnight in the local house.
    Summary
    Transfer Lao Cai – Sapa: 45 mins  
    Trekking:   4-hr trek – Moderate grade
    Accommodation:  Local house in Giang Ta Chai
    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 the Sapa tour. 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 in 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.

    Summary
    Trekking:   4-hr trek – Moderate grade 
    Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation:  Soft sleeper in AC cabin

    Day 3: Back to Hanoi

    Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Free time to relax and get ready for your next adventures in Vietnam or Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia.

    Tour ends at Hanoi Railway Station.
    Group size Price guide (USD/person)
    WHAT ATA SUPPLIES?
    Trekking poles: manufactured by Coleman, USA. Telescoping pole extends from 27 to 53 inches. Contoured handle grip features adjustable nylon strap and compass. Aluminum pole has steel tip with removable cover and basket for various terrains
    Sleeping bags and/or mattresses in homestay
    Summer sleeping bags: Satin sleeping bag 60cm x 180cm. Used for home stay and camping in hot weather
    Winter sleeping bags: manufactured by Landus, France. Winter bag (5 degree) 60cm x 200cm. Used for home stay and camping in cold weather
    Waterproof blue bag for luggage
    Radio: manufactured by Kenwood, Malaysia. 16-channel VHF FM Transceiver. Used for jungle trek with group from 5 passengers up. Help to manage group
    ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip 
    WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH?
    Origin passport to declare for homestay permission
    Hiking Shoes
    Flip flops/string-back sandals or river boots
    Small backpack with rain cover
    Clothes: trekking pants, thermal underwear (top/bottom), t-shirts, long-sleeved shirt, pajama/sleeping pants, underwear (what you’re comfortable with), pairs of socks
    Rest and sleeping clothes.
    Hat, sunglasses, sun protection.
    Waterproof pants and jackets
    Rain coats
    Bottle of water
    Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
    Toiletries
    Anti-insect repellent
    Common medicines in your personal first aid kits



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