Sapa Long Trails

Routing: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Hanoi

Trip Duration:

6 days 6 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, Hiking, SightSeeing, Trekking, Nature Explore, Moutain Climbing, Homestay,


Physical Grading:


This longer exploration in Sapa includes a trek through the hills and valleys of the Sapa region, discovering several different minorities along the way. You will experience overnight accommodation in the hospitable villages of Dzay 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
  • Awesome scenery
  • Great trails
  • Colorful minority groups
  • Homestays in minority villages

Day by Day Program:

Night 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai
Day 1: Drive to Sapa/Trek to Y linh Ho Village
Day 2: Trek to Giang Ta Chai Village
Day 3: Trek to Thanh Phu Village
Day 4: Trek to Sin Chai B Village
Day 5: Trek/drive back to Sapa. Overnight train back to Hanoi 
Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi. Tour concludes

Services and Activities included:

Round trip AC sleeper cabin on first class train
Transfer  two ways Lao Cai - Sapa
Transfer one way in Hanoi
English or French speaking guide
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
First-aid kit
Home stay permission
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


    The tour guide will transfer you from your hotel to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train


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

    Day 1: Sapa – Sin Chai Village - Cat Cat Village - Y linh Ho Village

    On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai, you will be met up by local guide for transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colors of its hill tribe population - flashes of shining silver jewelry from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad Hmong and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red Dao can be seen. It is here you will find hands stained with color from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps, purses and leggings. 
    After breakfast at a local restaurant, you will be transferred downhill to Sin Chai village of Black Hmong minority, which is located right at the foot of Hoang Lien mountain range. Here 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 after noon, you take a trail sneaking through mountain. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river you eventually 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 stay overnight in a local family of Black H’mong in Y Linh Ho village.

    Summary:
    Transfer Lao Cai - Sapa:   1 hr
    Trekking:     15 km – Moderate grade
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:   Home stay

    Day 2: Y Linh Ho Village - Lao Chai Village - Ta Van Village – Giang Ta Chai Village

    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. 
    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. Here you will be able to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your guide in a local house. 
    After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village where you will spend the night in local house of Red Dao minority. Dinner and overnight at Giang Ta Chai. 

    Summary:
    Trekking:   20 km – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Home stay   

    Day 3: Giang Ta Chai Village - Thanh Kim Village - Thanh Phu Village

    After breakfast, we start the trek through the rice terraces to the village of Su Pan then continue to Thanh Kim for lunch. After lunch time, we will trek along a narrow valley downhill for 2 hour to the Ngoi Bo River, then uphill for 1 hour to Muong Bo Village at the center of Thanh Phu Commune - a village of Tay minority. Dinner and overnight stay. . 

    Summary:
    Trekking:   23 km – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Home stay  
     
    Day 4: Thanh Phu Village – Nam Than Village – Nam Nhiu Village – Sin Chai B Village

    Breakfast and leave Thanh Phu 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. Our trek will take us to our home stay for tonight in a bamboo hut in Sin Chai B village of Red Dao minority. Having a short rest and enjoy an easy walk to explore this charming and quiet village.

    Summary:
    Trekking:   20 km – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Home stay   

    Day 5: Sin Chai B - Thanh Phu - Sapa 

    After breakfast we trek downhill to Nam Cum Village then continue to Muong Bo Village for lunch. In early afternoon we head to Thanh Phu Bridge where we meet our bus and take a beautiful drive back to Sapa. Upon arrive in Sapa we take shower and spend the rest of the day exploring Sapa town. 5.30 pm we will be transferred to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.

    Summary:
    Transfer Thanh Phu – Sapa:   1-hr
    Transfer Sapa – railway station:  1-hr 
    Trekking:    12 km - Introductory grade
    Meal:     Breakfast
    Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

    Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi. Trip completes

    Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Trip completes

    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.
    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
    Duration: 6 days, 6 nights
    Group size: 08 persons
    Depart from: Hanoi
    End at: Hanoi
    When: Year round
    Activities: Trekking, Culture Expedition
    Trekking grade: Moderate
    Transport: Train, AC vehicle, Jeep, on foot
    Accommodation: 4 nights homestay & 2 nights train
    Tour guide: English or French speaking guide
    Meals:
    - Day 1-4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Day 5: Breakfast
    Food
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. On the trek and at the home stay our meals will be cooked by our tour guide. The emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce. Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirement.
    Train  
    On our tour, we use first class trains of TSC, Tulico, ET Pumkin pr Pole Star Express. These trains all offer First Class cabin with clean, comforatable, air – conditioned sleeper. All trains are designed with 4 soft berths in each cabin and individual reading light. For more information, please see our Quality Services. 
    The homestay
    Homestay in villages is simple in term of bedding condition and amenities. We will sleep on beds with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style. 
    Our tour guide
    The tour will be guided by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding trekking tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.
    The transfers
    In Hanoi, one ATV staff will accompany you to the train to show you your cabin and tell you how to deal with night train traveling in Vietnam. 
    In Lao Cai, our guide will meet you at Lao Cai Railway Station in the morning of the first day. He also sees you off at Lao Cai Railway Station on day 5.
    When you get back to Hanoi on day 6, you can easily find a taxi to get to your hotel
    The trekking day
    A typical trekking day start at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the terrain. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.  
    What to bring 
    Trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, sleeping bag (optional), rain coat, toiletries, original passport.
    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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