Sapa trek & Topas Eco Lodge

Routing: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Hanoi

Trip Duration:

5 days 5 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, Hiking, SightSeeing, Trekking, Nature Explore, 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 experience overnight accommodation in the hospitable villages of Dzay and Tay ethnic minorities. Round off the trek with a nice stay in Topas Eco Lodge. 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
  • Rice terraces
  • Colorful minority groups
  • Homestays in minority villages
  • Topas Eco-lodge

Day by Day Program:

Night 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai
Day 1: Drive to Sapa/Trek to Giang Ta Chai Village
Day 2: Trek to Thanh Phu Village
Day 3: Trek/drive Topas Eco lodge.
Day 4: Drive to Sapa. Night train back to Hanoi
Day 5: Arrive in Hanoi

Services and Activities included:

Round trip AC sleeper cabin on First class train
Transfer  two ways Lao Cai - Sapa
Transfer one way in Hanoi
Jeep transfer Thanh Phu Village to Eco lodge
Shuttle bus from Eco lodge to Sapa
English or French speaking guide
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Twin shared bungalow in Topas Eco Lodge
First-aid kit
Homestay 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:  AC vehicle 
    Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

    Day 1: Transfer to Sapa - Trek Lao Chai Village - Ta Van Village - Giang Ta Chai Village
    Arrive in Lao Cai around 5.30 am. We will take 1hr bus ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride give 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 a great trek down to the picturesque valley of Muong Hoa. 

    You will commence your journey from Sapa by car to Lao Chai village, a Black Hmong ethnic minority village. You will then be able to walk from Lao Chai to Tavan village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives. After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village where we will have unique homestay experience among hill tribe people. Pinic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in the local house. 
     
    Summary:
    Transfer Lao Cai – Sapa:    45 mins  
    Trekking:        5-hr trek/dirt paths/downhill 
    Accommodation:      Homestay
    Meals:         Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Day 2: Giang Ta Chai Village - Su Pan - 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. We will have dinner and stay overnight in a wooden Tay stilt house.

    Summary:
    Trekking:       7-hr trek/dirt paths/downhill
    Accommodation:     Homestay
    Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Day 3: Thanh Phu Village - Topas Eco Lodge
    After breakfast at the home stay we leave Thanh Phu Village and walk 3 km on good trails to our bus. Short transfer to Topas Eco Lodge. Upon arrival in Topas Eco Lodge we check in hotel and relax in the eco lodge. Lunch and dinner in the ecolodge. Overnight in Topas Eco lodge.  

    Summary:
    Trek:   40 mins – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Topas Eco Lodge


    Day 4: Topas Eco lodge - Sapa - Night train back to Hanoi
    Breakfast in Topas Eco Lodge.  Relax in the eco lodge and take the shuttle bus to Sapa Town. We then free to explore the town relax in local cafe or shop around in Sapa market. In the late afternoon we take a car ride to Lao Cai for night train back to Hanoi.

    Summary:
    Transfer eco lodge – Sapa:  30 mins
    Transfer Sapa – railway station:  1-hr by AC vehicle 
    Meal:     Breakfast
    Accommodation:   Overnight train with AC, soft sleeper cabin


    Day 5: Arrive in Hanoi. Trip completes
    Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Trip completes at the train station.


    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)
    Depart from: Hanoi
    Activities: Trekking, Culture Expedition
    Trekking grade: Moderate
    Transport: Train, AC vehicle, Jeep, on foot
    Tour guide: English or French speaking guide
    Meals
    - Day 1-3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Day 4: Breakfast
    Food
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. In Topas Eco lodge we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine. On the trek and at the home stay we will have food cooked you 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 & The Topas Eco-lodge
    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. 
    The Topas Eco Lodge has a perfect location - situated atop two cone formed hills, set deep in the spectacular Sapa valley. 
    The eco lodge consists of 25 individual lodges placed in a circle around the hills. From the lodge there are breathtaking views across the scenic valleys below, which are home to villages of the Tay and Red Dao minorities.
    ATV 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 4.
    When you get back to Hanoi on day 5, 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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