Depart from: Hanoi
Activities: Trekking, Culture Expedition
Trekking grade: Moderate
Transport: Train, AC vehicle, Jeep, on foot
Tour guide: English or French speaking guide
- Day 1-3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 4: Breakfast
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.
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.
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.