Sapa Trekking & Homestay

Routing: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Hanoi

Trip Duration:

4 days 4 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, 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 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
  • Awesome scenery
  • Rice terraces
  • Colorful minority groups 
  • Homestays in minority villages

Day by Day Program:

Night 1: Overnight train to Laocai
Day 1: Drive to Sapa/Trek to Giang Ta Chai Village
Day 2: Trek to Thanh Phu Village
Day 3: Trek/drive back to Sapa. Overnight train back to Hanoi 
Day 4: 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
English or French speaking guide
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Homestay 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

    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 to 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: Trek Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Thanh Kim -  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 - Sapa
    After breakfast, we walk down hill to Thanh phu bridge to take a beautiful drive back to Sapa. Upon arrive in Sapa you are free time to relax before being transferred to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.


    Summary:
    Trekking:   3 km - Introductory grade ( 1 hours trekking)
    Transfer Sapa - railway station:  1-hr
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

    Day 4: Back to Hanoi


    Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Tour ends at Hanoi Railway 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)
    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: 3 days, 4 nights
    Group size: 08 persons
    Depart from: Hanoi
    End at: Hanoi
    When:  Year round
    Activities: Trekking, Culture Expedition
    Trekking grade: Moderate
    Transport: Train, Jeep, on foot
    Accommodation: 2 nights homestay & 2 nights train
    Tour guide: English or French speaking guide
    Meals:  
    - Day 1,2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Day 3: Breakfast 
    Food
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. On this trip our tour guide will cook dinner for you. Picnic lunch would be prepared by a local restaurant in Sapa. The emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.
    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 the third day.
    When you get back to Hanoi on day 4, 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, 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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