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Tour duration: 5 days / 6 nights
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Tour route: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hoang Lien Son Mountain - Muong Hoa - Ta Trung Ho - Thanh Phu - Ban Ho
Admiring wild nature of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, exploring a sere of the remotest ethnic minority villages to discover their colorful and fantastic culture, experiencing part of local life and enjoying the most magnificent and beautiful landscapes…this trip including 4 days hard trekking and 3 nights home stay in tribal villages is really a great challenge to hikers who love adventure.

Itinerary
 
Day 1: Overnight on the train to Lao Cai station

19.00: Vietnam Typical Tour’s tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Ha Noi train station for the night train to Lao Cai station. Sleep on the train in 4 berth sharing cabin with AC Soft Sleeper

Day 2: Visit Hoang Lien Son moutain (B,L,D)

Your guide and driver will meet you at Lao Cai station upon your arrival and an hour transfer uphill the Hoang Lien Son mountains to Sapa. Great views of valleys and terraced rice fields along the way! After breakfast, you will walk for a brief introduction of this charming town. At the market, you will meet many ethnic minority peoples from different groups, wearing their traditional costumes made by themselves, selling local products includes vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom, medicinal herbs and souvenirs…
Afternoon, your Sapa guide and driver will pick you up at about 14.00 for a drive up hill to the famous Silver Waterfall and then onto Tram Ton, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at 1,800 m above sea level for enjoying the magnificence of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range as well as over viewing spectacular landscapes of the whole area. On the way back, you may wish to enjoy a short trek for about nearly 2 hours to Cat Cat Village or just wandering around town. It is good preparation for your trip the next 2 days.

Day 3: Visit Muong Hoa valley (B,L,D)


After breakfast at hotel, be ready for the 4 days trek, you should leave heavy belongings at the hotel, just take with you clothes, camera with charger and things you need for 4 days.
Leaving Sapa by car southwards to Muong Hoa valley you will start trekking will from Ta Van village of Giay minority. The morning trek is really challenging because the path is tough and mostly uphill but you will enjoy many short breaks for resting. The scenery gets more beautiful and the view gets wider as after every hundred meter you walk. As you get to a high elevation of the Hoang Lien Son park, you’ll find yourself in the middle of nowhere but trees, birds, cloud and wind…the forest here is well preserved.
After a long break at a nice place for lunch, the trek gets easier and the trail winds its way through an area of the nature reservation. Enjoy your discovery of the wild nature before paying visit to an isolated village of the H’mong, watching everyday life activities before arriving to our camp site which is nearby a river away from the village. You may join your tour guide and porters putting up tents and prepare dinner or fancy a walk around to stretch the legs and discover wild life. Evening comes earlier than usual and everyone sit down near the fire for dinner and revise of what you got today.


Day 4: Visit Ta Trung Ho village (B,L,D)
The birds singing wakes you up in the morning. Breakfast, packing and then we hit the road again. Following a narrow trail sneaking through thick rainforest for a couple of hours, crossing some old suspension bridges and then suddenly the view opens to a wide valley with beautiful terraced of rice paddies in all shapes as you approach to Den Thang village of Black Hmong by noon. Here you will drop in some local homes and visit a school before sitting down for lunch.
Afternoon trek becomes tougher on tinny footpath going up and down hills to Ta Trung Ho village. Here you will, with your guide, spend the rest of the day walking around the village, visiting homes, talking to the Red Zao people for your discovery of a unique culture and way of life. The area is not visited by tourists and outsiders till recently, so the people is little bit reserved but hospitable and frank.
Enjoy dinner and you will find out that trekking makes simple food into delicacy! Home stay overnight a traditional house of a Zao family.

Day 5: Visit the Thanh Phu village of Tay minority (B,L,D)

Saying good bye to our host, you are now on the path again, from the fringe of the rain forest of the Hoang Lien Son mountain, ascending through forest and terraced rice paddies and corn fields to Nam Toong, another village of Red Dao and here lunch will be prepared in a local school. It is interesting to spend time talking with the teachers and playing with children, teaching them some English. They are very keen to learn new things.
Continue our trek in the afternoon while the descends to the valley and lead to My Son village of Xa Pho ethnic whose population is just about 4000 individuals living in North Vietnam, who basically live on hunting, gathering and slash and burn agriculture till recently. After an hour visiting the Xa Pho dwellings, we walk to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. The Tay people live a sedentary life in large village and farming rice and other food plants intensively. They built large wooden houses on stilts and well organize their villages. We settle here in this village for home stay overnight.
Day 6: Visit to Ban Ho, another large and fantastic Tay village (B,L,D)

Today is an easy day starting with a descend down the valley from Thanh Phu to the bank of the river which runs through a large and green valley, enjoy swimming and relax by the river before paying visit to Ban Ho, another large and fantastic Tay village. Enjoy a long break for lunch in a Tay house and then take a jeep ride back to Sapa.
The rest few hours in the afternoon is for freshen up, packing and rest before leaving Sapa for Lao Cai station to take the overnight train back, which arrive in Hanoi early next morning. Finish unforgettable Sapa Tours with Vietnam Typical Tours. Good bye & see you in the next time!
 
Note : Vietnam Typical Tours can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.

 What is included in the tour cost :

    Private car/mini van
    AC 4 berth soft sleeper train (join cabin)
    All entrance fees
    English or French speaking guide
    All meals as per program (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
    Accommodation as program, based in twin sharing

What is not included in the tour cost :

    Insurance, Personal expenses & Tips
    Drinks, except otherwise mentioned

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