Sapa Village Trek
At an altitude of 1650 m locating at the edge of the side of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Sapa is one of the most picturesque and tranquil locations in all of Vietnam. Once a French hill station, the area is home to number of ethnic minority communities including the Black H’mong and Red Dzao, among others. Sapa’s breathtaking beauty comes in the form of hills, valleys, mountains, streams and waterfalls, not to mention the warmth of the locals. One of all the particular interests to visitors is the daily activity of the tribal people of the area, which are on display at the markets and in various surrounding villages.
A couple of the days in this hilly paradise will make you feel refreshed and a real appreciation for Vietnam’s north. Sapa and its surroundings offer particularly rich ground for trekking. The natural beauty of the area is unparalleled and can be seen in rich greenery, gorgeous waterfalls and the unique ethnic minority villages that dot the countryside.
Immerse yourself in culture and amazing scenery with this three day trek.
The below itinerary is the basic route by train from/to Hanoi, making a total of 7 days .
From Sapa, we drive by car to Love Waterfall and on the way you see the great views of Hoang Lien Mountain Range and some plantations of roses and vegetables in the valley. The car will stop at the Tram Ton Pass which at 2,047 meters is the highest road in Vietnam, then you will walk about 1.1 km along the Golden Stream to see the Love Waterfall. After this walk the car will drive you to Silver Waterfall where you have 30 minutes to walk around this area and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains and the valley. From here you will start the trek down to the valley towards Sin Chai village – the home of Black Hmong people. You will enjoy a picnic lunch on the way to Sin Chai village. Arrive in Cat Cat village at late afternoon, check in homestay and relax.
Sleep at the homestay of Black Hmong people. Approx: 10km
Day 3: Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai (B,L, D) Wake up early to enjoy the dawn in the village. Have breakfast and start the day with a trek down the the valley to see the hanging bridge, Golden river and Fairy Waterfall. Next, we trek up the hill and through the rice terrace fields of the Black Hmong villages of Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai. Y Linh Ho is home to the Hmong minority, and their hereditary rice terraces are around 100 years old. This is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in true Hmong culture! From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established Hmong minority village which has been inhabited for centuries. See the products of this minority at its best, with established rice terraces, homes and a vibrant community. You will be welcomed warmly by Mai and her family who run the first ever homestay owned and run by Hmong minority in the Sapa region.Sleep at the homestay of Black Hmong people Approx: 14km
Day 4: Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai - Sapa (B, L, D) On the morning open the window and have a look outside — you will be treated to views across the rice terraces. After breakfast walk to Ta Van where you will visit the Giay minority people. Traditionally the Giay were fishermen who fished with bamboo sticks, and cook their catch inside the bamboo. Now you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice but their villages are still near rivers. Continue to walk through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, have a scenic picnic lunch, then walk to the main road and catch the private car back to Sapa Town! Check in hotel and relax. Dinner will be served at 7pm in the hotel.Approx: 12km Day 5: Sapa – Lao Cai (B) Day is free at leisure before transfer to Lao Cai Station in the early evening or late afternoon by private car/van; for your night train to Hanoi. Day 6: Arrival Hanoi Station – Hanoi Arrive at Hanoi Station in the morning at about 05.00. Transfer from Hanoi Railway Station to Hotel. You can leave your luggage in hotel before explore Hanoi on your own. Day 7: Depart Hanoi (B) Day is free at leisure before check out and transfer to airport.
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- All private transfer as per itinerary by car or van
- Return train Hanoi – Lao Cai in a 4 berth cabin on the Chapa Express Train
- Village entrance fees
- 1 night in Sapa hotel (3-star) & 1 night in Hanoi Hotel (3-star) with breakfast
- All meals as per itinerary with 1.5L water during trek
- Homestay 2 nights during trek in Sapa
- Tour guide
- Briefing prior departure
- 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries
- Travel insurance
- Air tickets+ taxes
- Personal belongings and expenses
- All personal items, clothing and trekking equipment, (headlamps, camera’s, personal toiletries, etc.)
- Tipping to the guides
A deposit of $200 per person is required to confirm your booking and balance amount to be paid at least 30 days prior your departure.