This trip is beautiful but may not be for the casual trekker as you will be challenged by a lengthy mountainous hike.
Day 1. Hanoi – Lao Cai by overnight train
You will meet our guide at the hotel lobby and be traveling in a first class soft sleeper cabin up to Lao Cai. The train leaves Hanoi at 22:00 and arrive at Lao Cai at 7:00.
Day 2. Sapa- Lao Chai – Ta Van Hill tribe Villages (B/L/D)
You will meet our driver at Lao Cai Railway Station and transfer to the hotel for a show, breakfast and morning coffee. You will then embark on a trek from Sapa to Lao Chai and Ta Van villages, home to Black Mong and Day tribes. In the evening, you will spend the night with a local family. The sleep may be more rustic than you used to, but you will be fully immersed in the culture!
Day 3. Ta Van – Seo Trung Ho village (B/ L/ D)
The Trek today will be hard, as you go from the Village of Day to Seo Trung Ho Village, a Red Dao village. It takes around 6 hours, and most of the time is up a mountain. You will encounter many tribes, rivers, and amazing rainforests. You will stay the night at Seo Trung Ho Village.
Day 4. Seo Trung Ho – Ban Ho Hill tribe Villages (B/L/ D)
You will have a full day trek from Seo Trung Ho Village, which will take you along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you will meet. Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way, you will then spend the night with a family in Ban Ho Village, inhabited by the Tay ethnic minority.
Day 5. Ban Ho Village- Thanh Phu Village (B/L/D)
After enjoying breakfast, you will depart for a 3-hour trek to Thanh Phu Village, home of the Tay people. You will check in and then head out for a walk to My Son, Nam Sai, Nam Cang, and Nam Nhiu villages, home of numerous tribes including Tay, Red Dao, and Xa Pho. You will trek back to Thanh Phu Village and stay in their traditional long house on stilts.
Day 6. Thanh Phu – Sapa (B/L/D)
Bidding farewell to your graceful host in Thanh Phu and its friendly people, you will head back to Sapa town. You will have lunch there and then have some last minutes to shop before transfer to Lao Cai Railway to catch the night train 21:15/05:00 to Hanoi.
Day 7. Arrive Hanoi.
The train arrives at 05:00 am and your guide will arrange a transfer to your hotel and your trip (at least part) will be at an end.
Trip Price Includes:
+ All transportation in air conditioned vehicles
+ English speaking guide
+ Accommodation in Sapa based on twin share basis with daily breakfast & local home stays
+ Overnight train soft sleeper, first class
+ Additional meals as indicated in the itinerary
+ Fees and permits where applicable
+ Services charges and government taxes
Trip price excludes:
+ International airfares
+ International departure tax
+ Pre and post trip accommodation in Hanoi
+ Travel insurance
+ Tips and gratuities
+ Personal expenses
+ Peak season surcharge if any
+ Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas & New Year if any
+ Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 02 passport photos per person)
+ Other services not mentioned above.
The list of hotels is recommended by Luxury Travel, but please feel free to advise us of hotels you prefer in each category or combine hotels category at your wish (the tour price will be changed accordingly).