TREKKING INFORMATION

OUR TREKKING TOURS

How about tour leader?
Our local guides speak Vietnamese, English, German and French, all hold a university degree in Tourism and national license as a guide, and especially have strong experience in guiding foreign travelers groups through the proposed areas. If you wish to send a Western tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

When to trek?
The north Vietnam experiences two distinct seasons; winter and summer. Winter is cool, dry and lasts from November to April. Temperatures range between 15 to 25°C during the day and 0 to 10°C during the night. With little rain, the winter season offers the most pleasant weather conditions for trekking in Vietnam.

How to carry the luggage?
Porter:
During all trekking tours we make use of porters. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Their friendliness and innocence will captivate the heart of every participant and gives an extra opportunity to get to know the locals better. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travellers only have to carry their day packs.

Vehicle:
Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned bus or jeep to cover the larger overland sections. To make transfers as comfortable as possible, travellers are always assured of two seats per person.

How is the accommodation?
Campsites and lodges are not common in Vietnam, instead we make use of home stays; staying the night in tribal villages along the way. Facilities are clean, but very basic. Travellers share a bamboo-slat floor, separated by curtains. Animals usually sleep under the house and restrooms and showers are often absent. Water sources are available outside. Mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets are taken care of.
Over the years Green Trail Tours has established a number of projects to upgrade home stay accommodation into a bit more comfort. Basic facilities aside, spending the night in a tribal village and enjoying a meal with the locals brings travellers unforgettable cross-cultural experiences. In the past 10 years of organizing trekking by this way, we never received a complaint.

How about food?

Food:
During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in traditional villages along the way. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We bring western food and snacks from Hanoi for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance.
We have a chief cook who is responsible for the trekking meal plan. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

Water:
There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.

What to pack?

Luggage
– A small backpack for daily use, to be carried by yourself during the trek (from 5 to 8 kilogram maximum)
– Waterproof backpack with padlock, to be carried by porter and by vehicle, from 15 to 18 kilogram maximum,

Equipment Shoes & technical –   –   equipment-   Good trekking boots Sleeping– From November to end of March: good sleeping bag from 0o – 5oC Other
–   Airy underclothes, quick drying
–   Polar jacket or wind-breaker,
–   Waterproof jacket from November to March
–   Long pants for trekking
–   Hat,
–   Sunglasses,
–   Raincoat
–   Water bottle with straw.
–   Walking-shoes–   Waterproof footwear

–   Socks, towel,

–   Headlamp or flash-light

–   Telescopic walking-stick

– April and September, October: sleeping bag from +10oC– From May to end of August: sleeping bag from +20oC

– Mattress are provided for home stay

 

–   Some sets of Clothes
–   Swim suit,
–   Toiletries kit and towel
–   Wet paper
–   Toilet paper
–   Pocket knife
–   Some plastic bag to protect your luggage
–   Sewing kit
–   Camera and film
–   Medicine for personal use: anti-insect spray is indispensible.
–   Small bag with padlock to contain personal paper, money, etc

The difficulty levels?
Our treks can be classified into three levels:

Easy:
No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek.

Moderate:
At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of the Tournament Park or Corsica successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.

Difficult:
Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Alps or the Pyrenees, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.

Summary:

Easy: Moderate: Challenging:
Daily walking hours:   4 – 5
Altitude:   300m – 500m
Terrain:   flat + hilly
Route:   good conditions
Remoteness:   no
Vehicle support:   yes
Daily walking hours:   6 – 7
Altitude:   500m – 800m
Terrain:   hilly + some rocky
Route:   pretty good
Remoteness:   low
Vehicle support:   no
Daily walking hours:   6 – 8
Altitude:   above 800m
Terrain:   rocky, off-road
Route:   difficult, no trail
Remoteness:   high
Vehicle support:   no