3 Days
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Xuan Son National Park
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Trekking in Xuan Son National Park Tour 3days

Xuan Son National Park is located in Thanh Son District, Phu Tho Province, at the extreme south-eastern extent of the Hoang Lien Mountains, 45 km south-west of the confluence of the Red and Black Rivers. This is definitely a difficult program for the trekking lovers. Aside from the main activity as hiking up to high Ten Mountain and walking in jungle trails to reach the remotest hamlet of the Park to explore beautiful Coi Cave, there are some activities that travelers expect as learning traditional custom of Ethnic Minority People as Muong and Dzao, and an overnight in their traditional houses (stilt houses), chatting with local hosts to learn about their local life and observe how they cook the traditional dinners and lunch, we can join cooking with them even. This journey offers you an opportunity to explore the true beauty of wild nature as well as to challenge yourself via tiring jungle walks.

Tour Price Includes

Domestic Travel Insurance
Private transportation as program
English/ French speaking Guide for whole trip (from Hanoi)
Vietnamese Speaking Local Escorts in the Park
All necessary forest and tourist permits
Accommodation at stilt houses of Dzao Ethnic Minority at Du Village (basic beds with pillows, blankets and mattress on wooden floor)
Accommodation in stilt houses (homestay with simple bed on the wooden floor) or very basic guest house of NP (only 2 rooms).
Meals mentioned in program
First aid kit
Anti-leech kit
Purified water on touring

Tour Price Excludes

Surcharges for other languages speaking guides, during festive seasons and peak season surcharges, which will be advised at time of booking
Personal expenses
Visa
Tips

Additional information

DestinationVietnam

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Day 1: Hanoi – Xuan Son National Park: Trekking to Du Village – Experience home-stay in forest


At 8.00 AM, our tour guide and vehicle will pick you up at in Hanoi and drive 100km to reach Xuan Son National Park via famouse the Temple of King Hung located in Phu Tho Province.
After 2.5 hour ride, we arrive the main gate of the Park and meet-up with our local escort and start trekking on rough and narrow path to Du Village. Boxed lunch will be served en route. The scenic view along the route is beautified by terraced paddies and green palm forests.
Du Village is home to Dzao Ethnic Minority people and also known as the administrative station of the National Park. After 4km trekking, we reach Du village and check in homestay. Here, their stilt houses are built in their traditional architectural style. We will have chance to talk with old men to learn more about their daily lives and works such as going deep into forest for collecting firewood, and jungle fruits, vegetables.
The rest of day is your free time to walk around this village and photo-hunt. We should not miss to observe how local women cook their traditional dinners as well as our dinner of chicken, bamboo sprouts, and some wild vegetable taken from the forest with rice wine.
Overnight at local stilt house of Dzao peole in Xuan Son National Park.
Activity: 4kms trekking on rough road.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
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Day 2: Xuan Son National Park: Trekking up to high Ten Peak


Early morning, our local hosts will prepare a packageful of Dao delicacies like sticky-rice packed cakes and specially-cooked for us and after light breakfast, we pack our foods and drinks for a challenge trekking day up to Ten Mountain (1000m above the sea levels), known as the highest peak in Xuan Son National Park.
We must equip thick warm clothes, leech repellent before start our trek. The trek leads us on a rough and steep jungle trail and all the hard work will pay off as we reach the top of the forest-covered peak and witness the amazing panorama that will unfold in front of us. Reaching the top is already a victory in itself, but setting sight of the wonderful scene stretched out is another experience worth taking pride in. Enjoy packed lunch at this summit and relax.
Afterwards, we find our way down easily and it does not take us long as we climb up. Descending slowly and hike back to Du Village of the Dzao for another overnight.
Our totally-8-hour-trekking day really makes us really tired but the traditional dinner of local host prepare for us at their kitchen awards us warmly. Take a tight sleep at local stilt house to get full energy back for next long trekking day.
Overnight in Xuan Son National Park.
Activity: 8 hours of trekking on jungle trails
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 3: Xuan Son National Park: Hiking to most remote Coi Hamlet – Transfer back to Hanoi


Early morning, after light breakfast at home-stay, we leave this small village to Coi Hamlet which is located most remotely in limestone valley of National Park and is also home to Muong Ethnic Minority People.
A 7kms-trekking leads us on jungle paths to arrive Coi Hamlet, here we will let our tiring legs relax then our local escorts will take us to visit gorgeous Coi Cave. Following a pure stream, we enter the Cave to admire its stalactites sparkling as hanging lamps and reach a natural pond. Freely swimming here then walk back to Coi Hamlet for tasteful lunch prepared by friendly Muong people.
Afternoon, we say goodbye to Coi Hamlet and trek 7kms back to Du Village at fast pace. Meet – up with our vehicle at Du Village and transfer back to Hanoi late afternoon.
The trip concludes at your hotel in Hanoi around 7-8PM.
Activity: 14kms of trekking on jungle paths
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel consultant. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Trekking difficulty levels

Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

Easy

There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek.

Moderate

There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai 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

There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. 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 Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, 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.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind IET Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers
  • English/French/German/Spanish-Speaking Guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s)
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa (required)
  • Air fares
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Tour guide

Our tour guides speak English, French. They hold a university degree in Tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a 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 hike

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.

Porter

During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggages as well as our trekking equipments, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. 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 car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

Accommodation

Campsites and lodges are not common in Vietnam, instead we make use of homestays; 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 IET Travel 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 15 years of organizing trekking by this way, we never received a complaint.

Food

During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. 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 sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

Drinking 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.

Packing

Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.

What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

  • 1 medium-sized backpack.
  • Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
  • 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
  • 1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
  • 1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
  • 1 medium-sized towel.
  • 1 medium-sized dry bag.
  • Hiking poles/walking sticks
  • GPS

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