4 Days
Lai Chau, Phong Tho, Pu Ta Leng Mountain, Tam Duong, Vietnam

Pu Ta Leng Mountain

One for the adventurous travelers, for those who love a challenge and relish in the undiscovered destinations that aren’t on the tourist radar. Pu Ta Leng is the mountain you’ve been looking for! Located in the Lai Chau Province, the green paradise of Northern Vietnam, stands this beast that can only be conquered with the support of a local leader in Pho Village. The trail starts off misleadingly easy, with flat easy trekking and a little climbing over big rocks along the streams. Soon, however, the trails become less trail-like and more like rock obstacles through a dense forest that gets steeper and steeper, exhausting you as they go. Although it might sound quite mad, many travelers do refer to this hike as the “Fair Route,” due to the many small poetic streams along the way that make recovery periods all the more relaxing. Sound like your kind of challenge?

  • Height: 3,049 meters
  • Time to Summit: Approximately 4 days
  • Difficulty: Very Hard

Mt Pu Ta Leng Trekking Tour is a 4 day hard trek we has just launched for small group tours, active adventure hikers who seek an challenging, different, off the beaten path trip in Vietnam. Pu Ta Leng Peak, Phu Ta Leng, Putaleng was called as Pú Tả Lèng in the language of the Dao, an ethnic group living in Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province, in which “Pú” means “mountain”. Conquering Pu Ta Leng is not an easy task since the progress of climbing and going down usually takes from 3 to 4 days. In case if you want to combine camping with relaxing then it will take about 5 or 6 days.

You Should Bring
Comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, suitable clothing, mosquito repellent

Start Hanoi
End Hanoi
Availability Upon request
Difficulty Challenging
Style Camping, Off-the-beaten track, Trekking
Duration 4 days
Type Private tour
Places Lai Chau, Phong Tho, Pu Ta Leng Mountain, Tam Duong, Vietnam

Additional information


Day 1: Hanoi – Lai Chau

Option 1 (public bus): Take the overnight bus at My Dinh bus station. Departure at about 21.00. Arrive Tam Duong the next day at about 7.00 AM.

Day 2: Transfer Tam Duong → Ta Leng Village. Mt Pu Ta Leng Trekking. Overnight 2422m

After breakfast, you will be brought by motor-taxi from either Tam Duong town (option 1) or your hotel in Tam Duong to Ta Leng village is located about 5K from the town. Make a stop in Ta Leng village for the preparation of the expedition. Then start climbing to the first base camp, at 2422m. At the first stage of about 700-1000m, the hiking trail is not much challenging. There are few jagged pieces of the cliff, but several bushy trees on the way. Those old aged big trees roots sprawling on the ground are considered as one of the most significant obstacles that takes much time and effort of climbers. From the height of 1500m and above, colorful water-rail blooming spread Pu Ta Leng, creating romantic and majestic scenes of mountains and forests. From there, you might see some other peaks such as Bach Moc Luong Tu peak and the Phu Xi Lung peak which also belong to the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. The arrival at the first base camp at 2422m should be before dark. Have a rest while our local support team prepare the dinner.

Day 3: Conquer the summit of Pu Ta Leng. Trekking downhill to 2422m.

After breakfast, keep climbing up towards the mountain peak. At the summit of the Pu Ta Leng mountain, at 3049m you may be proud of yourself for passing hundreds of challenges along the way to conquer the second highest mountain in Vietnam. Lunch is provided at noon. Then trekking back to the base camp (2422m) where you spend the second night.

Day 4: Pu Ta Leng Mountain – Ta Leng Village – Tam Duong/Hanoi

After breakfast, you start the day activities hiking downhill from the base camp (2422m) back to the Ta Leng village. Trekking downhill is easier but requires as much attention as hiking uphill. The hike also takes a whole day before you reach the H’mong village back. Picked up again by motor-taxi and brought to Tam Duong town.

Option 1: Take the overnight bus to get back to Hanoi.

What is Included
  • Shared Camping tents
  • Road transfer Two way Hanoi  – Tam Duong – Hanoi (Option01)
  • Professional trekking English speaking guide
  • Porters & Cook
  • First-aid kit
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Water & Snacks
  • Entrance & sightseeing fees
  • Pu Ta Leng climbing permissions
  • Service charges and taxes
What is NOT Included
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa process and stamp fee
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Personal expenses
  • Others not mentioned

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
September 7, 2017

Exciting Pa Tu Leng trekking tour arranged from IET EXPERTS
Booked Pa Tu Leng trekking tour from IET EXPERTS site agent and this trip was started from Hanoi was brilliant. Victor arranged train tickets, tour guide, transfer, meals for all of us and also met us at train station for great advice. We had memorable time on mountain and views were breathtaking and the atmosphere was great.
jordan M group 4 people

September 7, 2017

Highest peak in Indochina!
Mt Pu Ta Leng Mountain and the surrounding mountains are a stunning scene for Lai Chau to be set. The clouds lying on the hills make for fantastic photos and then clear days show the true majestic mountains nice and clearly. We caught the gondola up Mt Pu Ta Leng Mountain which is definitely worth it – the views are incredible! The journey is quite scary as it’s so high but is a must do!
Group 3 people

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