Sapa Trek through Ban Ho Valley to Lao Cai 4days
Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa – Ban Ho – Nam Toong – My Son – Thanh Phu – Nam Cum – Sin Chai – Nam Ket – Ben Den – Lao Cai
The trip takes you to one of the most remote area where you can meet very friendly locals. The night you spend in bamboo hut built by Topas in the hilly ground of a Red Dao family will be a good experience. The trip also offers you opportunity to enjoy wonderful scenery, which is still well protected as well as meet Xa Pho minority, the unique nomad in Northern Viet Nam.
• English or French speaking guide
• Porters (to carry food and luggage)
• Train ticket ( soft sleeper cabin for 4 passengers)
• Cook (from group sizes of 6 pax)
• All needed transport
• All indicated meals, plus snacks (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
• Water on the whole trip
• Sleeping bag and mattresses
• Waterproof bluebag for luggage
• Mosquito net
• All entrance fees and permit
• Overnight in local house or tent
• Personal Pocket Money
• Soft drink (beer, coca cola…)
• All other services not indicated above
Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai
8pm transfer pick up you at your hotel in Hanoi to railway station for night train up to Sapa.
Day 2: Sapa – Ban Ho – Nam Toong – My Son – Thanh Phu (L,D)
You will travel by car to Su Pan from where you will commence your walk downhill through the breathtaking scenery. On the way you will pass through the Ban Ho village where you will be able to witness the stunning views of the valley and rice paddy terraces. You will have the opportunity to explore the Ban Ho village of Tay minority before crossing the suspension bridge over the river. The walk then continues uphill to the Red Dao minority village of Nam Toong, where you guide will prepare a delicious lunch either in local school.
After lunchtime, you descend to the valley where locates My Son village of Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest groups ethnic in Northern Vietnam. From there you take a short walk to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you spend the night in traditional house of the Tay. You can take a walk to explore local daily life while your dinner will be served with Vietnamese dishes.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 40 minutes driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 3: Thanh Phu – Nam Cum – Sin Chai (B,L,D)
Today’s trek will be relatively short and soft. Once leaving Thanh Phu, you follow the trekking route built in the bottom of the valley, which offers the best view to the surrounding mountains. You stop at a nice spot for lunch.
After lunchtime, you continue the walk toward Sin Chai village of Red Dao minority where the night will be spent in bamboo huts. You will be attracted by the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 3 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch
Day 4: Sin Chai – Nam Ket – Ben Den – Lao Cai (B,L)
After a good night sleep in bamboo hut, you wake up for an early breakfast and repack your luggage for the long trek heading toward Lao Cai.
Once you leave Sin Chai, the trip takes you into a fabulously mountainous area, the most remote part of Sapa. En route you meet children’ curious eyes as you are very first tourists passing by. Red Dao ethnic minority inhabits the entire area. You will enjoy the fresh of bamboo forest and jungle until you make a stop at Nam Ket for lunch.
After lunch, your trek will be mostly downhill. After about half an hour, you will have an opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of days over a green valley lying along the Red River. You eventually arrive in Ta Thang village of Tay minority. Here you will be transferred by car to Lao Cai.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 0.5 hour driving/ 7.5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Note: This trip will easily combine with the transfer to Lao Cai railway station without repeating the way nor passing by Sapa.
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