Trekking in Ba Be lake and Ha Long bay 11 days
Itinerary: Hanoi – Ba Be – Cam Thuong – Ban Tau – Pak Ngoi – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Lang Son – Ha Long – Cat Ba – Hanoi
The landscapes of North Vietnam are of legendary beauty, including mountain landscapes covered with vegetation, both on land and at sea (Halong Bay). Farther inland, the mountains are also home to an incredible mosaic of mountain people from diverse backgrounds, who have installed over multiple waves of migration from southern China, fleeing the Chinese expansionist push. We will meet these people on the mountain trails and on the markets in a region bordering China, the beautiful enigmatic rock formations, among which are inserted rice terraces and villages. We first discovered on foot and by boat on Lake Ba Be, around which people live in Mong, Dao (pronounced Zao) and Tay. Then we will cross the limestone from the Upper Tonkin Cao Bang, Dong Khe up and That Khe, through a landscape of great beauty, inhabited by populations Tay, Nung and Dao. We will then explore by boat the famous Halong Bay, but also that of Bai Tu Long is a natural extension
• English or French speaking guide
• Black Hmong porters (to carry food and luggage)
• Cook (from group sizes of 6 clients)
• 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
• Tents if needed
• 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 01: Hanoi – Arrival (D)
Arrive in Hanoi. Meet the guide and transfer to downtown. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi-Ba Be (B, L, D)
Departure for Ba Be lakes north of Red River via Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan. Overnight homestay in a house on stilts in the lake.
Day 03: Ba Be – Cam Thuong Trekking (B, L, D)
Boat tour through the three lakes and surrounding mountains covered with forests. Landing to Dau Dang waterfall which is being a pleasant hike to the village of Ban Tau inhabited by Dao Tien. Overnight homestay.
Day 04: Cam Thuong trekking – Ban Tau – Pak Ngoi (B, L, D)
Continuation of the hike to the village of Tay Hum. After the picnic, we continue to Cho Ra, a small mountain village. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Pak ngoi – Cao Bang (B, L, D)
Road to Cao Bang. Near phac Na, walking on foot across the fields that will be an opportunity to discover the techniques of field work of Tay. Encounter along the way Dao sapeck with silver coins on their costumes. Over the road climbs, the terrain is more mountainous. Overnight at the hotel in Cao Bang.
Day 06: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Cao Bang
We discover the waterfall at Ban Gioc considered the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. China is just on the other side of the waterfalls. Walking tour along the River. After lunch, back to Cao Bang and overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Cao Bang – Lang Son (B, L, D)
We borrow the famous Colonial Road N4 or there were 5000 french soldiers were killed in 1950. Walking tour to Dong Khe before arriving at That Khe. Arrive late afternoon in Lang Son border town between Vietnam and China. Free time to visit the Dong Kinh Market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Lang Son – Ha Long (B, L, D)
Drive to Halong Bay and watching the busy rice paddies over the road.
Arrive in Bai Chay, boarding a boat at night or you will spend the night aboard. We will walk between the 3000 island emerging from the emerald water. We visit the cave of surprises and there are some numbers to work at Titov beach is worth the look above, an extraordinary 360 degree view of the Wonder of the World with sunset . Swimming possible.
Dinner and overnight aboard the ship.
Day 09: Ha Long – Cat Ba (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we continue to walk into the islands to the island of Cat Ba, the largest of Halong Bay. Transfer to the hotel. After lunch, we will ripper biosphere reserve in the world by climbing to the summit of Mount Musketeer.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Cat Ba – Hanoi (B, L)
The morning is reserved to visit the local market on the island of Catba and the white beach, after lunch we took the boat hydrogrisseur to return to Hanoi via the port of Haiphong, the third largest city, the shipbuilding center. A bus waiting for us to ambacquement us back to Hanoi. Evening of theater: live music and traditional water puppetry.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Hanoi – Departure (B, L)
Visit of the present capital of Vietnam: the Ethnographic Museum, the Temple of Literature, and Lake of the Restored Sword and the legend of the giant tortoise. Then transfer to airport for flight homes
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