9 Days
Duration
Moderate, Difficulty
Physicality
Hanoi,Mai Chau,Cun Pheo village,Xam Khoe village,Pu Luong, Ban Hang village, Kho Muong ,Hieu village,Nua village,Son village
Location
Year-round
Dates

Trekking Mai Chau and Phu Luong Nature Reserve 9days

This trip offers  one of the most outstanding natural scenery in the North Vietnam, active travellers haveopportunity to enjoy and explore  the impressive nature beauty and culture richsess of Mai Chau –Xa Linh Nature Reserve, the pictureque rice terrace paddy, magnificent limestone mountain ranges of Pu Luong Nature Reserve and visit one of Thai and Muong Ethnic minority. Visitors also experiences in interacting and staying in Muong,Thai homestay tribes, enjoying traditional food, joining with Thai alive music performances. Trekking on the mix of good single track paths and undulating rough jeep trails, the views are stunning while we passed through villages and across lush rice paddy. Trekking (trekking tours) through the core of Phu Luong nature reserve will expose the best scenery, experiencing the most diverse Phu Luong  with a huge variety of rare fauna and flora in the limestone mountain forest.

What’s included

– English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
– Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
– Private Eco homestay village based on size of group
– Meals details in itineraries ( 8 breakfast, 8lunches, 8 dinners)
– Van or bus transfer on the first day and the last day
– Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day.
– Boat trip in Ma river
– Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
– First aid kit
– Cold water box, small fresh towel.
– Mineral water for drinking
– Support crew to supply picnic lunches and water on trekking day, prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in trekking.
– Local trekking guide

Additional information

DestinationVietnam

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau, light trek to Hang Kia village (~ 3 hrs trek)

We depart from your Hanoi hotel at 8:00 heading for Mai Chau town (Hoa Binh province). This scenic drive takes about three hours. Arrival and lunch in a traditional stilt house in Poom Coom village, then drive for one hour to Xa Linh village to begin our 3 hour trek through beautiful villages. Our destination for this evening is Hang Kia village, home of the H’mong minority people. Dinner and overnight as guests at a H’mong family’s traditional house situated in a picturesque valley and peach orchards. Inclusion:Transfer, guide, homestay, entrances fees, lunch, dinner.

Day 2: Trek to Cun Pheo village (4 ~ 5 hrs trek) – 16 km

Breakfast and venture far off the beaten track. Trek through tropical rainforests, using the local trails and passing through corn fields as we descend into the Mai Chau valley below. The trek takes around 5 hours
and is quite steep in places. Lunch will be provided at the local stall at the foot of the valley. From here we pass through several ethnic minority villages until we reach our night’s destination, Cun Pheo village. by lateafternoon. Have time to walk around this charming little white Thai village. Tonight we will be honoured guestsin a traditional Thai stilt house. Dinner and sampling of some homemade rice wine before heading to sleep.Inclusion:Guide, homestay, all meals.

Day 3: Trek to Xam Khoe village (~ 4 ~ 5 hrs trek) 15 km

Today we have a whole day of easy trekking. Passing through several Thai hamlets surrounded by rice paddies and beautiful scenery. Picnic lunch en route and arrival in Xam Khoe village in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner with our hosts and slumber away after having a few sips of the local maize wine. Free time to walk around or chat with local people, then have a good night sleep. Inclusion:Guide, homestay, all meals.

Day 4: Xam Khoe trek on to Pu Luong, Ban Hang village (~ 5 ~ 6 hrs) 17 km

Say farewell with the hosts after breakfast. Trek village to village through beautiful rice terraces, pause forlunchuntil we get to Mai Hich village. Take a short ride along Ma river . upon arriving in Co Luong take a boat trip upward Ma River. Enjoy breathtaking scenery in bothside of river. Disembark for more 2- 3 hour walking via beautiful hillside villages, magnificent rice paddies of Pu Luong Nature Reserve to Ban Hang village – perhaps the setting of one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. It is recommended to stroll round the village and join villagers as they go about their daily lives. Or, relax in one of the three-eco homestays set up by FFI (Flora and Fauna International) in conjunction with the locals. Arrival in Ban Hang village in the afternoon. Here we will spend our first night in a typical Thai eco-stilt-house welcomed by the family that lives there. Free time to rest and shower, then a traditional dinner. Overnight here.Inclusion:Transfer, guide, entrance fee, lunch, dinner, homestay with permit.

Day 5: Trek to Kho Muong 5 – 6 hours – 18 km

Get up and observe, or even take part in their activities in the morning because the daily life here starts early, take an opportunity to stroll around Hang village before having breakfast served by Thai people, then at 8 a.m. start our trek to Kho muong Village. Walk approximately 5 to 6 hours. The first hiking is hard with some steep climbs and yet more stream crossing, the next is really glorious with beautiful views of valley, rice terraces, rich rain forest, and streams.Picnic lunch on the way at Eo Ken village, arrival in Kho Muong – the setting of the village is perhaps the most beautiful in Vietnam. Stroll round the village and join in as villagers go about their daily lives, or relax in one of the three -eco homestays superbly set up by FFI (Flora and Fauna International) in conjunction wit h local villages. Please be soft and nice, nature is just very lovely here. Arrival in Kho Muong village in the afternoon.Spend our second night in a typical Thai eco – stilt house. 18 km

Day 6: Trek to Hieu village 5 – 6 hours – 17 km

Here, daily life starts early so get up and take part in your host family’s morning activities. Have breakfast and start our trek by 8:00. Today we will be walking for a approximately 5 to 6 hours (~15 – 17 km). The first bit of hiking is through the beautiful valleys and unspoiled villages. Continue on to the next villages trekking amongst the karst landscapes and nice terraces is hard with somesteep climbs and stream crossings. The second part is glorious with beautiful views of the valley, rice paddies. Short pause for lunch at a local food stall or enroute. We arrival in Hieu village at around16:00. Take short rest then we visit the beautiful water fall near the village then back to the homestay for dinner and overnight at a Muong homestay.Inclusion:Guide, homestay, all meals
Trek 17 km

Day 7: Hieu village – trek to Nua village 4- 5 hours – 12 km

Breakfast at the homestay. 8:00, we take another day of village-to-village trekking and via nice cool streams for a route is about 10 – 12 km (~ 5 – 6 hours). Short pause for lunch enroute then following the local path via rice paddies to get to our homestay for shower, dinner and stay the night. Inclusion:Transfer, guide, homestay, entrance fee, all meals, permit
Trek 14 km

Day 8: Hike to Son village 4-5 hours – 12 km

Leave Nua village after having breakfast. Start our full day trek climbing deeper into the Pu Luong Nature Reserve (~ 15km). Picnic lunch on the way. Continuing our trek passing through ethnic villages. Our day ends with a wonderful sunset (weather dependent) in Son village. Dinner and overnight at our Thai homestay. Inclusion:Guide, homestay, all meals.

Day9: Trek to Ton village then bus to Hanoi (~ 2.5 hr trek)

Breakfast is prepared by your guide then start trekking by 8:00. Today we will have an easy day with smallups and downs through rice paddies and the Pu Luong jungle. After about 2.5 hours we get to Ton village.Our driver will be waiting for us there to transfer us to Muong Khen town for lunch. Arrive and end in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Inclusion:Transfer, guide, breakfast, lunch. Exclution : Visa, insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, tips are welcome!

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