2 Days
Duration
5/10
Physicality
Xuan Son National Park
Location
Year-round
Dates

Wild Adventure in Xuan Son National Park 2 days

Xuan Son National Park is located in Thanh Son District, Phu Tho province, at the extreme south-eastern extent of the Hoang Lien Mountain Ranges, 45km south-west of the confluence of the Red River, Hanoi. This is definitely a hard trekking 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.

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Day 1. Hanoi – Xuan Son National Park: hiking to most remote Coi village

6.00: Car and tour guide pick you up at the departure to depart for Xuan Son National Park.

8.00: Reach Coi village which is located most remotely in limestone valley of National Park and is also home to Dzao ethnic minority people. Visit some local houses, have talk with local people, learn about their way of life; then our local escort will take us to visit gorgeous Coi Cave.

10.00: Follow a pure stream to enter the Cave to admire its stalactites sparkling as hanging lamps and reach a natural pond. Freely swim here.

11.30: Walk back to Coi village for tasteful lunch prepared by friendly Dzao people then take a rest.

1.30: Say goodbye to Coi village and trek 7kms to Du village of Muong people. Reach Du village and check in homestay. Have chance to talk with the old to learn more about their daily lives and works such as going deeply into forest for collecting firewood, and picking up fruits and vegetables.

4.00: Free at your own leisure before learning the process of making their traditional dinners such as rice cakes, pop rice cakes and pay a visit around this village and take photos.

18.00: Have dinner.

20.00: Participate in some games and enjoy some performances.

23.00: Homestay overnight.

Day 2. Xuan Son National Park: Trekking up to high Ten Peak (8hours trekking)

6.00: Enjoy Muong delicacies like sticky-rice packed cakes and specialties prepared by our local hosts. Then make our foods and bevarage ready for a challenge trekking day up to Ten Mountain (1000m above the sea levels), known as the highest peak in Xuan Son National Park.

7.30: Get ready to set off. 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 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.

15.30: Find out way to get down the mountain.

16.00: Get on car and transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi.

Price include

  • 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
  • Bottled water

Price exclude

  • 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

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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