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Sapa trekking & homestay 2-4 day routes

Northen Vietnam best trekking routes: approach the villages closer, live with the hill tribal people to deeply enjoy their hospitality, …

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Highlights

Trekking in Sapa is a wonderful trip with an unique and unforgettable experience. Join the tour to leave busy life behind and discover customs as well as lifestyle of ethnic minorities such as Red Dao, Black Mong. Discover and understand their traditional customs and life style while enjoying beautiful scenery of the valley.

On this trip, the ride takes you along Lao Chai, Ta Van Village and then deep into Ban Ho Valley, which is home of Tay, Red Dao minorities. You will enjoy beautiful landscape, meet friendly local people and overnight at homestay.

Description

Nature View and Village Trek – 2 days

DISTANCE: 34 km GRADE: Challenging – Advised to venture in good weather

Hmong homestay Trek – 2 days

DISTANCE: 28 km

GRADE: Medium

Red Dao Homestay Trek – 2 days

DISTANCE: 24 km

GRADE: Medium with some gradual ascents and descents

Muong Hoa Valley Villages – 2 days

DISTANCE: 30km ~ 35km

GRADE: CHALLENGING

Muong Hoa Trek – 3 days

DISTANCE: 38km GRADE: Medium, there are some more challenging sections to this trek … however this is balanced with easy legs and the chance to recuperate at the homestays.

Explore the Red Dao Culture Trek – 3 days

DISTANCE: 30km GRADE: Medium

Giay & Black Hmong Homestay – 3 Day

DISTANCE: 50km ~ 55km GRADE: Medium ~Challenging

The Ultimate Trek – 4 days

DISTANCE: 53km

GRADE: Medium

 

Itinerary

Nature View and Village Trek – 2 days

Sapa – Tram Ton Pass – Love Waterfall – Silver Waterfall – Cat Cat Village – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van

Day 1: Sapa – Tram Ton Pass – Love Waterfall – Silver Waterfall – Cat Cat village (Homestay)

The Tour begins at 9.30 am with a car drive to Love Waterfall. On the way you will see the wonderful views of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and some plantation of roses and vegetables in the valley. Our car will stop at Tram Ton Pass which is the highest road in Vietnam at 2047 m above sea level. We will then walk about 1.1 km along the Golden River to visit Love Waterfall. After returning to Tram Ton Pass, our car will drive you to Silver Waterfall. You have 30 minutes to walk around this area to enjoy the stunning views of the mountains and valley. From here we will start the trek down to the valley towards Sin Chai village – the home of Black Hmong people. After having a picnic lunch, we will walk to Sin Chai village and continue walking  to Cat Cat village where you will sleep in a homestay of Black Hmong people. Dinner will be served by your tour guide and homestay host. Enjoy and have a good rest.

Day 2: Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van

Wake up early to enjoy the dawn in the village. Have breakfast and start the day with a trek down the the valley to see the hanging bridge, Golden river and Fairy Waterfall. Next, we trek up the hill and through the rice terrace fields of the Black Hmong villages of Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai. Near the river bank, we take a rest and have a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we continue walking to Ta Van village of the Giay people. You will have a chance to find out the differences of culture and costumes between the Black Hmong and Giay minorities. Our car will be waiting for you near the hanging bridge and will send you back to Sapa town.


Hmong homestay Trek – 2 days

Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa

First day –  Distance 16 km

Depart from the Sapa O’Chau Cafe at 9.30am and walk down to Y Linh Ho, a village of the Hmong minority. The hereditary terraces are around 100 years old. From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established Hmong village where will be welcomed by Mai and her family who run the first and only homestay owned by Hmong in the Sapa region.

Second day – Distance 12 km

On the morning of the second day open the window and have a look outside — you will be treated to views across the rice terraces. After breakfast walk to Ta Van where you will visit the Giay minority people. Traditionally the Giay were fishermen who fished with bamboo sticks, and cook their catch inside the bamboo. Now you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice but their villages are still near rivers. Continue to walk through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, have a scenic picnic lunch, then walk to the main road and catch the private car back to Sapa Town!


 

Red Dao Homestay Trek – 2 days

Sapa – Suoi Ho – Matra – Ta Phin – Trung Chai

First day  – 14 km

We begin Day 1 with a 3km trek to the village of Suoi Ho, home to the Hmong minority people. From here you can enjoy stunning views of rice terraces, and you will have the opportunity to see some of the animals used by the locals. Continuing on to Matra village you will come across the impressive ruins of a nunnery (or convent), often misconceived to be a monastery, dating back to the French occupation in the early 1900s. The next stop is the village of Ta Phin where you will be able to meet both Hmong and Red Dao minorities. The Red Dao are known for their expertise in herbal medicine as well as usage of plants from the land to treat many illnesses. Your guide will introduce you to some Red Dao women who can tell you more about their many remedies. You will be welcomed into the home of the Red Dao family, where dinner will be cooked on an open fire. You can soak your body in a herbal bath and sleep soundly enjoying the serenity of sleeping out in the mountains.

Second day – 10 km

On Day 2 as the resident rooster will kindly let you know it’s time to get up… and if that doesn’t rouse you, maybe the pigs asking for their food will. After breakfast you will begin your trek to Trung Chai Village, with a choice of routes depending on the weather and your preferences. Trung Chai is home to Red Dao and Hmong minorities, and they have chosen a location with an exceptional landscape! You will be provided with a picnic lunch on route to the village and upon arrival to Trung Chai there will be transport back to Sapa Town.


 

Muong Hoa Valley Villages – 2 days

Sapa – Sa Seng – Hang Da – Hau Thao – Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van – Lao Chai – Y Linh Ho

Day 1: Sapa – Sa Seng – Hang Da – Hau Thao – Giang Ta Chai

The tour will start at Sapa O’Chau cafe 9.30am in the morning, a short drive out of Sapa town to the walking path.

Follow a small trail, that will take you up the hill for 2 hours to the Den Thang range. Reach the top to enjoy the great view of the Fansipan Peak and the stunning Muong Hoa Valley as the trek approaches Hang Da Village – the home of Hmong which is at 1,800m above sea level and overlooks the Muong Hoa Valley. Discover the village and then have a picnic lunch.

After a short rest we will continue walking to Hau Thao village. You will see the stunning view of Muong Hoa valley. Arrive at Hau Thao Commune, you will have a chance to discover the daily life of the Black Hmong minority and their traditional customs and costume.

Continue trekking to Pho village then down the hill to Giang Ta Chai village where you will sleep in a homestay of Giay people. Your homestay is near the hanging bridge. Have dinner and relax.

Day 2: Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van – Lao Chai – Y Linh Ho

Enjoy the dawn and fresh air in the village, have a nice breakfast served by the house owner.

Start the trek by climbing the mountain on a small trail near the waterfall. Stop for a while to take photos on top of the waterfall. The trek will lead you through the bamboo forest to Ta Van village of Giay people. Have lunch in a local house near the Muong Hoa river bank.

In the afternoon, you will keep going to Lao Chai village – the home of Black Hmong people. Enjoy the view of the largest rice terrace fields in Sapa.

In the afternoon, continue walking to Y Linh Ho village then up the main road and you will return Sapa town by car.


 

Muong Hoa Trek – 3 days

Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Ban Ho – Nam Toong – Sapa

Day 1 – 14 km

On Day 1 we will leave Sapa at 9.30am and trek down to Cat Cat village, taking in the picturesque waterfall at the bottom of the hill. After a slight retrace of steps (but not all the way back up!) we will take a turn towards Y Linh Ho and begin a 2km walk through rice terraces. Y Linh Ho is home to the Hmong minority, and their hereditary rice terraces are around 100 years old. This is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in true Hmong culture! From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established Hmong minority village which has been inhabited for centuries. See the products of this minority at its best, with established rice terraces, homes and a vibrant community. You will be welcomed warmly by Mai and her family who run the first ever homestay owned and run by Hmong minority in the Sapa region. Sapa O’Chau supported Mai in setting up this homestay and we hope it’s the first of many!

Day 2 — 16 km

When you awake on Day 2, open the window and have a look outside – weather permitting – you will be treated to amazing views across the rice terraces in the valley. After breakfast you will make your way to Ta Van where you will visit the Giay minority people. This tribe traditionally fished for a living and as a result established themselves close to rivers. They have mastered the art of fishing with bamboo sticks, and cook the fish inside bamboo. Nowadays however you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice. We will continue our walk through an impressive bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, and then on to the village of Su Pan where you will be able to rest your legs and take in the stunning mountain scenery as we stop for a picnic lunch.

Feeling revitalized we will hike the final 6km to Ban Ho village where we will spend the night at a Tay people’s homestay. Their houses are particularly special as they are built on stilts overlooking rice terraces. Dinner will be cooked on an open fire, and some local speciality rice wine will be on offer to help you wind down!

Day 3 — 8 km

On Day 3 you will know when it’s time to wake up when you hear the patter of feet on bamboo as the household comes alive. After a filling breakfast in the homestay we will walk 3km to Nam Toong village, home to the Red Dao minority. Providing the weather is nice you will be able to cool off with a swim in the river (and if the weather’s not so nice you still can if you’re feeling brave!). Lunch will be provided back at the Ban Ho homestay, after which we will drive back to Sapa, arriving at around 3pm with a great sense of achievement!


 

Explore the Red Dao Culture Trek – 3 days

Sapa – Suoi ho – Ma Cha – Giang Cha – Ta phin -Sa Xeng – Ta chai -Ta Phin – Sapa

Day 1

As we ease into our tour with a relaxing start time of 9.30am, we depart from Sapa O’Chau Café or your hotel. It is here that we meet our friendly guide and begin the tour. Within a few minutes of walking, we bypass through the town of Sapa, and head on out to the spectacular countryside that Sapa has to offer. Throughout this trek, we walk alongside stunning rice terraces, with plenty of picturesque opportunities. As we make our way through this countryside, we meet both the Hmong and Red Dao minorities. This is a good opportunity to chat with your guide to learn about local life for minority groups in this area. As you arrive in the afternoon at your homestay village, you will be happily greeted by the local Red Dao people. Relax with a refreshing beer while dinner is prepared on an open fire. Share a few laughs, while you eat dinner with your homestay hosts as you also experience the local Rice Wine. Finish the night with a warming herbal bath, and sleep the night away in the peaceful surroundings of the mountains.

Day 2

After a relaxing sleep, you may be woken early to the sounds of the resident rooster. If you find this is too early to rise, you may like to sleep for a few more hours and be ready to take on the day with a freshly prepared cooked breakfast around 8.30am. We wander on through to the main village, observing this beautiful landscape. Here we witness local people working in the corn fields. Along the walk your guide will explain about the local plants, and the important uses they have for herbal medicines within this region. As we traipse on through the misty Mountains, you are provided with an opportunity to experience fantastic views, and take plenty of photos (with weather permitting, as it can change quite rapidly). With an ascent up into the mountains, we will enter into the charming village of the Red Dao people, where you are left to roam around independently and uncover the way of life for the local people within this village. It is here that you can take in the scenic view of the Chinese border (Please note: As mentioned above, weather can be unpredictable. Weather conditions vary on a day to day basis). Tonight we stay in a local house, hidden in amongst the mountains in the quiet village of Ta Chai.

Day 3

We begin the day with a shared breakfast within the village. Depending on the group’s preference, we have time to meet more of the local people or carry on with the trekking. As you begin the walk back to Ta Phin village, you are offered picturesque views with the layout of several houses located together overlooking the impressive mountainous landscape. We stop and relax to enjoy a picnic lunch, followed by a traditional local Red Dao herbal footbath. Feeling rejuvenated, we begin our walk back to the local bus station, with a bus waiting our arrival to transfer back into Sapa town.


 

Giay & Black Hmong Homestay – 3 Day

Sapa – Sa Seng – Hang Da – Hau Thao – Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van – Lao Chai – Y Linh Ho – Cat Cat – Sin Chai — Silver Waterfall – Sapa

Day 1: Sapa – Sa Seng – Hang Da – Hau Thao – Giang Ta Chai

The tour will start at Sapa O’Chau cafe in the morning with a short drive out of Sapa town to the walking path.

Follow a small trail, that will take you up the hill for 2 hours to the Den Thang range. Reach the top to enjoy the great view of the Fansipan Peak and the stunning Muong Hoa Valley as the trek approaches Hang Da Village – the home of Hmong which is at 1,800m above sea level and look over the Muong Hoa Valley. Discover the village and have a picnic lunch.

After a short break, we will continue walking to Hau Thao village. You will see the stunning view of Muong Hoa valley. In Hau Thao Commune, you will have a chance to discover the daily life of Black Hmong minority and their traditional customs.

Continue trekking down the hill to Giang Ta Chai village where you will sleep in a homestay of Hmong people. Your homestay is near the hanging bridge. Have dinner and relax.

Day 2: Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van – Lao Chai – Y Linh Ho – Cat Cat Village

Enjoy the dawn and fresh air in the village, have breakfast which is served by the house owner.

Start the trek by climbing the mountain on a small trail near the waterfall. Stop for a while to take photos on the top of waterfall. The trek will lead you through the bamboo forest to Ta Van village of the Giay people. Have lunch in a local house near the Muong Hoa river bank.

In the afternoon, you keep going to Lao Chai village for lunch – the home of Black Hmong people. Enjoy the view of the largest rice terrace fields in Sapa. You will continue trekking in a small trail through the rice field, mountain slope, go along the Muong Hoa river bank towards Y Linh Ho village and Cat Cat village. After arriving in Cat Cat village, you will see the hanging bridge, Golden stream, Fairy waterfall and Hydro Electric Station that was built by the French. Take a rest at our authentic homestay at Cat Cat village. Have dinner and sleep there.

* Caution! This homestay is truly authentic without a western toilet and bathroom. Hot water bath is possible by boiling water over a stove fire only.

Day 3: Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Silver Waterfall – Sapa

Today you will trek to Sin Chai village to see authentic local houses built completely with Pumu wood. Continue up the buffalo path to Silver Waterfall and have a pinic lunch and enjoy the nature view of Hoang Lien Son National Park. Explore the park around Silver Waterfall. Hop on to our car back to Sapa O’Chau cafe.


 

The Ultimate Trek – 4 days

Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Supan – Ban Ho – Nam Toong – My Son – Thanh Phu – Ban Ho

Day 1 – 16 km

On Day 1 we will leave Sapa at 9am and trek down to Cat Cat village, taking in the stunning waterfall at the bottom of the hill. After a slight retrace of steps (but not all the way back up!) we will take a turn towards Y Linh Ho and begin a 2km walk through rice terraces. Y Linh Ho is home to the Hmong minority, and their established rice terraces are around 100 years old. Rice appeared after the French left at the turn of the century – before this the Hmong traditionally hunted animals for food. This is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in true Hmong culture. From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established Hmong minority village which has been inhabited for centuries. See the product of this minority at its best with established rice terraces, homes and a vibrant community. You will be welcomed warmly by Mai and her family who run the first ever homestay owned and run by Hmong Minority in the Sapa region. Sapa O’Chau supported Mai in setting up this homestay and we hope it’s the first of many!

Day 2 – 17km

When you awake on Day 2, open the window and have a look outside – weather permitting – you will be treated to amazing views across the rice terraces in the valley. After breakfast you will make your way to Ta Van where you will visit the Giay minority people. This tribe traditionally fished for a living and as a result established themselves close to rivers. They have mastered the art of fishing with bamboo sticks, and cook the fish in the bamboo. Nowadays however you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice. We will continue our walk through an impressive bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, and then on to the village of Supan where you will be able to rest your legs and take in the stunning mountain scenery as we stop for a picnic lunch.

Feeling revitalized, we will hike the final 6km to Ban Ho village where we will spend the night at another homestay. This building is particularly special as it sits on stilts overlooking the rice terraces. Dinner is cooked on an open fire, and some local speciality rice wine will be on offer to help you wind down!

Day 3 – 16 km

On Day 3 you will know when it’s time to wake up when you hear the patter of feet on bamboo heading up the stairs to the bathroom. After a filling breakfast in the homestay we will walk 3km to Nam Toong village, home to the Red Dao minority. We will then follow a buffalo trail through sprawling rice terraces, taking in the spectacular views of Halong National Park as we make our way to My Son village. Here you can meet the Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest tribes in the Sapa area. We will spend the night in the village of Thanh Phu, where you enjoy local food and a warm bed in a Tay minority stilt house.

Day 4 – 6 km

We will start Day 4 with a filling breakfast, after which we walk from Thanh Phu back to Ban Ho by a different route, following the Muong Hoa River. It is an easy but beautiful route to wind down from the last three days, and it will give you the chance to absorb as much of the remaining scenery as possible. There will also be a chance to swim in the river if the weather is good (or even if it’s not if you are brave!). Transport will be waiting in Ban Ho to take you back to Sapa for a well deserved rest!

 

Price

From $40 USD per person, small group of 6

  Tour Class Group – double/twin sharing
1 2 3 4 5 6
2 days Nature View and Village Trek 180 125 105 85 68 45
Hmong homestay Trek 167 115 95 75 60 40
Red Dao Homestay Trek 167 115 95 75 60 40
Muong Hoa Valley Villages 167 115 95 75 60 40
3 days Muong Hoa Trek 303 180 155 120 105 75
Explore the Red Dao Culture Trek 335 195 165 135 118 95
Giay & Black Hmong Homestay 335 195 165 135 118 95
4 days The Ultimate Trek 389 235 205 185 158 125

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Included

Transport on the whole trip, meals, English speaking guide, Entrance fee, homestay fees

Not Included

Drinks, personal travel insurance, tips

Trip notes

What to bring

  • A hat & sunscreen, mosquito repellent.
  • Appropriate clothing for the season
  • Comfortable walking shoes/clothes
  • The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
  • Special request (diet or vegetarian …) should be sent before your departure date.

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Why Private tour – What are difference between Join-in-group tour and Private tour ?

Join-in-group tour: You join the tour some other tourists. You share the bus, boat, tour guide, so the price is cheaper. You have to be on time and follow the fixed itinerary and timetable.

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