Trekking Remote Vietnam places Muong Hum is one of our joined-in trekking package is designed for travelers who have limited budget or those like traveling in a group tour. The 3 day tour departs every evening from Hanoi. The hike is highly recommended for trek lovers who are willing to sacrifice modern facility for the unique discovery of interesting cultures and local ways of life. They get the opportunity to enjoy marvelous beauty of nature in the non-touristy region where local hill-tribal peoples and life is not effected yet by modern commercial life and mass tourism.
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai.
You will be picked up at 20.30 pm. Boarding local public bus at 21.30 pm for Lao Cai. The coach stops twice for stretching along the way and arrive in Lao Cai at about 5.00 am the next morning.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Muong Hum.
Meet local tour guide upon arrival in Lao Cai, have a cup of tea before boarding our shuttle van for 1 hour and 20 minutes road transfer to Muong Hum is located at the eastern edge of Hoang Lien Mountain Range, 42km away from Lao Cai City. Freshen up and have breakfast. Depart at 9.30 am for a full day trekking to explore Den Sang Valley. Follow the paved path from home-stay to cross the stream (567m) and then uphill for an half hour to Den Thang, then continue trekking along an earthen path which winds up and down on high elevation(769m) of Den Thang Mountain for more than two hours. Enjoy great view over Den Sang valley and Sang Ma Sao Valley. Visit to local homes of the Blue H’mong and Dzao people. Then follow the narrow trail hiking downhill to the bottom of Den Sang Valley (668m), cross the stream to the northern bank and follow a narrow dirt trail going uphill for half an hour to a small hamlet of the H’mong (795m), meet hospitable H’mong people doing their everyday works before following the dirt trail 2 hours gradually downhill to Lang Moi Village which is set near the bottom of Sang Ma Sao Valley (679m). Explore this peaceful village before checking into a local home-stay at about 5.00pm.
Day 2: Muong Hum Trekking.
Breakfast and depart at 8.30am for 7 hours medium trekking. From home-stay (679m), the dirt trail sneaks amongst terraced paddies along the stream for nearly 2 hours through Sang Ma Sao Valley, passing by several hamlets of the White H’mong. Enjoy beautiful scenery as well as pay visiting to some H’mong homes along the way. Reaching to the large hamlet of the H’mong belong to Ki Quan San Village (936m) which is situated at the northern edge of the valley right at the foot of a imposing mountain range. Walk around the village, pay visiting to the village school and kinder garden before trekking up steep path for an hour to an isolated hamlet on the top of Ma Mu Su mountain (1,014m), have lunch break here. Continue trekking after lunch for 2 hours along the large path getting through Ki Quan San Village, pay visiting to houses of the Red Zao people in well-organized hamlet for understanding culture and living way of the Zao which is quite different from that of the H’mong. Leaving the Zao Hamlet of Ki Quan San Village in mid afternoon for an hour walk mostly downhill to home-stay.
Day 3: Muong Hum – Lao Cai – Hanoi.
Breakfast and leave homestay at 08.00am. Trek along a narrow trail for one hour to cross a piece of green forest to get to Pieng Lao Valley. From here follow the large village path to get through some hamlet of the Giay and H’mong scattering around this beautiful valley for 2 hours before lunch break. Trek down to the bottom of the valley, cross the stream to other side and trek uphill for an hour to Ta Le village of the Red Zao and onto Sin Chai, the village of the Ha Nhi People. Pay visit to some local homes before moving downhill to our base in Muong Hum. The trek ends up at about 2.30pm, take shower and rest before being picked up and transferred by car to Lao Cai. There you board the public bus again for your return to Hanoi. Trip ends.
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Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam 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.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or 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.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.