Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Bac Ha Trekking Tour 6 days starts from Lao Cai, taking you to Bac Ha remote hill tribe villages where you enjoy spectacular landscapes of the rugged mountain terrain along the border with China, meet up with tribal peoples living in an untouched region to discover their unique culture and way of life as well as experiencing local hospitality.
DAY 1: LAO CAI -> LUNG KHAU NHIN -> NA CAP
Welcomed upon early arrival at Lao Cai station at about 05.30 to 06.00 am, short walk to a restaurant nearby for freshen up and then breakfast. Group meeting for regional information and tour brief as well as clearing formality for traveling through the border region before Leaving Lao Cai at about 08.30 for a 38 km road transfer to Thanh Binh Commune. Start trekking from Ban Khuong Bridge(594m) along a large path uphill for 1,5 hours to Ta Thien A village(734m) of the Flower Hmong. Paying visit to some local homes and a village school here. Continue for another hour uphill to Thai Giang Chai Village(941m) of the Zao Tien peoples. Explore the village and then lunch break. Ascending after lunch for half an hour to the hill top(1042m) and gradually downhill over an hour to the center of Lung Khau Nhin Commune(887m). Then follow the village path for 2 hours to Na Cap village of the Nung(740m). Walking to explore this village which over looking down to the Chay River for the rest of the afternoon.
DAY 2: NA CAP -> COC RE -> BAN ME
Leaving Na Cap(740m) at about 08.30 to 9.00 am. Trekking along a single dirt trail downhill 2 hours via Na Vang Village of the Nung(563m), then through burnt over land and terraced paddies to Chay River(270m). Cross the river by boat to the other bank and enjoy a long break before ascending along a narrow dirt trail up steep hill for 1,5 hour(slope: 15% to 35%) to Coc Re Village of the Flower Hmong(600m). Explore the village and then lunch break. The trek in the afternoon is easier as the trail winds its way on high hill sides for over 1 hour offering great view of the magnificent valley along the Chay River, passing Khuan Pung village(710m) of the Zao and Nung. Reaching to the top at 761m in mid afternoon and then easy walk for 2 hours descending to Sin Chai Village, Ban Me Commune(565m). Arrival to home stay at about 5.00 pm. relax and free walk to explore this charming village.
DAY 3: BAN ME -> QUAN THAN SAN
Breakfast and departure at 08.30. Trek(565m) uphill for the whole morning. The trail is narrow and steep, some parts are really tough. But the surrounding nature and landscapes is perfect. Passing several hamlets of the Flower Hmong, enjoy contacting with local peoples who probably have ever met western visitors before. Lunch break near a hill-top(1541m). Afternoon trek makes a cut through the Man Than Commune southeastwards up and down hill for 1,5 hour until arriving to narrow valley. From here trekking along a trail running on hill side along the valley(1490m) for another 1,5 passing some small villages of the Nung and Flower Hmong and then slightly uphill to the home stay at the southern edge of Quan Than San Commune. Arriving at the home stay(1565m) in a hamlet of the Flower Hmong at about 05.00 pm. Dinner and then relax.
DAY 4: QUAN THAN SAN -> BAC HA
Breakfast and then leaving Quan Than San at 09.00 am. The first portion of the trek(1565m) is easy for about 2 hours along the large and rocky path, mostly downhill to the center of the neighboring commune: Ta Van Chu(1275m). In a dry day, the group may leave the main path at some sections to make short cut through thick rain forest. Then the trail goes uphill the Thang Sin mountain range(1464m), passing some isolated hamlets of the Flower H’mong. Arrival to the top at noon and enjoy lunch break for an hour. Afternoon trek is easier as the path gradually descend to the large valley of Lau Thi Ngai Commune(1059m) and later along a narrow stream through this stunning valley towards Bac Ha(917m) passing several hamlets of the Flower Hmong and later of the Tay villages which look prosperous thanks to plump gardens. Arriving in Bac Ha in late afternoon, check in the Sao Mai hotel. Dinner and free walk to explore Bac Ha town let.
DAY 5: BAC HA -> NAM MON
Breakfast at Sao Mai hotel and then enjoy the full morning to attend the famous Sunday Market in Bac Ha which offers a chance for experiencing and understanding spiritual life of the local tribal peoples living in this remote land of the far north. Lunch in a local restaurant and then check out hotel at 1.30 pm. Trekking the whole afternoon from Bac Ha(917m) through Na Hoi village of the Tay to Coc Cai Village of the Flower H’mong in Nam Mon Commune(790m). Arriving to home stay at about 5.00 pm and free to explore this charming village.
DAY 6: NAM MON -> LAO CAI -> HANOI
Today is the last day of the trip and it is an easy day. Breakfast and leave home stay at 08.30 am to follow a narrow trail uphill for ½ hour and then downhill to the bottom of the valley(438m), then trek along a narrow stream about 2 hour to Trung Do Village(135m) of the Tay which consisted of about 40 houses built on stilts on the bank of the Chay River which is beautifully set in harmony with the surrounding nature. Enjoy a leisure walk to explore this prosperous village before lunch in a local home. Leaving Trung Do and walk along the Chay River for over an hour to pay visiting to some hamlets of the Black Zao and H’mong of the Cac Cop Village and from here takes the boat trip down stream the Chay River to Bao Nhai Commune(129m). Picked up at the end of the boat trip and transfer to Lao Cai. Freshen up and dinner before boarding the night train for Hanoi.