Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The 6 days Trekking North West Vietnam tour offers the opportunity to visit marvelous landscapes of the remote North West, Sin Ho and Sapa highland, to discover unique culture and amazing way of life of tribal ethnic peoples living in the remote villages of the Northwest Vietnam.
DAY 1: ARRIVE DIEN BIEN PHU -> MUONG LAY
Picked up upon arrival to Muong Thanh airport and transfer to Dien Bien City. Lunch and then continue by road to Muong Lay for the whole afternoon with some short walk along the way to visit tribal villages. Arrival in Muong Lay Town let in late afternoon, check in hotel and relax.
DAY 2: MUONG LAY -> LAI CHAU
Breakfast and leave Muong Lay for 18km road transfer along the national road 12 for nearly an hour to Village of the Thai people. Start trekking from here (196m) along a stream for 1,5 hour. Short break and then continue trekking along a narrow path up steep mountain for about 2 hours to the lunch break point at the hight 680m. The view of the valley stretching far from here, fabulous forest dotting with farm land and villages. Continue along a tough trail mostly uphill for about 3 hours in the afternoon through narrow passages to village of the Red Hmong which located in a large valley surrounded by high hill and mountain(1,299m). Spend the rest of the afternoon walking around exploring this remote village.
DAY 3: LAI CHAU TREKKING
Breakfast and then leave at 08.30. Follow a dirt road downhill for ½ hour. Turn right from here and follow a narrow trail which winds its way through a hamlet of the White Hmong and then getting through thick rain forest for nearly 3 hours. Arriving to an isolated hamlet of the Zao Tuyen, paying visiting to several local homes before crossing a stream to the other side. Lunch break for an hour here. Continue trekking after lunch for about over 2 hours through young offshoot forest on steep mountain side which offers great view of beautiful valley on right hand with terraced rice fields and villages. The last portion of the trail gets downhill for an hour to the bottom of the valley, where the Village of the Zao Tien sits amongst rice paddies. Explore this village before it gets dark.
DAY 4: LAI CHAU TREKKING
Leaving after breakfast, follow a narrow dirt trail which goes along the Stream for nearly an hour and then uphill through corn and dry rice fields for 1,5 hour to the hill top. Taking a short break and then trekking downhill for an hour to village of the Black Zao, paying visit to local homes and then lunch break. Afternoon trek to the second hamlet. Walking around this charming village of the Lu ethnic people whose population is just about 7 thousand individuals in Vietnam, who live the sedentary life style mainly along the Nam Mu River in Lai Chau Province. The rest hours of the afternoon is for relax.
DAY 5: LAI CHAU TREKKING
Leaving at about 08.30 through a narrow valley along the Stream for 2 hours to Village of the Thai, paying visit to this village. Then wal along a rocky road for about ½ hour. Picked up for a three hour road transfer to Lai Chau Town with several stops along the way for stunning scenery of the Sin Ho highland and the Phong Tho Valley. Arriving to Lai Chau at about 1,30 pm, late lunch and then free in the afternoon to explore the new township of Lai Chau Province.
DAY 6: LAI CHAU -> SAPA
It is an easy day today. Breakfast, check out hotel at 9.00 for transfer to Sapa. The first hour of the road ride offers stunning scenery of the Phong Tho Valley, Giang Ma mountain Pass and the lush Binh Lu Valley. There will be some stops along the way before taking a long break at Binh Lu Town let for having a quick look at Binh Lu Market where the Lu, Lao and Red H’mong often comes every morning. Then continue along road 4D uphiil the Hoang Lien Son Mountain range for 1,5 hor to Tram Ton Pass. Enjoy a long break here for magnificent landscape before transferring downhill for 20 km to Sapa Town. Lunch upon arrival to Sapa at noon and then enjoying 3 hours in the afternoon walking around Sapa town, the famous former French hill-station.