Bac Ha Vietnam Trekking is a hard trek that we customize for customers with over average strength and mobile ability plus some trekking practice or experience. The trekking trail is tough including long ascends and descends which are steep and slippery at many part due to tough terrain.one Spectacular landscapes of the rugged mountain terrain along the border Vietnam-China.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Bac Ha.
Welcome 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 the start point. Start trekking along a large path uphill for 1,5 hours A Village(734m) of the Flower Hmong. Paying visit to some local homes and a village school here. Continue for another hour uphill to 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 to the center of the Commune(887m). Then follow the village path for 2 hours to 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: Bac Ha Trekking.
Trekking along a single dirt trail downhill 2 hours via 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 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 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 Commune(565m). Arrival to home stay at about 5.00 pm. relax and free walk to explore this charming village.
Day 3: Bac Ha Trekking.
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 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 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: Bac Ha Trekking.
Breakfast and then leaving 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 (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 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 (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 Market.
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 village of the Tay to Village of the Flower H’mong (790m). Arriving to home stay at about 5.00 pm and free to explore this charming village.
Day 6: Bac Ha – 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.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ 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 itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
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.