Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Ha Giang Trek 7 days is one of our most challenging treks we arrange in northern Vietnam. Start the trip in Lao Cai, Bac Ha, trek through Ha Giang villages and ends up in Hanoi. Enjoy visiting magnificent and beautiful landscapes of the Bac Ha Highland, the Chay River Massif as well as fabulous land of the remote far north; Discover of local tribal ethnics’ unique cultures and ways of life. Especially joining the local tribal peoples at one the regional markets of the hill tribal peoples.
DAY 1: LAO CAI -> BAC HA
Welcomed by local tour guide upon early arrival at Lao Cai station. Freshen up and breakfast. Transfer by road to one of the famous regional markets: Coc Ly or Ban Cam on Tuesday; Cao Son on Wednesday; Lung Khau Nhin on Thursday; Can Cau on Saturday; Bac Ha on Sunday. Spend 2 to 3 hours joining the locals at the market place where tribal peoples in their best traditional costumes come once a week not only for shopping but also for socializing. Transfer to Bac Ha Town Let, check in the Sao Mai hotel for a short rest. The rest of the afternoon is set for trekking around the stunning Ban Pho Valley. Clients may choose to take the shorter loops for 1,5 hours or longer loops which offers better view of Ban Pho Valley and takes nearly 3 hours.
DAY 2: BAC HA -> TA CU TY
Breakfast, check out hotel at 08.00am. Leave Bac Ha and transfer for an hour to the starting point of trekking trail in Lung Phin Commune with several photo stops along the way. Start trekking from Ta Chai Village of the Phu La ethnic along a narrow valley through Quan Hoa Hamlet for 3 hours. Lunch break. Continue trekking for one more hour and arrive to Lu Suoi Tung Village of the Flower Hmong. Spend 2 hours walking through this isolated village, paying visit to local school and several Hmong family for a discovery of their living way. Picked up at Lu Suoi Tung for 8 km road transfer to home stay near the center of Ta Cu Ty Commune. This portion of the road offers spectacular landscapes of the Ban Gia Valley with several photo stops before arriving to home stay.
DAY 3: TA CU TY -> NAM DAM
Breakfast and saying good bye to local hosting family at 08.30am. The whole morning trekking along a large path with great view of the Ban Gia valley to Song Lam village of the Nung ethnic peoples for 3 hours. Lunch break at Song Lam near the village school. Afternoon trek following a narrow footpath with challenging for another 2,5 hours (hard trek) up and downhill the Nam Dan mountain through the thick bamboo and rain forest. Suddenly the panorama view of the Nam Chien valley open wide in the sight as the trail process downhill to Nam Dan village of the Nung ethnic peoples. Paying visiting to the famous rock-field with scripts carved by ancient peoples. Continue trekking along a larger trail for 1 more hour to home-stay at Nam Chien Village of Nam Dan Commune.
DAY 4: NAM DAM -> NAM CHONG
Breakfast and then leaving Nam Chien Village at 08.30am. Transfer along the paved road for 14 km over the Gio mountain pass through thick rain forest to the southern side. From here, enjoy a leisure walk for 3 hours through Nam Nhung and Khau Rom village of the Tay and Zao peoples along the narrow valley of the Nam Li River. Lunch break near a suspension bridge. Cross the Nam Li River to the southern bank, trekking uphill to Quang Thuong Village and then downhill to Nam Choong Village of the Zao peoples which is beautifully set on the southern bank of Nam Li River and endowed by nature with a mineral hot spring.
DAY 5: NAM CHONG -> TAN MINH
Today is probably the most interesting day of the whole trip for the superb scenery and wild nature which changes after every quarter trekking. But is also the greatest challenge so far. After enjoying easy walk the the Nam Ly Valley, the trail gets tougher uphill for over an hour to Cao Son Village of the Hmong and Zao. Then, leaving the large path for a narrow trail which winds through tea farm and later thick forest aprrox.1,5 hour. Great challenging amidst wild nature! Lunch break at the top of a mountain before getting downhill to Trung Son Village of the Nung. Afternoon trek become easier along a narrow valley for nearly 2 hour to Tan Minh village of the Red Zao, then onto the center of Ho Thau Commune. Take an easy walk in late afternoon for 20 minutes to home stay.
DAY 6: TAN MINH -> THONG NGUYEN
It is an easy day today. Leaving home stay after breakfast and trekking for the whole morning along a narrow but rather good trail through Ho Thau Valley passing charming villages of the Zao and Nung ethnic peoples scattering on hill sides. Long lunch break near Nam Son Bridge with swimming possibility in the clear water of the Nam Dich River. Picked up and transfer by road to Panhou ecolodge at Thong Nguyen Commune. The rest of the afternoon is set at leisure for freshen up or walking to explore the surrounding of Panhou.
DAY 7: THONG NGUYEN -> HANOI
Transfer about 1,5 hour from Panhou to Tan Quang Junction with a stop at Hoang Su Phi Heaven Gate. Then follow national road 2 for over 5 hours via Tuyen Quang and Viet Tri to Hanoi with some break along the way. Lunch in Tuyen Quang. Arrive in Hanoi at about 06.00 pm, trip end with drop off at hotel.