9 Days Hard Trek Cao Bang, Ba Be National Park

This 9 Days Hard Trek Cao Bang, Ba Be National Park has just been released by Lotussia Travel, taking you to the most remotest hill tribe villages in northern Vietnam.

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

This 9 Days Hard Trek Cao Bang, Ba Be National Park has just been released by Lotussia Travel, taking you to the most remotest hill tribe villages in northern Vietnam. The hiking package is designed for those who don’t care about the comfort, but the beautiful landscapes, nature, mountains, paddy fields, and the rich ethnic culture. Taking this 9 day north east Vietnam off the beaten path trek, you have the chance to be the first foreigners to discover these untouched places!

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DAY 1: HANOI -> BA BE NATIONAL PARK

8.00am picked up at your hotel in Hanoi and brought to Ba Be national park, Bac Kan province. Stop on the way, in Thai Nguyen city to visit the local ethnology museum. This is the largest museum of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, spread over an area of 39,000 m2 in Vietnam and was established in 1960. It exhibits more than 10,000 documents and artefacts, which belong to the cultural heritage of 54 ethnic tribes of Vietnam. Lunch is served in a local restaurant en route. Arrival in Ba Be national park at about 15.00. If time permit, enjoy the boat trip on Ba Be lakes. Ba Be Lake is the largest natural lake in Vietnam. Having been formed approximately 200 million years ago, the lake is surrounded by limestone cliffs, which in turn are covered by primary forests. Dinner and overnight at local home – homestay.

DAY 2: BA BE NATIONAL PARK TREKKING

After breakfast, you start the day activities by hiking to Coc Toc village. This village is inhabited by the Tay people. Crossing the Pe Lu stream, you will then have some rough and steep terrain to cover, but not for too long, and after this, the hike becomes a little easier. Make a stop in a H’mong village, we will have a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, the trail goes through mountains and valleys. Make another stop to visit a Dzao village. You arrive then the Dau Dang waterfall is located on the border of the two provinces – Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang. Dinner and overnight at local home – homestay.

DAY 3: BA BE NATIONAL PARK TREKKING

Breakfast at the home stay. Prepare for another full day hike in Ba Be. Hike along the Nang river for a while before arrival in another Tay village, make stop for lunch. In the afternoon, keep hiking for another 3 hours to the village of the Red Dzao. The remote village is only accessible to walkers and horses. You get the chance to make a stop in a primary school to see curious and smiling kids. Dinner and overnight with a local family.

DAY 4: BA BE NATIONAL PARK -> PHIA DEN -> CAO BANG

Depart for Phja Den which is located at about 3 hour drive from Ba Be national park. Phja Den is situated at 1300m above the sea level, and mostly inhabited by the Nung. The weather is almost dry and cool all year round. The place is best known to Vietnamese people by its local vermicelli and green tea. You get the chance to visit a local factory before having lunch. After lunch, you will be taken by car to the start of the hiking trail. Trek for about 2 hours on roads on gravels, then the road get narrower as you hike through the forest. At about 4 – 5pm you arrive in a Red Dzao village which is beautifully set along a mountain side and paddy fields. Dinner and overnight at local home – homestay.

Special notes: this remote village still stays away from tourism. Facilities are very limited. Ask your Lotussia Travel consultant for updated information about lodging facilities such as hot water, shower, beds…

DAY 5: CAO BANG -> BAO LAC

After breakfast, you start the day activities by hiking uphill for about 1 hour. This is a small dirt road which goes through the forest. The second part of the trail goes mostly downhill to Lun Mua. There you will be picked up by your car and brought to Khuoi Khon. Travel along the national road #34 for about 3 hours before you see a small dirt road on your right. Take that road to get to Khuoi Khon village. The village is located at about 1000m above the sea level, and mostly inhabited by the black Lolo. The villagers still wear traditional clothes and keep their manners and customs. Dinner and overnight at local home.

DAY 6: BAO LAC TREKKING

breakfast at local home. The morning hike takes about 3-4 hours. You trek through forest, plantations and hill tribe villages of the H’mong. Lunch is provided in a local restaurant. After lunch, the hike is easier as you walk on road of gravels. After about 6K, you turn right, following a small hiking trail running along a beautiful valley. You see on the way mountains, forest, terraced paddy fields, corn fields, M’mong houses…You reach the Bac Lun village around late afternoon. This is another village that still stays away from tourism. This is another hill tribe village which still stays away from tourism. Facilities are very limited. Diner and overnight at local home.

DAY 7: BAO LAC TREKKING

Early breakfast at local home. Early departure is advised since today is the hardest day of the 12 day trip. There are about 8 hour hiking on rocky trails, and single dirt track. The first portion is tough as you mostly go uphill. Trekking through remote hill tribe villages, rice fields and plantation. Stop on the way to visit a local house. You arrive in a small town at about 9am. There is a small market which is open on the 5th and the 10th day lunar month. Spend a little time to discover the authentic market before being picked up by scooters and brought to Lu Pen (6K uphill). Keep hiking on the rocky trail to another H’mong village. Trekking this portion is hard and tough. Arriving in a H’mong village after 2-3 hours. Stop for lunch. Then continue hiking through the forest to reach Nam Van. This portion is also tough – you hike mostly in the forest. Dinner and overnight at local home.

DAY 8: BAO LAC -> CAO BANG

Breakfast at local home. Today is less difficult as you mostly hike downhill. Start the day activities at about 8.00am, you go uphill for a while then downhill until you see the village of Vai Khau. Make a short stop to visit the village. Then keep trekking on rocky trails to Nam Nu. There are other villages on the way. Make stop to discover these villages if time permit. Reach the Nung village of Nam Nu at noon. Have lunch. Picked up by your car and brought to Cao Bang. The drive takes about 3 hours past beautiful valleys and rice fields. Arriving Cao Bang town, check into a local hotel for overnight.

DAY 9: CAO BANG -> HANOI

After breakfast, enjoy the full day drive back to Hanoi. You can also make trip extensions towards Ha Giang, Sapa, or Halong bay. Contact us for suggestions.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

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.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes 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).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

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.

Trip Routes

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.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays 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.

Meals

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.

Drinks

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).

Vehicle

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.

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