Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Best 3 Day Coc Ly Bac Ha Trekking Tour starts either from Lao Cai or Sapa, taking you to remote H’mong and Dzao villages of Bac Ha, Lao Cai province. This is one of our hard treks we customize for experienced hikers.
DAY 1: ARRIVE LAO CAI -> BAC HA
Guide and driver pick up you at Lao Cai station then transfer to Bac Ha passing the beautiful mountainous road. We’ll have ample time to explore the most colorful market in Northwest of Vietnam where you can meet about 10 different ethnic minorities, the place that people attend not only for trading but for rice-wine drinking, making friends… In the afternoon we trek through some Tay villages and visit Ban Pho village of Flower Hmong people. Dinner and overnight at local home – homestay.
DAY 2: BAC HA TREKKING
The first portion of the trek, we spend about 1.5 hours uphill along trail path to visit Flower H’Mong people and then we are waking along the large and rocky path to the center of the neighboring commune. In a dry day, the group may leave the main path at some sections to make short cut through thick rain forest. Arrival to the top at noon and enjoy lunch break for an hour. In the afternoon, we continue uphill along the large and rocky path to Quan Than San Village, on the way you can visit and Explore village of local people. Arriving at the home stay in a hamlet of the Flower Hmong at about 05.00 pm. Dinner and then relax.
DAY 3: BAC HA -> COC LY MARKET -> LAO CAI -> HANOI
Breakfast and then transfer about 1.5 hour to Coc Ly Market, open only on Tuesday. Arrive in the market place at about 09.30am, at crowded time of the market. Join local ethnic peoples for about 2 hours of the morning to enjoy the exciting atmosphere as well as activities of this weekly market. Walk from section to sections, corner to corners, seeing and smelling of different local product, spices, vegetable, farming tools, handicraft, even medicinal herb…especially meeting smiling peoples every where. Coc Ly is also famous cattle market where local farmers from villages in the region sell and by cows, horses, water buffaloes, pigs…, and there is a large ground just beside the main market place for this activity. The market is always crowded for the whole morning and over after lunch time. Leaving the market at noon, boarding a motor boat and cruising down stream the Chay River for 1.5 hour to Trung Do village of the Tay which is beautifully set on the bank of the river. Spend about an hour walking to explore this charming village before continuing the boat trip briefly to Bao Nhai. Enjoy late lunch in a local restaurant and then take 46 km road transfer back to Lao Cai station. Trip end.