The North Vietnam Trekking 6 days tour starts from Dien Bien with a car transfer to Muong Lay, Lai Chau where you begin a 5 day hard trek which leads you through remote hill tribe villages to Sin Ho, Tam Duong, Lai Chau. Discover the unique culture and traditional way of life of Vietnamese local tribes living in the mountainous highlands of Northwest Vietnam.
DAY 1: ARRIVE DIEN BIEN PHU -> MUONG LAY
Upon your arrival at Muong Thanh airport, you will be welcome by our local team and transferred to the downtown of Dien Bien. Have lunch in a local restaurant, then continue traveling by road to Muong Lay. It takes the whole afternoon with some optional short walk along the way to visit tribal villages. Arrival in Muong Lay, check in hotel and relax.
DAY 2: MUONG LAY -> TU CU PHIN
Breakfast and leave Muong Lay for 18km road transfer along the national road 12 for nearly an hour to Chan Nua 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 Tu Cu Phin 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: TU CU PHIN -> TA SAN -> NAM PE
Breakfast and then leave Tu Co Phin 08.30. Follow a dirt road downhill for ½ hour to the center of Lang Mo Commune. 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 Nam Pe Village of the Zao Tien sits amongst rice paddies. Explore this village before it gets dark.
DAY 4: NAM PE -> NAM NGAP
Leaving Nam Pe after breakfast, follow a narrow dirt trail which goes along the Nam Pe 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 Seo Phin village of the Black Zao, paying visit to local homes and then lunch break. Afternoon trek to the second hamlet of Nam Ngap. 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: NAM NGAP -> LAI CHAU
Leaving Nam Ngap at about 08.30 through a narrow valley along the Nam Ma Stream for 2 hours to Nam Tam Village of the Thai, paying visit to this village. Then wal along a rocky road for about ½ hour to Hong Quang village. 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 -> LAO CAI -> HANOI
Breakfast, check out hotel for car transfer to Hanoi. 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. You may wish having a short visit of Sapa before driving downhill to Lao Cai. Follow the new highway Laocai -> Hanoi.