Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
This 8 days Vietnam Adventure Trip is arranged in Lao Cai province, Sapa, Bac Ha, northern Vietnam. This is another multi-activity at challenging level. Visit remote hilltribe villages, trekking around Bac Ha, visit a ethnic highland market and cycling in Sapa.
DAY 1: LAO CAI -> BAC HA
Upon your early arrival at Laocai train station at about 05.30 to 06.00 am, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel team. Enjoy a short walk to a restaurant nearby for freshen up and then breakfast. Group meeting for regional information and tour briefing 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 Thanh Binh Commune. Start trekking from Ban Khuong Bridge(594m) along a large path uphill for 1,5 hours to Ta Thien A Village(734m) of the Flower Hmong. Paying visit to some local homes and a village school here. Continue hiking uphill for another hour to Thai Giang Chai 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 over an hour to the center of Lung Khau Nhin Commune (887m). Then follow the village path for 2 hours to Na Cap 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
Leaving Na Cap(740m) at about 08.30 to 9.00 am. Trekking along a single dirt trail downhill for 2 hours via Na Vang 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 Coc Re 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 Khuan Pung 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 Sin Chai Village, Ban Me 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 Man Than 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 Quan Than San 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 Quan Than San 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: Ta Van Chu(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 Thang Sin 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 of Lau Thi Ngai commune(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 hotel. Dinner and free walk to explore Bac Ha town let.
DAY 5: CAN CAU MARKET
After breakfast, you will start your drive to Can Cau market. Situated 20 km from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small, but very colorful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic display of Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La ethnic costumes. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will leave the market for Bac Ha town for lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a walk to Ban Pho, a small village of Nung and Flower H’mong. The villagers grow vegetables and fruit trees. One of the most famous fruit of the area is plum. Visit a local house and taste a cup of corn wine, another famous product of the village. Then go back to hotel late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Bac Ha at hotel.
DAY 6: BAC HA -> SAPA
After breakfast, you will spend the whole morning joining the local tribal peoples including Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay for the market activities and festive atmosphere. All peoples in their best traditional costume gather every Sunday for shopping, but socializing is of great importance. The cattle and clothing sections are the most interesting until 11.00 and then comes the food section where peoples meet, talk, enjoy food and especially drink a kind of locally made corn-wine. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in Bac Ha town. In the afternoon, travel to Sapa.
DAY 7: SAPA BIKING
Start the trip from Sapa, 10 minutes road ride southwards of Sapa town let. Turn left and follow a large dirt and rocky track 1 hour uphill to Hang Da Village of the Hmong neat the top of Den Thang Mountain. Enjoy great view of Muong Hoa Valley and a short walk to explore this isolated village. Continue riding for 15 minutes on high elevation of the mountain side and then the track become narrow and tough for 1 hour downhill. Some part of the trail are really tough with loosed rocks. Passing several hamlets of the Black Hmong of Hau Thao Commune with some short stops for meeting peoples. Continue to Hoa Su Pan Village. Cycle along the zigzag motor way another 1 hour to Thanh Phu Village of the Tay. Lunch break. Ride for the whole morning along a single dirt track through the lush area to Nam Cum Village, paying visiting to some Red Zao home here before continue to Sin Chai B. Arriving to home stay at about 4.30 pm, enjoy a leisure walk to explore this charming village of the Red Zao. Dinner and home stay.
DAY 8: SAPA CYCLING
Today’s ride will be a little softer. Biking track is a combination of single dirt trail and large path. Leaving Sin Chai B at 09.00 am, riding along a large rocky path 20 minutes and then turn to dirt path for 1 hour to Nam Nhiu. Continue from Nam Nhiu to Nam Sai Valley. Walk around this beautiful valley, paying visit to the Tay who live in stilt houses. Lunch break. Biking after lunch for 3 km along a large path then turn to dirt path to My Son, walk to explore this village of the Xa Pho. Ride uphill along a single dirt track to Nam Toong village of the Red Zao and then downhill to Thanh Phu Bridge. You will be picked up by your vehicle again and transferred back to Sapa. Trip ends.