Off the beaten track Ha Giang Vietnam Trekking is a private guided tour we design for budget travelers who travel Hanoi Ha Giang by overnight bus. The off-the-beaten path trekking tour offers the chance to visit remote H’mong, Dzao villages where the local life conditions are quite simple and basic.
DAY 1: TRAVEL TO HA GIANG
7.00 AM: You will be met up by our local guide in Vi Xuyen and brought to a local guesthouse for shower. Breakfast is provided in a local restaurant in town. Depart for a Tay’s village. From there, you start your trek by following a village path for about one hour before you make the first stop for visiting a house of the Tay. Spend a little time for exploring their traditional house, customs and traditions.
Keep trekking uphill for around two more hours through primitive forest, tea plantations and terraced paddy fields. You arrive then in a village of the Black Dzao, located by the hillside. There you make another break for lunch, provided at local home.
In the afternoon, you continue hiking uphill for another 3.5 hours before you arrive in a village of the Dzao “long dress”. The Ao Dai in their name is due to the similarity of their tunic to the Ao Dai of the Viet Kinh. However, it is usually hooked up at the front. A distinctive bonnet of black and red material embroidered at the edges and decorated with coloured tassels and small coins is also worn. There you have time for a short walk before having dinner at local home.
DAY 2: HA GIANG TREKKING
After breakfast, provided at local home, you trek downhill for about a half hour to a village where both the Nung and the Dzao live together. With a total population of over 700,000 the Nung constitute the seventh largest ethnic minority group in Vietnam. Nung communities are found today mainly in Cao Bang and Lang Son provinces, but they are also settled in parts of Ha Giang province.
A stop is scheduled for visiting local houses or the local primary school (if possible). You keep trekking uphill for about three more hours until you reach the summit of the pass. You make a stop where your lunch is provided in the open air.
You spend the afternoon admiring the beauty of terraced rice fields, the tea plantations of the Dzao “long dress” and the La Chi. The hiking trail of the afternoon trek is larger, easier taking you to the homestay at about 16.00.
Enjoy homes-hosted dinner and spend the night at local home.
DAY 3: HA GIANG -> HOANG SU PHI -> HANOI
Breakfast is provided at local home. Departure at 9.00 AM. You follow a dirt road which leads to the community of the La Chi. There a stop is scheduled for your discovery of the Vietnam smallest ethnic group.
Follow a small trail that runs in zigzag through green forest and isolated villages of the H’mong, the Tay and the Nung, the trek last for about three hours before you make a short stop for lunch.
Keep trekking in the afternoon until you get into Hoang Su Phi town at around 16.00pm. Lying at the bottom of towelling Tay Con Linh mountains, Hoang Su Phi is famous not only for its most beautiful terraced fields but also its traditional market where people from the ethnic minority groups of Tay, Nung, Dao and H’Mong gather from early morning to mid-day every Sunday.
Picked up by motor-taxi or taxi and brought to Tan Quang. Hotel day use is provided in a local guesthouse (for shower). Then you catch the overnight bus to get back to Hanoi. Trip ends.