Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Sapa 3 day trek takes you to such hill tribe villages as Y Linh Ho, Seo Mi Ty, Den Thang, Ta Trung Ho, Nam Toong where you enjoy spectacular landscapes of the Hoang Lien mountain range and Hoang Lien national park, and to discover the unique culture, custom and way of living of the Hmong, Zao, Tay ethnics with two nights home stay in tribal villages for local life experiences.
DAY 1: SAPA -> SEO MI TY
Departure at 08.30 heading southwards along the paved road for 3 km, turn right to follow a dirt path for nearly one hour through impressive terraced rice paddies gradually downhill to Muong Hoa river(1,486m to 1,085m). This portion of the trip offers breathtaking scenery of Hoang Lien mountain range and Sapa Valley. Cross the river by suspension bridge and then the trail gets narrower and tougher uphill for about another hour from to Lao Hang Chai(1,146m). This portion of the trek includes a long and steep ascend but offers great view of Muong Hoa Valley. Paying visit to several local homes in Lao Hang Chai village before lunch break. Leave Lao Hang Chai after lunch and trek along the narrow trail for half an hour between farm land and bamboo forest with not too much up and down before challenging the steep path for about 1,5 hour, through thick rain forest to 1,785m high. Taking a long break here for recovery and enjoying the marvelous panorama of Muong Hoa Valley. The last portion of the trek today takes about 1 hour gradually downhill to Seo Mi Ty village of the Hmong which sits near the bottom of a stunning valley(1,548m). The rest hours of the afternoon is for relaxing by the stream near the newly built hydraulic power station.
DAY 2: SEO MI TY -> TA TRUNG HO
Leave Seo Mi Ty at 09.00 after breakfast. Take an easy walk along a large path for 20 minutes downhill, passing through a small hamlet. And then the trek gets harder for 2 hours along a tougher which is a combination of lose rocks, steep dirt track and stream crossings, through re-grown forest to Den Thang village(from 1,548m to 1,294m). Walking to explore this isolated village for half an hour before lunch break. Afternoon trek is also downhill for most of the way about 2 hours from Den Thang to Ta Trung Ho suspension bridge (at 872m). The trail is tough plus two stream crossings which makes this part harder. Enjoy a short rest here before challenging 3 km uphill to home stay at a small Red Zao hamlet(at 984m).
DAY 3: TA TRUNG HO -> THANH PHU -> SAPA
Breakfast and trekking from home stay at 08.30. Morning trek is a real challenge along a narrow dirt trail which sneaks on steep hill sides from the height of 950m up to nearly 1,370m. Lunch break at the top of the mountain in the thick rain forest. Trekking downhill after lunch for about another 2 hours. The trek is hard for bad trail condition including some tough descends. Arriving in Nam Toong Village(679m) in mid afternoon, spend an hours for visiting this charming village. The last portion of the trek from Nam Toong to Thanh Phu Bridge(392m) takes 1,5 hour mostly downhill through farmed land featured with narrow terraced paddies. Picked up upon arrival at Thanh Phu Bridge and transfer 26km by road back to Sapa. Trip end with drop off at hotel.