Trekking North Vietnam offers the chance to visit the most beautiful region of Vietnam, the northern highlands. We at Lotussia Travel provide different trekking tours in north Vietnam including easy walks, medium hikes and challenging treks.
Where trekking north Vietnam
There are many places for trekking in North Vietnam such as Mai Chau valley, Pu Luong nature reserve, Tam Dao national park, Bac Ha, Ha Giang, Sapa, Cat Ba national park…
Those who don’t have much time but still love having some easy and fun treks, Mai Chau valley, Cuc Phuong National Park, An Lac Khe Ro forest, Ngoc So Ngo Luong nature reserve, and Pu Luong Nature Reserve will be some good suggestions.
There is a wide range of trekking tours can be arranged in Mai chau area ranging from a half day easy walks to multi-day challenging treks. It takes about 3.5 hour drive to travel from Hanoi to Mai Chau. If you leave Hanoi early in the morning, you get Mai Chau valley around noon. You have then the whole afternoon for hiking.
Pu Luong nature reserve is just half a hour drive from Mai Chau. Trekking in North Vietnam can’t be complete without a trek to Pu Luong. The trek can be arranged in two days, three days or four days. You can try easy trek that go through Thai and Muong hamlets. These hamlets are situated on the foot of the mountains. The treks do not require much of skills and power.
When trekking North Vietnam
The best time to trek in northern Vietnam is September – May. The good weather begins in mid-September until mid-may. During this time, you have cooler weather. There is possibly small rain that does last for two long.
Therefore if you pick Mai Chau or Sapa for your upcoming trip to Vietnam, then you should avoid the weekend. Most of Vietnamese people travel at weekend. Sapa and Mai Chau can be very crowded then. Besides, January is not a good month for hiking Sapa area including Sapa hill tribe villages, Hoang Lien national park and the Fansipan mountain.
Trekking in North Vietnam usually requires an English-speaking guide, and a porter. The trek usually goes through local hill tribe villages where local people do not speak English. A local guide is highly recommended. The local guide comes from the area. He/she knows well the local customs and traditions.