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Holiday walking vietnam

  • Trek in the backdrop of Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina (3,143m)
  • Meet the colourful hill tribes of Northern Vietnam
  • Soak up the atmosphere of colonial Hanoi

Walking through jungles and across verdant landscapes, the mountainous north of Vietnam is home to many cheerful and vibrant hill tribes.

As well as the challenging days trekking through hills and valleys, a wonderful feature of this adventure is spending a couple of nights on trek in the village homes of some of these welcoming tribes. With the help of your guide, you will able to learn more about their culture and traditions.

Always lively, sometimes chaotic, but never dull, this trip to Vietnam is ideal for those that enjoy a challenge and want real cultural experiences too.

After you trek in this wonderful region, we recommend you relax with a one night junk cruise around Ha Long Bay

Day 1. Depart for your flight to Hanoi.

Day 2. Arrive HanoiArrive Hanoi and meet at the group hotel. Relax and explore the area.

Day 3. Sightseeing; overnight train to Lao CaiTake a guided tour of the bustling colonial city of Hanoi. The afternoon is free and a good idea is to explore the vibrant market at Dong Xuan. Later, enjoy a truly local experience by travelling on the overnight train to Lao Cai.

Day 4. Arrive Lao Cai, transfer to Sapa, village trekArrive Lao Cai, drive up a mountain road winding along terraced hillsides to Sapa. Your first trek is through villages passing ethnic tribes along the way.

Day 5. Trek through Cat Cat ValleyTrek through Cat Cat Valley among spectaular scenery including a waterfall and the lush green rice paddy terraces. Tonight you will have a truly authentic experience of Vietnamese culture as you stay in a homestay of the Giay people.

Day 6. Trek along the Hoang Lien mountain rangeTrek along the Hoang Lien mountain range, which offers you many opportunities to enjoy view over huge rice paddy terraces in Muong Hoa valley. Pass through traditional villages and spend the night in a traditional house.

Day 7. Ascend to the highest point of the trekA slightly tougher day of walking as you ascend to the highest point of this trek (1,548m) and enjoy the sublime views across the valley. The trek eases up in the afternoon.

Day 8. Trek at the bottom of the valley along the river Descend to trek in the bottom of the valley along the river, surrounded by mountains. This trekking route offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Continue to Ta Trung Ho village to spend a night in authentic bamboo huts and a local house.

Day 9. Walk through rainforest, visit a local schoolReach the fringe of the rainforest and walk in the backdrop of Fansipan. Ascend to Nam Toong village and visit a local school. In the afternoon descend to the valley and walk to Thanh Phu village to spend the night in a traditional house.

Day 10. Gentle walk to Sin ChaiGentle walk off the beaten track to Sin Chai village. Tonight you’ll sleep in a traditional bamboo hut.

Day 11. Trek to Lao Cai, overnight train to HanoiThe final day of hilltribe trekking back to Lao Cai is through a remote mountainous area, passing bamboo forest and jungle. Reach Ta Thang and transfer by car to Lao Cai, where you can rest and shower at a local hotel before your overnight train to Hanoi.

Day 12. Arrive Hanoi; rest of the day free to exploreArrive Hanoi where you will be met and taken to a hotel for breakfast. The rest of the day is free to explore and shop for final souvenirs.

Day 13. Departure Hanoi

Vietnam Hidden Hilltribes of Vietnam


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