|DURATION||3 days / 4 nights|
Day 01: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Hang Kia village (L, D)
Pick up at your hotel at 8 am and leave Hanoi for Mai Chau valley, the beautiful gate way to the mountainous area of northern Vietnam. On the way we will have a short stop for refreshment. Mai Chau nestles in the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam, south west of Hoa Binh province. The valley of Mai Chau is inhabited by a community of one of Vietnam’s 54 minority groups, the White Thai while the upper lands of Mai Chau are inhabited by the H’mong minority group.
Upon arrival in Mai Chau we will pick up our local guide and continue driving to Xa Linh village, where we will have our lunch in a H’mong house before setting off on a beautiful trekking in the afternoon. From here we will not use our car until the last day. After lunch we will begin our trek on the village’s road and then walk on dirt path used by the locals. After 40’, we will reach Tra Day village, home to a small community of Black H’mong minority people. From the Tra Day village we have two options for trekking route to reach Hang Kia, where we will stay overnight. The easier route with rocky path running through another H’mong village. The harder route take more time to do with trail uphill through jungle and dirt path though terraces. We will reach Hang Kia around 5pm. Hang Kia is a small and scenic valley, which is home to a group of Flower H’mong minority people. Tonight we will stay overnight with a H’mong family. While our local guide cooks dinner we can take shower or stroll around the village. Dinner around 7.30 pm. Before going to bed we will treat our feet with herbal foot massage, which you do by yourself with ATV guide’s instruction.
Overnight at local house in Hang Kia
– 2h30 –> 3hrs trekking on dirt & rocky path, slightly uphill and downhill.
Day 02: Treeking from Hang Kia to Van Village (B,L,D)
After breakfast in the house, we will say goodbye to the family and begin an exciting trekking day. Right after the village we will walk on jungle trail for one hour. The trail could be a bit wet due to the dense trees that keep sunlight away. After that we descend the hill passing farm and terraces. The scenery is stunning with mountains, terraces and expansive valley. During the trek we will some breaks for snack, rest, and photographing. After crossing a small river we reach a village of White Thai minority group, where we have lunch in a local house. After lunch, you may wish to have a short nap in the house. In the remainder of the day we will walk on village road to reach Van village, a beautiful village of White Thai minority people. The road runs zigzag along the valley and through lots of scenic village. As you walking through these villages the locals may try to invite to come to their house and have dinner with them. Tonight we will have dinner and stay overnight in a Thai family. We will eat and sleep on the bamboo floor as it is the traditional way. Again, our local guide will cook dinner for us while we taking shower or having a pre-dinner drink. At the meal time the host will welcome us with home made rice wine.
Overnight at local house in Van village
– 5hrs –> 5h30 trekking on dirt & rocky path, slightly uphill and downhill.
Day 03: Trekking from Van village to Buoc village (B,L,D)
After breakfast we say goodbye to the family and begin 3-hr trek in the morning to reach Buoc village. The path will runs uphill and down hill through bamboo forest, terraces and farms. On the trek we may see farmers working on their farms. Around 12 pm we will reach Buoc Village, another scenic village of White Thai minority people. We will have lunch in local house and take a short nap if you wish. In the afternoon, we will enjoy 2-hr leisure trek around the village. Weather permitting, at the end of the day we could enjoy the cool water of the stream nearby the homestay.
Overnight at local house in Buoc village
– 5hrs trekking on dirt & rocky path, slightly uphill and downhill
Day 04: Treeking to Van Mai – Hanoi (B,L)
After breakfast we say goodbye to the family and enjoy the last trekking along mountain foot to reach Van Mai, where we will meet our car and driver for a short transfer to Pom Coong village for lunch in a local house. After lunch, we will head back to Hanoi. Arrive and drop off at your hotel
– 3hrs trekking on dirt & rocky path, slightly uphill and downhill
- Accommodation at local house as the mentioned program
- Homestay permission
- Transfer and transportation with private vehicle
- Mineral water & Snack
- English speaking Guide
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- Meals as indicated (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Diner)
- Meals and drink not mentioned
- Tip and personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- All the others not mentioned in the program
Level of difficulty:
5h00 of walking per day on average 4 days. Accessible to all who already have experience of hiking for several days and not fearing the discomfort …
The walking rythm is slow and steady, suitable for everyone, the discovery aspect is privileged over the sporting aspect.
No technical difficulty, sometimes slippery trail.
Vietnamese speaking guide throughout the journey. During the trek, sometimes team of local porters don’t follow you because they take another road passable by their mopeds to be in charge of shipping bags and cooking. They are employed on site and managed by a local guide, responsible for directing and communicating with the natives.
Luuggages: Only your business day.
Luggage transfers: By Minibuses or motors
- In Hanoi, in cozy B & B hotel in base of double room
- In small cities, hostel or guest house
- While walking, homestay very simples (sleeping on mats), but typical, offering the advantage of discovering truly minority life of Tonkin. But it is always possible to wash.
Vietnamese cuisine is rich and varied , as one of the finest in the world. However, the basis of Vietnamese cuisine is simply white rice, accompanied by a variety of vegetables, meat, fish, spices and sauces. At each meal, many small dishes that everyone can draw at will with chopsticks. You get used very quickly …
You are invited to share the rice wine by the host when you sleep at their home. Without upsetting the refuse is not always easy. For those who do not like alcohol, drink in one gulp and make him the cup with both hands and make you the happiest of men …
Regions through during this trek have been the site of bloody battles between the French and Viet Minh. For Vietnamese, it completely belongs to the past, especially since a large proportion of ethnic groups that we encounter fought alongside the French. The warm welcome in the villages is a usual. The paths are used by villagers and thus without any risk of mine.
What to bring:
A duffle bag or duffel bag with shoulder straps or better a large backpack which must not exceed 15 kg for business carried by the porters who have no other means than the backpack. Your backpack should be large enough to fit your business of the day (water bottle, camera, windbreaker, t-shirt spare …).