DÉPART/RETOUR Thac Ba – Coc Pai – Phieng Lang – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ba Be – Hanoi
DURÉE 16 jours / 15 nuits
ENDURANCE PHYSIQUE 6/10
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Jour 01: Hanoi Arrival (D)


Arrive in Hanoi The guide will pick you up and drive you to your hotel in Hanoi center. Depending on your flight, you will have the rest of the day free to start the city tour, meet the inhabitants of the capital, wander in the streets or stay and relax, you will have free time and without constraint. In the evening, our team will welcome you for a welcome dinner in one of the gourmet restaurants in Hanoi.
Overnight at hotel.
Gift of the Day: Postcards + Country + Map Map Trek
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Day 02: Hanoi - Duong Lam old village - Thac Ba (B, L, D)


You will leave the province of Yen Bai. On the road, you will stop at the village of Duong Lam buildings whose structure remains the same for hundreds of years: door, ancient banyan tree, temple, Mong Phu communal house and house dedicated to the worship of ancestors, old houses, pagoda built in 1632 and with 300 statues of Buddha. This small village is charming and will welcome you as it should. Lunch in a family home. Then in the afternoon, you will travel on a road that winds through beautiful majestic limestone peaks in the middle of rice fields. Arrival in Vu Linh. You will meet Dao who will welcome you into their beautiful home on stilts. The view is breathtaking, the beauty of the lake that borders the house is spectacular. You can swim or walk around if your heart tells you. In the evening you will dine and sleep at your new host. It is a perfect place to mingle with people and discover the customs of the Dao.
Overnight at the local house.
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Day 03: Thac Ba - Xuan Giang (B, L, D)


After breakfast, you will go for a ride on a boat and slide on the lake bristling with hundreds of small islands in the shape of inverted bowl .. In the afternoon, leave for Giang Xuan. Arriving at the village inhabited by the Tay. Walk in the region of beautiful rice fields and thatched houses very authentic.
Overnight at the local house.
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Day 04: Xuang Giang - Coc Pai - Trek (B, L, D)


Going early in the morning to Coc Pai via a beautiful mountain road, recently restored. Arrival in Coc Pai. Meeting with the Porteur team and then trek to start Xin Khau. Walking up in two hours and a beautiful view of the rice terraces carved into the mountainsides. Arriving at the village of Sin Khau.
Overnight at the local house of Nung Peoples (5 hours walking)
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Day 05: Trek (B, L, D)


You follow the path bordering the multitude of rice terraces and villages across the Nung, Hmong colorful. A long climb through a jungle trail to the top of Gragn 1800 m. Downhill with the beautiful scenery on the other side of the neck. You cross the village of Zao and reach the village of Tay for the night. Possibility of taking bath in a beautiful river side of the house.
Overnight at the local house. (6-7 hours walking)
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Day 06: Trek (B, L, D)


Going climbing gently to the village of Dao. Aujoud’hui you are walking half the day while in the afternoon, you will make a small collection of course tea. The region is grown our day of tea and you leave with Zao to the collection of tea. This work requires a lot of patience and skill. Afternoon, working with local peoples in thea plantation….
Overnight at the local house. (4 hours of walking)
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Day 07: Trek (B, L, D)


Morning departure for walking in the area inhabited by the Tay. Visit schools during trek . Arrival at the village of Tay.
Overnight at the local house. (5 hours walking)
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Day 08: Trek - Ha Giang(B, L, D)


Departure for the last day of trekking in the region. You go up the hills and descedez cultivated and the palm trees. You cross the vllages Tay, Hmong somewhat lost in the small valleys. Picnic in Pa Then, not many people in vietnam … with a view magnifque descent and resumption of bus to Ha Giang
Overnight at the local house. (5 hours of trek – 2 hours by bus)
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Day 09: Ha Giang - Yen Minh - Trek (B, L, D)


Departure for Yen Minh. On the way to destination Yen Minh where you will spend the night, you will stop at Quang Ba to admire the incredible scenery of the region. You will also visit villages Dao, Hmong and Puy on the road. Trek in 4-5 h before the town gargner Yen Minh.
Overnight at hotel. (Trek in 4-5 h -)
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Day 10: Yen Minh - Dong Van - Trek (B, L, D)


Since Yen Minh, you hike for two or three hours in the beautiful valley inhabited by the Zay. Then you will route the high plateau of Dong Van. You will stop at Pho Cao to visit this Hmong village. A Sa Phin, you will visit the Royal Palace of King Vuong Chi Sinh Hmong, a famous historical site dating back to colonial times. Then you will dine in the place that you like and can freely visit Dong Van.
Overnight in Dong Van. (Trekking: 2 hour walk)
Elevation: 300 M
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Day 11: Dong Van - Lung Cu - Dong Van - Trek (B, L, D)


Road to Lung Cu, pole north of Vietnam. Then you go to Lung Cu by a beautiful mountain road surrounded by impressive karst landscapes. Then you return to Dong Van. Hiking to the summit of French Fort. A magical view of the valley of Dong Van.
Overnight at hotel. (Trekking: 2-3 hours walking)
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Day 12: Dong Van - Meo Vac - Bao Lac (B, L, D)


Following the day of the week, you can go to the market (Sunday) from Dong Van is beautifully colored and especially typical. This is an opportunity to see thousands of indigenous traditional costumes from different minorities to buy or sell local produce in this small border town. Then for a few hours, you will go for a walk to visit the surrounding villages. Then you will go to Meo Vac via the famous Ma Pi Leng Pass to over 2000 meters. There will be a stop quite moving to behold a breathtaking view over the valley dotted with terraced fields of hemp, karst hills, houses on stilts of H’mong, Dzao and the Nho Que river, romantic and quiet which originates in the highlands of China, which covers the territory Vietnamese as a band of white silk.
Overnight in Bao Lac. (Trekking: 3-4 hours walking)
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Day 13: Bao Lac - Ba Be lake - Trek + Boat (B, L, D)


Vietnam to Ba Be. Arrive at Ba Be Lac . A beautiful lake in the mountains. Boat trip. Visit the cave bats. 2-3 hour trek to the village inhabited Zao surrounded by beautiful scenery. You will have dinner and breakfast in a traditional house made of wood.
Overnight at the local house.
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Day 14: Ba Be - Pac Ngoi - Trek (B, L, D)


After breakfast swallowed, get off on foot in 2 hours to reach the boat. You will leave by boat in the magical setting of Lake Ba Be. Its name means “three oceans”, the lake stretches for 9 km long and 100 wide at 1800m and is 145m above sea level. It is at the mouth of three valleys that come together in an arc. Ba Be is not only a site for dreamers and artists, but also for nature lovers. Nearly forty species of mammals live here, and over a hundred species of birds and many butterflies. You will disembark to Dau Dang waterfall and you will cross the lake to the pleasant village of Pac Ngoi inhabited by Tay. Bike trip to a cave in the region.
Overnight at the local house.
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Day 15: Pac Ngoi - Hanoi (B, L)


Return to Hanoi. En route, stop to visit the National Museum of Ethnography of Thai Nguyen. Arrive in Hanoi.
Overnight at hotel

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.

Guiding:

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

ACCOMMODATION:
* 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.

Food:
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 …

Rice wine:

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 …

War:
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 …).

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