DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Hanoi/Hanoi
DURATION 6 days / 5 nights
PHYSICALITY 1/10
NOT INCLUDED
Individual Traveling Insurance
Personal Expenses & Tip
International & Internal airtickets
Visa stamping fee of $US25 per person at Hanoi or Saigon airport
Meals & drinks not mentioned on the program
All the other not mentioned in the program
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Day 01: Overnight train to Lao Cai


Around 8:00 pm in the evening, meet your guide from Vietlanddiscovery Travel to go to your hotel and transfer to Hanoi Railway Station. Departure by train to Lao Cai.
Night on the train.
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Day 02: Lao Cai - Bac Ha (B, L, D)


Arrive in Lao Cai around 5.00 am. Shower in a small hotel,have a breakfast then transfer to Bac Ha. Visit a colorful market of H’mong tribe (the market of Can Cau if it’s Saturday, the market in Bac Ha, if it’s Sunday, Sin Cheng market if it’s Wednesday).
In the afternoon, meeting with local guides and porters. Final preparations (purchase of supplies and materials needed).
Short hike of 2 hours late afternoon in the villages of Ban Pho Ban Pho 1 and 2, H’mong flowers. It’s sort of a boot for trekking for days. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 03: Bac Ha - Ta Van Chu (B, L, D) - Trekking – Homestay


After breakfast, start trekking for the day. We’ll take a limestone mountain path with a height of 1200 to 1300 meters. After about 3 hours walking we reach the summit where we stopp to admire the beautiful landscapes that offer a view of rice terraces, vegetation, villages of ethnic tribes. Picnic Lunch.
The afternoon we descend the mountain across the rice fields. After several hours of walking on a flat road, we reach the village of Ta Van Chu composed of about fifty families of the H’mong ethnic group in bloom (or H’mong camouflage). This village, located not far from anything the town of Bac Ha, remains very isolated by the valleys. Dinner and overnight at the inhabitant in a house on stilts.
The H’mong bloom is a small group of
local ethnic H’mong (consisting of 600 000 individuals in total), immigrated from southern China in the late 18th century. The other factions are: Green H’mong, Red H’mong, black H’mong and white H’mong.
Overnight at the homestay.
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Day 04: Ta Van Chu - Lung Phinh - Thai Giang Pho (B, L, D) - Trekking – Homestay


After breakfast we say goodbye to the villagers to continue walking. We will cross this morning a small river and a forest of pines, a village populated by the colorful Phu la, a village populated by Dzao, before reaching the summit of a high hill where we will have a panoramic view of the region. Lunch picnic.
In the afternoon, the path leads down to a hamlet and a village populated Dao Phu La, where we stop to visit their homes and their way of life, before going into a village with twenty – Phu la homes to spend the night.
The Phu La, present in Vietnam long before the H’mong, inhabit the provinces in the northern mountains. The Phu la population currently has about 7000 people. They live mostly sedentary mid-slope of the mountains, in small hamlets, each consisting of several houses. In the region of Bac Ha, they gather in larger villages, next to the H’mong, Dzao and Hoa.
The Dzao ethnic group in Vietnam has about 500 000 people divided into a dozen smaller groups. They occupied land at any altitude in the regions of the North of Vietnam. Despite their very easy contact with the Viet, Dzao people are little influenced by the culture of the latter.
Overnight at the homestay.
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Day 05: Thai Giang Pho - Na Lo (B, L, D) - Trekking – Homestay


After breakfast, resume the march. The destination to day: a village inhabited by about fifty homes of ethnic Tay.
We will cross the hills of medium altitude, thick forest, rice terraces and a village of H’mong, which is in an extremely wild.
We stop in this village for lunch and have time to talk to people.
Check in late afternoon to Na Lo town located a few miles away from of Bac Ha.
The Tay, AKA Tho, live in the North and central highland of Central Vietnam and have about 2 million people. Unlike others like H’mong and Phu La, Tay is indigenous to their current living area.
Overnight at the homestay.
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Day 06: Na Lo - Bac Ha - Overnight train to Hanoi (B, L, D)


Our trek ends today with the return in the morning to the town of Bac Ha. We will pass through rice fields, small streams and relatively flat terrain. Arrive Bac Ha in the early afternoon. Lunch at a local restaurant before saying goodbye to local guide and porters.
Transfer to Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi, arriving in Hanoi the next day.

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 o
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