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Sapa Explorer
Sapa Explorer (5 days)
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If you’re looking for an adventure that offers a challenge, amazing landscapes and fewer tourists, then this is the trip for you! From Hanoi, you travel overnight by train to Lao Cai where you start your trek through some of the most remote hiking areas in North Vietnam. You overnight in small villages inhabited by the Red Dzao and the Tay and learn how they survive in these isolated mountains. A highlight is meeting the Xa Pho people with only 4000 inhabitants in Vietnam and still living traditionally. On this trip we visit a local hill tribe school to donate much need school materials. Four days later arrive in Sapa, the jewel of this mountain region, where you can enjoy a well deserved hot shower and free time to explore this alpine town. This tough trek combines spectacular scenery with authentic hill tribe village culture
Name Sapa Explorer
Duration 5 days / 4 nights
Price from 250 USD / pax (based on 2 pax)
Itinerary in short Day 1 : Hanoi / Lao Cai
Day 2 : Lao Cai / Sapa / Y Linh Ho / Ta Van
Day 3 : Ta Van / Giang Ta Chai / Ban Ho
Day 4 : Ban Ho / Sapa / Lao Cai / Hanoi
Day 5 : Hanoi



When to travel
The best period to do the trek in Sa Pa is from late September to November. The weather at this time is nice and relatively cool with little or no rain. The next best period is between February and April, this is spring season in Sapa, when the unpaved roads are not yet turned into a mud bath. Whenever you choose to travel in Sa Pa, you're bound to have a great time.

DAY 1 : HANOI / LAO CAI (-/-/-)
A private shuttle will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to Hanoi Rail Station for an overnight train to Lao Cai.

The train arrives at Lao Cai Station approx at 05h30. From here you will take a private shuttle to Sapa town, where you enjoy your locally produced and homemade breakfast at a one of the nicest places in Sapa. Upon request, we can also arrange a room for quick refreshment and shower.

At 9h00 you will commence the excursion today with a walk through the town of Sapa and along a dirt trail through vegetable gardens and rice paddy terraces. The spectacular scenery of Muong Hoa valley gradually appears within your eyesight. You will then reach the river running at the bottom of the valley and continue the walk on the bank of the river. You eventually arrive in Y
Linh Ho village of Black H’mong minority, where you will take a rest and have lunch at a nice spot. After lunch, the walk from Y Linh Ho village to Lao Chai village of Black H’mong minority is almost on the hillsides. The view of the valley is more and more extending and stretching to the horizon. You take a stop at Lao Chai village to visit a local house, before following the dirt path linking the village with Ta Van village, the only one in the valley inhabited by Giay minority. We’ll share the dinner with a Giay host family. Overnight in homestay at Ta Van village

NOTE : The total trekking distance is 14km on dirt trail. Trekking duration : 5 hours with stops and lunch break

After the breakfast we continue to visit Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai where we also see a waterfall. The Red Dao women have very colourful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao legend.

We continue along small paths in the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and arrive to the Tay village Ban Ho (900 m). Because of the development and adaptation to the Vietnamese society some of them have started wearing Vietnamese clothing. But most women still wear the traditional checkered headscarf. We stay overnight in a wooden Tay stilt house. If we reach Ban Ho in the early afternoon you will have time to swim in a nearby river. In the evening we have dinner with the Tay family.

NOTE : The total trekking distance is 18km on dirt trail. Trekking duration : 7 hours with stops and lunch break

you will know when it’s time to wake up when you hear the patter of feet on bamboo as the household comes alive. After a filling breakfast in the homestay we will walk 3km to Nam Toong village, home to the Red Dao minority. Providing the weather is nice you will be able to cool off with a swim in the river (and if the weather’s not so nice you still can if you’re feeling brave!). Lunch will be provided back at the Ban Ho homestay, after which we will drive back to Sapa, arriving at around 3pm with a great sense of achievement! At 17h30, you will take the shuttle bus from Sapa to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.

NOTE : The total trekking distance is 07km on dirt trail. Trekking duration : 3 hours with stops

DAY 5 : HANOI (-/-/-)
Early morning arrival in Hanoi at approximately 4:30 am, trip concludes.




This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on the number of people in your group and time of travel. Please send us your enquiry for availabilities & the most up dated price.

• Accommodation in homestay during trekking days in Sapa region
• All meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• ½ liter bottle of mineral water/person/day
• Fresh napskins
• Return transfer by private shuttle Lao Cai train station//Sapa//Topas Ecolodge
• Return transfer by private shuttle Hanoi Hotel//Hanoi train station
• All transfers by private shuttle during your trekking days
• Return soft sleeper in 4-berth cabin on the train Hanoi //Lao Cai//Hanoi
• All sightseeing fees
• Local English-speaking tour guide
• 24/24h assistance from our company
• Service charges and government tax

• Travel insurance
• Visa arrangement for Vietnam
• Drink and beverage
• Personal expenses
• Camera fees (if any)
• Tips for guide & driver
• Early check-in & late check-out charge at hotel (normally check-in time is at 02:00 PM and check-out time is at 12:00 PM)
• Surcharge in peak season (Christmas, New Year, local public holidays)
• Other items than mentioned in the program
• Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.




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