4 day trekking experience in Sa Pa valley

Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa today is the tourism centre of the northwest. Sapa is orientated to make the most of the spectacular views emerging on clear days; overlooking a plunging valley, with mountains towering above on all sides. Views of this epic scenery are often subdued by thick mist rolling across the peaks, but even when it’s cloudy, local hill-tribe people fill the town with colour.

If you were expecting a quaint alpine town, recalibrate your expectations. Sapa’s French colonial villas fell into disrepair during successive wars with the French, Americans and Chinese, and modern tourism development has mushroomed haphazardly. Sapa today is undergoing a construction boom and, thanks to rarely enforced building height restrictions, the skyline is continually thrusting upwards.

But you’re not here to hang out in town. This is northern Vietnam’s premier trekking (trekking tour) base from where hikers launch themselves into a surrounding countryside of cascading rice terraces and tiny hill-tribe villages that seems a world apart. Once you’ve stepped out into the lush fields you’ll understand the Sapa area’s real charm.

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4 day trekking experience in Sa Pa valley

Day 1: Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van( L/D)

At 9 am we leave the hotel and start trekking down to Cat Cat village to admire amazing water fall. We hike through rice paddy and rustic villages, cross the incredible stream to Y Linh Ho villages. have picnic lunch enroute. After lunch meal, we cross the bridge and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai San, Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigio blue clothing. After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green colour. The Zay houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. We stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van and have our dinner here. Trekking distance: 18 km.

Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta chai – Ban Ho Village ( B/L/D)

After the breakfast we continue to visit Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai here 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). Tay is the most populous of the hill tribes. 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.
Trekking distance: 25 km.

Day 3: Ban Ho-Nam Toong-Nam Ken-Muong Bo ( B/L/D)

After breakfast you trek up to to the Red Dzao Village at Nam Ken & the Xa Pho the village of xa pho tribe the smallest group in Sapa who have very little contact with modern Vietnam. Overnight in Muong Bo Village of Tay people.
Trekking distance: 20 km

Day 4: Muong Bo-Ban Den-SaPa (B)

After breakfast you trek up to Ban Den place (10 km). From here you will be picked up and transferred back to Sapa. In the afternoon you will have time to experience the colourful Sapa market where women from different ethnic minority groups come into town to sell their products

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English/ French Speaking Guide, Jeep transfer at the end of the trek back to Sapa Town, Meals As mentioned in the programme above, entrance fee, homestay fee with clean accomodation, permit, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

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Good trekking boots, rainwear, 2 sets of clothes, socks, towel, swimming suit, Camera and film, flash light, Medicine for personal use.

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