TREKKING TO DISCOVER THE FAR NORTH OF VIETNAM TOUR 11 DAYS
(Trekking 9 days plus 2 days road transfer Hanoi – Bac Ha; Tan Quang – Hanoi)
Promote new destinations and new tours in Northern Mountainous Region of Vietnam, especially culture discovery tours and trekking tour in Vietnam’s Far North Region
Why many tourists, who wish to have chance to discover new cultures, to see and experience real local life as well as to enjoy beauty of nature…, fields disappointed after their long trip through out Vietnam or to some famous places such as Sa Pa, Tam Coc, Dien Bien Phu,…? One of the hundreds reasons is mass tourism without good preparation and controll together with tour copying… for many years tour itineraries to western tourists seemed unchanged while a lot of changes occurred in Vietnam in general and in such places in particular. Let’s take Sa Pa for example! from 1990 to 19898, the day trip Sapa to Lao Chai, Ta Van and Giang Ta Chai gained very good reputation and brought the name of Muong Hoa Valley into tour itinerary of 99% of tourists who go to visit Sa Pa. It happened the same to Tam Coc and Bich Dong in Ninh Binh Province and many other places. How these places are and what are commends of visitors about these places after their visit? More and more complains and negative commends from tourists who wish to discover and exprience…
T.L.O.V has invested in conducting research and studying new destinations, designing new tours and trying our best to promote these with a strong hope to have chance to build up co-operation with other travel companies in which T.L.O.V works as local destination managing company in promoting these new destinations and tours.
Departure at 08.00am for 5 hours coach transfer from Hanoi to Lao Cai along the new highway. Lunch in Lao Cai before 2 hours road trip to Bac Ha with some photo stops.
Arrive in Bac Ha at 4.00pm, check in hotel, freshen up and enjoy leisure walk around Bac Ha town let.
Breakfast, check out hotel at 08.00am. Leave Bac Ha and transfer for an hour to the starting point of trekking trail in Lung Phin Commune with several photo stops along the way. There are 2 options for trekking from here:
Opt 1: Hard trek: Start trekking along a narrow trail on steep hillsides from Quan Hoa Hamlet for 2,5 hours to Lu Suoi Tung Village of the Flower Hmong. Lunch break here for an hour.
Trekking uphill for 1,5 hour through the forest to the top of Ta Cu Ty Mountain range and then downhill for 2 hours to Ta Cu Ty village of the Zao and Tay ethnic peoples. Picked up and transfer 3 km to home stay near the center of Ta Cu Ty Commune.
Opt 2: Medium trek: Start trekking from Ta Chai Village of the Phu La ethnic along a narrow valley through Quan Hoa Hamlet for 3 hours.Lunch break.
Continue trekking for one more hour and arrive to Lu Suoi Tung Village of the Flower Hmong. Spend 2 hours walking through this isolated village, paying visit to local school and several Hmong family for a discovery of their living way.
Picked up at Lu Suoi Tung for 8 km road transfer to home stay near the center of Ta Cu Ty Commune. This portion of the road offers spectacular landscapes of the Ban Gia Valley with several photo stops before arriving to home stay.
Day summary: Trekking 5 to 7 hours // Home stay at Ta Cu Ty Village of the Tay
Breakfast and saying good bye to local hosting family at 08.30am. Once leaving Ta Cu Ty, there are 2 options for client’s choice:
Opt 1: Hard trek: The whole morning trekking along a large path with great view of the Ban Gia valley to Song Lam village of the Nung ethnic peoples for 3 hours. Lunch break at Song Lam near the village school.
Afternoon trek following a narrow footpath with challenging for another 2,5 hours (hard trek) up and downhill the Nam Dan mountain through the thick bamboo and rain forest. Suddenly the panorama view of the Nam Chien valley open wide in the sight as the trail process downhill to Nam Dan village of the Nung ethnic peoples. Paying visiting to the famous rock-field with scripts carved by ancient peoples. Continue trekking along a larger trail for 1 more hour to home-stay at Nam Chien Village of Nam Dan Commune.
Opt 2: Medium trek: The whole morning trekking along a large path with great view of the Ban Gia valley to Song Lam village of the Nung ethnic peoples for 3 hours. Lunch break at Song Lam Village of the Nung.
Continue trekking for 3 hours to follow the same trail along the Ban Gia Valley via Sin Chai Village of the Flower H’mong, Zao to the center of Ban Ngo Commune. Picked up and transfer to Nam Dan village for visiting the famous rock fiel with carving of ancient scripts. Arrive at home-stay in Nam Chien Village at about 05.30 pm.
Day summary: Trekking 5 to 7 hours // Home stay at Nam Chien Village of the Nung.
Breakfast and leave Nam Chien at 8.30am. Trek along the narrow track for 1 hour to get downhill to the bottom of Nam Chien Stream, cross to other side through suspension bridge and then trek uphill for 2 hours to Che La Village. Visit this charming village of the Nung before lunch break.
Continue after lunch along a large village path which neaks up and down on mountain side to pass through several hamlets of the White H’mong who probably see western tourists for the first time. Pay visiting to local homes, meet peoples at home and at works and some may invite to their house for a cup of tea. Please if being offered opium, should strongly refuse!
Arrive in Coc Dong village of the Red H’mong, explore this remote village before check in home-stay in a house of a H’mong family. Relax for the rest time of the day before dinner.
Day summary: Trekking 5 to 6 hours // Home stay at Coc Dong Village of the H’mong.
Breakfast and leave Coc Dong at 8.30am. The trekking trail today goes through the wild area on the western side of Kiou Leou Ti Mountain Range, the 3rd highest one on Vietnam. From homestay trek uphill for one hour uphill, then the trail winds up and down through lush rain forest for 3 hours, passing by some isolated hamlets of the H’mong and Zao ethinic peoples. Picnic lunch in the forest along the way.
Getting out of the forest in mid-afternoon, the valley of Thu Ta Commune opens wide underneath as the trek processes gradually downhill amongst impressive terraced paddies all the way through the valley which is home to the White H’mong.
Arrive to home-stay at about 5.00pm and relax.
Day summary: Trekking 6 to 7 hours // Home stay in Thu Ta Commune of the H’mong.
Trek start at 8.30am with an easy walk for an hour along large path to Trung Thinh Commune; explore this commune of the Nung and Zao ethnic before trekking along steep mountain side for nearly 2 hour to Nang Don Commune, Have lunch break here.
Trek after lunch for nearly 3 hours up and down on the northern side of Kiou Leou Ti to get through Nang Don Commune to San Sa Ho Commune, through wild forest as well as very impressive terraced fields of San Sa Ho Valley which is part of Hoang Su Phi National Heritage. Check in home-stay at 5.30pm and free to explore the charming village of the Nung Ethnic which situated on mountain side and overlooking down San Sa Ho Valley.
Day summary: Trekking 6 hours // Home stay in San Sa Ho Commune of the Nung People.
Breakfast and start trekking from home stay for 2 hours along narrow dirt trail winding through fascinating San Sa Ho Valley, passing by some villages of the Nung and the Blue H’mong, meet peoples working on the fields or doing their every day works. Then cross the stream and walk up steep hill for nearly an hour to a small hamlet of the Black Zao peoples. Have lunch break before explore this remote hamlet.
Continue trekking mostly uphill along another valley belonging to the National Heritage named Ban Luoc for 2 hours, enjoy amazingly impressive terraced fields before reaching to the top of the pass and moving downhill to Ho Xan Village of Ho Thau Commune. Ho Xan is home to the Red Zao whose traditional costume is so beautiful with hand embroidery. The path becomes larger and trek gets easier for an hour before arriving to home-stay at before it gets dark. Check in home-stay, freshen up, dinner and relax.
Day summary: Trekking 7 hours // Home stay in Ho Xan Village of the Red Zao People.
Today is an easy day. Leave Ho Xan village at 9.00am and walk mostly downhill to explore some villages of the Nung and Red Zao scattering around Ho Thau Valley for the whole morning. Then enjoy a leisure walk along Nam Dich River before settle down on a small piece of sand and rock to have lunch break. Enjoy swimming before trekking uphill for an hour and then downhill to Nam Dich Junction. Check in home-stay here at about 4.00pm and relax or free walk along the peaceful river.
Day summary: Trekking 5 hours // Home stay in Nam Dich Village of the Red Zao People.
Beakfast and leave home-stay at 8.30am. Trek along a narrow dirt trail up steep mountain for the whole morning through lush forest, bamboo plantation and isolated hamlets of the H’mong to Le Hong Phong Village. Have lunch break in a house on stilts of the Tay.
Explore this prosperous village of the Tay ethnic which consisted of about 30 houses on stilts beautifully set on the side of Phin Ho Mountain, then walk along large path which runs along a stream for 2 hours to Tan Xa Phin Village of the Black Zao. Enjoy the fascinating panorama of the Phin Ho Valley until Sunset. Check in home-stay, dinner and relax.
Day summary: Trekking 6 hours // Home stay in Tan Xa Phin Village of the Black Zao People.
Breakfast and trekking along a buffalo trail from Tan Xa Phin down steep hill side for 3 hours today morning to get through the northern edge of Nam Ty Valley, passing by several hamlets of the H’mong and Zao peoples before reaching to the bottom of the valley, have picnic lunch and rest on the bank of Nam Ty Stream.
Trekking after lunch up and down three earthern hills through green plantation, tea farms and rice paddies for nearly 4 hours in the afternoon. Enjoy marvelous scenery of the Nam Ty Valley which is part of Hoang Su Phi National Heritage before arriving to Panhou Ecolodge at about 5.30pm. Check in and relax. The trekking tour ends up here.
Day summary: Trekking 7 hours // ACC: Panhou Ecolodge.
Breakfast, check out Panhou at 8.00am for 7 hours road trip back to Hanoi with a stop for visiting beautiful tea farm and lunch break in Yen Son, Tuyen Quang. Arrive Hanoi at 5.00pm.
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- Train ticket Hanoi to Lao Cai and transfer as tour plan plus supporting van for the whole trip.
- Local trekking tour guide and H’mong supporting team.
- All meals as indicated in day by day itinerary.
- Snack and drinking water when trekking: 3 liters/person/perday.
- Hotel rooms and home-stay as per tour plan.
- Police permission, visiting fee.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Drinking water while not trekking and other drinks.
- Tip to tour guide and supporting team.
Note: Tip for trekking guide should be 25 – 30 US$ per day; Porter US$.10 per day each.
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