Vietnam Remote Villages Trek
Travel north along High way 4 to
Depart from Hanoi at 07.00am taking
an 7 hours to transfer the 285 km to Quang Binh- Thong Nguyen-
Townlet. Then follow a narrow provincial road for to Thong Nguyen
with several stops to visit the villages of the Tay ethnic
Day summary: Transfer 275 km, approx.6 hours/ Some short walks along the way/ Acc: Local home stay in Nam Hong. 2 hours walking
Breakfast, check out of your homestay and depart at 08.00 am. Starting point of the trekking trail. It is an easy walk through the valley and terraced rice paddies for over 2 hours to a village of the Dzao ethnic peoples. Explore the village and then take a lunch break. In the afternoon the trek takes nearly 4 hours going up and down hill through plantations, rice paddies and especially the palm forests of the hilly land of the Tan Nam Commune. We will pass some hamlets of the Black Zao and larger villages of the hospitable Nung ethnic peoples, arriving at the centre of Tan Nam at about 5.00 pm. Explore this beautiful village in your free time before dinner. Home stay in a house of the local Dzao people.
Day summary: Transfer 5 km/ Trekking 6 hours, approx.17 km, grade 2 of 5/ Home stay in Village of the minority people of Dzao
Depart at 08.30am after breakfast at the home-stay. The trek today is easy along a large village path which connects this village to other villages of the Zao Ao Dai (Zao with long dress), Tay and Nung ethnic peoples, all beautifully set along the Nam Ly River. We pay visits to many local homes along the way and everywhere people welcome visitors and treat them hospitably.
The trek in the afternoon goes uphill
slightly to Phieng Lang. This region is inhabited mostly by the Zao
Ao Dai peoples and several Flower Hmong who traditionally and
practically build their homes on hill tops and cultivate the
surrounding land to create perfect dwellings. We arrive in Phieng
Lang in the mid afternoon, and then take a leisurely walk to explore
the surrounding countryside. Dinner and the home stay will be in a
stilt house of the Hill tribel Red Dzao
After breakfast, leave Phieng Lang at about 08.30 am, to enjoy another day trekking along the beautiful Nam Ly Valley. There is a good trail which winds up and down on the high hillsides gradually going uphill for the whole morning via Pa Duc village to Quang Thuong. These people are very different from the Nung and Tay, who live in large villages in the lower lands. The Hmong and the Zao Ao Dai occupy the higher lands and build their houses all over the hill-tops. This part of the trek offers one of the most beautiful views in the far north.
Lunch break and then descend along a narrow trail passing through tea farms and steep terraced paddies for 2 hours to Nam Chong Village of the Zao Ao Dai. Explore the village and settle down in a local home by the hot spring for dinner and overnight H’mong home stay
Day summary: Trekking 5 hours, approx.14 km, grade 2 of 5/ Home stay.
Depart at 08.30 am. Trek along a narrow trail along the Nam Ly River for an hour to the centre of Quang Nguyen Commune, then turn off on to a tough trail going steeply uphill for 2 hours through Quang Vinh Village passing the villages of the Nung on the low land and Red Zao and Zao Ao Dai on the higher land.
Lunch break and then we must be prepared for the most challenging part of the tour: To get over the Nhin Co San mountain. The trail becomes narrow and very tough in parts, going uphill through the thick rain forest and later bamboo forests for nearly 3 hours till we reach Coc Cang village of Che La Commune.
Continue along the same trail for 1,5 hours passing some hamlets of the White Hmong to Che La Village of the Nung peoples. Dinner and home stay here.
Day summary: Trekking 6 to 7 hours, approx.17 km, grade 4 of 5/ Home stay in Che La Village of the Nung people..
It is an excellent day today! Leave Che La for nearly 1 hours uphill trek along a trail sneaking amidst the high mountains, passing several hamlets of the Flower Hmong, who always occupy the highest elevation. Arrive at Coc Re at noon and enjoy a lunch break in a local restaurant after hanging around the Coc Re market place to catch a glimpse of local life here.
Descend for the whole afternoon, passing through some narrow valleys with marvellous terraced paddies and newly planted forests til we reach Coc Pai, the townlet of Xin Man District. Transfer to Bac Ha , take rest and shower . Overnight in Bac Ha.
Day summary: Trekking 6 hours,
approx.17 km, grade 3 of 5/
Day 7: Ba Ha: Free time for relaxing
Overnight in Hotel in Bac Ha
Day 8: Bac Ha - Nam Mon - Trung Do - Chay River - Lao Cai - Train to Hanoi (B, L, -)
Today is the last day of the trip and it is an easy day. After breakfast leave Bac Ha at 08.30 am.
Transfer the 9 km journey to the Nam Mon Commune and trek from here along a narrow trail uphill for - hour and then downhill to the bottom of the valley. Then trek along a narrow stream for about 2 hours to Trung Do village of the Tay, which consists of about 40 houses built on stilts on the bank of the Chay River which is beautifully and naturally set in the surrounding countryside.. Enjoy a leisurely walk to explore this prosperous village before having lunch in a local home.
Leave Trung Do and walk along the Chay River for over an hour to visit some of the hamlets of the Black Zao and Hmong of the Cac Cop Village and from here take the boat trip down stream to Bao Nhai Commune.
Here you will be picked up and transferred to Lao Cai, where you will have time to freshen up and have dinner before boarding the night train for Hanoi.
Day summary: Road transfer 56/ Trekking 4,5 hours, approx.12 km, grade 2 of 5/ Boat trip 1,5 hours.
Day 9: Arrival back in Hanoi
Arrive back in Hanoi early in the morning at about 05.00. The transfer from Hanoi Railway station to your hotel will be arranged by yourselves.
We have a range of trekking tours available for you to choose from which have been specifically designed to enable you to experience some of the very best landscape and scenery, Vietnam has to offer. During the treks you will have the opportunity to sleep under the stars in a tent or stay in a local family house.
Most of our treks start with a jeep ride to take us out of town to where the real adventure starts. Your English speaking, Vietnamese guide will be able to answer questions about the countryside as well as local ethnic minority cultures and customs. During the treks you will only have to carry a small daypack with your personal belongings and of course your camera. Porters from the Black H'Mong ethnic minority hill tribe will carry the rest of your luggage in special watertight bags.
. English or French speaking guide
. Black Hmong porters (to carry food and luggage)
. Road transfer by good vehicle and mountain experienced driver.
. Cook (for group sizes of 6 pax)
. All necessary transport
. All indicated meals, plus snacks (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
. Water for the whole trip
. Sleeping bags and mattresses
. Waterproof bluebag for luggage
. Tents if needed
. Mosquito nets
. All entrance fees and permits
. Overnight in local houses or tents
. Train Tickets from Lao Cai - Hanoi
. Personal Pocket Money
. Soft drinks (beer, coca cola.)
. All other services not indicated above
. The best season for this trip is from October to early April, although it is cold and foggy in Jan and Feb. The landscape from May to September is beautiful but it is the rainy season, and is hot and humid.
. It is necessary to have security permission from the Ha Giang police, so a copy of your passport and visa is needed 3 days at least before the start of the trek in Ha Giang.
. We may change the tour plan or even cancel the trip in the event of bad weather, landslides, flood...for the safety of customers.
. Personal luggage when trekking should weigh no more than 6kg. Good trekking shoes, rain gear, warm clothes (Nov to Mar) and insect repellent are necessary.
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Trekking Vietnam through jungles and across landscapes, the mountainous north of Vietnam is home to many cheerful and vibrant hill tribes. As well as the challenging ascent of Fansipan and Ta Chi Nhu mountain a wonderful features of this adventure is spending a couple of nights on trek in the village homes of some of these welcoming tribes and with the help of your guide being able to learn more about their culture and traditions.
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