Sapa, Lao Cai, North Vietnam
$ 149/ person
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa (L/ D)
You will be collected by your guide who will take you to Hanoi Train Station. You will board the night train for Lao Cai at 21:55. The cabin will be a shared 4-soft sleeper with A/C.
Day 1: Trekking to Lao Chai – Ta Van villages (B/ L/ D)
The train will arrive at Lao Cai Train Station at approximately 06:00 where there will be a vehicle waiting to transfer you to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours. Once in Sapa, you will check into a hotel (early check-in subject to availability) and have breakfast in the hotel restaurant. After you are free for the morning to explore the town. You will commence your journey from Sapa by car to the hill tribe villages of Lao Chai, home to the H'mong ethnic minority people. As you walk through the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, you will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. You will stop for lunch at a local house. You will then trek through terraced rice fields from Lao Chai to Ta Van Village belonging to the Giay ethnic minority community. In the village, you will have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. You will have dinner and stay overnight in a homestay in Ta Van.
Walking & trekking: 5 hours, easy grade.
Day 2: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Lao Cai – Night train to Hanoi (B/ L)
After breakfast, you will set out on a 3-4 hour trek that will take you along buffalo paths and trails to Cat Cat Village of the Black H’mong. You can relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and see the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam.
Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then trek to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain - "the roof of Vietnam and Indochina". From here you can enjoy immense stunning landscapes before returning to Sapa Town. In the late afternoon, we will take you back to Lao Cai Station to take the overnight train to Hanoi. You will be arriving in Hanoi at 05:30 the next day.
Walking & trekking: 6 hours, easy grade.