5 days 4 nights
Hanoi – Ba Be National Park
Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be National Park (L, D)
Departing from Hanoi, you will embark on a trip into the mountainous areas north of Hanoi. On the way, you will stop at the Thai Nguyen Minority and Culture Museum where you can discover the culture and traditions of the different minority groups in Vietnam. After Lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue onward to Ba Be National Park. This is one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam, with landscapes dominated by scenic valleys, towering rocky outcrops, underground river tributaries, and a gigantic cave. It is also home to a huge variety of flora and fauna and several local ethnic minorities, including the Tay, Red Dao and Hmong. Following an exploration of a spectacular cave, you will hike around small villages and along the riverfront. The night is spent with a local family in the traditional Tay house to experience their way of life.
Day 2: Trekking (B, L, D)
Your tour guide will take you to visit the Coc Toc village where Tay people live by fishing. After crossing the Pelu Stream, you will have some rough terrain to cover. However, as you gain height it will all be worth the effort for the views and fantastic scenery you will see. Your adventure will continue on to the upland and stop in an H'mông ethnic village where you can enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon the guide will take you through the mountains and valleys, and you will see the stilt houses and the school of the Dzao village. You will carry on through the trails with your guide to visit another H'mong village before ducking down through the forest to visit Dau Dang waterfall which borders the two provinces of Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang. After that you will have dinner with 'Mr Pirate' who was the main actor in “Ba Be Lake Pirate Movie,” but you should watch out for the corn wine he may offer! You will then stay overnight in their home.
Day 3: Trekking (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the home stay. We will stroll on river shore (Nang river) to see how local people fish before entering a village of the Tay ethnic minority followed by a simple picnic lunch. In the afternoon. We will enjoy a 3-hour trek to the village of Dzao people, on a track accessible only to walkers and horses, through beautiful untouched scenery. Before reaching the village we stop at a primary school to meet the children who will be curious to meet you. Dinner and overnight with a local family.
Day 4: Trekking and boat trip on Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the homestay, you will continue your trek (2 hours walk) to a Tay village. The trekking route today is largely downhill, a little easier and shorter compared to the previous day. From here you will take a boat to discover Puong Cave and the virgin beauty of the Nang River. The cruise will take you through some spectacular scenery, past the stunning limestone cliffs that frame the lake and into the centre of Ba Be Lake, the largest and highest natural lake in Vietnam. Disembarking from the boat, you will trek to Pac Ngoi Village, a village of the Tay ethnic people famous for their wooden stilt houses. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Coc Toc village in a local house.
Day 5: Ba Be Lake – Hua Ma Cave – Hanoi (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at the homestay, you will head back to Hanoi, paying a visit to Hua Ma cave on the way. The cave has only recently been made accessible, as few locals would enter due to ancient beliefs. Legend has it that it is the resting place of many soldiers from previous wars in the region, but their spirits have been set free from the cave. You can descend into the cave via an impressively built concrete staircase to view the thousands of stalactites and stalagmites - a very atmospheric experience. You can take the chance to rest on the drive back to Hanoi, stopping briefly for lunch at a local restaurant on the way. You will arrive back in Hanoi at about 17.30 where you will be ped off at your hotel.
This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy. Applied for the – Private Tour. Valid from 30 Apr 2016 - 31 Dec 2017