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Explorer the hilltribe markets and remote village of the Black Lo Lo 9 days 8 nights

An exceptional journey off the beaten track like no other to explore the most beautiful landscapes of North Vietnam and to meet the ethnic minorities such as the Dzao, black and flower Lo Lo, Hmong, Tay, Nung on the trails of Vietnam
  • Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Giang
    • You will leave from Hanoi at around 08:00 and take the road north towards Viet Tri and Tuyen Quang (Route No.2 ) through the Red River Delta region. You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Tuyen Quang Town, an area famous for green tea plantations. You will arrive in Ha Giang at around 18:00 where you will have dinner and spend the night with a Thai family in their traditional stilt house.
      Physical activities: 3-5km hike
  • Day 2: Trek Ha Giang
    • After a hearty breakfast, you will set off on the trek to Lung Vai Village which will take between 6 to 8 hours. Along the way, you will have the chance to contemplate the beauty of the terraced rice paddies, mountains and palm forests. You will also meet many local people along the way, including people from the Man and Dao communities. You will have a picnic lunch and continue the journey to the remote village of Khuoi My. As you walk, you will see the farmers working in the fields using age old techniques of cultivation, there may even be the opportunity to experience some their work at first hand. You will keep going to Ban Tha Village before being picked up by the car to travel to Nam Dam. You have dinner and stay overnight with a Dao family.
      Physical activities: 15-17km trek
  • Day 3: Quan Ba - Dong Van
    • From Quan Ba, you will drive to Dong Van via the Cong Troi Pass and then Yen Minh. You will visit the King's palace in the H’mong ethnic village of Sa Phin, a lovely palace built in the early 20th century. It is interesting architecturally and historically important to the local H'mong people.
      The Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark is a fascinating area. Most notable are the craggy black limestone peaks where the H'mong people manage to plant corn in any square inch of soil they can find. Harvesting is done by hand and the bundles piled on the back of a motorbike and driven down the mountainside.
      You will continue to Dong Van, which also has a few ancient houses around the old market area where you will stop for lunch. In this area, in addition to the women wearing their bright swinging pleated skirts, embroidered tops and bright chequered headscarves, the men look striking in their black jackets with their stand-up collar and black beret, a relic from the French occupation. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
      Physical activities: 5-7km trek
  • Day 4: Trek Dong Van - Meo Vac
    • After breakfast, you will explore Dong Van Old Quarter, trekking to Pu Lo fortress which was built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire region. We then trek from Dong Van to Thien Huong villag, this a mazing Black Hmong villages down the valley of frontier Vietnam and China, we then comeback Dong Van for lunch. Intheafternoon. You will climb up 15 km to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, and canyons before descending into the valley of Meo Vac. Tonight we will overnight in Meo Vac.
      Physical activities: 12-15km trek
  • Day 5: Meo Vac - Bao Lac - Lo Lonour
    • Breakfast at hotel then start trekking around the route villages of Meo Vac. A great day passed in the mountains north of Bao Lac, where we visit the villages of the lolo, a small minority which has carefully kept its tribal customs. Second diner and night in Bao Lac.
      Physical activities: 5-7km trek
  • Day 6: Bao Lac - Ba Be
    • Before leaving Bao Lac you will visit Bao Lac market, this is a special market that only held 1 day in the week. Bao Lac market is probably one of the most photogenic places you'll visit in northern, this market where the locals trade horses, cattle, pigs - and even dogs. After lunch in Bao Lac, you will then drive though bumpy road belong the river and terrace rice fields. Arrival Ba Be in late afternoon, dinner and overnight at Tay house on Ba Be lakeshore.
      Physical activities: 5-7km trek
  • Day 7: Trek Ba Be
    • This is set to be a wonderful day of trekking! Your tour guide will take you to Coc Toc Village where you can meet the Tay community. They have become very skilled at fishing in the lake and live on a diet that is very much centred around fish. After you have seen the lovely stilt houses and seen this idyllic way of life, you will set out to cross the Pe Lu Stream, before hitting some rough, steep terrain that will give you a little bit of a workout. As you gain height, though, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular views of the verdant rolling countryside. Pressing on to the uplands we will stop for a picnic lunch in a H'mong ethnic village, and your guide may introduce you to some of the local H’mong people. During the afternoon, your guide will take you through mountains and valleys and to see the stilt houses and school of the Dzao ethnic people, before moving on again to visit another H'mong ethnic village, where you will stay to have a tasty dinner in local homestay and spend the night at a gorgeous and comfortable Dzao house.
      Physical activities: 15-17km trek
  • Day 8: Ba Be lake (boat, kaykaking)
    • You will have a tasty breakfast at the homestay, and the opportunity to try on some traditional Dzao ethnic clothing for some memorable photos before saying your farewells and setting out for another fulfilling day of trekking. You will take some slightly gentler trails compared to the previous day, visiting a black H'mông ethnic village before descending through the thick and beautiful forest with some spectacular views to visit Dau Dang Waterfall which lies on the border of the two provinces of Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang. After viewing the waterfall, your guide will take you to have lunch with 'Mr Pirate' who was the main actor in “Ba Be Lake Pirate Movie”. After this, you will take a relaxing motorboat trip up the river to visit the breathtaking Puong Cave, a huge limestone structure that spans the river and is home to thousands of bats (of 18 different species) which flit between the many stalactites and stalagmites. You will then pass by and visit An Ma temple in the boat, before heading to Mr Linh's homestay for dinner and a restful night's sleep.
      Physical activities: 5-7km trek
  • Day 9: Ba Be - Hanoi
    • After breakfast, we will stroll along the riverfront, and visit the lovely Pac Ngoi Village where most Tay people live in traditional houses. You can hike to the upper reaches of the lake, in an area marked by massive limestone cliffs and mountains. Later, your driver will take you to amazing Hua Ma cave and up onto a pass where you can to take amazing photos of the terraced fields. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will continue your journey back to Hanoi.
Services included

•    Private door-to-door pick-up & -off services
•    All private transfer and transportation
•    Hotels & homestay
•    Experienced English or French speaking guide
•    Meals as stated in the itinerary
•    All sightseeing tickets
•    Support 24/24h
•    No extra charge after confirmation.    

Services not included


•    All airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
•    Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
•    Personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
•    Any services not mentioned in the program.
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