Hiking in the area of Meo Vac

Mèo Vạc - a rural district of Hà Giang province - is a destination of choice for hikers and nature lovers. Located in the heart of the limestone plateau of Dong Van, Meo Vac offers spectacular scenery of steep mountains, rice terraces and traditional villages.
Hiking Meo Vac Area

Hiking around Meo Vac - Photo : Mr Linh's adventures

Meo Vac, a hidden gem of Northern Vietnam

Meo Vac, located in the far north of Vietnam, shares a border with China. This mountainous region - with altitudes ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 metres -  belongs to the Dong Van Geopark, a UNESCO-listed site, about 160 km from the centre of Ha Giang. The mountains consist of limestone and dolomite, and they are dotted with caves, waterfalls and rivers. The region is also rich in biodiversity and home to a wide range of plant and animal species. It is reputed to be one of the most breathtaking and unspoiled regions in the country. Tiny and isolated, «the white H'mong eagle’s nest» is the ideal destination for nature lovers, culture lovers and adventure lovers.
Meo Vac, a haven for hiking and trekking
The Meo Vac area is a hidden gem worth exploring. This mountainous territory is characterized by its breathtaking landscapes, traditional villages and welcoming inhabitants. Follow the guide!

History in brief

At the time of French colonization, a small group of French soldiers settled in the area.
While most of them took up residence in the nearby town of Dong Van, some soldiers also found their way to Méo Vac. Today, vestiges of the past remain, as some of the city’s houses have been preserved since their construction between the mid-1920s and the late 1920s. There is not much else that goes back to colonial times, and a redesign of the region’s history has been used to showcase the local ethnic populations.

The landscapes

The landscapes of Meo Vac are breathtaking. The steep mountains, rice terraces and lush forests offer impressive views. The Ma Pi Leng pass, one of the most famous passes in Vietnam, is a must visit. The road through it offers breathtaking views of the mountains and rice terraces.

A unique wildlife

Home to a unique ecosystem, Meo Vac’s forests are home to rare wildlife, including black bears, civets, and even endangered birds such as the white-rumped vulture and gray peacock. Whether you’re an amateur ornithologist or an Indiana Jones fan, there’s always something interesting to find here.

The inhabitants and the culture

Meo Vac is a melting pot of different cultures. The main ethnic groups are the Hmong, Dao, Tày and Nùng. Each ethnic group has its own language, traditions and costumes, which gives the area a unique atmosphere. Renowned for their hospitality, they are always ready to welcome visitors and share their culture with them. The inhabitants of Meo Vac are also talented craftsmen who make objects from wood, metal and fabric. The traditional villages of Meo Vac are the perfect place to experience the culture of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities.
A local cuisine with character

The province of Ha Giang is a true culinary delight. The diverse cultural and geographical influences of northern Vietnam give rise to an unparalleled variety of exciting dishes that will satisfy the appetite of any traveler. In Meo Vac, there are many restaurants that serve tempting specialties such as steamed fish, dried beef and, for the more adventurous, Thang Co, a stew made from meat and horse viscera. The unique flavors of these local delights are sure to please the most demanding palates. A visit to the province of Ha Giang promises not only breathtaking scenery, but also delectable cuisine.
Read more : The Cuisine of North Vietnam

Beautifull Meo Vac Landscapes - Photo : Mr Linh's adventures

What to see and do in Meo Vac?

Hiking is the most popular activity in the Meo Vac area. There are many hiking trails, suitable for all fitness levels. The Meo Vac area is also a paradise for cyclists, with many cycling routes through the mountains and villages.
If you are in the area on a Sunday, don’t miss the Meo Vac walk, a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the local communities.

When to visit Meo Vac

The best time to visit Meo Vac is the dry season, which lasts from November to April. During this period, weather conditions are more favorable and roads are easier to travel. Ideally, we will choose from March to May or from August to November.

How to get there

The Meo Vac region is located about 300 kilometers from the city of Hanoi. The best way to get there is to take a bus or minibus to the town of Ha Giang, then rent a car with driver, a motorcycle or take a taxi for the remaining 160 km to Meo Vac. It is recommended to spend at least 2 days and 1 night in Meo Vac to explore the popular sights of the area, and up to 3 days if you want to go hiking in the nearby villages. It is not forbidden to extend your trip to visit other important sites in the province... Do not hesitate to ask us for advice!

Best hiking trails around Meo Vac

The Meo Vac area offers a variety of hiking routes suitable for all fitness levels.

Here are some of the most popular hiking trails around Meo Vac

  • ♦ Dong Van to Meo Vac Hiking Trail: This is a challenging 23 km hiking trail that takes about 8-10 hours to complete. The trail crosses the Ma Pi Leng pass, one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam.
  • ♦Trail from Meo Vac to Lung Tam: This is a 16 km moderate hiking trail that takes about 5-6 hours to complete. The trail crosses the village of Lung Tam, an H'mong village with thatched roofs.
  • Hiking trail from Meo Vac to Nho Que: It is an easy 12 km hiking trail that takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete. The trail crosses the village of Nho Que, a Tay village with houses on stilts.Dong Van to Meo Vac Hiking Trail: This is a challenging 23 km hiking trail that takes about 8-10 hours to complete. The trail crosses the Ma Pi Leng pass, one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam.
  • ♦Ma Pi Leng Pass: This iconic pass is one of the most beautiful in Vietnam. Two possibilities: Ma Pi Leng Sky Pass, a hike of just over 3 km that can be done in 1h35 and Ma Pi Leng Pass, a walk of about 8 km
  • ♦The Jubo Hike, a highly technical 15 km trail to the picturesque village of Jubo
  • ♦The hike to the village of Khau Vai is a 10 kilometer moderate hike that will take you to a traditional village of ethnic minorities. The trail passes through rainforests, rice terraces and karst mountains.
  • ♦The Tu San Canyon Hike is a challenging 15 kilometer hike that will take you to a deep and spectacular canyon. The trail passes through rainforests and karst mountains.

Adventurous Trails around Meo Vac - Photo : Mr Linh's adventures

How to prepare for a hike in Meo Vac

Before embarking on a hike in the Meo Vac area, it is crucial to prepare properly.
Here are some tips:
  • ♦ Check the weather: Weather in the Meo Vac area can be unpredictable, so it’s important to check the forecast before you leave.
  • ♦ Prepare the right clothes: it is essential to dress in layers to adapt to temperature changes.
  • ♦ Bring food and water: There are no shops or restaurants along the hiking trails, so it is important to bring snacks and water.
  • ♦ Wear comfortable hiking shoes: The hiking trails in the Meo Vac area can be rugged, so it is important to wear comfortable, terrain-appropriate hiking shoes.

Where to rest in Meo Vac - Photo : Mr Linh's adventures

Where are the best places to stay in Meo Vac?

There are many accommodation options in the Meo Vac area, ranging from hotels to guesthouses.

Additional Tips

If you travel alone, it is recommended to book a guided tour. Local guides know the area well and can not only help you avoid dangers, but also facilitate exchanges with locals. Is it necessary to specify that it is fundamental to respect the customs and culture of local communities? 


A unique and exciting destination, the remote region of Meo Vac offers a great diversity of natural landscapes and ethnic cultures. Hiking in this area is a memorable experience. If you are looking for a wilderness adventure, the Meo Vac region is the perfect destination.

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