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This Ha Giang Amazing Tour 5 days – is a perfect combination of hiking/trekking with cultural exploring.
Ha Giang is known with “Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark written in the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is home to 17 ethnic groups in mountain North Vietnam.
It is a wonderful destination with majestic landscape mountain, breathtaking natural and colorful local culture. You will have an unforgettable experience on the hiking path, enjoyable scenery and experience the true rural life. This tour is designed for active travelers and photographers.
You will be pick up & drop off by a private car from Hanoi, so if you don’t want to have any hassle when traveling by sleeping night bus or public transportation, this tour is perfectly customized for you.
This Ha Giang trip will have the average hiking time around 5-6hrs per day with distance ~5-15km/day, change the elevation from 500-1500m on the flat and hilly road, sometimes have the steep rock road. It’s flexible hiking level from easy to moderate, so if you don’t have trekking experience, don’t worry, you just need to prepare good health and good condition.
Your hotel in Hanoi
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang city ( 300km)
Day 2: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Dong Van ( 140km)
Day 3: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Meo Vac ( driving ~10km, trekking ~17km)
Day 4: Meo Vac – Quan Ba ( 110km)
Day 5: Quan Ba– Hanoi ( 350km)
7:30 am, Our guide will pick-up you from your hotel in Hanoi, start to go to Ha Giang city.
Around 14h, you will arrive Thon Tha village –5km from Ha Giang city- a peaceful village of Tay ethnic people who always live in a stilt-house thatched roof. We can spend around 2-3hrs this afternoon for Hiking in Thon Tha village – through the amazing rice fields, the palm forests, waterfall, and villages to explore the local life & culture of Tay people, their farming work as well as the natural. Far away from the crowds and experience a homestay in a traditional Vietnamese Tay home. Learn and participate in the Ha Giang village life and truly feel the warmth and hospitality of these incredibly nice people.
Eating and sleeping in stilt house of Tay homestay.
+Transfer by car: 300km, around 6hrs
+ Hiking type: Easy, around 5-8km in 2-3hrs.
After breakfast, you will transfer by car to the Quan Ba heaven gate, located 40km far from Ha Giang city. We start hiking from here to the Nam Dam village – the inhabited by Dao ethnic people (long dress Dao group). The locals still keep their traditional customs, habits & culture from ancient times. Beautiful hiking trails through the verdant and hill, seasonal farmlands, the vista view of villages and lake. You will have a chance to see the local traditional house made of compacted soil which protects people from the extreme weather in the high mountain. You are welcomed to visit the houses whose owners are very friendly and hospitable. As you walk in the village, you will have the opportunity to observe the daily life of the Dao people.
Leaving Nam Dam village, our driver will transfer you to Dong Van. Our trip through the stunning winding roads, majestic karst mountains, old traditional villages in tiny valleys. It’s once again a very enjoyable ride today that you will see an amazing mountain view of the Rock Plateau.
Stop and visit the infamous Vuong Palace, who was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese, Hmong and Frence architecture. You will explore the history of Hmong people in Dong Van in the French colonic period – the special frontier area.
Sleep: If you want to experience sleep in the homestay of Hmong people, explore their culture via learning their traditional music dance, wearing their traditional clothes, we will arrange sleep in Hmong Dong Van homestay.
If you want to have a comfortable and private room in the Hotel, we will book a room in the hotel 2-3star in Dong Van.
+Transfer by car: ~130km, around 4hrs
+ Hiking difficulty: Gentle(2/5), with distance around ~12km in 4hrs.
Morning: hiking trip around Dong Van town to Ta Lung or Thien Huong village.
Hike up through the Rock Mountains, follow a sketchy and narrow local path, pass hill tribe villages in tiny valleys. You will meet the H’mong local ethnic minorities. We can explore their real-life of local people in the Vietnam high mountain area. Their life is very simple and poor they are very hardworking, and they still keep unique traditional culture through their colorful clothing, house, music and custom.
It’s one of the interesting things beside enjoy natural scenery in Zonitrip’s hiking tour.
The picnic lunch will be served on the road or try the local meal at the local house.
Afternoon: Trekking on the Sky Path – the path lies on the Rock mountain and rural village.
8:00 am, after breakfast, transfer by car from Dong Van to the bottom of Ma Pi Leng pass and start to trekking.
The adventure trekking path is located on the hazardous Karst mountains, run along Ma Pi Leng pass – also known as the “Sky path”. This steep rocky path goes through limestone cliffs, narrow road, Hmong villages and cornfields in the tiny valleys. From above, you can admire the extremely majestic scenery of the limestone mountains and the green Nho Que river which cuts through the valley below. The viewpoints on Sky path is a perfect place for taking the great photos.
After 2,5-3hrs trekking, you will reach the main road and be transferred to a homestay in Meo Vac.
+Transfer by car: around 10km
+ Hiking type: Moderate (3/5), around 15km, in 6-7 hrs, the steep is over 10-15%
If it’s Sunday, you can have a chance to enjoy the unique and special local Market in Meo Vac, it’s held on Sunday and be called SUNDAY MARKET. There are very colorful and various cultures of ethnic minorities, it will be a special experience for you.
After that, we will do a boating trip to Nho Que river. It’s located in the bottom of Ma Pi Leng pass with Tu San canyon – it’s a new interesting destination in your Ha Giang tour. Tu San canyon is considered the deepest and most unique canyon in Vietnam. The best way to explore the Tu San is by boat, where you will be surrounded by the cool green water and immersed in the quiet and fresh atmosphere of the valley. You will be enchanted by the overwhelming presence of the towering mountains on both sides of the river.
You will hike down from the main road to the bottom of the river, follow the steep and narrow rock road, sit on the boat and enjoy the poetic beauty with the green color of Nho Que river. You can jump to swim to relax after a long day.
P/s: You can choose KAYAK activity instead of boating.
Leave Nho Que river, on the way come back to Nam Dam village, we will visit The Lung Cu National Flag Tower. It’s considered as the North Point of Vietnam – located in the border bell with China. Before reach Lung Cu, we will see the majestic scenery of Rock Plateau. We are rewarded with a brilliant backdrop of picturesque valleys covered in rice paddies. After visiting the tower, you will visit the cultural village of Lo Lo people – one of the minority ethnic people in the Frontier area. You can try to wear their colorful traditional clothes.
After lunch, you will be transferred to Nam Dam village of Dao people in Quan Ba.
Sleep in a homestay of Dao people.
(P/s: If you want to upgrade the accommodation, you can choose to book a private room in Dao Lodge )
+Transfer by car: around 110 km in 3-4hrs
+ Hiking type: Easy (1/5), Although the hiking time is short 30min -1hrs but the ascending road is quite steep
7:30 am, After a local breakfast, we take a small hike trekking down to Lung Tam village – where Mong ethnic people live. You can learn the way to make the traditional craft and clothes by hemp and draw the pattern by bee wax of Hmong people. It takes around 2hrs.
P/s: Option 2: Light trekking or relaxing around the Nam Dam village to explore the local life before coming back to Hanoi.
This is followed by our return journey to Hanoi, arriving around 6 pm
Drop you off at your hotel & say goodbye our guide. Tour the end./.
P/s: The itinerary can change according to your requirement
Solo travel is taking off. More and more adventurers are forging their own path and travelling alone as part of a group tour. And it’s no wonder. With the confidence you gain from seeing the world on your terms, solo travel gives you a sense of freedom like nothing else.
If you want to travel to your own tune, you’ll be in good company with Zonitrip. Lots of our travellers arrive alone and leave with lifelong friends. With shared authentic experiences in far-flung destinations, our tours are the perfect chance to create lasting friendships.
We’ll match you with the group having suit your departure time, so you can share the tour cost. About single supplements like accommodation, most of our homestay have a single mattress so it’s very convenient for solo travel. If you want to upgrade a private room, the small surcharge can be accepted.
If at the departure time you want, we haven’t had any other group, you can book in advance or deposit to keep a sit. We will inform you of the update or customized suitable or better options.
You can also find many travel ideas and tours here in the best solo travel destinations. Don’t worry, let contact with us.
After a long day with a lot of activities, we know a comfortable place to rest overnight is a special concern. A relaxed and enjoyable accommodation is not only to state the quality of the tour but also to get the energy back for the possibly hard days after.
We can say Vietnam tourism has been developing so well so please do not worried about the accommodations when on tours in Vietnam. We can easily find and stay in a 3 to 5 star hotels in the big cities or touristic areas.
However, the Trekking and Motorbike tours of Zonitrip are almost at remote regions where accommodations are not like other big towns, so we’ll stay mostly at the standard hotels or home-stay. But don’t’ worry, they’re surely safe and the equipment is comfortable enough for you:
Most of the towns we stay during the tour are pretty small where there may be only one or few little basic hotels; however, they have will have most of the standard equipment for you to have a safe and comfortable stay such as soft mats, blankets, mosquito nets, Air-conditioning, clean toilets… and free wifi. We sometimes tour through some big cities/touristy areas and we can have better choices to stay in a better 3 or 4 star hotels.
Mostly 90% of Zonitrip’s customers are pleased with staying at homestays.
All the families we choose to stay have special permits and are certificated from the local government. Most of the homestays are nice wood and clean houses on stilts, are owned by warmly host, who are local knowing well area. Below is the equipment you can expect to have at the homestay: private mats, blankets, mosquito nets, fans, clean toilets, hot water.
If you have ever done a trekking/camping on the mountain, in the jungle, you may know about the hut/tent. With the trekking mountain tour from 2-4 days, we provide the tent or hut and sleeping bag to sleep. You will share sleeping space with other guests. There isn’t electricity, internet or phone wireless, no hot water, very simple toilet.
We would like to say the food on tours is one of the most important reasons to make our clients come back for more.
We serve almost local Vietnamese food on the tour. Generally, Vietnamese food is light but it’s surely not boring and so healthy. We can be sure all food is fresh with a lot of vegetables, especially for vegetarians.
We sometimes choose a basic roadside restaurant for meals or eating at the homestay but the food is always fresh, tasty and plenty to choose.
Such as famous PHO (rice noodle soup), BUN CHA (special noodle with grilled pork), NEM (Spring rolls)…The local people have different methods to cook so we can be sure you can have different food for each meal during the long adventure tours in Vietnam.
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Once you have agreed on an itinerary or service we will ask for a 30% deposit and start making reservations for you. Once all reservations have been made we will confirm back to you. The final balance is due on your arrival in our area or before your tour departs.
The best trip in our life
We have 5 days with Nghia in province Ha Giang. We have visited three different ethnic groups and stayed over nights in their Homestay type if accommodation. The trip was prepared and handled excellent way. Nghia has provided outstanding service for our family (consider we have travel with two children 10 and 13 years old) and all our wish has been full filled immediately. She responded and adjusted the trip even during the day when our son wished to go for fishing to give us unforgettable experience and really wonderful time. This trip was for all of us just like dream, she took us on places in mountains where we never could get or even think of, also by using local tour guide knowing the language of the small ethnic families. Every day was full of adventure however we felt absolutely save thanks to highly professional care of our tour guide Nghia. We will never forget all the nature, beauty and detail information about the real life of the small communities in mountains in North Vietnam close to China border. We had lots of fun on the trip and we hope to return as soon as possible to this wonderful region and we will definitely use the Nghia’ s service again.
My 3 days in Ha Giang were an amazing experience. I took over 300 pictures, walked around a Hmong village and stayed overnight in with a Lo Lo family. My tourguide, Kien was the best and extremely kind. We talked a lot about philosophy and tourism and the history of Vietnam. The facilities were CLEAN and COMFORTABLE. I was worried because I paid in full before the trip and I read so many horror stories. However, Nghia and Kien were so honest and kind. Them – along with the Hmong and Lo Lo people I met – really showed the goodness and hospitality that is truly in Vietnam. I will carry this experience with me and I hope they know how memorable this was for me.