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This Ha Giang hiking tour 5 days – is a perfect combination of hiking/trekking with cultural exploring.
Ha Giang is known for “Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark written on 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 mountains, breathtaking natural and colorful local culture. You will have an unforgettable experience on the hiking path, enjoyable scenery and experience true rural life.
This Ha Giang trip will have the average hiking time around 5-6hrs per day with a distance ~5-15km/day, change the elevation from 500-1500m on the flat and hilly road, sometimes have the steep rocky road. It’s flexible hiking levels from easy to moderate, so if you don’t have trekking experience, don’t worry, you just need to prepare for good health and good condition.
Start and finish at Hagiang
( If you want to pick up from Hanoi, we will arrange)
Day 1: Trekking all day near Ha Giang city – Quan Ba
Day 2: Quan Ba – Đong văn ( trekking half day)
Day 3: Trekking Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng – Meo Vac ( trekking all day)
Day 4: Trekking around Nho Que river – Du Gia ( trek half day)
Day 5: Trekking Du Gia – Ha Giang ( trek half day)
Explore the hidden parts of Ha Giang with a full day 18-km trek. Starting at a local Tay village, you trek up the off-beat trails, wind through a chain of wild jungles and captivating terraced rice fields to reach the highest point of Tay Con Linh Mountain Range, home to the Yao people.
Do not forget to mingle with ethnic students from a local school nearby during your short break before heading to an exotic lunch with a local Yao host family.
After lunch, start an easier trek down the valley and finish in the Tay village. The rest of day is spent to reach Quan Ba District.
You will sleep at Nam Dam village – the inhabited by Dao ethnic people (long dress Dao group). The local still keep their traditional customs, habits & culture from ancient times. 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.
Morning: 8:00: Leave Quan ba and transfer to Dong Van. Our trip through the stunning winding roads, through the rocky karst mountains, and old traditional houses of Hmong – ethnic people. It’s once again a very enjoyable ride today that you will see an amazing mountain view of the Rock Plateau.
Lunch at Dong Van town. After lunch, transfer by car from Dong Van- Thien Hưuowng. -start doing a half-day trek and follow a loop route- Ma Ú – Dong Van. Thien Huong ancient village of Tay people, with clay old houses, a giant banyan…This loop passes the Tay and Hmong village.
Come to Dong Van, sleep at the Hmong Dong Van homestay
Today, you will have all day trekking deeply to the remote area of Dong Van – Ta Lung- Pai Lung – Sky Path Grotto- Meo Vac. Through narrow hidden tracks used by the local people on the Karst Mountain, the hidden village on valley. You will meet the H’mong and Hoa people, who are the local ethnic minorities, visit their house, explore the real life, their culture and exhibit their friendliness through their colorful clothing and warm hospitality.
The picnic lunch will be served on the road or try the local meal at the local house.
The distance from 17-20km, elevation change is between 500m
You will reach the main road and be transferred to Meo Vac where you will sleep in a hotel or homestay of Lo Lo people.
(P/s: If you want to upgrade the accommodation, you can choose to stay at Auberge de Meo Vac – Mountain Lodge – Nhà nghỉ Chúng Pủa)
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 of the green color of Nho Que river. You can jump to swim to relax after a long day.
Have lunch at a local restaurant in Meo Vac.
Transfer to Du Gia – a Tay village located peacefully in the West side of Dong Van Karst Pleatue with stunning nature.
Sleep at a homestay of Tay People.
Morning: Half-day hike to a waterfall and Hmong village.
Have picnic lunch near the waterfall..
Then transfer to Ha Giang city. End of the trip.
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.
All our quotes are in USD/VND. We accept Visa/MasterCard by either directly giving us your card details or using our authorized payment form, Western Union, bank transfers or cash ( USD & VND).
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.
Back for a second round – life on dramatic mountains!
Nghia and Zonitrip simply don’t disappoint. This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure to hit the road with her and like the first time around it was as wonderful to be in her company and discover yet another part of Viet Nam.
What makes Nghia stand out is not only her goal to create an individual itinerary but her own curiosity and thus never ending desire and journey to learn about her country and its people; finding out about new things together with her guests each time she’s out exploring the beautiful north. It truly feels like you are traveling with a peer and friend rather than “just a guide”.
Nghia cares about the local communities, seeking to support them in carefully choosing their homestays and introducing you to their lives and causes. By connecting you to the locals she’s making your travel not only about the landscapes and nature but also about the people who live in it – giving you more context and an overall better understanding and longer lasting impressions.
From my first travels with her two years ago I can now happily say that she’s become part of my family. Don’t hesitate, go on an adventure with her!
Trekking Ba Be Ban Gioc – HaGiang tour 7Day!
Wow…. What can we say about the trip we have just completed with Zonitrip? We are a couple in our sixties from the UK and we like to think that we are fairly active. From the outset when Nghia and her husband picked us up from our hotel we were really well looked after and it felt more like touring with friends. All our many questions were answered in detail and Nghia’s passion and love for her country soon became apparent. We did various tours in the Northern region stopping off to see caves and waterfalls along the way. Our itinerary was totally flexible so when we saw a village festival for example, we had plenty of time to go and join in. We did a cycle ride and two really enjoyable kayaking trips where the scenery was incredible. Our accommodation was varied from nice hotels to basic, but thoroughly enjoyable “homestays”. We really enjoyed the local food which was more than plentiful and really tasty. Nghia gave us a tremendous insight into the true rural life by our “unscheduled” visits to various households who all welcomed us into their homes and showed us great hospitality.
The highlight of our trip was the day we spent on motorbikes in the Dong Van and Meo Vac region. The scenery was incredible and the whole day was great. We have some great photographs and some great memories from this whole trip. If you want to see the real Vietnam and really get off the well beaten tourist track then contact Nghia and she will put together a package for you. Many thanks to Nghia, her husband and the Zonitrip team for a trully memorable experience.
Awesome Experience in Ha Giang!
I enjoyed every moment with spectacular view of the valley/ mountains throughout the roadtrip. Lots of photo opportunities. The guide, Happy show me all the nice spot for photography. He’s well spoken and understand solo /muslim traveller like me. Thank you Zontrip for this amazing experience! 🙏