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Ba Be- Ban Gioc- Hagiang Tour - Zonitrip

Ha giang – Hoang Su Phi – Trekking Tour 5 days

(3 Reviews)
  • 5 Days/6 Nights
  • Private/Group : 2-10 People
  • Sleep: Homestay & hotel
  • Difficulty : Gentle (2/5) 5-15km/day hike on flat and hilly or rocky roads
  • Start and drop off at : Hanoi
  • Min Age : 12+

This 5D6N Ha Giang Trekking Tour is a perfect blend of hiking and cultural exploration. Ha Giang is renowned for its inclusion of the “Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark” in the UNESCO World Heritage List and being home to 17 ethnic groups in the mountainous region of North Vietnam.

This captivating destination offers majestic mountain landscapes, breathtaking natural beauty, and a vibrant local culture. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience as you embark on the hiking trails, taking in the enchanting scenery and immersing yourself in the authentic rural life.

Located on the western side of Ha Giang province, Hoang Su Phi is widely acclaimed for its stunning rice terraces, recognized as a National Heritage site. During this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to trek approximately 4-7 hours each day (covering 7-16km per day) accompanied by local guides, utilizing transportation by car or motorbike.

Venture into remote, untouched villages to discover the rich local culture of various ethnic groups in Ha Giang, such as the Hmong, Dao, and Tay. Enjoy the picturesque mountainous landscapes that will leave you inspired at every turn. Immerse yourself in the local way of life, interact with friendly ethnic minorities, and experience the unique hospitality of homestays.

Designed for active travelers and photographers alike, this tour promises an unforgettable journey, capturing the essence of Ha Giang’s natural wonders and cultural heritage.

Meeting Point

Start and finish at Hanoi

 

Price List

Group 2 -3 people
$475 /person
Group 4-6 people
$435/person
Group 5-8people
$400/person

Price Includes

  • Limousine bus or sleeping night bus
  • Private car during the trip in Hagiang
  • Entrance fees and signseeing fees
  • Boating or Kayaking ticket
  • All meals are included ( 4 Breakfasts + 5 Lunches + 5 dinners)
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary ( homestay/ or hotel)
  • Water: 1 little/day/person

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities (industry recommendation is 5-10% of trip cost)
  • Personal items: Clothes, rain-gear, foot wears
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Beverage: Extra drinks

Complementaries

  • Comfortable walking/trekking shoes
  • Light comfortable clothes and warm clothes in winter time ( from Oct to Feb)
  • Take a small day backpack for hiking
  • Insect/mosquito repellent, sun cream, sun hat, light raincoat
  • Passport, camera
What to Expect
  • Explore the majestic landscape of DONG VAN KARST PLATEAU GEOPARK
  • Tour with unique itinerary through REAL landscape of Ha Giang
  • Getting off the beaten track, trekking through rural tribal village and non touristic mountain valleys.
  • Great Boating/kayaking at Nho Que river - on the bottom of Ma Pi Leng pass
  • Meeting ethnic people and experience true rural life
Photos
Itinerary

Night 0: Hanoi – Ha Giang city by sleeping bus
(300km)
 Day 1: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Dong Van (B, L, D)
 Day 2: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng – Meo Vac (B, L, D)
 Day 3: Meo Vac – Ha Giang – Nam Hong (B,L,D)
 Day 4: Trekking Hoang Su Phi ( Nam Hong- Nam Khoa- Nam Ai ) (B,L,D)
 Day 5: Nam Ai – Suoi Thau ( Ban Luoc) – Tan Quang ( Hagiang)  (B,L,D)
 Night 5: Ha Giang– Hanoi by sleeping bus (300km, around 6hrs)
P/s: The night sleeping bus wiil arrive Hanoi at 4am next morning, so if you want to come back Hanoi earlier, there are bus at 1pm and 4pm. Let us know your choice to arrange the program

Night 0Hanoi- Ha giang

Leave Hanoi around 8.30 p.m in the evening by a comfortable sleeper bus. The bus takes about 8.5 hours.
Our bus will pick you from your hotel around Hanoi Old Quarter. If you don’t have the hotel address, we will give you the bus parking place information

Day 1Day 1: Ha Giang - Quan Ba – Dong Van (B, L, D)

Arrive Ha Giang city around 3-4 am in the morning. You will be a drop-off at our partner hostel. You can take a short sleep until 7:00 am, our guide will pick you up here and eat breakfast before start your amazing Trekking Ha Giang tour.
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 local 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.( We can visit a Shaman house to explore the Dao culture and ceremony)

Shaman of Dao people in QUan ba ,Hagiang

Leaving Nam Dam village, our driver will transfer you to Dong Van. Our trip through the stunning winding roads, through the rocky karst mountains, old traditional houses of Hmong – ethnic people. It’s once again a very enjoyable ride today that you will see amazing mountain view of the Rock Plateau.
When arrive Dong Van, we transfer from Dong Van- Thien Hưong. -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.

trekking Dong Van- thien huong - ma u- half day

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.
Summary:
+Transfer by car: ~130km, around 4hrs
+ Hiking difficulty: Moderate, around ~12km in 4hrs.

Day 2Day 2: Hiking Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng pass - Meo Vac ( trekking all day)

8:00 am, after breakfast, transfer by car from Dong Van to the bottom of Ma Pi Leng pass and start to trekking. 
Trek up through the Rock Mountains, follow a sketchy and narrow local path, pass hill tribe villages in tiny & remote valleys. You will meet the H’mong local ethnic minorities. We can explore their reallife 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.

Ba Be- Ban Gioc- Hagiang Tour - Zonitrip
Ba Be- Ban Gioc- Hagiang Tour – Zonitrip


The picnic lunch will be served on the road or try the local meal at the local house.
Trekking on the Sky Path – the path lies on the Rock mountain and rural village.


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

slide trekking ha giang- zonitrip

After 2,5-3hrs trekking, you will reach the main road and be transferred to a homestay in Meo Vac.
Summary:
+Transfer by car: around 10km
+ Hiking type: Moderate (3/5), around 15km, in 6-7 hrs, the steep is over 10-15%

(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)

Day 3Day 3: Meo Vac –Nho Que river - Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi ( Nam Hong hamlet) (B,L,D)

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.

ha giang market

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 swimming in the river in the summer day.
Leave Nho Que river, if still enough time, the car will
carry you to see the viewpoint from the Ma Pi Leng pass to Nho Que river. Take a rest and come back Ha Giang city by car. 


Option 2: If in day 2, you finish the trekking road soon and want to go to the river in the afternoon, in day 3, we have 2 options trekking for you:
1. Light Trekking around
Lao Xa village – the ancient village of Hmong people. Explore the local life of Hmong people. Travel around this village in 2hrs
 

2. Light trekking in Tay village ( THon Tha- Waterfall- Ha Thanh): Exploring the culture of Tay people, who living in the tradionational stilt house, with palm roof.


Then transfer directly to Nam Hong hamlet, Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi.
Sleep in a homestay of Dao people.
Summary:
+Transfer by car: around 233 km in 7hrs
+ Hiking type or visiting around: Maximum 1,5-2hrs

 

Day 4Day 4: Trekking Hoang Su Phi ( Nam Hong- Nam Khoa- Nam Ai )

8h: After breakfast, we will trek from homestay in Nam Hong to Nam Khoa, enjoy the scenery of Rice Terrace, through bamboo forest, tea hill. Then follow the trail, mountain, enjoy the view of valley the beautiful rice paddies and explore the lifestyle and culture of Dao Ao Dai (long-dressed Dao) minority people.
Eat lunch in Nam Khoa village, the house of Red Dao people.. After that, continue trekking around 2,5hrs to Nam Ai, sleeping in homestay of Dao people.
Summary:
Trekking distance: around 14-15km
hoang su phi-zonitrip hoang su phi-zonitrip 

Day 5: Nam Ai – Suoi Thau ( Ban Luoc) – Tan Quang ( Hagiang)

8:00am: after breakfast, continue trek down to mountain. The car will pick up and transfer back to Suoi Thau, Ban Luoc.
Where have the beautiful rice terraces.
Then transfer by car back to Tan Quang ( hagiang ) and take the sleeping bus back to Hanoi.
Option 2: Take the daily limousine at 5pm, so you can finish the trekking trip after decendsing from Nam Ai village.
Transfer back to Tan Quang ( hagiang) by car then back to Hanoi by bus.

Map

 

Hagiang travel map

trekking hoang su phi map
trekking hoang su phi map
FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

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.
Email: info@zonitrip.com
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How about accommodation?

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:

  • Hotels: 

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.

  • Home-stay:

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. 

  • Hut/tent

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. 

How's about the food?

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. 

How do I book and pay?

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.

What is cancellation policy?

  • Once you have paid 30% non-refundable deposit your trip is confirmed.
  • Any cancellation of a booking must be in writing and shall only be effective upon its acknowledged receipt by ZONITRIP
  • For cancellations made within 7 days and 48 hrs before the day of the service, we reserve the right to retain 25% of the due amount.
  • For cancellations made within 48 hrs of the tour, we reserve the right to retain the full fee.
  • No refunds are given in case of force majeure
  • No refunds are given if the client leaves the program after it has begun for any reasons whatsoever or miss any scheduled sightseeing or visit or no show up

 

3 Reviews
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Grace- Sinpagore

Group Traveller

This is my second adventure at Vietnam tour organized by Zonitrip. Our 5-day journey took us through the captivating landscapes of Hagiang, offering a perfect hike for those ranging from beginners to intermediate hikers. The views were simply breathtaking, featuring magnificent scenery with beautiful mountains, rice fields, and glimpses into the vibrant lives of Vietnam’s ethnic groups. Nghia, who spoke excellent English, shared detailed insights into local life. The trekking paths steered clear of mass tourism, leading us to tranquil and peaceful locations. The variety of homestays, including stilt houses, bamboo dwellings, and clay/mud structures, added an intriguing element to our experience. This trip is ideal for individuals seeking a profound appreciation for mountainous vistas, picturesque rice fields, and an immersion into the cultural richness of ethnic communities. Throughout the entire journey, we were accompanied by our own reliable and friendly car driver. It is unquestionably worthwhile to rise early and embark on this adventure.

I would highly recommend this tour to my friends.

10/11/2023

shermy_ang - Singapore

Couple Traveller

Challenging but Beautiful Ha Giang tour 🙂
Review of Zonitrip – Day Tours

This is my second Northern Vietnam tour with Zonitrip and I could tour with Nghia again :)(Nghia also toured with me during my first Zontrip trip tour). This time, I went on a 5 day 6 nights tour to Ha Giang (specifically Dong Van & Hoang Su Phi). I found the hikes fairly difficult but the sceneries were really beautiful! Nghia was patient in waiting for us during moments where we were trying to catch our breaths or enjoy the sceneries. She also ensured we were kept safe during the trip.

Overall, the trip was well organised and I enjoyed myself immensely (:

Date of experience: September 2023

13/09/2023

Melanie - Austria

Couple Traveller

Very great and very recommendable trekking trip in the North of Vietnam. We enjoyed the beautiful landscapes, mountains, rice fields and to see how ethnic groups live in Vietnam. Nghia was a very nice guide and speaks English very well. She gave us a lot of detailed information about the local life and was also very interested on our lifes in Austria. The trekking routes were away from mass tourism in calm and peaceful locations. The homestays were very interesting (stilt houses, bamboo houses, houses made of mud). This trip is perfect for people, who would like to deeply enjoy the view of mountains, also rice fields and experience the cultural life of ethnic groups. We had our own nice car driver with a very comfortable car. Everything was well organized. We got a lot of Vietnamese food! Thank you Nghia for this great trip, we won’t never forget.

12/04/2023
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