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This Ha Giang Trekking Tour 4 Days 4 nights is a perfect combination of hiking 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.
If your time is limited, you can choose this option, combine using the public sleeping bus and private cars to have more time to explore Ha Giang.
Your Hiking 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 Old Quater area
Itinerary at a glance
Hanoi – Ha Giang city by Limousine bus (300km) and transfer by private car to Quan Ba (50km)
6:30-7am, our limousine bus will pick you up from your hotel, ride to Ha Giang city ( about 300km in ~6hrs)
Around 14:00, you will arrive at Ha Giang city. Our car will wait for you here. You can take a rest, eat lunch and start to go Quan Ba.
You will reach Quan Ba in the late afternoon. Before Quan Ba, we will pass the “Heaven’s Gate”, with its mountains stretching to the horizon, marking the entrance to Dong Van Karst Plateau. This marks a magnificent point of view to share when you are back home with stunning landscape photos. You will trek from Heaven gate to the Nam Dam village – the inhabited by Dao ethnic people (long dress Dao group) in around 1,5 hrs. Beautiful hiking trails through the verdant and hill, seasonal farmlands, the vista view of villages, and lake.
Dinner and a night’s sleep in a homestay of Dao people in Nam Dam village
Drive: 350km in around 7hrs
Hiking difficulty: Easy – 1,5hrs
Note: In the winter, if it’s dark early when you arrive Quan Ba, we will skip the hiking trip and transfer by car directly to homestay and trekking next morning.
7:30 am, after breakfast, you can walk around the village to explore the life and culture of Dao people. The locals 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.
After that, around 8:30 am, 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 an amazing and majestic mountain view of the Rock Plateau and take the great photos.
Having lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we start to trek through the remote and beautiful countryside of Dong Van to Ta Lung or Thien Huong. We will 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. Although their life is very simple and poor but 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.
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: ~90km, around 3,5hrs
+ Trekking/Hiking difficulty: Gentle (2/5), around ~10km in 4hrs.
Morning: Trekking on the Sky Path – the path lies on the Rock mountain and rural village.
8:00am, 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 is one of the best interesting part in your Ha Giang trekking trip. 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 Meo Vac for eating lunch.
Afternoon: After lunch, take a boating/kayaking trip in Nho Que river.
Nho Que river is 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 abyss alley 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. Leaving 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 coffee here before come back to Meo Vac.
+Transfer by car: around 10km
+ Trekking/Hiking difficulty: 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 culture of ethnic minorities, it will be a special experience for you.
Leave Meo Vac, you can choose 3 options:
– Option 1: Continue trekking from Xin Cai to Giang Chu Phin village (near Meo Vac), through the Hmong village in the mountain, follow the local soil and muddy path and see the panorama view from the top of Nho Que river, see the border side with China. The distance is around 12km in 3,5-4hrs. The steep is around 7-10%.
– Option 2: Visit The Lung Cu National Flag Tower. It’s considered as the North Point of Vietnam. Before reach Lung Cu, we will pass the stunning 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 culture village of Lo Lo people – one of the minority ethnic people in the Frontier area.
After lunch, you will be transferred to Ha Giang.
– Option 3: Transfer back to Ha Giang city, do light trekking through the Tay Village to see the beautiful rice field and the traditional stilt wood house with palm roof. We can spend around 2-3hrs this afternoon for trekking in Thon Tha – 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.
Arrive Ha Giang in the late afternoon. After dinner, around 8-9 pm, you will catch the sleeping bus from Ha Giang back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at 3-4 am the next morning, finish your Hiking Ha Giang 4 days.
+Transfer by car: around 110 km in 3-4hrs
+ Hiking difficulty:
Gentle (2/5), around 12 km in 3-4 hrs, the steep is over 7-10% (option 1).
Easy trekking for option 2 & 3
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 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 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.
-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 began for any reasons whatsoever or miss any scheduled sightseeing or visit or no showing up
Best place in Vietnam
I went on a 4 day tour to do the Ha Giang loop in Dec 2019. Happy was an excellent guide / travel companion who made sure I had the best experience this wonderful region could offer. At times the road was very sketchy, full of holes and narrow, but I always felt safe in hiking road, snapping pics and being a carefree tourist. Overall a wonderful trip!!
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 4 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.