Itinerary at a glance
“This trekking Ha Giang tour is a perfect combination of trekking and culture while visiting the hill tribes’ villages of Ha Giang at a pace and style that compliments you. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy the amazing mountain view of the UNESCO Global Geopark”.
“Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark was written in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004 as Vietnam’s 1st geopark and it is home to 17 ethnic groups in Ha Giang – a province in northern Vietnam. It is a truly amazing destination for the more adventurous traveler or for photographers looking to get off the beaten track.
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.
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 Ha Giang city. Our car will wait 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 homestay of Dao people in Nam Dam village
Drive: 350km in around 7hrs
Note: In the winnter, if it’s dark early when you arrive Quan Ba, we will skip the trekking trip and transfer by car directly to homestay and trekking in next morning.
7:30 am, after breakfast, you can walk around the village to explore the life and culture of Dao people. 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.
Around 8:30am, 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.
Around 11:30am, stop and visit the infamous Vuong Palace, Vuong Family 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 architecture. You will explore the history of Hmong people in Dong Van in the French colonic period – the special frontier area.
Eat lunch at restaurant on the way.
Leaving Vuong palace, continue reach to Dong Van. We start to trek through the remote and beautiful countryside of Dong Van to Ta Lung, where we will climb through the Rock Mountains, pass through several villages along hidden tracks used by the local people. 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.
Arrive Dong Van, take a comfortable sleep in Hotel.
You have a free night to walking, enjoying coffee and mountain atmosphere in Dong Van Old Quarter.
+Transfer by car: ~90km, around 3,5hrs
+ Trekking type: Medium, around ~12km 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 and motorbike path live pass that on the rocky mountains, run along with the Ma Pi Leng pass – also known as the “Sky path”. This rocky path goes through limestone cliffs, goes through Hmong villages in the high mountain, goes through corn fields in the middle of the karst plateau. 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.
Trekking on Skypath, Ha GiangAfter 2,5-3hrs trekking, you will reach the main road and be transferred to Meo Vac for eating lunch.
Afternoon: After lunch, boating in 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 a 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 trek down from the main road to the bottom of the river, take 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.
Leave Nho Que river, if still enough time, the car will carry you to see the view point from the Ma Pi Leng pass to Nho Que river. Take a rest and coffee here before come back to Meo Vac.
Sleep in homestay in Meo Vac.
(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)
+Transfer by car: around 10km
+ Trekking type: Medium or hard, around ~13-14km in 4hrs, 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, through the hidden path and see the panorama view from the top of Nho Que river, see the border side with China. The trekking road 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 Hagiang 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.
+Transfer by car: around 110 km in 3-4hrs
+ Trekking type: Medium or hard, around 12 km in 3-4 hrs, the steep is over 7-10% (option 1).
Easy trekking for option 2 & 3
Around 8-9 pm , you will catch the sleeping bus from Ha Giang back to Hanoi.
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“Professional, Personal, Unforgettable”My friends and I booked a customised Trekking Ha Giang tour with Zonitrip for 5 days early this month. We had a wonderful time. Nghia did a fantastic job to satisfy all our demands even at short notice. We really enjoyed the trip (beautiful scenery, great trekking, friendly local people, great food and accommodation). I highly recommend Nghia and Zonotrip for your adventure in the North West of Vietnam.
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First i want to say thank you to Mrs Nghia and her colleague Ms Cham.
They are our guides during our Ha giang and Sapa trip by motor bikes.
We did our trip together with Zonitrip tour 3 weeks ago (oktober 2015) for 7days.
on the way from ha giant to dong van is super awesome and then dong van to meo van is unbelievable.
the mountains, the roads and tribes people.
i can’t describe , but its beautiful, specially in harvest time.
and wooww so awesome views and we were so happy because Nghia and Cham did their best for us, and they took us in traditional shop and had same food like normal vietnamesse people.
and was great experience and finally they are not only your guides but finally be our friends.
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Nghia arranged all for us, even for our accommodations, and also great because sometimes we slept in the house/homestay from Vietnamesse family, so we knew about vietnamesse culture.
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Cam On Mrs Nghia and ms Cham,
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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.
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