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Sapa Hiking Tour – though Muong Hoa valley -3 days-from Hanoi

(2 Reviews)
  • 3 Days
  • Private/Group tour : 2-15 People
  • Sleep: Homestay
  • Difficulty : Gentle (2/5) (Down/up hill)There are some more challenging sections to this trek… however this is balanced with easy legs and the chance to recuperate at the homestays.
  • Pickup: from Hanoi
  • Min Age : 12+

Sapa is located in far Northwest Vietnam. It’s well-known as the best beautiful Rice Terrace in Vietnam & in the world. If you like photography, nature and people’s culture, mix with a little challenging via hiking local trails,  this Sapa Hiking tour 3 days tour is designed for you.

You have an opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful parts in the Sapa area, which is Muong Hoa valley to Ban Ho valley, which belong to the beautiful stream and rice terraces fields. You will spend 2 nights in the homestay of tribal minority, to experience the local life and their culture. You will also be able to meet several different minorities, which cannot be found in other areas of Sapa, such as Black Hmong, Giay in Muong Hoa valley, Tay, Dao and Xa Pho in Ban Ho valley. Both valleys are beautiful with mountainous surrounding and rice paddy terraces.

Our program has well organized and flexible for everyone, so let tell your need, we will tailor the hiking route, difficulty base on the layout program. 

Recommended Airport

Noi Bai International Airport (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Your hotel in Hanoi

Price Includes

  • Round trip transportation by prviate car from your hotel to Sapa and back
  • English speaking guide
  • All meals are included ( 3 Breakfasts + 3 Lunches + 2dinners)
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and signseeing fees
  • Water: 1 little/day/person
  • Transfer and train ticket (Train type: 4 soft berths in a cabin with A/C)

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Personal items: Clothes, rain-gear, foot wears
  • Beverage: Extra drinks
  • International Travel Insurance

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
What to Expect
  • Spetacular beauty of Rice Terraces fields - with best spots for photography
  • Fantastic mountain scenry and amazing views
  • Interesting and unique hiking journey
  • Explore the true rural life and interesting traditional culture of ethnic people
  • Experience staying at traditional homestay & enjoy the tasty Vietnamese food
  • Less touristic, avoid the crowed in tourism area, merge with nature
  • Well organization and flexible program with best price
Itinerary

Nigh 0OVERNIGHT ON THE TRAIN TO LAO CAI STATION

An English speaking guide will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi at 21:00 and take you to Hanoi Train Station for the overnight train to Lao Cai.

Day 1Sapa – Cat Cat- Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/D) ( 14km)

Arrive at Lao Cai train station. A bus is waiting for you and it will take you to Sapa. The bus journey is about 45 minutes giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces.

Take shower, leave your luggage at the reception store and enjoy your breakfast at the hotel

At 9:00 am, we will leave Sapa and hike down to Cat Cat village, taking in the picturesque waterfall at the bottom of the hill. After a slight retrace of steps (but not all the way back up!) we will take a turn towards Y Linh Ho and begin a 2km walk through rice terraces. Y Linh Ho is home to the Hmong minority, and their hereditary rice terraces are around 100 years old. This is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in true Hmong culture!

From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established Hmong minority village that has been inhabited for centuries. See the products of this minority at its best, with established rice terraces, homes and a vibrant community. You will be welcomed warmly by Mai and her family who run the first-ever homestay owned and run by Hmong minority in the Sapa region.

Summary:

Transfer Lao Cai – Sapa: 1 hour driving

Hiking route:   14km in ~5 hours on dirt paths/downhill 

Accommodation:  Homestay

Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Ban Ho (B/L/D) ( 16km)

When you awake on Day 2, open the window and have a look outside – weather permitting – you will be treated to amazing views across the rice terraces in the valley.

After breakfast, you will make your way to Ta Van where you will visit the Giay minority people. This tribe traditionally fished for a living and as a result established themselves close to rivers. They have mastered the art of fishing with bamboo sticks, and cook the fish inside bamboo. Nowadays however you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice. We will continue our walk through an impressive bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, and then on to the village of Su Pan where you will be able to rest your legs and take in the stunning mountain scenery as we stop for a picnic lunch.

Feeling revitalized we will hike the final 6km to Ban Ho village where we will spend the night at a Tay people’s homestay. Their houses are particularly special as they are built on stilts overlooking rice terraces. Dinner will be cooked on an open fire, and some local speciality rice wine will be on offer to help you wind down!

Summary:
Trekking: 6-7 hours trekking on narrow local paths or terrace/downhill
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3Ban Ho – Nam Toong – Sapa (B/L/D) ( 8km)

On Day 3 you will know when it’s time to wake up when you hear the patter of feet on bamboo as the household comes alive. After a filling breakfast in the homestay, we will walk 3km to Nam Toong village, home to the Red Dao minority. Providing the weather is nice you will be able to cool off with a swim in the river (and if the weather’s not so nice you still can if you’re feeling brave!).

Lunch will be provided back at the Ban Ho homestay, after which we will drive back to Sapa, arriving at around 3 pm with a great sense of achievement!

Upon arrive in Sapa, we take shower and spend the rest of the day exploring Sapa town with a market, square and abandoned church. Pack your things up, take some last flashing views of the charming, quiet town, at 5.30 pm we will be transferred to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.

Night 3: Overnight on the train (soft sleeper). You will arrive at Hanoi at 6am the next morning. Finish the Sapa Hiking trip 3 days. 

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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.
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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.

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:

  • 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. 

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
2 Reviews
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Tom-UK

Couple Traveller

Excellent 3 day Sapa trekking with Mu who will tailor treks to suit anyone

Overall we had an excellent trip. What really makes any trip is the quality of the guide and ours, Mu from the Black Hmong Tribe, was excellent. There were just the two us on the tour so she tailored the trip to what we wanted and were interested in and went at a pace that suited us which enabled us to take all the photos we wanted. Mu’s English was very good and spoken without an accent (she learnt by following tours and picked it up all by herself). She told us about how the village people live, what animals they keep and what plants they grow and often pointed out things of interest. The sleeper train was as expected and at the homestays we had meals together with the other guests, which provided a social atmosphere to find out about their travels. The first homestay was high up in the hills (1,600m) where it was a bit chilly at night but the blankets provided kept us warm (March) but the second one right down in the valley was warmer. It was good trekking to the homestays
Visit in March, 2019

06/03/2019

Ellyheaps - Sydney Australia

Family Traveller

” Sapa Hing Tours from Hanoi 3 days”
I could not thank Nghĩa enough for making our Sapa Hiking trip is one of the most memorable experiences. My mum and I decided we wanted to do a trek in Sapa and we could not have been more lucky to come across Zonitrips website. Throughout the 4 days Nghĩa provided a real life taste of living among the locals, with great home stays, amazing food and unforgettable views. This incredible experience was only complimented by Nghĩa’s warm, friendly and considerate nature, and I feel lucky to now be able to call her a friend. I would 100% recommend anyone to take a trip with Zonitrip, you
will definitely not regret it, making memories that will last a lifetime!

25/01/2018
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