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Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 4 Days

(5 Reviews)
  • 4 Days 3nights
  • Private tour : 2-10 People
  • Sleep: Homestay
  • Difficulty : Gentle (2/5) ~5-10km/day hike on flat and hilly roads
  • Pickup: from Hanoi
  • Min Age : 12+

This Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 4 days gives you the best chance to discover the mountainous beauty, the amazing Rice Terraces, as well as the local life of different ethnic groups in the rural tribe: Mu Cang Chai – where the charming essence of these lands remains unchanged. Exploring these lands by hiking around unparalleled routes, meeting locals and rural villages will be the unforgettable memories in your Vietnam trips.

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 Mu Cang Chai and back
  • English speaking guide
  • All meals are included ( 3 Breakfasts + 4 Lunches + 3 dinners)
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and signseeing fees
  • Water: 1 little/day/person

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

Day 1HANOI – NGHIA LO- TU LE ( L, D)

7:30 am: Our guide will pick-up you at hotel. We also pass Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people – one of the main ethnic people in Yen Bai. Around 2-3pm, arrive Tu Le town, you will walk around the rice fields, spring and villages, explore the life, the house, the culture…of Thai and Mong people.

trekking on the rice field in Mu Cang Chai trekking on the rice field in Mu Cang Chai

Ups on your health and time, we will go farther, through Nam Co – Nam Pang to homestay in Bung Som village, around 10km in 3,5hrs. Or shorter route 6-7 km in 2hrs. You will follow the rice field, narrow muddy local path, cross the stream. If you want, you can join to swim with children in the stream. The Hiking road is quite flat, not too much difficult, but cross the field and stream is one of interesting activity.

Overnight at the homestay wooden stilt house of Thai people in Tu Le. ( if you want a private room, we can arrange the room in a hotel)

Sum up
Hiking difficulty: Easy ( 1/5) ~5 -10 Km in 2-3,5 hrs

Driving: 250 Km – 5hrs 

Day 2TU LE – MU CANG CHAI – Trekking all day

8 am: After breakfast, we will move to Mu Cang Chai. We will drive over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam, connecting Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai. These scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picture-taking as it is the viewpoint to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass.

mu cang chai rice terraces - in water season
mù cang chải – mùa nước đổ

When we arrive in Mu Cang Chai, we will spend around 3 hrs trek from La Pan Tan village to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famous destinations in the country with round shape follow the mountain shape. La Pan Tan village is well-known with large and high rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai. Everything was built by the human hand of the H’ mong people over the past hundreds of years. The simple lunch will be served after go down to the main road, or if you want to try to experience the life of Hmong people, you can visit their house, cook and eat lunch with local.

trekking mu cang chai - 960px

After lunch, you will continue to take the Hiking from Che Cu Nha to Kim Noi village in around ~9-10 km in 3 -3,5hrs. On the way, we will go up a high mountain, pass the H’ mong village and a waterfall in a remote area. Besides seeing the beauty of rice fields, you’ll be guided how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover the farm working of locals. We can visit some houses or schools to explore local life and culture if that interests you.

At the end of the Hiking route leads to homestay of Thai people in Mu Cang Chai center. Enjoy dinner, warmly & hospitality of Thai people.

Option 2: Depends on your fitness and health, if you want to more time to rest, in the afternoon, we can choose the option, Hiking to see the sunset in Sang Nhu village. If the weather is good and the status of rice field, we will make a Hiking trip to Sang Nhu village ( in Mu Cang Chai) – where have the beautiful rice terrace field with Horse feed shape and amazing sunset. However, this Hiking trip is quite steep.

The trekking time in Sang Nhu is around 2hrs.

Overnight at the stilt house homestay of Thai or Mong people. ( P/s: If you want to experience sleep in the homestay of Hmong people, we will arrange a night in Hello Mu Cang Chai homestay in La Pan Tan village.)

Sum up

  • Hiking level: Moderate (3/5) with ~15-17 Km in 5-6hrs
  • Driving: 50 Km 

Day 3MU CANG CHAI -NGHIA LO (B,L,D)

After our breakfast, depending on the season, we can spend 1,5-2hrs trek up to Sang Nhu or Lao Chai village  where has beautiful rice terraces (attractive many photographers), Hiking through the pine forests, the hidden path and enjoy the overview of Mu Cang Chai small town. If there isn’t rice terraces, we will hike through the bamboo forest in Mo De village

After around 2hrs trekking, the car will pick you and transfer to Lim Thai village – the peaceful villages of Thai people beside the stream. We will hike down follow the village road, beside the rice field and stream to the Cao Pha valley, which is located at the bottom of Khau Pha mountain.

If you are interested in the local market, we can visit the market in Tu Le or Nghia Lo. The van will take us back to Nghia Lo town. There will be many flatter rice fields to enjoy, and we can explore the life, the homes and the culture of Thai ethnic people.

Sum up

Hiking level: (2/5) ~10-12 Km in 4hrs

Driving: 100 Km 

Day 4: NGHIA LO-HANOI (B,L)

You will have 2 options:

Option 1: Light cycling or trekking through the Thai village, springs, bridge. The roads are flat and were paved, it’s a relaxing trip. The distance is about 8km in 2-2,5hrs

cycling-in-Nghia-Lo-Mu-Cang-ChaiOption 2: If you want to more hard activity, we will cycle up to the Tea hill, on the steep road, through the green large Tea hills, the forest and cycle down back to the homestay. It takes around 9-10km in ~3hrs.

  doi che nghia lo- tea hill in nghia lo. yen bai

doi che nghia lo- tea hill in nghia lo. yen bai

 

Come back homestay, eat lunch here before driving back to Hanoi around 6-7pm. Our guide will say their goodbyes. See you again in another journey!./.

P/s: The itinerary can change according your requirement

Map

Hiking Mu Cang Chai 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.
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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
5 Reviews
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Elite- UK

Group Traveller

AMAZING TRIP TO MU CANG CHAI
I recently did a two day trip with two friends riding pillion with three motorbike riders.
We travelled from Yen Bai and spent two days sight seeing in Mu Cang Chai Province and spent one night in a homestay. We just caught a bust 2 1/2 hours to Yen Bai from Hanoi and spent a night at a hotel right next to the bus station so we could make an early start the next morning.

Nghia from Zonitrip organised everything for us and went out of her way to organise booking the hotel for us also. It was an amazing two days, and the best adventure I have had yet in all my travels in Vietnam. Unfortunately, because I have been teaching, I missed going before the rice harvest, but it was still spectacular.

If you want a trip away from all the touristy areas like Sapa, and want to see more of the real rural Vietnam, I suggest you contact Nghia and she will customise your trip to suit you.

23/10/2019

Mary- USA

Group Traveller

Authentic, fun, great guides
We did a hike through Mu Cang Chai, the trip was great, well organised and authentic. The walks were great lengths and we went through areas where we only came across locals and water buffalo! Thanks to the Zoni Trip team!

04/09/2019

Michele - Aus

Group Traveller

We absolutely LOVED this three day, two night trip with Nghia! We started from Hanoi and made our way up north to Mu Cang Chai. We spent the first day trekking to a tea farm up in the mountains and spent the first night at a homestay. We biked through rice fields, met locals and learned a lot about the community. We trekked up in Mu Chang Chai the second day via motorbike, walking and met locals, including our tour guide. As a traveler here, you need to be flexible and willing to experience the trip, even when the conditions aren’t ideal. It rained some on the second day, and was very muddy, but I think that gave the day an even better memory.

Our meals were also very yummy and we were able to experience all sorts of local delights.

21/08/2019

Mark- Malaysia

Solo Traveller

Mu Cang Chai
I saw great reviews on TripAdvisor. Because I’m short on time and traveling alone, I’ve contacted Nghia and told her what i was looking for and asked for the available options for visiting Mu cang chai.

With a quick response she gave me detailed information for plan A, B etc.

Because a private tour would be a bit expensive, she offered me to join a group of 3, only if they were willing to receive me into the group. This is something i truly admire. She doesn’t mix people into a larger group just to make more profit.

When your traveling with family or friends, and you want it to be a private experience , she will honor it.

I was really fortunate that i could join the others.

Nghia has a lot of knowledge about the thai and hmong people and she will give you the opportunity to come contact with the local people, amazing sightseeing etc.
Actually, everything is just easy going, no stress,no time requirements and she is just fun to talk with (travel, traditions, life,…)

I would suggest you do these trips as soon as possible, because even though the area is large and we didn’t see other travelers for many hours, there are some places where they are building resorts. So soon it will be very touristic.

Of course it’s a good thing for the local people, and for the travelers who wants the best of both (trekking/relax), but for those who wants to experience it without too many others…

Thanks for the great experience and i hope to see you soon!

26/10/2018

Ton- USA

Family Traveller

Mu Cang Chai,Tu Le in Yen Bai Province – trekking
Our recent trip to Vietnam was from 10/5/18-10/8/18. Nghia tailored our trip as I had a packed itinerary with my brother and nephew. This was our first time in Yen Bai and we were excited to see the rice terraces and their annual harvest season. The experience surpassed my overall expectations! Nghia accompanied us the entire trip. She guided us down to the rice paddies and local villages; she introduced us to the local ethnic minority groups and visited their homes. We got to see witness the harvesting process while she ensured our safety throughout the trekking trip. She was informative and educational. More important she was very personable and treated us like family. Our driver was excellent and conscientious while maneuvering through winding and bumpy roads. Mu Cang Chai is absolutely beautiful and a hidden gem. As a photographer, I was mesmerized by the scenery and enjoyed every minute it. If you are considering visiting this area, I strongly recommend you reaching out to Zonitrip. I am sure this will not be my only time visiting this beautiful haven.

10/10/2018
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