Trek around Sapa, an area formed by ethnic groups living in mountainous areas of northern Vietnam, especially the Black H’Mong.
What to Expect
Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa - Cat Cat (-/ L/ D)
06:30 - 7:00 am: Pick up at your hotel or at the meeting point and then departure to Sapa, following NoiBai - Lao Cai high-way.
Along the way, you will have chance to marvel at the beauty of the Northwest Mountains with terraced fields sparkling in the sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break for 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sapa.
09:00: After breakfast, start trekking to Cat Cat Village, a 45 minutes walk.
Cat Cat village, you will have a chance to visit a big waterfall on the stream and the old Hydro Electric Power Station built by French people. There is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. H’Mong women use indigo plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics and then they roll around and smooth sections of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.
Go back by car to the hotel and have lunch.
Afternoon: Free time to explore Sapa town or go shopping at Sapa Market.
Evening: After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside a charcoal fire, or go shopping. A stop at the Love Market which is one of unique cultures of ethnic minorities is highly recommended, especially on Saturday night.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 2: Sapa - Ta Phin village - Homestay (B/ L/ D)
8h30: The start of the walk takes you through Sapa town and around the lake before taking a trail along local paths and through rice fields to the Black H'mong Village of Ma Tra. During the day you will also be able to visit a local school.
Ta Phin Village is also a famous destination for trekking tours. Whether the tourists choose to stay overnight in the village or just visit for a day, the locals will be happy to organize a tour for them through the village. The tourists may meet locals working in the field, see traditional houses, visit caves and have medicine baths or go for a long walk through the rice paddies and mountain views. A common sight in the village is to see the woman and the girls sitting together, gossiping and laughing, head down focused on a piece of indigo colored cloth. They make their embroidery and brocade products that are sold and traded among the villages and visitors. The locals are friendly and will invite the tourists to go to their homes to show how they live.
After lunch, continue walking through the beautiful scenery to Red Dao village of Ta Phin. There is plenty of time to walk around the village and soak up the atmosphere. You will enjoy walking among local people. The trip also offers you the opportunity to visit the local houses as well as visit the local caves.
Dinner and overnight at Red Dzao homestay in Ta Phin village.
Day 3: Ta Phin & Trung Chai villages - Sapa - Hanoi (B/ L/ -)
After breakfast you will begin your trek to Trung Chai Village, with a choice of routes depending on the weather and your preferences. Trung Chai is home to Red Dzao and H’mong minorities, and they have chosen a location with an exceptional landscape! You will be provided with a picnic lunch on route to the village and you will be transferred back to Sapa Town upon arrival to Trung Chai .
16h00: It‘s time to say “Good bye Sapa!” and drive back to Hanoi.
21h30: Arrive in Ha Noi.
End of services.
- Transport: Bus Sapa Express - Noble Limousine 29 seats is called "Special aircraft on the ground" with air-conditioner, travel blanket, pillow
- Welcome drink (tea, café), candy at the office
- Free water, damp towel on Sapa Express Bus
- Accommodation at hotel (2 - 3 persons/ room)
- English-speaking guide during the tour
- Meals as mentioned on itinerary
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- VAT (10%)
- Insurance, Visas
- Other personal expenses (tip, drinks with meals,...)