Day 1: Hanoi – Yen Bai City – Nghia Lo (L, D)
7.00 am: Our guide will pick-up you at the hotel. Start the journey to Nghia Lo, Yen Bai. Enjoy stunning landscapes along the way.
Enjoy stunning views of the countryside and nature, visit local villages, experience the daily life of hill tribe people
Arrive at Nghia Lo town early in the afternoon, check in our homestay at a peaceful village nearby Nghia Lo. Lunch and rest on a traditional stilt house. In the afternoon, we embark on a trekking tour to discover the daily life of the ethnic community in the area and enjoy the beautiful scenery of villages, rice fields an mountains.
Day 2: Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai – Trekking around villages (B, L, D)
You will be surprised before the wonderful rice terrace belongs to the route from Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai.
Run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam with 40km many patches of fog in the cold days). The ride is on some of the most scenic roads which offer a lot of stops for pictures. We’ll cross Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai, the two remote lands of Yen Bai province where the black H’ mong, Dzao and Thai people can make wonderful rice terrace in the mountains.
Enjoy trekking tours around La Pan Tan commune, visit Trong Tong village, explore the life & musical of Mong people.
Leave Trong Tong, continue trekking from La Pan Tan village to enjoy Mam Xoi rice terrace of H’mong people in Mu Cang Chai. Picnic lunch is served along the trekking path. Visit some school and touch with children. Beside the rice terrace, you will have a chance to explore the culture & local life of Mong people, such as music traditional, agriculture tools…
Day 3: Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sapa (B, L, D)
Morning: Have to breakfast and continue trekking a half day to explore more the ethnic village around Mu Cang Chai.
Afternoon: The car will drive you to Sapa, pass over O Quy Ho pass, one of the four greatest passes in Vietnam where you can enjoy fresh and cool air and nice landscapes. It will be an unforgettable experience.
Day 4: Lao Chai and Ta Van villages – Homestay (B, L, D)
9.00 am: After breakfast, we start trekking down to Lao Chai village of Black H’ mong ethnic people. Here we will discover their daily life and how they make traditional clothes, handicraft, indigo… We will visit the biggest valley which provides the best view of golden rice terraced fields in Vietnam. After Lao Chai, we walk to Ta Van village of Dzay people. It is a small group of ethnic people in Vietnam with a rich culture and beautiful houses located in rice paddy fields.
Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages, about 8 km from Sapa town, where black H’mong and Giay people are living, it is also the beginning of the valley which is called Muong Hoa. From a high point of the main road, a great view of the whole villages open wide to offer the marvelous panorama views, backed by high mountains and facing the river. Here you will enjoy the fresh air, see terraced fields and stream, discover and visit some of Black H’ mong families. You will have a welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact with them, learn about their culture and customs.
12.00 pm: Have lunch along Muong Hoa river in Lao Chai village, you will continue along the bottom of the valley to get to Dzay tribe village of Ta Van to experience their way of life while staying in a local family’s cottage.
Day 5: Giang Ta Chai village – Sapa – Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast, we continue to visit Red Dzao people at Giang Ta Chai village where we also see a waterfall. The Red Dzao women have very colorful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head, they wear a red scarf. Some of them have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao Legend.
We will walk to the rice paddy fields where we’ll have a nice photo session of the amazing surrounding landscapes. A trek through the bamboo forest soon follows which gives you the experience of Vietnam tropical jungle. Along the way, we will stop by a waterfall to have a panorama view of Giang Ta Chai village. Then walk to the main road to take a bus back to Sapa and have lunch.
14.00 pm: It‘s time to say “Goodbye Sapa” and drive back to Hanoi. Along the way, once again you have a chance to enjoy the magical beauty of the Northwest mountains.
19.30 pm: We arrive in Hanoi. End of services!
– Pick-up & drop-off services
– All private transfer and transportation
– Experienced English speaking guide
– Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
– All sightseeing tickets
– Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities
– Travel insurance
– Other services not mentioned above
What to brings:
– Light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities
– Hiking shoes and small day pack, warm clothes in the winter time (from November to March)
– We also recommend packing: personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat, sun-hat…