Longer, harder trails for tougher trekker

Trekking Sapa Long Trails

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Hanoi - Sapa - Sin Chai - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai Ta Van - Thanh Kim Thanh Phu - Nam Than - Nam Nhiu - Hanoi
6-day tour with 4-day trek at challenging grade and 4-night homestay
Trekking grade:
challenging . View grading definition here.

A complete adventure takes you to the best trek trails of Sapa. The trek includes hiking up and down hills following the routes twisting around Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Keep your feet through dense wood, you will encounter several ethnic villages of which Dzay and Tay are the most. Each day is a true experience of adventure with about 20km hiking and ending with authentic homestay at local houses. The apparent hardships at the first stage are undeniably worth as you are going to encounter unique culture of local ethnics and enjoy breathtaking scenery of the most spectacular trekking trails of Vietnam.
Tour Highlights
  • Awesome scenery
  • Great trails
  • Colorful minority groups
  • Homestays in minority villages

Trekking Sapa Long Trails route map

TOUR AT GLANCE

Night 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai
Day 1: Drive to Sapa/Trek to Y linh Ho Village
Day 2: Trek to Giang Ta Chai Village
Day 3: Trek to Thanh Phu Village
Day 4: Trek to Sin Chai B Village
Day 5: Trek/drive back to Sapa. Overnight train back to Hanoi
Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi. Tour concludes

TOUR PRICE (Per person)
Valid to 31st Dec, 2017

Group of 1 trekker: US$ 465
Group of 2 trekkers: US$ 360
Group of 3-4 trekkers: US$ 320
Group of 5-6 trekkers: US$ 275
Group of 7 trekkers: upon request

TOUR INCLUSIONS

- Round trip AC sleeper cabin on train
- Road transfer  two ways Lao Cai - Sapa
- Road transfer one way in Hanoi
- English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated
- First-aid kit
- Home stay permission
- Entrance fee where applied
- Water & Snacks
- Entrance & sightseeing fees
- Service charges and taxes

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

- Travel insurance
- Visa process and stamp
- Tips and gratitude
- Personal expenses
- Others not mentioned

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Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai

Our Vietnam adventure tour to Sapa typically starts with a night train travel from Hanoi Railway Station (B Gate - Tran Quy Cap street). Before that, our guide and car transfer will collect you from your hotel or a pickup point. You will need to be at Railway station at least 45 minutes prior to departure. Our train often leaves at 20.30 - 21.50. Your cabin is air conditioning, sharing, 4 berths by default but you can request us to upgrade to private charter.  Overnight in AC soft sleeper cabin.
Summary:
Transfer hotel – railway station:  15 mins
Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 1: Sapa – Sin Chai - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho ~ 15km hiking

On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai, you will be met up by a local guide for transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colors of its hill tribe population. Flashes of shining silver jewelry from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad Hmong and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red Dao can be seen.
After breakfast, you will be transferred downhill to Sin Chai village of Black H'mong minority, which locates right at the foot of Hoang Lien mountain range. Here you start heading up the mountain. Once you get to the top, you will trek on a small trail with a spectacular view and then gradually descend to Cat Cat village, where you will have lunch nearby a waterfall.
In the afternoon, you take a trail snaking through the mountain. You also will enjoy the stunning scenery while walking along a narrow river. Eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho, a village of Black H'mong minority, where you can take a rest in a nice spot nearby the beautiful river. You will stay overnight in a local family of Black H’mong here.
Transfer Lao Cai - Sapa:   1 hours driving
Trekking:     15 km – Moderate grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Home stay

Day 2: Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai Village ~ 20km hiking

Today’s trek will continue along Hoang Lien mountain range where Fansipan is the highest peak, which offers you opportunities to enjoy views over huge paddy terraces in Muong Hoa valley, the largest one in the area.
You will be passing through Lao Chai village of Black H'mong minority then Ta Van village of Giay people by following a most favorite trekking route. Here you enjoy resting and tasting a delicious lunch prepared by your guide in a local house.
Our lunch is following with the walk through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic village. Set off and we spend the night in a local house here. Dinner and overnight at Giang Ta Chai. 
Trekking:   20 km – Challenging grade
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home stay   

Day 3: Giang Ta Chai - Thanh Kim - Thanh Phu ~ 23km hiking

Get up early to enjoy and witness interesting activities of locals for their regular mornings. Today we will hike to Thanh Kim Thanh Phu area. Get a full breakfast then we start our trek through the rice terraces to the village of Su Pan. Our guide can brief about how the locals make their livings and seasons of farming rice on terraces.
Continue to Thanh Kim for lunch. Keep our feet moving along a narrow valley downhill for 2 hours to the Ngoi Bo River, then uphill for one more hour to Muong Bo village. We have just arrived at the center of Thanh Phu Commune - a village of Tay minority. Dinner and overnight stay at a wooden local stilted house . 
Trekking:   23 km – Challenging grade
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home stay   

Day 4: Thanh Phu – Nam Than – Nam Nhiu – Sin Chai B ~20km hiking

Breakfast and leave Thanh Phu at about 08.00 am. Today’s adventure will take us through a number of small ethnic minority villages (including Red Dao, Tay,  Xafo and Black H’mong). This portion of the trek offers a stunning view of Nam Sai and Nam Cang Valleys as well as chances to understand the life of tribal peoples in a remote land.
We will see people from the local communities carrying out their daily activities as it is in the northern highlands. Our trek will take us to our homestay for tonight in a bamboo hut in Sin Chai B village of Red Dao minority. Having a short rest and enjoy an easy walk to explore this charming and quiet village.
Trekking:   20 km – Challenging grade
Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home stay   

Day 5: Sin Chai B - Thanh Phu - Sapa ~ 13km hiking

Today we are going down along the hill trails to Nam Cum Village then continue to Muong Bo Village for lunch. In the early afternoon, we head to Thanh Phu Bridge where we meet our bus and take a beautiful drive back to Sapa. Upon arriving in Sapa we take shower and spend the rest of the day exploring Sapa town. 5.30 pm we will be transferred to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.
Transfer Thanh Phu – Sapa:   1-hr
Transfer Sapa – railway station:  1-hr 
Trekking:    13 km - Introductory grade
Meal:     Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi. Trip completes

Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Free time or you may contact us to manage a transfer to airport or connect to your next adventures to Myanmar, Laos or Cambodia with ActiveTravel ASIA.
Our trek Sapa in a long trail ends up Railway Station arrival.
 
Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.