Trek Sapa on the trail others don't know

Different Sapa - Different Trek

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6-day tour with 4 days trek and 3 nights homestay
Trekking grade: Moderate to Challenging. View grading definition here
Places to visit: Hanoi - Sapa - Ben Den - Sin Chai B - Thanh Phu - Nam Nhieu - Nam Than - Ta Trung Ho - Nam Toong - Ban Ho - Hanoi

This adventure tour gives you the bests of Sapa, Vietnam in an unordinary way. Instead of taking popular trek routs, this special trek starts in Ben Den and finishes in Ban Ho village before backing to Sapa. The trail is tougher, your body may be sweater and your heart may bump quicker but your reward is much bigger. You will trek on remote trails that no many even knows let alone foot on; encounter ethnic minorities living in the most authentic lifestyle that mass tourism haven’t touched. In some parts, you even meet no one - just you and magnificent scenery of the most beautiful, breathtaking Vietnam’s mountain range..


Tour Highlights
  • Awesome scenery
  • Tough trails
  • Colorful minority groups
  • Homestays in minority villages

Different Sapa - Different Trek route map


Night 1: Overnight train to Laocai
Day 1: Transfer to Ta Thang, Trek to Sin Chai B Village
Day 2: Trek to Nam Sai Village
Day 3: Trek Ta Trung Ho
Day 4: Trek to Sapa
Day 5: Transfer to Lao Cai. Night train to Hanoi
Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi. Tour concludes

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

Group of 1 trekker: US$ 540
Group of 2 trekkers: US$ 400
Group of 3-4 trekkers: US$ 355
Group of 5-6 trekkers: US$ 315
From 7 persons: upon request
Single Supplement: US$ 30


- Round trip AC sleeper cabin on train
- Twin share double room in Sapa
- Road transfer  two ways Lao Cai train station
- Road transfer one way to Hanoi train station
- English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated
- First-aid kit
- Homestay permission
- Water & Snacks
- Entrance & sightseeing fees
- Service charges and taxes


- 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 ride 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.
Transfer hotel – railway station:  15 mins
Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 1: Laocai - Ben Den - Trek Ta Thang to Sin Chai B ~ 8hrs hiking

Arrive in Lao Cai around 05.30AM. Soak up the morning with hot and delicious breakfast in the local restaurant. Instead of transferring directly to Sapa as regular tours, we will drive to Ta Thang where we will follow another route to Sapa after trekking through several villages.
Today is our first challenge with up to 8 hours trekking. From Ta Thang, we lift our feet for this hard trek passing through bamboo forest and green jungle along some of the most remote area of the north. We stop for lunch in the village of Nam Phang before heading towards our homestay in Sin Chai B village of Red Dao people. We may meet the Red Dao tending fields or work in a forest on our way. Arrive our homestay in the late afternoon. Having a dinner and overnight in a local house of Red Dao people.
Transfer: Lao Cai – Ta Thang 1 hour driving
Trekking:  8 hrs – Challenging grade
Meals:     Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Homestay

Day 2: Sin Chai B – Thanh Phu – Nam Sai Village ~ 7 hrs hiking

Breakfast and leave Sin Chai B 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. The hiking trail lead us to our homestay for tonight in the Tay village - Nam Sai. Check in home-stay, having a short rest and enjoy an easy walk to explore this charming and quiet village.
Trekking:     7 hrs – Challenging grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Home stay

Day 3: Nam Sai - Nam Sang - Nam Ngan - Ta Trung Ho ~ 7hrs hiking

Following breakfast, we will leave Nam Sai behind us and start to ascend to Nam Sang, a village of Xa Pho people through Nam Sai valley. Paying a visit to local homes here for an interesting discovery of their unique ways of living. The Xa Pho is a subgroup of the Phu La ethnic whose population is just about 4,000 in Vietnam and still live a primary way.
Keep heading on the same trail uphill for 1,5 hour through the forest to Nam Ngan Village of the Red Dao. Lunch break at the top of the mountain and in the forest. After that, we spend the whole afternoon for challenging along with a narrow dirt trail snaking on steep hillsides. The trail gets through the narrow & sharp canyon from the height of 950 m up to nearly 1,700m leading right to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao, where we will stay here for overnight.
Trekking:     7 hrs – Challenging grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Home stay

Day 4: Ta Trung Ho – Nam Toong – Ban Ho – Sapa ~ 5hrs hiking

You are now on the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The range own Fansipan peak, the highest in Indochina Peninsula with 3143 m. Our whole trek today is under the huge shadow of Hoang Lien Son Mountain.
You will start the trek by descending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local house or in a local school. In the afternoon, before descending to Ban Ho, you can make a stop by a waterfall to refresh. Then where your car takes you on the journey back to Sapa.. 
Transfer Ban Ho - Sapa - Laocai: 2 hr
Trekking:     5 hrs – Challenging grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Sapa

Day 5: Sapa – Lao Cai – Night train to Hanoi ~ no hiking

Breakfast in the hotel. We leave this last day under your own plan for relaxing after a real challenging adventure. You can walk to Ham Rong Mountain where gives you an eye-bird view of Sapa town center or check out some souvenir at the local market. We will collect you at around 5 pm for a transfer back to Lao Cao station. Get ready for a night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train. 
Transfer Sapa – Lao Cai:  1 hr
Meals:     Breakfast
Accommodation:   AC, soft sleeper cabin

Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. You may need to take a taxi to your hotel or transfer to the airport in order to connect to your next adventures in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia.
Our trekking tour for real different Sapa ends up Railways Station..
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.