Hardest adventure in remote land of North East Vietnam

Trekking North East Vietnam & kayaking in Ba Be

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Hanoi – Na Pang - That Khe (Lang Son) - Pac Khoang - Na Nieng village - La Village - Ta Lung - Cao Bang – Ba Be National Park – Hanoi
10-day tour with 5-day trek at moderate to challenging, 1-day kayak
Trekking grade: Moderate
Kayaking grade: Introductory 

This area offers breathtaking views and interesting subcultures. The North East mountainous areas of Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang and Lang Son offer opportunities for rugged jeep rides and stunning trekking routes. It is the least traveled area of the north and is ideal for more hardy travelers craving a glimpse of some of the more remote ethnic minority people.
Highlights of the this expedition experience in Cao Bang include stunning trek across mountain ranges, interesting home stay in different tribal villages and beautiful paddling on Ba Be Lake.
Tour Highlights
  • Kayaking Ba Be Lake
  • Homestay in remote villages
  • Beautiful trekking trails

Trekking North East Vietnam & kayaking in Ba Be route map


Day 1:  Arrival in Hanoi. Welcome dinner
Day 2:  Transfer to That Khe
Day 3-6:  Trek over an area of rugged mountains in Cao Bang
Day 7:  Transfer to Ba Be Lake.
Day 8:  Kayaking in Ba Be.
Day 9:  Transfer to Hanoi. Farewell dinner
Day 10: Departure. Trip completes.

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- AC vehicle as indicated in the program
- Boat in Ba Be NP
- Kayak
- English speaking guide
- Porters & cooks
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Hotels based on twin shared
- Homestay permissions
- First-aid kit
- Water & Snack
- Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
- Service charges and taxes 


- Travel insurance
- Visa
- Tips 
- Personal expenses
- Others not mentioned



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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi. 

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will meet our tour guide and transfer to your hotel in downtown Hanoi. In the afternoon we will have a tour briefing and welcome dinner with Vietnamese delights. Overnight in Hanoi.
Hotel transfer: Private AC vehicle – 45mins
Meal: Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Transfer to Na Pang Village (That Khe) via Lang Son

Breakfast in the hotel before we head north to Lang Son. Upon arrival in Lang Son, we visit Tam Thanh Cave before having lunch in local restaurant. After lunch, we continue riding to That Khe, a small quiet town. The afternoon ride is very nice as we drive through the beautiful area with forested mountains and peaceful tribal villages. Arrival in That Khe in the late afternoon. We will walk to Na Pang Village where we will have dinner and stay overnight with a local family.
Transfer: AC vehicle – 5hrs
Trek: 10km - Moderate
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 3: That Khe – Pac Khoang Village

Breakfast at the homestay. We will start our trek to Pac Khoang. Today we will trek along valleys with on small paths that only used by the locals to go to their farms and surrounding villages. We will cross some small streams and tackle some easy hill slopes. Picnic lunch on the way. We would reach Pac Khoang around 5 pm. Pac Khoang is a village of Dzao ethnic minority. Tonight we will have dinner and overnight with a local family.
Transfer: 10km by van
Trek: 16km – Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 4: Pac Khoang – Dong Khe - Na Nieng

Breakfast and begin the trek around 8.30am. This morning we trek mainly downhill to Dong Khe where will have a lunch stop. The morning trek is on village road and jungle trails with a nice view of rice and corn fields along valleys. We reach Dong Khe at noon. After lunch, we continue trekking to Na Nieng Village which is home to Tay ethnic minority. The trek in the afternoon is a bit harder than the one in the morning since we have more uphill terrain to tackle. Today we will have dinner and stay overnight in a local house.
Trek: 16km– Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 5: Na Nieng Village – La Village

Breakfast at the homestay before we start the adventure of the day. Today we trek up and down on some forested limestone mountains to reach La, a beautiful village of Tay ethnic minority. Today we have some stops for refreshment in remote tribal villages as we encounter during the trek. Dinner and overnight at homestay.
Trek: 16km – Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 6: La Village – Ta Lung – Cao Bang

Breakfast at the homestay and leave the village for Ta Lung, the border gate with China. We will trek through the jungle and cross some small streams. Near Ta Lung, we cross Bang Giang River on a bamboo raft. Lunch in Ta Lung before we take a van transfer to Cao Bang Town. Check in hotel in Cao Bang and spend the rest of the day relaxing in local café or wander around the town. Dinner and overnight in Cao Bang.
Trek: 15km – Introductory
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

Day 7: Transfer to Ba Be National Park.

Breakfast in Cao Bang and take a transfer to Ba Be National Park. Upon arrival in Cho Ra Town, we will have lunch at the local restaurant before taking a relaxing boat trip on Nang River and enter the beautiful Ba Be Lake. We will cruise through Puong Cave, a huge tunnel runs through the mountain. After the boat trip, we reach Pac Ngoi, a village of Tay ethnic minority. Dinner and overnight in the local house.
Transfer: 2.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 8: Kayaking Ba Be National Park.

Breakfast at the homestay. We will have a short motorcycle ride to starting point where we begin a short walk through the jungle. At some resting place, we can have a great view of Babe Lake. After 1hr trekking we descend to the lake shore and cross a bridge to An Ma Island. Visit to the temple on the island before we start the kayaking time. Leave the island we paddle to Dau Dang Waterfall we we will have a picnic lunch in a beautiful natural setting of the waterfall. After lunch we paddle back to Babe Lake. If weather permits we can swim in the emeraude cool water of the lake. Paddle back to Pac Ngoi village for another night at the homestay.
Kayaking: 5hrs
Trekking: 1hr
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 9: Ba Be National Park – Hanoi

After breakfast, we take a short boat ride to the NP Dock where we get on the van for the ride back to Hanoi. Lunch on the way. Back to Hanoi around 5 pm. Check in hotel and free at leisure. Farewell dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
Transfer Babe - Hanoi: 240km
Boat cruise: 15mins
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi

Day 10: Departure

Breakfast in the hotel. Our guide and driver are at your disposal until we transfer you to the airport for your flight home or connect to another adventure in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia.
Airport transfer: 50mins
Meals: Breakfast

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, the frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.