Off The Beaten Path Vietnam North Trekking Tour

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The 6 days Trekking Vietnam Muong Hum Market Sapa is designed for family holidays and those looking for a combination of Vietnam top destination – Sapa and off-the-beaten path places. Highlights include boat trip on Thac Ba lake, Muong Hum market, trekking homestay to H’mong and Dzao villages.

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

The 6 days Off the beaten path Vietnam North Trekking Muong Hum, Sapa is designed for family holidays and those looking for a combination of Vietnam top destination – Sapa and off-the-beaten path places. Highlights include boat trip on Thac Ba lake, Muong Hum market, trekking homestay to H’mong and Dzao villages.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI -> THAC BA LAKE

7h00: You will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi (please advise your hotel contacts when booking). Depart Hanoi for Thac Ba lake, Yen Bai province. Enjoy a half day road trip along the national road 2 via Vinh Yen, Phu Tho to Yen Bai. Have some photo stops en route for you to enjoy beautiful scenery of lush palm forests, tea plantations and stunning valleys. Upon your arrival in Vu Linh, you will have lunch in a local restaurant in Vu Linh. After lunch, enjoy a short hike to a Dzao village. You will hike for about two or three hours through local Dzao villages and terraced rice fields. The hike is easy as you mostly walk on flat roads without much up and downhill climbs. Stop by a local house of the Dzao where you can learn more about the local life. Around mid-afternoon, you will be picked up again by your car and transferred to Vu Linh. Check into a local stilt house for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: THAC BA LAKE -> MUONG HUM

Enjoy the morning boat trip on Thac Ba lake. Thac Ba Lake has an area of 23,400 ha and 1,331 islands and hills with diverse ecological environments. The water in the lake is blue and clear, and imprinted with the reflections of the surrounding ancient forest. Then depart for Muong Hum, Lao Cai province. Lunch is provided in a local restaurant en route. Arrival in Muong Hum, check in a house on stilt. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

DAY 3: MUONG HUM TREKKING

Depart at 9.30 am for a full day trekking to explore Den Sang Valley. Follow the paved path from home-stay to cross the stream and then uphill for half an hour to the area of Den Thang Commune, then trek along an earthen path which winds up and down on high elevation of Den Thang Mountain for nearly hours, enjoy great view of Den Sang and Sang Ma Sao Valleys before paying visit to local homes of the Zao peoples. Picnic lunch break before crossing the stream through a small dam at 2,498 ft to the northern bank and follow a narrow dirt trail up steep hillside for an hour to Ma Mu Su Village beautiful set along the high side of Khi Chu Phin Mountain at about 3,200 ft high, meet hospitable H’mong doing their everyday works before trekking along a single dirt track for nearly 2 hours gradually downhill to Lang Moi Village which is beautifully set at the bottom of Sang Ma Sao Valley at 2,242 ft high. Explore this charming and peaceful village before check in home-stay at about 4.00 pm. Refresh, taking shower and relax before dinner at 7.00 pm.

DAY 4: MUONG HUM TREKKING

Breakfast and depart at 8.30am for 7 hours medium trekking. From home-stay (679m), the dirt trail sneaks amongst terraced paddies along the stream for nearly 2 hours through Sang Ma Sao Valley, passing by several hamlets of the White H’mong. Enjoy beautiful scenery as well as pay visiting to some H’mong homes along the way. Reaching to the large hamlet of the H’mong belong to Ki Quan San Village (936m) which is situated at the northern edge of the valley right at the foot of a imposing mountain range. Walk around the village, pay visiting to the village school and kinter garden before trekking up steep path for an hour to an isolated hamlet on the top of Ma Mu Su mountain (1,014m), have lunch break here. Continue trekking after lunch for 2 hours along the large path getting through Ki Quan San Village, pay visiting to houses of the Red Zao people in well-organized hamlet for understanding culture and living way of the Zao which is quite different from that of the H’mong. Leaving the Zao Hamlet of Ki Quan San Village in mid afternoon for an hour walk mostly downhill back to the house on stilts near Muong Hum Market Place, check in and relax. Dinner sever at about 7.00pm.

DAY 5: MUONG MUM -> SAPA

It is Sunday, the important day to locals. Living on high mountain side, in remote and isolated valleys… hill-tribal peoples from H’mong, Zay, Zao, Ha Nhi… go to the market for shopping, of course, but more important than that, they go to the market for meeting others, for socializing, and for family re-union! Dressing in best colorful traditional costumes of their tribe, peoples add colors to market place and turn it into a kind of local festival. Some members of the group may wish to wake up early, have a cup of tea and go out at about 6.00 to see peoples along the way to the market at some sections of the trails nearby the market place. Group gather at 07.30 to have breakfast at home-stay and spend the whole morning attending locals at the market place. Local tour guide will lead the group around the market place and then leave the group free to explore the market, meet peoples, talking, taking photo…Back to home-stay at 12.00 for lunch. Check out after lunch for the afternoon road transfer to Sa Pa via Ta Giang Phinh and Ban Khoang Valley. Arrive Sapa, checkin hotel. Free dinner. Overnight in Sapa at hotel.

DAY 6: SAPA -> HANOI

You can either have the morning free in Sapa or early departure for Hanoi. The road trip takes about 6 hours to bring you back to Hanoi (taking the new Highway Laocai-Hanoi). Arrival back in Hanoi you will be dropped off at your hotel. End of tour.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind LOTUSSIA Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.

Meals

LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.

Drinks

As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).

Vehicle

In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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