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Trekking Mu Cang Chai, Nghia Lo, Sapa 5 days

Trekking Mu Cang Chai, Nghia Lo, Sapa 5 days
This 5 day tour aims to show you the most beautiful route in Northwest Vietnam: a journey from Yen Bai to Lao Cai. It covers the least-visited, but most stunning destinations of the region, including Nghia Lo, Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai. You will enjoy a scenic hike to admire the picturesque settings of terraced rice fields in Nghia Lo, Tu Le and Sa pa. These imposing fields draw a number of Vietnamese youth who love to take pictures and travel with a sense of adventure. Amidst this magnificent landscape, you will meet ethnic minority people in their colorful costumes.

Day 1: Ha Noi – Nghia Lo – Tu Le (L, D)
Pick you up at your hotel, leaving the bustling streets on way to verdant rice paddies and farmland along Hwy 32. By early afternoon you'll be moving away from the Red River Delta to Tu Le via Nghia Lo. Nghia Lo is situated along a beautiful mountain ridge with lush forests, tea plantations, rice terraces and gum trees, the picturesque valleys are stunning.
We have lunch in Nghia Lo and enjoy stunning views of countryside and nature, visit local villages, experience daily life of hill tribe people. Continue our drive to Tu Le, the road follows the mountains of Hoang Lien Son and winds through the rice terraces. Stop to start your hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Don’t forget to take photos on the way before reaching the village of the Thai and H'mong ethnic minorities. People here are dressed in traditional costumes and will welcome you with open arms. The locals here still retain their traditional lifestyle, customs and habits so this is a good chance to learn more about the culture. Night at a local house.

Day 2: Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai – trekking around villages (B,L,D)
You will be surprise before the wonderful rice terrace belong the route from Tu Le – Mù Cang Chải.

Run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam with 40km many fomu cang chai.jpgg in the cold days). The ride is on some of the most scenic roads which offer a lot of stops for picturing. 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 on 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 yen bai.jpgH’mong people in Mu Cang Chai. Picnic lunch is served along 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. Overnight at homestay in Mu Cang Chai.

Day 3: Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sapa (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you can have time for a short visit of the Mu Cang Chai market is open right in the town before continue your road trip to Than Uyen.

Upon your arrival in Than Uyen, you turn right and keep driving uphill towards Sapa. The road trip takes about two hours as you travel along the west side of Hoang Lien Son mountain range which offers stunning scenery of the fabulous Muong Khoa valley. This is well known as the rice basket of Lai Chau province.

Enjoy a coffee break at Chu Va before driving over the Sapa Mountain pass. A stop is made when you arrive at Tram Ton, the “Heaven Gate”. Enjoy magnificent view of the Fansipan Mount, the highest one in Vietnam.

Arriving in Sapa town around mid/late afternoon, check in hotel for overnight.

Free dinner and overnight in Sapa at hotel.

Day 4: Trekking Giang Ta Chai – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B,L,D)
AM: Have breakfast at hotel, driver & tour guide take you to Cable Car Station and spend 20 minutes with cable car to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

9.00: Reach the altitute of 2800 meters, you have a good time to see the view and take photos, visit pagoda the spiritual destinations and trek up to 600 steps you will reach the peak of Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina. ( Spend about 1,5 hours for hiking and taking photos).sapa trekking tour.jpg

11.00: Come back to Cable Car Station and return to Sapa town for Lunch

PM: From Sapa, we trek via Y Linh Ho through beautiful scenery to the Black H’mong Village of Lao Chai where we spend time looking around the village and learning about life in the village. We enjoy our picnic lunch in Lao Chai or at an appropriate spot.After lunch, we walk through rice terraces and on local paths to the Zay village of Ta Van. This is the only village in the Sa Pa area where the Dzay people live. We spend time looking around the village.

We meet with our local Dzay hosts in their home. Our hosts and guide will prepare our evening meal, and the rest of the evening can be spent get – ting to know more about family life in Ta Van or strolling around the village.

Day 5: Sapa – Overnight train back to Hanoi (B,L)
After our breakfast, there’s more time to look around and experience life in Ta Van. We then, continue our trekking in the valley through a bamboo village, stopping for a picnic lunch at an appropriate spot along the way, this is a local food shop at the food of a waterfall and the famous ratan bridge.
After lunch, we have a coffee break before transfer to Lao Cai town for the overnight train back to Hanoi.


Tour includes
  • Accommodation with daily breakfasts
  • Other meals as the itinerary
  • Private transfer round trip by 7 seater
  • Tours and excursions as described in the program
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time
Tour does not include
  • Pre & post trip arrangements
  • Entrance fees and permits during free time
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other services not clearly described in the program

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