Day 1: Sapa-Tam Duong-Ban Hon. You will start early heading uphill to Heavens Gate Pass by car, where you will make a stop and enjoy the views from atop the pass. From there, you will then drive downhill on the zigzag mountain paved road to Tam Duong. Upon arrival in Tam Duong, the car turn into a dirt road which leads to Duy Phong, where the walk start. You will follow tea fields to a viewpoint from where you have a fantastic view down to the valley. The area you are walking in this morning is a wide valley, spotted with limestone hills wherever you look.
You will pass through several villages of Flower Hmong and Giay minorities where you can stop for lunch in local house. After lunch you continue towards the village of Ban Giang, which is around 1,5 hours away. The Giay people also inhabit Ban Giang. You will then follow a small but good trail to the Lu village of Ban Hon, where you will stay overnight in a local house. You will enjoy dinner in the house, and taste, together with the family of the house, how rice wine tastes in this area of Vietnam. Approximately grade 2 of 5, 2 hour driving, 5 hours walking, 1 hour lunch. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Ban Hon-Binh Lu-Sapa. You wake up to the sound of pigs, chickens and dogs. The family is already preparing for today’s work. Today’s walk will be a few hours shorter than yesterday, passing some other Giay and Lu ethnic minority villages, but still the surrounding landscape will be magnificent. After having lunch at a beautiful spot next to a small river, you will arrive in Binh Lu, where the car is waiting to transfer you back to Sapa. You will have the opportunity to have a break at the famous Heavens Gate and Silver Waterfall, before arriving in Sapa in the afternoon. Approximately grade 2 of 5, 2 hour driving, 3 hours walking, 1 hour lunch. Includes: (B), (L).
Note: Local house with no toilet facility, toilet tent will be provided.
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