Day 1: Sapa - Tavan - Seomity - Den Thang. You will go south by car toward Muong Hoa valley. Your trek will begin from Tavan village of Giay minority. The trek will be mostly uphill until lunchtime. Whenever you stop for a rest, you will be able to enjoy valley view. Before noon, you stop in Seomity village of Black Hmong minority. Here you lunch will be served either nearby a river or in a local house according to the weather. The trek will be softer in the afternoon. But the scenery becomes even more beautiful.
You follow small trail in forests, pass by local houses stretching along the way, where you can stop and play with the kids. You arrive in Den Thang late in the afternoon. Here you spend the night in a local school nearby a river with beautiful surrounding. Approximately 0,5 hour driving, grade 3 of 5, 6 hours walking, 1 hour lunch. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Den Thang - Ta Trung Ho - Ban Ho. The trek becomes tough today on tinny footpath going up and down, which requires a lot of concentration. You will reach to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao minority where you have lunch in local house. Both the valley and the village have just received foreign visitors. You will enjoy the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao. After lunch, the trek will be mostly downhill. You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son Mountain range.
You follow footpath through rice paddy terraces. Before hiking up, you stop by a waterfall with beautiful pools nearby. From there you make all the way downhill toward Ban Ho village of Tay minority. Here you spend the night in a traditional tay house. Approximately grade 3 of 5, 6 hours walking, 1 hour lunch. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Ban Ho - Thanh Phu - Sin Chai. Today you will trek through Ban Ho valley. After morning coffee and delicious breakfast you will head out on the trail. You will cross several suspension bridges before you arrive in Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. On the way you will be able to visit local schools. Before lunch you trek uphill toward Thanh Phu.
Here you stop for lunch in a local house. After lunchtime, you head to Sin Chai village of Red Dao minority where the night will be spent in bamboo huts. You will be attracted by the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao. Approximately grade 2 of 5, 5 hours walking, 1 hour lunch. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Sin Chai - Nam Ket - Ben Den - Lao Cai. After a good sleep in bamboo hut, you wake up for an early breakfast and repack your luggage for the long trek heading toward Lao Cai. Once you leave Sin Chai, the trip takes you into a fabulously mountainous area, the most remote part of Sapa. En route you meet children’ curious eyes as you are very first tourists passing by. Red Dao ethnic minority inhabits the entire area. You will enjoy the fresh of bamboo forest and jungle until you make a stop at Nam Ket for lunch.
After lunch, your trek will be mostly downhill. After about half an hour, you will have a opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful view of days over a green valley lying along the Red River. You eventually arrive in Ta Thang village of Tay minority. Here you will be transferred by car to Lao Cai. You will be able to have shower and dinner before you catch the night train back to Ha Noi. Approximately grade 3 of 5, 7,5 hours walking, 1 hour lunch. Includes: (B), (L).
Note: The trek is tough. The itinerary can be changed due to high water level in the river between Seomity and Ta Trung Ho. There will be no toilet facilities in the National Park area. Toilet tent will be provided. This trip will easily combine with the transfer to Lao Cai railway station without repeating the way nor passing by Sapa.
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