Northwest Vietnam is a captivating mix of dramatic mountainscapes, crisp fresh air, and colourfully-clothed hill tribes. Set on the slopes of a beautiful emerald green valley, Sapa is the heart of this unique piece of Vietnam. Travel to this peaceful land and meet resplendently dressed ethnic minorities at the local market, visit neighbouring villages and hike through iridescent rice terraces, witnessing how the current of life has bubbled along here for centuries. This five-day trekking adventure is full of opportunities to be immersed in traditional hilltribe culture and cuisine while relishing the striking landscapes of Sapa and its surroundings.
Hotels 1N, Homestay 1N, Train 2N
Private Vehicle, Train
Hike through the rolling rice terraces, waterfalls, mountains and lush green hills of Sapa and you’ll quickly realise why this has become an iconic image of Vietnam.
A traditional homestay is a perfect way to access remote parts of this region and get a real glimpse of Vietnamese life, not to mention the beauty of a home cooked local meal after a day of hiking
Meet a community of hill-tribes who have lived in Vietnam for over three centuries. Having emigrated from China, the H’mong tribe settled in Cat Cat Village in Sapa
Sapa – Guided trek and homestay
Overnight sleeper train
Air-conditioned vehicle throughout
Cherry-picked hotels and homestays – all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and lots of free time
Daily breakfast and an average of 40% of other meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Lead Traveller and local Guides
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your trip
1. Complimentary airport arrival transfers are included with this trip. Please advise your flight details at time of booking.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room may be available. Please contact your booking agent at the time of booking your trip.
Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins at the airport, meet your local guide before heading to your day-use hotel room to refresh before your adventure starts. According to your arrival time, your local guide will give you some tips to discover the charm of Hanoi. Get gathered again, heading out for
your dinner before catching the night train for Sapa.
In any free time, dive into the barrage of bikes, boulevards and bustling life that characterise Hanoi.
Notes: Please allow plenty of time to board the train. Your local guide will be able to give you information about what time boarding will commence.
Upon your arrival to Lao Cai train-station, you will refresh yourself in the special lounge, take a light breakfast before taking your transfer to Sapa. Upon your arrival to Sapa-O Chau Café, you will meet your local guide, this person, living in the area, will take care of you for the next few days, during your stay in Sapa.
Depart from the Sapa O’Chau Cafe at 9.30am and walk down to Y Linh Ho, a village of the Hmong minority.
The hereditary terraces are around 100 years old. From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established Hmong village where will be welcomed by Mai and her family who run the first and only homestay owned by Hmong in the Sapa region.
Trekking Distance: approx. 16 km
On the morning of the second day open the window and have a look outside — you will be treated to views across the rice terraces. After breakfast walk to Ta Van where you will visit the Giay minority people. Traditionally the Giay were fishermen who fished with bamboo sticks and cook their catch inside the bamboo. Now you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice but their villages are still near rivers. Continue to walk through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, have a scenic picnic lunch, then walk to the main road and catch the private car back to Sapa Town!
Trekking Distance: approx. 12 km.
If you would like to stay a little longer in Vietnam, Carabiner Adventures can book additional nights for you. (If you wish to have the room available on your arrival, you may need to book the night before as check-in time is usually midday).
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