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An experience we will never forget
March 24, 2012

Trekking in Bac Ha is a delightful experience: stunning sunrise, colorful ethnic mosaic and spectacular scenery of mountains, clouds, valleys and terraced rice fields, you will be amazed.

Detailed program

Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai by night train
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 2: Lao Cai - Bac Ha – Ta Van Chu trek (B, L, D)
Arrive in Lao Cai Station in early morning around 06:00am. The private car takes us to Bac Ha district (70km), the ultimate destination for a fantastic trek in Vietnam. Bac Ha is a small, pretty and quiet town at 950m altitude. Several hill tribal minority groups such as Tay, Nung, Dao and Phu La have been settled peacefully together in this heaven for more than 200 years. They cultivate maize, rice, cassava and fruit trees on very steep slopes with beautifully carved terraces. Their traditions, lifestyle, housing architecture and costumes have remained in tact. After breakfast at a local restaurant, we will begin our trek on an easy trail. The altitude rises increasingly from village to village and terraced rice fields adorn the mountain sides, creating spectacular scenery. Homestay overnight in house of colorful H'mong ethnic people
(Around 5 to 6 hours trekking. Altitude: 1350m. Ascending = 700m, Descending = 250m)

Day 3: Tavan Chu - Thai Giang Pho trek (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we explore the village of Tavan Chu, home to flowery H’mong ethnic minority. H’mong people live at high altitude and their houses are built of clay and wood. H’mong women dresses are dyed with indigo and highlighted with colorful embroideries. We then escape into a forest of plum trees that becomes a little paradise in spring when the flowers bloom. Superb views of beautiful valleys and lush maize fields along the way. You will frequently meet Hmong women with charming smiles and richly decorated costumes adorned with silver and aluminum jewelry. Crossing a suspension bridge over a small river and climbing up a small hill, we reach the Thai Giang Pho village where we spend the night. Overnight in a stilt house of Phu La ethnic people
(Around 5 to 6 hours trekking. Altitude: 1350m Ascending = 300m, Descending = 550m)

Day 4: Thai Giang Pho - Nam Tho - Nalo trek (B, L, D)
Our day trek will lead us to meet many other tribes in surrounding areas. We start on a nice path crossing a picturesque valley. The lush gardens, corn fields and rice terraces are a real feast for the eyes and your camera will get heated. Arrive at Nalo in late afternoon and overnight in a Tay ethnic house.
(Around 5 to 6 hours trekking. Altitude: 1250m. Ascending = 400m, Descending = 650m)

Day 5: Nalo - Bac Ha – night train to Hanoi (B, L)
With an easy hike, we will get back to Bac Ha famous with its vibrant Sunday ethnic market. Ethnic people from near and far villages flock to Bac Ha to exchange their products. Most still use horses to carry their loads, so they have to depart very early to get there in time. Their colorful costumes create a stunning picture. Stroll around the market to get a glimpse into hill tribal culture. Transfer to Lao Cai station for the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight in soft sleeper cabin.

Day 6: Hanoi – Arrival
Early morning arrive at Hanoi Railway Station, around 05:30am (suggested that you should take taxi to your hotel). End of our services.


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- Transport by the air-conditioned private car
- The private local English speaking guide
- Porter & motor support
- Homestay for all trekking days
- Permission letter for visiting ethnic village
- Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi (soft sleeper of cabin of 4 berths)
- Entrance fees
- Mineral water


- Personal expenses, drinks and tips
- Visa to Vietnam
- Personal travel insurance

- Bank charge fees for payment
- Other services not mentioned in the "Inclusion"

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