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Sapa - Vietnam (Rice fields,Fansipan trekking,Ethnic minoryties village)

Sapa easy trekking tour

Itinerary in brief
Ethnic minorities in Muong Hoa valley (Option01)
(Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Tavan - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Sapa)
What to expect:
On this trip you will trek along Muong Hoa River sneaking through the valley nearby Sapa town, which is surrounded by huge rice paddy terraces.On the way you will learn more about how is the rice cultivating, from when the seed sowed to harvested, until being served as cooked rice on your dinner table. The night you spend in Tavan village, the unique village in Sapa area where Giay minority live, will be an excellent experience.
Itinerary:
Day 1: Sapa - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Tavan (L,D)
You first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 2: Tavan - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan (B,L)
Once you get energy for your last day trek by having a delicious breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. You will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch.
After lunch, you continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here you start your journey back to Sapa by car.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 30 minutes driving/ 3 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Note: Home stay is very comfortable with sufficient toilet facility.
Hill tribe villages trek (Option02)
(Sapa - Su Pan - Ban Ho - Thanh Phu - Sin Chai - Sapa)
What to expect:
On this trip you will have opportunity to meet several different minorities, which cannot be found in other areas of Sapa, such as Tay and Xa Pho. Even though they live close to each other, the Tay is one of the most advanced minority meanwhile the Xa Pho still maintain the tradition of being nomadic. You will also enjoy beautiful landscape in Ban Ho valley.
Itinerary:
Day 1: Sapa - Ban Ho - Thanh Phu - Sin Chai (L,D)
The day commences with a drive to the trekking route. The trek starts by walking through the incredibly scenic Ban Ho valley. Here you will have the opportunity to visit and explore the wooden houses, which traditionally belong to the Tay ethnic minority. You will then continue to walk to Thanh Phu village where 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.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 45 minutes driving/ 4 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 2: Sin Chai - Nam Nhiu - My Son - Nam Toong - Sapa (B,L)
You start the trek today by walking downhill toward the My Son village, which belongs to the Xafo ethnic minority, one of the smallest groups ethnic in Northern Vietnam. After one and a half hours walk to the Red Dao village of Nam Toong, lunch will be prepared and served. After lunch you will descend back to Ban Ho village, where you will be able to enjoy a swim at the nearby beautiful waterfall of La Vie. You will then ascend to Su Pan, where the car is waiting to take you back to Sapa.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 1 hour driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Note: The walk from Ban Ho to Thanh Phu and Sin Chai is mostly on the main dirt road.
Sapa valley to Lao Cai (Option03)
(Sapa - Thanh Phu - Sin Chai - Ben Den - Lao Cai)
What to expect:
The trip takes you to one of the most remote area where you can meet very friendly locals. The night you spend in bamboo hut built by Topas in the hilly ground of a Red Dao family will be a good experience. The trip also offers you opportunity to enjoy wonderful scenery, which is still well protected.
Itinerary:
Day 1: Sapa - Ban Ho - Thanh Phu - Sin Chai (L,D)
The day commences with a drive to the trekking route. The trek starts by walking through the incredibly scenic Ban Ho valley. Here you will have the opportunity to visit and explore the wooden houses, which traditionally belong to the Tay ethnic minority. You will then continue to walk to Thanh Phu village where 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.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 45 minutes driving/ 4 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 2: Sin Chai - Ben Den - Lao Cai (B,L)
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 an opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful views 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, where you will start your onward journey.
Approx: Grade 3 of 5/ 45 minute driving/ 7.5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Note: The first day will mostly be spent on the dirt road. This trip will easily combine with the transfer to Lao Cai railway station without repeating the way or passing by Sapa.
Hidden trail to a village of Red Dao (Option04)
(Sapa - Mong Sen - Taphin - Matra - Suoi Ho - Sapa)
What to expect:
You will trek through beautiful landscape. You will be able to meet the Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities living in the same village and hear about their unmixed culture.
Itinerary:
Day 1: Sapa - Mong Sen - Taphin (L,D)
We will first travel by car downhill to Mong Sen, where you start trekking uphill through a mountainous area by following a dirt trail. En route, you will have many opportunities to enjoy spectacular view over rice paddy terraces and cornfields. You will take a stop for lunch at a nice spot.
After lunch, the trek will continue by going downhill toward Taphin village where you can meet Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, two largest ethnic groups in Sapa. Your guide will tell you about daily life and tradition of these two people. Here you stay overnight in local house. You will be able to take a walk around the village while your guide prepares dinner
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 30 minutes driving/ 4 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 2: Taphin - Matra - Sapa (B,L)
Once your breakfast finished, you will be heading toward Sapa. You will pass through several minority villages along the way. The walk through rice paddy terraces is very enjoyable. You then stop by Matra village of Black Hmong, where your lunch will be served atop a hill.
After lunch, you take a walk under the shadow of pine trees as well as a short walk from side to side of the town of Sapa
Approx:Grade 2 of 5/ 4 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Note: This is a soft trek and not touristy.
Lu minority and limestone valleys (Option05)
(Sapa - Binh Lu - Ban Hon - Tam Duong - Sapa)
What to expect:
On this trip you will enjoy landscapes, which varies from temperate mountain to Limestone Mountain. The trip also offers you an opportunity of getting experience about Lu minority emigrating from the neighbor country of Laos.
Itinerary:
Day 1: Sapa - Tam Duong - Ban Hon (L,D)
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.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 2 hour driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 2: Ban Hon - Binh Lu - Sapa (B,L)
You wake up to the sound of pigs, chickens and dogs. The family is already preparing for todays work. Todays 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.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 2 hour driving/ 3 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Note: Local house with no toilet facility, toilet tent will be provided.
Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice.

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