Trekking in Sapa & Vietnam’s Capital (3 nights)

HCM 404-201
Highlights
  • Remote trekking experience through Sapa region
  • A glimpse into minority hill tribe cultures
  • Homestay at a hill tribe village
  • See key sites in Ha Noi’s Old Quarter
Program Overview
Country: Việt Nam
Depart: Feb 9, 2019 12:30 PM
Return: Feb 12, 2019 8:15 PM
Duration: Overnight Program
Capacity: 12
Depart: 11/14/2017 1245
Return: 11/17/2017 1900
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Strenuous
Capacity: Min 15 / Max 16
Category: Lean In
Program Fee
$1197 (early booking: $1119)

Check out the SP19 blog post on this incredible program! 

North-west of Hanoi and not too far from the border with neighboring China, Sapa is Việt Nam’s premier destination for trekking and adventure. Best known for its diversity of hill tribes and minority villages, this remote outpost, a former French hill station, is located at an elevation of 1650 meters (5,413 ft) above sea level.

Hike through rice fields, sleep in a traditional house on stilts and interact with isolated communities. In addition to an adventure in nature, this program also provides an introduction to Hanoi, the capital. Ha Noi retains much of its historical charm and, with an eclectic mix of Asian tempo and French refinement, Việt Nam’s capital is a city to be savored. The labyrinthine streets of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter are the ideal place in which to wander and observe daily life.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Fly to Hanoi
  • Local restaurant for dinner
  • Overnight train to Lao Cai (shared 04-berth sleeping cabin)

Day 2

  • Arrive local hotel for breakfast and shower
  • ~2-hour scenic drive to Sapa (Ban Ho Village)
  • Start trek through the scenic valley of “Ban Ho”
  • After lunchtime, head to Sin Chai village
  • Dinner & overnight with host family (Very basic – there is no air-conditioner, only a mattress, pillow, blanket, and mosquito net. Entire group is accommodated in one local stilt house.)

Day 3

  • Start day by walking downhill toward the My Son village which is inhabited by the Xafo ethnic minority, one of the smallest group’s ethnic in Northern Vietnam
  • Continue towards Ban Ho village. Optional swim in river (refer guide’s advice first!)
  • Picnic lunch near river
  • Travel back to Lao Cai (approx. 2.5-hour drive)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant near the train station
  • Overnight on Fanxipan train (sharing 04-berth sleeping cabin)

Day 4

  • Arrive Hanoi, travel to hotel for breakfast and shower
  • Walking tour through Hanoi Old quarter
  • Travel to Ho Chi Minh complex. (Photo stop at Ba Dinh square, visit the Stilt House, visit One Pillar Pagoda)
  • Lunch
  • Visit Temple of Literature & Hoa Lo prison
  • Travel to Noi Bai airport
  • Return to ship upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city

Meals Included

  • Day 1: Dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch

Special Note

  • Weather in February could be a bit cold and foggy. Good trekking shoes, rain gear, warm clothes, insect repellent are highly recommended
  • Participants must be willing and able to hike approximately 5 hours each day
  • Personal luggage should be no more than 6kg (13 lbs) while trekking
  • Small gifts (toys, souvenirs from home, etc) for children in hilltribe village are recommended
  • Participants will spend 2 nights on train & 1 night at local stilt house.  Amenities are VERY basic including mattress, mosquito net, pillow, blanket (the group will all be together in one local stilt house)
  • Children under age 16 are not permitted