Sapa Remote Village Trek & Homestay 4 Days

Sapa Remote Village Trek & Homestay
Highlights: This trekking tour gives you an opportunity to experience the highlights of northwest Vietnam; the remote ethnic communities with their unique cultures, the deep valleys covered by terraced fields, the breathtaking mountain scenery.

Night 1: Overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai.
Day 1: Full day hike and overnight in homestay.
Day 2: Full day hike to Topas Ecolodge.
Day 3: Back to Sapa. Transfer to Lao Cai. Overnight train to Hanoi.
Day 4: Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Tour ends.

Itinerary

Night 1: Hanoi – Overnight train to Lao Cai
You will depart from Hanoi in the evening by night train to Lao Cai near the Chinese border.

Meals: None

Day 1: Full day walk to homestay
Arrive early in the morning in Lao Cai where your guide and driver will collect you. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant and freshen up for 2 days adventure. Your experienced tour guide will introduce you to the program and you will have a chance to pack all items you want for upcoming trip. Your other luggage will be safely transferred to Topas Ecolodge.

Start your trip with a transfer of around one hour from Lao Cai to Ta Thang village. From Ta Thang village, start your walk on an undulating dirt path running uphill and continue on a trail with the Muong Bo River flowing in the contrary direction beneath you. The heights of this trail afford extensive views over the green valley and seemingly endless mountains. You pass through Nam Ket village, which is inhabited by the Red Dao minority people, and make a short visit to local houses or to a local school if it’s a school day when you visit. Probably the highlight of the day is the trek from Nam Ket village to Nam Phang which includes a walk through bamboo forest and a dense, almost jungle-like area of trees before you arrive at a local school for enjoying a picnic lunch.

After lunch, continue your trek among rice terraces along a hillside trail descending to a small stream where you may take a short rest. The last part of today’s trek needs extra effort as the trail from the stream rises steeply uphill for around an hour until it reaches  Sin Chai village, the last destination of the day. Enjoy dinner and overnight in a house of the local Red Dao ethnic minority.

Grade: Moderate to hard
Duration: Approximately 1 hour driving, 7 hours walking and 1 hour lunch.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight at a local family

Day 2: Full day Trekking – Topas Ecolodge
After a local breakfast in a peaceful village atmosphere, start the trek with an easy walk to another Red Dao village, Nam Nhiu before descending to My Son village where you will lunch in a local house or on the riverbank. My Son village is inhabited by the Xa Pho ethnic minority – one of the smallest minority groups in Vietnam and who make up just 2% of the population of Sapa.

After lunch, trek on a small uphill trail to Nam Toong village which affords spectacular views of the large valley through which the Muong Bo River runs.

A soft descent in mid-afternoon brings you to Ban Ho village. Ban Ho is the area’s largest village, spread along the banks of Muong Bo River, where the Tay minority still live as their ancestors lived in traditional stilt houses. You will be collected at Ban Ho village and transported to Topas Ecolodge, where you will overnight.

Grade: Moderate
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes driving, 6 hours hiking and 1 hour lunch.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight at Topas Ecolodge

Day 3: Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Lao Cai - Overnight Train to Hanoi
Start the day with breakfast at the lodge. You may spend the day relaxing, join an excursion or explore Sapa town by taking the free scheduled shuttle bus which runs throughout the day. Depart Sapa town at 17h30, by shuttle bus to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight on the train

Day 4: Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning
The train will back arrive in Hanoi early in the morning and your trip has ended. 

Meals: None

Prices & Inclusions

Price is from~US$ 259 per person
All prices are per person, valid till December 31, 2017
Prices Include:

- 1-night stay at a local family and 1 night in Deluxe Bunglow (Twin share) at Topas Ecolodge
- All pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver
- Return train tickets Hanoi - Lao Cai (sharing soft 4 berth cabin), additional cost applied for private cabin
- Experienced English speaking local guide
- Lunches and dinners at a local restaurants as mentioned in the detailed itinerary  
- All entrance fees
- VAT and all other government taxes

Prices Exclude:
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
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