Ultimate trek 4 days
Sapa - Cat Cat - Y linh Ho - Lao Chai - Tavan - Giang Ta Chai - Supan - Ban Ho - Nam Toong My Son - Thanh Phu - Ban Ho
Distance: 53 km
Have the ultimate Sapa experience with this four day trek, taking in all the highlights of the region.
Homestay included: Choose from :
• Ms Thao Thi May - Lao Chai village
• Mrs Tan Thi Su - Ta Van village
• Mr Dao Van Truong - Ban Ho village
• Mr Sinh - Ban Ho village
• Mr Chung - Thanh Phu village
Day 1 - 16 km
On Day 1, we will leave Sapa at 9am and trek down to Cat Cat village, taking in the stunning waterfall at the bottom of the hill. After a slight retrace of steps (but not all the way back up!) we will take a turn towards Y Linh Ho and begin a 2km walk through rice terraces.
Y Linh Ho is home to the Hmong minority, and their established rice terraces are around 100 years old. Rice appeared after the French left at the turn of the century - before this the Hmong traditionally hunted animals for food. This is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in true Hmong culture.
From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established Hmong minority village which has been inhabited for centuries. See the product of this minority at its best with established rice terraces, homes and a vibrant community. You will be welcomed warmly by Mai and her family who run the first ever homestay owned and run by Hmong Minority in the Sapa region. Sapa O'Chau supported Mai in setting up this homestay and we hope it’s the first of many!
Day 2 - 17km
When you awake on Day 2, open the window and have a look outside - weather permitting - you will be treated to amazing views across the rice terraces in the valley. After breakfast you will make your way to Ta Van where you will visit the Giay minority people. This tribe traditionally fished for a living and as a result established themselves close to rivers. They have mastered the art of fishing with bamboo sticks, and cook the fish in the bamboo. Nowadays however you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice.
We will continue our walk through an impressive bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, and then on to the village of Supan where you will be able to rest your legs and take in the stunning mountain scenery as we stop for a picnic lunch.
Feeling revitalized, we will hike the final 6km to Ban Ho village where we will spend the night at another homestay. This building is particularly special as it sits on stilts overlooking the rice terraces. Dinner is cooked on an open fire, and some local speciality rice wine will be on offer to help you wind down!
Day 3 - 16 km
On Day 3, you will know when it’s time to wake up when you hear the patter of feet on bamboo heading up the stairs to the bathroom. After a filling breakfast in the homestay we will walk 3km to Nam Toong village, home to the Red Dao minority.
We will then follow a buffalo trail through sprawling rice terraces, taking in the spectacular views of Halong National Park as we make our way to My Son village. Here you can meet the Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest tribes in the Sapa area. We will spend the night in the village of Thanh Phu, where you enjoy local food and a warm bed in a Tay minority stilt house.
Day 4 - 6 km
We will start Day 4 with a filling breakfast, after which we walk from Thanh Phu back to Ban Ho by a different route, following the Muong Hoa River. It is an easy but beautiful route to wind down from the last three days, and it will give you the chance to absorb as much of the remaining scenery as possible. There will also be a chance to swim in the river if the weather is good (or even if it’s not if you are brave!). Transport will be waiting in Ban Ho to take you back to Sapa for a well deserved rest!
PRICE (USD/PER PERSON ) Valid to 31 Dec 2016
Breakfast (day 2, 3, 4), Lunch (every day), dinner (day 1, 2, 3), tour
guide, transport, village entrance fees, homestay fees
Drinks, personal travel insurance, tips.
You should bring:
Strong and comfortable trekking shoes, waterproof jacket, suitable clothing, mosquito repellent.