Vietnam Remote Villages Trek
Day 1: Hanoi - Quang
Binh (-, L, D)
Depart from Hanoi at
08.00am taking a full day to transfer the 295 km to Quang Binh
Townlet. Leave Ha Noi following national road 2 via Viet Tri, Tuyen
Quang and Vinh Tuy. Then follow a narrow provincial road for 55 km
to Quang Binh with several stops to visit the villages of the Tay
ethnic tribes. We will take lunch in Tuyen Quang City and arrive in
Quang Binh Townlet at about 5.00pm.You are then free to explore this
newly established townlet.
Day summary: Transfer
295 km, approx.6 hours/ Some short walks along the way/ Acc: Local
guest house in Quang Binh.
Day 2: Quang Binh Tan
Nam (B, L, D)
Breakfast, check out of
your hotel and depart at 08.30 am. The transfer takes 15 minutes to
the starting point of the trekking trail. It is an easy walk through
the valley and terraced rice paddies for over 2 hours to a village
of the Pa Then ethnic peoples. Explore the village and then take a
In the afternoon the
trek takes nearly 4 hours going up and down hill through
plantations, rice paddies and especially the palm forests of the
hilly land of the Tan Nam Commune. We will pass some hamlets of the
Black Zao and larger villages of the hospitable Nung ethnic peoples,
arriving at the centre of Tan Nam at about 5.00 pm. Explore this
beautiful village in your free time before dinner. Home stay in a
house of the Nung.
Day summary: Transfer 5
km/ Trekking 6 hours, approx.17 km, grade 2 of 5/ Home stay in
Village of the Nung.
Day 3: Tan Nam Phieng
Lang (B, L, D)
Depart at 08.30am after
breakfast at the home-stay. The trek today is easy along a large
village path which connects this village to other villages of the
Zao Ao Dai (Zao with long dress), Tay and Nung ethnic peoples, all
beautifully set along the Nam Ly River. We pay visits to many local
homes along the way and everywhere people welcome visitors and treat
The trek in the
afternoon goes uphill slightly to Phieng Lang. This region is
inhabited mostly by the Zao Ao Dai peoples and several Flower Hmong
who traditionally and practically build their homes on hill tops and
cultivate the surrounding land to create perfect dwellings. We
arrive in Phieng Lang in the mid afternoon, and then take a
leisurely walk to explore the surrounding countryside. Dinner and
the home stay will be in a stilt house of the Zao.
Day summary: Trekking 6
hours, approx.17 km, grade 2 of 5/ Home stay in Phieng Lang of the
Day 4: Phieng Lang Pa
Duc Quang Thuong Nam Choong (B, L, D)
After breakfast, leave
Phieng Lang at about 08.30 am, to enjoy another day trekking along
the beautiful Nam Ly Valley. There is a good trail which winds up
and down on the high hillsides gradually going uphill for the whole
morning via Pa Duc village to Quang Thuong. These people are very
different from the Nung and Tay, who live in large villages in the
lower lands. The Hmong and the Zao Ao Dai occupy the higher lands
and build their houses all over the hill-tops. This part of the trek
offers one of the most beautiful views in the far north.
Lunch break and then
descend along a narrow trail passing through tea farms and steep
terraced paddies for 2 hours to Nam Chong Village of the Zao Ao Dai.
Explore the village and settle down in a local home by the hot
spring for dinner and overnight.
Day summary: Trekking 5
hours, approx.14 km, grade 2 of 5/ Home stay.
Day 5: Nam Chong Quang
Nguyen Coc Cang Coc Dong (B, L, D)
Depart at 08.30 am. Trek
along a narrow trail along the Nam Ly River for an hour to the
centre of Quang Nguyen Commune, then turn off on to a tough trail
going steeply uphill for 2 hours through Quang Vinh Village passing
the villages of the Nung on the low land and Red Zao and Zao Ao Dai
on the higher land.
Lunch break and then we
must be prepared for the most challenging part of the tour: To get
over the Nhin Co San mountain. The trail becomes narrow and very
tough in parts, going uphill through the thick rain forest and later
bamboo forests for nearly 3 hours till we reach Coc Cang village of
Che La Commune.
Continue along the same
trail for 1,5 hours passing some hamlets of the White Hmong to Coc
Dong Village of the Nung peoples. Dinner and home stay here.
Day summary: Trekking 6
to 7 hours, approx.17 km, grade 4 of 5/ Home stay in Coc Dong
Village of the White Hmong..
Day 6: Coc
Dong Coc Re Coc Pai (B, L, D)
It is an excellent day
today! Leave Coc Dong for nearly 1 hours uphill trek along a trail
sneaking amidst the high mountains, passing several hamlets of the
Flower Hmong, who always occupy the highest elevation. Arrive at Coc
Re at noon and enjoy a lunch break in a local restaurant after
hanging around the Coc Re market place to catch a glimpse of local
Descend for the whole
afternoon, passing through some narrow valleys with marvellous
terraced paddies and newly planted forests til we reach Coc Pai, the
townlet of Xin Man District.
Check in to the Gia Long
hotel and enjoy some free time to see the interesting activities
taking place around the Xin Man Market in the late afternoon.
Day summary: Trekking 6
hours, approx.17 km, grade 3 of 5/ Gia Long Hotel in Xin Man.
Day 7: Coc Pai Bac Ha
(B, L, D)
Breakfast and then enjoy
a leisurely walk around Coc Pai before transferring by road for 2, 5
hour journey to Bac Ha Townlet. Arrive at Bac Ha at noon, and check
in to the Sao Mai hotel and have a lunch break.
The afternoon highlight
is the 2 hours walk to explore the famous Ban Pho Valley which is
home to the Flower Hmong and Tay ethnic, paying visits to local
homes and enjoying watching the people make their well-known spirit
from corn as well as doing traditional dances with the Khen - a
traditional musical instrument made up of 6 bamboo pipes.
Day summary: Road
transfer 65 km/ Trekking 2 hours, approx.7 km, grade 2 of 5/ Hotel
8: Bac Ha Nam Mon Trung Do Chay River Lao Cai Train to
Hanoi (B, L, )
Today is the last day of
the trip and it is an easy day. After breakfast leave Bac Ha at
Transfer the 9 km
journey to the Nam Mon Commune and trek from here along a narrow
trail uphill for ½ hour and then downhill to the bottom of the
valley. Then trek along a narrow stream for about 2 hours to Trung
Do village of the Tay, which consists of about 40 houses built on
stilts on the bank of the Chay River which is beautifully and
naturally set in the surrounding countryside.. Enjoy a leisurely
walk to explore this prosperous village before having lunch in a
Leave Trung Do and walk
along the Chay River for over an hour to visit some of the hamlets
of the Black Zao and Hmong of the Cac Cop Village and from here take
the boat trip down stream to Bao Nhai Commune.
Here you will be picked
up and transferred to Lao Cai, where you will have time to freshen
up and have dinner before boarding the night train for Hanoi.
Day summary: Road
transfer 56/ Trekking 4,5 hours, approx.12 km, grade 2 of 5/ Boat
trip 1,5 hours.
Day 9: Arrival back in
Arrive back in Hanoi
early in the morning at about 05.00. The transfer from Hanoi Railway
station to your hotel will be arranged by yourselves.
We have a range of
trekking tours available for you to choose from which have been
specifically designed to enable you to experience some of the very
best landscape and scenery, Vietnam has to offer. During the treks
you will have the opportunity to sleep under the stars in a tent or
stay in a local family house.
Most of our treks start
with a jeep ride to take us out of town to where the real adventure
starts. Your English speaking, Vietnamese guide will be able to
answer questions about the countryside as well as local ethnic
minority cultures and customs. During the treks you will only have
to carry a small daypack with your personal belongings and of course
your camera. Porters from the Black HMong ethnic minority hill
tribe will carry the rest of your luggage in special watertight
English or French
Black Hmong porters
(to carry food and luggage)
Road transfer by good
vehicle and mountain experienced driver.
Cook (for group sizes
of 6 pax)
All indicated meals,
plus snacks (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
Water for the whole
Sleeping bags and
Waterproof bluebag for
Tents if needed
All entrance fees and
Overnight in local
houses or tents
Train Tickets from Lao
Cai - Hanoi
Personal Pocket Money
Soft drinks (beer,
All other services not
The best season for
this trip is from October to early April, although it is cold and
foggy in Jan and Feb. The landscape from May to September is
beautiful but it is the rainy season, and is hot and humid.
It is necessary to
have security permission from the Ha Giang police, so a copy of your
passport and visa is needed 3 days at least before the start of the
trek in Ha Giang.
We may change the tour
plan or even cancel the trip in the event of bad weather,
for the safety of customers.
Personal luggage when
trekking should weigh no more than 6kg. Good trekking shoes, rain
gear, warm clothes (Nov to Mar) and insect repellent are necessary.
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receipt of final payment.
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