Sapa Trekking features a leisurely 2-day trekking in the mountain town of Sapa, which is set at a cool 1.500 meters (5,000 feets) above sea level.
Well-known as a former French hill station, Sapa is the center for tribal people in Northern Vietnam. It is now full of open-air eateries, colorful ethnic people from many regions, and a mix of street venders from villages nearby.
The mountains of Sapa is where those misty, and pastoral images of traditional Vietnam ethnics are still a reality. Traditional dress is still worn here, with colorful outfits identifying each different hill tribes. Buffalos are farmed in the valleys, while the mountainsides are terraced for miles with lush green rice paddies.
In our Sapa Trekking, we travel by night train to the Lao Cai City, from which we drive to Sapa town. Explore the different minority villages in the region, witness the life of the locals, enjoy joyous trekking, and take in the spectacular views of the valleys.
Our sample itinerary of Sapa Trekking below is departing Hanoi everyday, which is best suited for people who’s looking for a great mountain trip. We also offer a 4-night Sapa Trekking trip, that include two nights at the Victoria Sapa Hotel or other hotels. Please email us for the details.
DAY 1: HANOI/ LAO CAI
From your hotel in Hanoi, we transfer to the station for the overnight train to Lao Cai, with an air-conditioned sleeper compartments and a shared bathroom. The total rail journey is about 8 hours; train is departing at 10h00pm and arrives in Lao Cai about 6h15am.
Night Train: Victoria Express Train
DAY 2: SAPA TREKKING MA TRA - TA PHIN
Arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning and transfer to Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa for your early check in, refreshment and breakfast at the hotel.
Today, you will enjoy a light hike to discover Sapa’s quaint hill tribe villages. The hike commences from Sapa on a trail running through the beautiful gardens and lush pine forests. You will then pass by a small village of Ma Tra village, which is inhabited by the Black Hmong ethnic minority. Houses of H’mong people are usually built low without windows to avoid cold weather in the winter.
Continues your hike through rice paddy fields, primary schools and spectacular scenery. The trip also offers you the opportunity to visit the local houses, chance to talk to the locals who are watching you hiking from yards. You will learn more about about the unmixed cultural life of Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities, 2 largest ethnic groups in the area. By now you can recognize them by dressing while they are both very famous of handicraft. End your way at Ta Phin villages of the Black H’mong and Red Dao. You will return Sapa by car. (B, L)
Lodging: Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa
DAY 3: SAPA TREKKING TO TA VAN/ NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI
Today, you will discover Sapa town and its valley. The town is orientated to make the most of the spectacular views emerging on clear days. It overlooks a plunging valley of cascading rice terraces, with mountains towering above on all sides. Views of this epic scenery are often subdued by thick mist rolling across the peaks, but even if it’s cloudy, Sapa is still a fascinating destination, especially when local hill-tribe people fill the town with their colorful dress.
The town’s French colonial villas, built in 1920s, fell into disrepair during successive wars with the French, Americans and Chinese, but following the advent of tourism, Sapa has experienced a renaissance.
From the town, hike down terraced rice fields (or drive) to Lao Chai – Black H’mong village. Along the way, enjoy views of the valley and the surrounding mountains, and meet people from many ethnic groups, including the friendly Hmong, Giay, and Red Dao. Continue to a visit to Ta Van village, where the Giay hill tribes live. After a picnic lunch, take a scenic hike through bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai hill tribe village of the Red Dao. Please note that this itinerary is flexible, and those who don’t wish to hike all the way will be transferred between villages by car. Transfer back to Sapa and on to the hotel near the train station to freshen up before taking the overnight train back to Hanoi. (B, L)
Night Train: Victoria Express Train
DAY 4: ARRIVE IN HANOI
Arrive at the Hanoi Train Station in the early morning, transfer to your hotel. Sapa Trekking's services end at your hotel.
Notes: Sapa is becoming more and more popular with tourists. Many local ethnic people having limited income take selling souvenir items as a main source of income. Expect hill tribe vendors to follow you and to be persistent in persuading you to buy their handicraft. If you are not interested, just say “no” and ask your guide to walk away.
What SAPA TREKKING is Like
SAPA TREKKING is Level 2, or Moderate. The night train is comfortable, 8 hours each way. Hiking in Sapa is from 2 to 4 hours on sealed road connecting villages, private car is available to support those who don't want to walk too far.
|Legth:||2 Days/ 3 Nights|
|Lodgings:||Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa|
Price per person: $300
All costs are per person, based on a private guide and car.
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PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION FEE SCHEDULES
As you are not confirmed on the trip until deposit has been received by our office, please do not make non-refundable air arrangements prior to us confirming your booking. Our payment schedules:
Note: If booked less than 45 days from arrival, full payment is required immediately
If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your trip, the following fees will apply, computed as of the date of receipt of written cancellation notice, which can be sent by email.
We want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip from 1 to 5 according to the activity and general travel rigors (1 is the easiest and 5 the most difficult in style).
Our system ranks each trip in two ways. The number gives you a quick reference point, the description is perhaps more important, with activities, hiking, and travel conditions (at the bottom of the long-day-itineraries, there is also a brief description of what this Trip is like).
We are always happy to answer questions, and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
1 - Easiest
No hiking journeys, optional walks, little driving hours, leisurely travel, one day trips.
2 - Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate: Hotel nights or overnight cruises with other physical activities, such as hikes or bike of 2 to 4 hours on some days, sea kayaking.
3 - Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3 to 6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based country walking tours are in this category, as are our hiking adventures.
4 - Moderate to Strenuous
Trips with Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many hikes.
Examples: Hiking Mai Chau Pu Luong
5 - Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with more than 3-day sea kayaking, hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.