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Sapa Hard Trekking Tour 4D

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Highlights tour:

Lao Cai provice: Lao Cai, the end of the line so to speak, is right on the Vietnam–China border. The town was razed in the Chinese invasion of 1979, so most of the buildings are new. The border crossing here slammed shut during the 1979 war and only reopened in 1993.

Sapa town: Well, Sapa brings in peace in a fine, rugged scenery and cultural diversity… a very sweet time for us!” remarked a young couple after their honeymoon in Sa Pa.

Ta Van village: Ta Van is a small village set within a picturesque valley not far from the northern Vietnamese mountain resort of Sa Pa. The area is renowned for its colourful ethnic minorities, and Ta Van is home to two such groups. A stay with one of the farmer families here will give you a close-up experience of the life-style and culture typical of the area.

Ban Ho village: Located 30 km from southeast Sapa. Ban Ho village is settled by ethnic minorities as Tay, Dao, H’mong… Ban Ho village is one of the most interesting places of Sapa.

Sapa market: Sapa market located at the center of Sapa town and and is opened every day. But it is most crowded on Saturday late afternoon and evening.

Draft itinerary:

Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai by night train

Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa, trek to Ta Van village (B,L,D)

Day 2: Ta van – Giang Ta chai – Ban Ho village ( B, L,D)

Day 3: Ban Ho – Sapa (B)

Day 4: Sapa around – Lao Cai station (B)

Operation : Daily departure

Duration : 4 days / 3 nights

Tour route : Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi

Brief description : Hard trekking, big adventure, 2 nights on train, 1 hotel night in Sapa town, 1 night in Ta Van village with Dzay people, 1 night in Ban Ho village with Tay people …

Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai by night train

LV travel’s staff pick you up in the hotel then drive to Hanoi station for a night train to Sapa (overnight on the train, the cabin with 4 berths, soft sleeper and air-conditioning), you can book the whole cabin or you can share with 2 other persons.

There are several train depart from Hanoi station between 7pm to 10pm, the journey is about 8,5 hours, the end in Lao Cai Station.

Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa, trek to Ta Van village (B,L,D)

The train arrives in Lao Cai at 6.30 a.m,  Our guide will  welcome you by your name sign. We drive up to Sapa about 50 minutes on Bus,  you will be taken to a small guesthouse for a morning showers then your breakfast at a local restaurant here.

After breakfast & short morning beak and have some last preparation for the trekking to villages

At 10 Am we leave the hotel and start  trekking . The fist part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to Muong hoa river and visit the Black Hmong in Lao chai  . Black Hmong is one of the biggest minority group in Sa pa district . They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions way of living . They have their own language ,wear traditions indigo blueclothing  …

After that you continue go to Ta van village to visit the Zay People . Zay is a fairly small minority group of 38.000.people who live in the mountains in the North west Viet nam . The development has meant that some of their old custom have been lost but many woman still wear tradition shits with purple, blue or green colour . The Zay houses are build in wood and bamboo with clay floor . We stay overnight with a local family in Ta van and have dinner there . (Trekking distance : 15 Km)

Day 2: Ta van – Giang Ta chai – Ban Ho village ( B, L,D)

After the breakfast we continue to visit Red Zao  people at Giang Ta chai village . Where we also see a waterfall . The Red Zao woman have very colorful embroideries and coins on their clothing . On their head they wear a red scarf . Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao Legend .

We continue go along small path in the rice fields ,cross the Muong hoa river and trek  to Ban ho village . We will stay overnight in wooden Tay stilt house  If we reach Ban ho in the early afternoon , you will have time to swim   in a nearby the river . In the evening we have dinner with Tay family (Trekking distance : 18 Km)

Day 3: Ban Ho – Sapa (B)

After the breakfast you trek up to Ban den place ( 3 Km ) . From here you will be picked up and transfer back to Sa pa .

In the afternoon you will have free time to experience the colorfull Sa pa market where women from different ethnic minority groups come  to the town to sell their products

Day 4: Sapa around – Lao Cai station (B)

Today you are free at leisure, to visit around the town of Sapa (Dragon mount, Orchid garden, Waterfall…) or relax in town and inhale the fresh air.

Leave Sapa by Bus in the late afternoon (5.30 p.m.) to Lao Cai station for our night train back to Hanoi.