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Sapa Giang Ta Chai Trek

Tien TOM Travel - 2 days

  • Sapa Giang Ta Chai Trek
  • 2 days / 1 night
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
What's included
Packing List
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> Explore Muong Hoa valley with rice terraced fields.
> Visit villages of ethnic minorities.
> Stay overnight at a local homestay and learn more about their life.

Home to dozens of ethnic minority communities, enduring cultures and traditions and magnificent tiered rice paddy fields, Sapa is a magical place to experience the diversity and charm of northern Vietnam. With misty mountain trails and the highest peak in Vietnam, it is a perfect destination for those seeking culture and adventure.


What’s the plan?

Day 1: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van

Meet with our guide at your hotel and start walking to the Black H’mong village of Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai. The hiking distance is approximately 6 km. Arrival will be at Muong Hoa, one of the most excellent panoramas of the larger valley, paddy terraced fields and the H’mong villages of Northern of Vietnam. We hike slowly along a small local path leading into the bottom of the valley, where some stalls are available that serve tea and fruits; a perfect spot to take a rest and have lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Zay people of Ta Van, which lies in the middle of the Muong Hoa valley. You will check-in at a local homestay for the night. Your host will prepare your dinner. A great opportunity to get to know the local culture.

Meals: Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai

In the morning you will enjoy breakfast with local food at your homestay then say farewell and continue to trek up and downhill then through a bamboo forest. The village of Giang Ta Chai is the next stop, which we will reach by following a path over a bridge. Lunch will be provided near a waterfall, just before arrival at the village. Eventually, the trek returns to the hill of Hau Thao village where a car will be waiting for you to bring you back to Sapa town.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Total trekking: 18km

What's included


Private guide
You will have your own guide for the duration of the trek.

After you reached the final destination of your trek you will be transfered back to your hotel in Sapa by private car.

Mineral water
During the trek you will have plenty of clean drinking water.

During you’re trek you’re provided by local Vietnames cuisine.

Entrance fee
The entrance fee for the entrance of this area is included in the price.

During your trek, you will spend your nights in local homestays in the village. While staying at a homestay, you will be able to help families in their day-to-day lives, learn to cook regional specialties, and get to know their customs and traditions.


× Accommodation in Sapa including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Vietnam.

× Tipping
Tips for guides are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.

× Tips, drinks and other personal expenses

All personal expenses such as tips, drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.


Homestays in Sapa

Sapa is famous for its rich nature, terraced fields, and beautiful landscapes. However, the region is also famous for the eight ethnic tribes that live in this part of the world. A popular accommodation alternative in Sapa is staying at homestays with the locals.

During this trek, you will have the chance to immerse yourself fully into the local culture. While staying at a homestay, you will be able to help families in their day-to-day lives, learn to cook regional specialties, and get to know their customs and traditions.



Where is Sapa?

Sapa is a border town located at 1600 m of altitude, in the mountainous zone bordering with China. Famous for its rich landscape and mix of ethnic groups that inhabit the area, Sapa is the ideal destination in Vietnam for those looking for mountains and activities such as trekking or hiking. 

How to get to Sapa

A common question when visiting Vietnam is how to get from Hanoi to Sapa. There are 2 ways to get to Sapa for your trek: by train or by bus.

By Train
This is the easiest and most popular way to get to Sapa. If you choose this way of transport, you will have to take the 8-hour train from Hanoi to Lao Cai Railway Station. From the train station, you will need to take a shuttle to get to Sapa. We advise you to book your train ticket in advance since it can get very busy, especially during the weekends.

By Bus
The bus journey from Hanoi directly to Sapa takes 6 hours approximately and the prices vary depending on the level of comfort. Buses depart at all times of day from Hanoi. The only detail about choosing buses instead of trains are the roads, which can get quite windy and sometimes dangerous.

If you need help arranging your transfer from Hanoi to Sapa, your trekking company can arrange it for you. They are always happy to help!

Best season

The weather in Vietnam can be quite unpredictable, and this applies to all the seasons. However, there are some months that are more advisable than others when it comes to visiting this unique country. The best month to trek in Sapa is in August when the rice fields are the greenest. This month, however, belongs to the rainy season, so, if you choose August, make sure you bring a good pair of trekking boots because it will get muddy.

March to May and September to November are the most recommended months to visit the region. During these months it doesn't rain as much and the landscapes are clearer.

During winter, from November to February, the temperatures can get as low as 0°C. Although it doesn't rain much during winter, thick fog is common, which makes it difficult to enjoy the beautiful landscapes typical of this region.


Tipping is not customary in Vietnam though it is highly appreciated. Remember that tourism is an important activity in the region and it helps boost the local economy. Of course, there is no fixed sum when it comes to tipping. However, if you had a good trek, you can thank you guide with a generous tip. USD 5-10 per day of trek is a good estimate as to how much to tip your guide.

Packing List

Packing List

In order to enjoy your Sapa trek to the fullest, having the right gear is essential. Of course, the clothing items you bring depend mostly on the season that you choose, but there are some basics that you cannot miss:

- Good trekking shoes
- Raincoat
- 4 sets of clothes
- Extra pairs of socks
- Sandals or soft shoes for the camp
- Warm fleece (for winter)
- Camera
- Water
- Fruit and snacks
- Personal medication
- Torch



Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

Tien Tom Travel

The Trails Of Mountain Travel CO., LTD(TOM TRAVEL) was founded in 2005.

The company name originated from our young director Dao Manh Hung, and his love of nature. Starting as a tour guide, he traveled numerous times through the sinuous mountain trails of the Hoang Lien Son range. His passion led to the foundation of his own tourism company, and continues to promote images of Sa Pa, its land, people and culture to the rest of the world.

After five years of development we are managed to include our company into two major group of the tourist guide book in France(Routard 2010) and Spain (TROTAMUNDOS 2010).

We are specializing in the Department of Culture Sports and Tourism of Lao Cai Province and we won the top 5th excellent tourism interpose period 2005 to 2010. The company has also registered at Vietnam National Administration International tourism licensed. The company will work together to develop future powerful and professional development. We thank to all customer to always caring and support us in domestic and international.

We have been awarded as excellent tour operator by Tripadvisor in 2013 – 2014 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018

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Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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