This tour is designed for travelers who want to spend two days (1 night) trekking in Sapa with the following in mind: Save time, visit the most popular travel sites in Sapa and stay overnight in a comfortable hotel. This trip is cheaper than a trip which includes the night train to Sapa.
Pick-up is between 6.30 and 7.00 from our meeting point in the Hanoi Old Quarter. Once aboard the bus, we'll set off for our journey to Sapa. Around 9.30, we'll take our first break on the way to Lao Cai city. Another short pause at 11.00 in Lao Cai city will allow some rest before we approach Sapa. By 13.00, we'll reach the scenic town of Sapa, where the vibrant traditional costumes of the H'mong and Dzoa locals stand out. There will be a short wait of about 30 minutes for our tour guide and driver to take us to our hotel. Once checked in, a warm welcome drink and a brief from the guides are waiting. After lunch, we'll prepare for our initial hike.
At 14.30, we'll have a brief drive to the entrance of the Cat Cat village. This village is the residence of the Black H’mong ethnic group and is beautifully situated at the bottom of a deep valley, right at the base of the Fansipan Peak. A local guide will offer insights into the daily routines of the natives. The trek will then lead us to the base of a valley, close to a waterfall, an area where the French once set up a Hydraulic Power Station. A picturesque bridge near the waterfall provides a perfect backdrop for photos. The return journey is uphill, but don't worry, our bus will be waiting to transport us back to Sapa by the afternoon.
The trek covers approximately 2.5 kms and will take around 2 hours. By 17.00, we'll be back in Sapa town, ready for a hearty dinner and a relaxing evening in our hotel. Engage in night-time activities or just unwind from the day's adventure.
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel between 7.00 and 8.30. Once you've finished, check out of your room and pack light for the upcoming trek. You can leave the bulk of your luggage safely at the hotel. At 8.30, a brief drive takes you to Y Linh Ho. This is the starting point of your trek through the scenic rice terraces alongside the Muong Hoa Stream, leading to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. As you tread along, don't miss out on the breathtaking views of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. From Lao Chai, continue your trek to the Ta Van village, which is home to the Dzay people.
The trek stretches about 9 km and will take around 3.5 hours. By 11.30, a bus will be waiting for you at the Ta Van Bridge to whisk you away back to Sapa. After reaching the hotel by 12.30, take the next hour to enjoy a delectable lunch.
From 13.30 to 14.45, indulge in some well-deserved relaxation and leisure time. If you wish, you can freshen up with a shower in the hotel's public bathroom. Gather with the rest of the group members at the hotel between 14.45 and 15.00 to prepare for the return trip to Hanoi. At 15.30, board the bus back to Hanoi, which includes two comfort breaks en route. By 21.15, you'll arrive in Hanoi, marking the end of a memorable trip.
All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, private transport, etc.) as described in the itinerary are included.
During your trek you will be staying in the hotels as mentioned in the itinerary.
This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
During your trek, you will at all times be accompanied by an English speaking guide.
The cost of permits to enter the national park during your trek is included in the price.
Enough drinking water will be provided during the trip.
The bus from Hanoi to Sapa and back is included in this trip.
This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.
Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.
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 your trek.
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.