This two-day trek passes through beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages of various tribes, where you will overnight. The places you stay are somewhat primitive, but beds, mosquito nets and blankets will all be available for use. So you do not need to bring a sleeping bag or sleeping mat yourself. A towel is handy though. During the trek you carry the things that you need yourself. Your main luggage can be left in Sapa for your collection on return.
Sometimes in very bad weather this trek is not possible and is then replaced by day hikes in the Sapa area. (Note: the price of the trek is based on a minimum participation of 6 people. If there are less than 6 persons there may be a surcharge).
If you would like to do this trek then you need to add it at the time of making your booking.
Day 1: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van
Meals: L D
After breakfast, we will trek down the Muong Hoa valley to Lao Chai village to visit the Black H'Mong, see their house, daily life and unique culture. We have a picnic lunch on the way then keep walking through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village. You will walk for around 5 to 6 hours today. This evening we overnight at the home-stay. The rest of the day, we are free to explore the village by ourselves. Different possibilities include trekking up the mountains to have a panoramic view of the valley, swimming down in the river, or just helping your guide cook the delicious Vietnamese dinner. Dinner will be special but do not forget to taste some home-made rice wine. Overnight in Ta Van in a local family house.
Day 2: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai – Sapa
Meals: B L
After breakfast we say goodbye to our hosts and continue our trek through rice terraces and bamboo forests. Today we walk about 3 hours through villages of the Red Zao and Giang Ta Chai. The panoramas are sometimes spectacular. From Giang Ta Chai you walk back to Cau May bridge where the vehicle drives you back to Sapa.
Includes: English speaking guide, entrance fees, meals as indicated, home-stay, transfer.
Excludes: Insurance, personal expenses, all drinks, tips, seasonal surcharges (i.e. New Year, Holidays)
Note: This trek is run in different ways. Sometimes the group split in two, and depending on the season and weather conditions the route is slightly modified. It is possible that you will be going to other villages on your trek. Your tour leader will assess this based upon the situation on the ground. The number of hours spent trekking is therefore approximate.
If there are up to 4 participants for this optional trek, it will be performed on a 'join in' basis. That means that other travellers (outside your group) can participate in the trek. From 5 participants you will have a 'private' group.