Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa today is the tourism centre of the northwest.Sapa is orientated to make the most of the spectacular views emerging on clear days; overlooking a plunging valley, with mountains towering above on all sides. Views of this epic scenery are often subdued by thick mist rolling across the peaks, but even when it's cloudy, local hill-tribe people fill the town with colour.
If you were expecting a quaint alpine town, recalibrate your expectations. Sapa's French colonial villas fell into disrepair during successive wars with the French, Americans and Chinese, and modern tourism development has mushroomed haphazardly. Sapa today is undergoing a construction boom and, thanks to rarely enforced building height restrictions, the skyline is continually thrusting upwards.
But you're not here to hang out in town. This is northern Vietnam's premier trekking base from where hikers launch themselves into a surrounding countryside of cascading rice terraces and tiny hill-tribe villages that seems a world apart. Once you've stepped out into the lush fields you'll understand the Sapa area's real charm.
Day 1: Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van( L/D)
At 9am we leave the hotel and start trekkingdown to Cat Cat village to admire amazing water fall. We hike through rice paddy and rustic villages, cross the incredible stream to Y Linh Ho villages. have picnic lunch enroute. After lunch meal, we cross the bridge and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai San, Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigio blue clothing. After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green colour. The Zay houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. We stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van and have our dinner here. Trekking distance: 18km.
Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta chai – Ban Ho Village ( B/L/D)
After the breakfast we continue to visit Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai here we also see a waterfall. The Red Dao women have very colourful red embroidery 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 along small paths in the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and arrive to the Tay village Ban Ho (900 m). Tay is the most populous of the hill tribes. Because of the development and adaptation to the Vietnamese society some of them have started wearing Vietnamese clothing. But most women still wear the traditional checkered headscarf. We stay overnight in a wooden Tay stilt house. If we reach Ban Ho in the early afternoon you will have time to swim in a nearby river. In the evening we have dinner with the
Trekking distance: 25 km.
Day 3: Ban Ho-Nam Toong-Nam Ken-Muong Bo ( B/L/D)
After breakfast you trek up to to the Red Dzao Village at Nam Ken & the Xa Pho the village of xa pho tribe the smallest group in Sapa who have very little contact with modern Vietnam. Overnight in Muong Bo Village of Tay people.
Trekking distance: 20 km
Day 4: Muong Bo-Ban Den-SaPa (B)
After breakfast you trek up to Ban Den place (10 km). From here you will be picked up and transferred back to Sapa. In the afternoon you will have time to experience the colourful Sapa market where women from different ethnic minority groups come into town to sell their products
Trip include in
English speaking guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Private Eco homestay village based on size of group
Meals details in itineraries ( 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2dinners)
Van or bus transfer on the first day and the last day
Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Support crew to supply picnic lunches and water on trekking day,prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in trekking.
Trip Excluded in
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
When trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Foods and Drinks
All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary, are included in the price of this tour. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food in Homestays . while in towns, we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in delicious restaurants. Meals consist of a variety of banlanced dishes and aim for universal appeal, we avoid highly spiced foods. Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking. Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants
when we transfer, ride by minibus ( no trekking day), our bottled waters are always available for you ( two little for one day for person with wet tissue). When we have trekking days, we will offer cold water and wet tissue in box plus fresh tropical fruit, soft – drink, energy – drinking, ( five little water for trekking day/ person). Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam, but not include in our trip.
Our guides: the tour will be led by one of English - speaking guides. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling and introduce that experiences for you . our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by Vietnam National Tourism. Our guides are also medically skilled in first Aid by SOS and they know how to deal with hard situations.\
Grading definition: To assist you visualise how our trip is difficult, we have graded our adventure tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging, we group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, weather conditions and vehicle support
Easy: suitable for most people in good health. These trips generally include short days, on good paths and at low attitudes
Moderate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels, hill longer days and altitude.All of our moderate trips have a support vehicle following closely, weary travellers can hitch a ride and take a rest for a while.
Challenging: these trips are physically demanding and best suite for fit people with high endurancce level. Day can be longer, often at altitude, in remoted regions and sometimes without supports vehicle nearby.. travellers may be required to carry a backpacks.
Passport &Visa information
All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficients for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors. The Snail Adventure Tours company is authorised to issue visa on arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang International Airport in Danang, and Tan San Nhat in Ho chi Minh city.The same authorisation proceduce and a minimum of 5 days working notice is required. In emergency case they can arrange a visa o arrival if notice of 2 working days is given
Our tour price do not include insurance. However, it is a condition of joining our tours that traveler are fully insured for any medical expenses they may incur whilst traveling. At the start of your travel the tour guide will ask and collect your insurance document and will note down the policy number and emergency contact number.Travel insurance is compulsory for any participant. It is adviced that all travelers should have travel insurance covered before your departure. This will be helpful incase of medical emergency evacuation. It is with go safe. The travel insurance will cover against hospital and medical expenses, the cover relates to expenses asa consequence of accidents occurring to the bearer during the period of insurance and /or unforseen illnesses which arise during that period as well.However travel insurance will cover all your valuable things, luggages, laptop, ipad, camera broken, lost or cut off itinerary once you traveling. Please come to visit WORLD NOMADS.COM to get more details
Vaccinations and protection
When you are planning trip in Vietnam. it is important to get up date with all necessary Vietnam travel health information. Here, we compiled some handy tips and advice about how to get prepared for your trip to help to ensure that you stay healthy during your travel. Though we have taken the greatest care to make sure that the information on this page is accurate. It is your responsibility to visit your doctor or medical facility at least 06 months before you depart for full Vietnam travel health information.
Vaccinations are not officially required by the Vietnamese authorities, However, immunization against cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, polio, and Japanese encephalitis is strongly adviced.Please consult your doctor for further medical advice. Also bring mosquito repellent. Wearing long sleeved shirts and slacks from dusk onward and avoiding perfume is also recommended. In addition to an ample supply of any prescription drugs you are taking ( a prescription which can be filled incase your pills go missing) bring medicines for: headaches, diarrhea, constipation, insect bites, sorethroats, eyes drops, cuts, etc. Medical standards outside Hanoi and Hochiminh city, SiemReap and luang Prabang are lower than those found in western countries.
Personal medical kits
You should bring along a personal supply of basic medical items such as plaster, aspirin, insect repellent etc. In area of limites or suspect medical facilities, some travellers also like to take their own medical kit which can be used by the local medical staff in case of accident or illness. Our adventure tour leader carry a comprehensive First Aid Kits ( include a sterile pack) for emergencies but do not dispense medicine.
Exisiting medical conditions.
All persons joining our tours are assumed to be in good health and to have a sufficient level of fitness to complete their chosen itinerary. If you have existing medical condition or disability you must make this known at the time of booking. If accepted on the tours, you must also make your condition know to the cyclign tour leader.
As vietnam is long and narrow country from the north to the south, climate conditions vary considerably. The climate can be divided into three distinct patterns between the north, central and the south regions. The climate in the north generally humid and suptropical. Although the winter months from october to march can be colder with temperature from 8 15 degrees. Summer months, may to september from 28 – 40 degree. Meanwhile south Vietnam enjoys tropical climate all year round, with little variation throughout the year ( around 27 – 35 degrees) however, may to November is the raining season when sort heave downpour are quite frequent. Central Vietnam lies somwhere in between. The coast strips is usually dry and hotter from April to October whileNovember to March is wetter and cooler. A light rain jacket and small umbrella are recommended year round.
Pack essentailly for hot conditions athough December through to February warmer clothing is needed. Bear in mind that the region is tropical ( humid) and can be hot. Lightweight rainwear is advisable at all time. The north is cold at night during winter. Highland areas around Sapa are likely to be cooler especially at night and you should pack accordingly. Cassual clothes are the most practical.
Bedd provided in eco homestay village.
05 days trekking from That Khe – stretch to Ta lung area. we will stay in carefuly selected Eco homestays in each village destinations. You will be provied sleeping mat, mattres, pillow, mosquito net, blanket and toilet kit ( shampoo, tootbrush, tower) hot water and bathroom will be provided in each Eco village.
Water bottle: water bootle along the trail must never be considered as drinkable. Take 1,5 litre personal water bottle ( preferable insulated). Our support crew on the trek provide sterilized water each meal time to replenish your supplies. Also energy scacks ( nuts, Cereal bars... are recommended whilst on trek.
Walking poles: there must be useful for the up hill and down hill in this tour. Adequate poles can be bought in Hanoi.
Sunglasses. A good pair of sunglasses are good for protection against UV rays. Sun Hat, High Factor, Sun Cream/ Block & lips salve bring suncream to protect your skin against the sun. Combination sunblock/ lipsalve is ideal for facial protection.
Walking or hiking boots with good ankle support.trainer/ and or sandals for travelling and general wear.
Luggage: on Tours
One main piece of baggages and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage, so dont overload yourself
Luggage whilst on trek. This should consists of a main piece of baggage, a holdall or kitbag for your trek and a daypack to carry your personal gear. We recommend you have holdall and kitbag for your trek in Phu Luong. You overnight bag will be taken to the village night stop by vehicle
Day bag: One each trekking day you will be required to carry your day pack or light rucksack, large enough to carry essential items such as water, snack, rain coat and sun / weather protection.
Luggage storage in Hanoi; For a small charge you can use one of hotel based in Hanoi to leave the bulk of your gear while away on treks on the jungle trail to Fansipang mountain and descending through stunning rice terrace to Sapa valley.
Why book this tours
This trekking tour focusing on the north Vietnam is perfect for trekkers who enjoy walking but also want insight into the culture of the destination. You will encounter ethnic minority people as well as visit the fascinating city of Hanoi. Walk take place in lush scenery and highest peak of Vietnam- Fansipang mountain. An amazing trek visiting remote tribal villages in the mountainous back country of the northern Vietnam. We stay in tradtional village houses as we trek through the beautiful rice paddies of . Experience the culture, customs and cuisine of the friendly hilltribes.
Our Commitment to
Responsible tourism: we strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural invironment. We recognise that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
Environment: we have been turning invironmently responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re - usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
Community: Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging custommers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, moto taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future
Tipping for crew
Tipping for good services is always appreciated in these developing countries. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for . We recommend 5 US Dollar / person/per day for treking tour guides .. 2 USD/ person/ day for driver and 1 USD/ person/ day for door bell when checking in and out. And our team crew is expected to 3 US dollar /trekking day/ person/.
the official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong ( VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in allmost tourist centers. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the best networks with a limit a single withdraw limit of 2000,000 d ( 95 USD). Most major currrencies can be exchanged in leading in Vietnam, but th USD is preferred away from the tourist centers. Changing 100 USD wil make you to be a millionaire. You can not legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into USD on departure,.
Know before you go
We strongly recommend that you check your goverment’s travel advisory for up to date information and advise about destination: safety and security, entry requirement, health, local law and customs
100% No surcharge Guarantee
The price paid for our holiday is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase. Whatever the circumstance. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast minority of other adventure tour operator.the price guarantee applies to all new booking depart between 1st January and 31st December 2015.
Tour itinerary Versions
Itinerary details may vary depending on departure date and alternative itineraries for this tour may exist. Please referto the dates and price page on your website to check which itinerary operate on each departure date. Please ensure that you have update copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reason or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tours.