Highlight: 5 Day trekking trip offers one of the most outstanding natural scenery in the North Vietnam, active travellers have opportunity to enjoy and explore the impressive nature beauty and culture richsess of Mai Chau – Phu luong Nature Reserve, the pictureque rice terrace paddy, magnificent limestone mountain ranges of Pu Luong Nature Reserve and visit one of Thai and Muong Ethnic minority. Visitors also experiences in interacting and staying in Muong,Thai homestay tribes, enjoying traditional food, joining with Thai alive music performances. Trekking on the mix of good single track paths and undulating rough jeep trails, the views are stunning while we passed through villages and across lush rice paddy. Trekking through the core of Phu Luong nature reserve will expose the best scenery, experiencing the most diverse Phu Luong with a huge variety of rare fauna and flora in the limestone mountain forest.
Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Phu Luong nature Reserve
Our team and driver will meet you in hotel at 8 :00, we depart to mai Chau via Hoa Binh. You enjoy stunning scenery and breathtaking limestone mountain ranges. Upon arrival at Poom Coom village in Mai Chau, we will take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai people, lunch will be served here and a small rest before we begin our trekking through the beauty of Pu luong Nature Reserve (~ 10 km ~ 3.5 hr hiking). A short car ride then we start our trek to Kho Muong village – perhaps the setting of one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. It is recommended to stroll round the village and join villagers as they goabout their daily lives. Or, relax in one of the three-eco homestays set up by FFI (Flora and Fauna International) in conjunction with the locals. Arrival in Kho Muong village in the afternoon. Here we will spend our first night in a typical Thai eco-stilt-house welcomed by the family that lives there. Free time to rest and shower, then a traditional dinner. Overnight here. Inclusion:Transfer, guide, entrance fee, lunch, dinner, homestay with permit.
Day 2: Kho Muong Trek to Hieu village
Get up early to join withyour host family’s morning activities. Have breakfast and start our trek by 8:00 am. Today we will be walking for a approximately 5 to 6 hours (~ 15- 17km). The first bit of hiking is through the beautiful valleys and unspoiled villages. Continue on to the next villages trekking amongst the karst landscapes and nice terraces is hard with some steep climbs and stream crossings. The second part is glorious with beautiful views of the valley, rice padd ies. Short pause for lunch at a local food stall or enroute. We arrival in Hieu village at around 16:00. Take short rest then we visit the beautiful water fall near the village then back to the homestay for dinner and overnight at a
Muong homestay. Inclusion:Guide, homestay, all meals
Day 3: Hieu village - trek to Nua village
Enjoy another brilliant day in the core of Nature Reserve – Phu Luong. After hearty breakfast with the Host. You will explore magnificent water fall, admire incredible water wheels along the stream and lush green rice paddy fields. Our trekking day start from eco homestay, we commece waking through quaint village to villages and via nice cool streams for a route is about 13- 15km (~ 5 - 6 hours). Short pause for lunch enroute then following the local path via rice paddies to get to our homestay for shower, dinner and stay the night. Inclusion:Transfer, guide, homestay, entrance fee, all meals, permit
Day 4: Hike to Son village
Leave Nua village after having breakfast. Start our full day trek climbing deeper into the Pu Luong Nature Reserve (~ 15km). Picnic lunch on the way. Continuing our trek passing through ethnic villages. Our day ends with a wonderful sunset (weather dependent) in Son village. Dinner and overnight at our Thai homestay. Inclusion:Guide, homestay, all meals.
Day 5: Trek to Ton village then Bus to Hanoi
Breakfast is prepared by your guide then start trekking by 8:00. Today we will have an easy day with small ups and downs through rice paddies and the Pu Luong jungle. After about 2.5 hours we get to Ton village. Our driver will be waiting for us there to transfer us to Muong Khen town for lunch. Arrive and end in Hanoi in the late afternoon.
v English speaking trekking guide ( other languages upon requests)
v Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
v Private Eco homestay village based on size of group
v Meals details in itineraries ( 4 breakfast, 5lunches, 4 dinners)
v Van or bus transfer on the first day and the last day
v Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day
v Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
v First aid kit
v Cold water box, small fresh towel.
v Mineral water for drinking
v Support crew to supply picnic lunches and water on trekking day,
v prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in trekking.
v Local trekking guide
What is not included
v International airfare
v Travel insurance
v Items of personal nature
v Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
v Mineral water beyond that supplied
v Optional excursions
v Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
v Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
v Visa fee
v Departure tax
v Tip for team and guide