7 Day Trekking Hoang Su Phi and Bac Ha Vietnam
7 Day Trekking Hoang Su Phi and Bac Ha Vietnam trekking tour from Bac Ha to Hoang Su Phi or vice versa will surely please the travelers who hunger for nature beauty and authentic ethnic cultures. Our local guide will lead you passing through numerous rice terraced fields with lots of up and down and through fresh mountain forests to visit local villages. There will be several ethnic minorities such as Tay, Nung, H’Mong, Dzao…
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7 Day Trekking Hoang Su Phi and Bac Ha Vietnam
This 7 day trekking tour from Bac Ha to Hoang Su Phi or vice versa will surely please the travelers who hunger for nature beauty and authentic ethnic cultures. Our local guide will lead you passing through numerous rice terraced fields with lots of up and down and through fresh mountain forests to visit local villages. There will be several ethnic minorities such as Tay, Nung, H’Mong, Dzao… that you have chance to stay with and learn about their daily life as well as the features of each culture and ethnicity. Guests can also learn some handicrafts such as traditional weaving, dyeing, paper made with straw. The best time to visit Hoang Su Phi is between September and October when the paddy fields turn yellow, ready to be harvested. The whole area looks like a wonderful vivid picture that would inspire you to produce a lot of beautiful snapshots. Another good time to take the trip is during June when rainy season comes and peasants start their crop; the terraced fields are filled with water. Under the sunlight, the fields look like thousands of giant pieces of mirror creating a fantastic view that surely satisfy your eyes.
Day 1: Bac Ha – Xin Man (L, D)
Day 2: Xin Man – Nam Dan (B, L, D)
Day 3: Nam Dan – Quang Nguyen (B, L, D)
Day 4: Quang Nguyen – Ho Thau (B, L, D)
Day 5: Ho Thau – Nam Son (B, L, D)
Day 6: Nam Son – Nam Khoa (B, L, D)
Day 7: Nam Khoa – Thong Nguyen (B, L)
All transportation in air-conditioned vehicles from Hanoi to Hoang Su Phi
Full board meals as per the tour program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
English-speaking guide escort from Hanoi
Local Guide and Porter
Accommodation at the hotel & homestay basic on double or twin sharing
Fees and permits where applicable
Service charges and government taxes
Pre- and post-trip accommodation in Hanoi
Pre- and post-trip entry fees and permits (where required)
Tips and gratuities
Peak season surcharge if any
Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
Other services not mentioned above.
Bac Ha – Xin Man (L, D)
Start trekking from Bac Ha and head to Xin Man. Have lunch en route. Today you spend your first night with Tay people in Tao Thuong village, very famous for its corn wine product.
Xin Man – Nam Dan (B, L, D)
After breakfast with local host, trek through the village of H’Mong people in Ha Son area and have lunch en route. Today you will pass two suspension bridges that over the two beautiful streams to come to the village of Nung people, have dinner and stay overnight with local family.
Nam Dan – Quang Nguyen (B, L, D)
The trek is a bit harder today as we will climb up Xin Khau mountain at 1700m above sea level. After about 2 hours and a half of mount trekking, we will reach the village of H’Mong minority located at the slope of Xin Khau mount. On the way, we will pass a lot of Amomum Tsaoko gardens grown under the canopies of ancient forests by local ethnic people. They use this plant as a precious medicinal herb for health improvement or to make spice for many dishes. Finally, trek to the village of Flower H’Mong people after passing the mountain and stay overnight with local ethnic family.
Quang Nguyen – Ho Thau (B, L, D)
Pass through another mountain range and trek to Ho Thau. From today you will experience the change of topography with the appearance of terraced paddy fields. Stay overnight at Home Stay of Red Dzao people.
Ho Thau – Nam Son (B, L, D)
Visit the village of Long Dress Dzao ethnic people, learn about their daily life and culture; stay overnight with local family.
Nam Son – Nam Khoa (B, L, D)
Today we will pass Nam Ai Heaven Gate, then move along the side of Chan Pu Bo Mountain and enjoy the gorgeous view of numerous terraced paddy fields stretching endlessly to the horizon from above. Continue trekking to the village of Red Dzao ethnic people, you will be welcome with a cup of special local tea, then enjoy herbal bath to get recovered from several tiring days of trekking. Stay overnight with a local family of Red Dzao minority.
Nam Khoa - Thong Nguyen (B, L)
Trekking down the mountain to center of Thong Nguyen. From here, you can choose to continue your trip to discover other parts in the surrounding areas or just go back to Hanoi.
Note: This itinerary can also be departed in either ends of the trip.
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.
Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels
Easy to Moderate
There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek.
Moderate to Difficult
There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas , our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.
Difficult to Challenge
There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the mountain or the the mountainous region sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.
Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack
Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.
During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.
There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.
Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.
1 medium-sized backpack.
Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
1 medium-sized towel.
1 medium-sized dry bag.
Hiking poles/walking sticks
We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
We have been turning environmentally 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.
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 customers 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, motor-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.
What Exactly is a Private Tour?
Many people ask what the difference is between a private tour and any other kind of tour. The main difference is simply that on a private tour only you and members of your party are included. So it will be just you and your guests, drivers and tour guides. This allows you to tailor the tour to suit your needs perfectly. So Much More Flexibility: Private tours offer the individual much more flexibility than open tours. You can decide start times, meal times and just about everything else. Of course our experts are here to guide you and point out any pitfalls. Your own Private Guides and Drivers: Once a private tour is booked you will be allocated an English-speaking guide who will stay with you throughout the tour. Any drivers will also be your exclusively and this of course gives you the opportunity to get to know them. Our guides are professional, friendly and fun and will guarantee to enhance your enjoyment of any activity. Private Transfers: You have the peace of mind of knowing that once you have booked your private tour, all transfers will be included. Professional drivers will transport you by private car or minibus to hook up with the next aspect of your journey. If there is a place of interest on the way to your destination that you wish to see, inform your driver and it can be arranged, easily. Choose Your Type of Accommodation: Your level of comfort is in your hands. If you are on a budget we can recommend the best places to stay. Alternatively if you want luxury all the way, that too can be sorted out. Any specific personal needs can be dealt with, swiftly and efficiently. Dietary requirements of health issues will all be handled professionally and tactfully.
What are the differences between a Private Tour and a Group Tour
There are so many different types of tour available these days it is important to know the differences in order that you, as the customer, can make informed choices. The main two types of tours are Private Tours and Group Tours. A group can also travel as part of a private tour which further complicates the issue. Open Tours are where you as an individual simply join in with other people on shared travel. Private tours are where you employ a tour company to tailor a tour to your specifications. Only you and your guests will be included on the tour and guides and drivers will work exclusively for you. The advantages are many and varied. You get to set the itinerary, the start times in the mornings, even the places which you wish to visit. As tour specialists we will of course advise and assist you along the way. But if you have to drive, say from Hanoi to Halong bay, and there is something along the way that you wish to see, simply inform your tour guide and it will be fitted in. Group Tours are sometimes called seat in coach or SIC Tours and are pretty much self explanatory. It is merely a case of booking a seat on a tour and going with the flow. These are perfectly fine, offer less flexibility but have the added pleasure of travelling in a group and of course the chance of making new friends. An advantage of group tours is that there are often group discounts available for venues and these can be passed on to the customers. A group tour can be a great way of meeting people. Spending a few days within a group of people normally throws up a few friendships and these can be rewarding and lasting. Shared experiences are a great way to start off a friendship. Staying at the same hotel and travelling in the same bus, does can of make it impossible not to break down barriers and hold conversation. Both types of tour have their merits and it is simply a matter of deciding what you would like to experience. For single people a Group Tour can be a great way of travelling safely and not feeling lonely. Which ever type of tour appeals to you, we have the expertise and professional staff to help ensure that you get the very best out of your trip.