Pha Luong Peak Trekking Tour
It’s believed that Pha Luong Peak is something extremely special and meaningful when it comes to Moc Chau; interestingly, conquering this summit can help you come up with all confidence in yourself.
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Pha Luong Peak Trekking Tour
It’s believed that Pha Luong Peak is something extremely special and meaningful when it comes to Moc Chau; interestingly, conquering this summit can help you come up with all confidence in yourself. Are you wondering if it’s true? The answer is absolutely yes as you must make your hard effort to do that. Reaching the Pha Luong Peak requires you to go on a long hike through a dense forest with many severe slopes. Unlike other peaks of Vietnam, it just challenges you to the slopes without any valleys where you can recover your energy. It’s a big challenge, right? However, after the effort, your deserving reward is that the nature beauty from a certain height is around you; you will freely get a sense of how wonderful and ravishing the combination of green trees, limestone, blue sky, mountains, slopes, and valleys.
Mount Pha Luong, about 2,000m above sea level, is located in Chieng Son Commune, Moc Chau District, Son La Province. The mountain stretches right on the border between Vietnam and Laos, and because of this foreign visitors are to obtain a special permit from the provincial police to climb Pha Luong.
Vietnamese tourists are permitted to climb the mountain on the condition that they possess a valid ID card/passport which are to be left at the border police before climbing and that they must show up at the border police office before noon before they begin the hike. Overnight stay in the restricted area of Mount Pha Luong is prohibited though it is alright to stay at the base of the mountain, near the border police station.
To get to Pha Luong from Moc Chau Town, you have to travel for 30km on a good road heading to Loong Sap border check-point. Once arriving at the Pha Luong Village (Black Hmong), you have to travel for 10km further to the base of the mountain on a horrendous path. You can only travel by motorbike or on foot on this path. When it rains it is recommended that you delay your adventure to Pha Luong, as the path is too slippery and too dangerous to travel on.
Once arriving at the border police station, you are to leave your papers before the adventure to the summit. Then, trek along the mountain slope amid rice terraces for half an hour. There is no cover in this part and you should have a sun hat and sunglasses with you.
Then, you enter the forest and follow a small trail which goes upwards all the time through dense forest. Sometimes, the path goes up vertically and you have to climb bamboo ladders to get up. There are huge rocks covered with moss along the way. You’ll notice there are so many huge boulders in the area of Pha Luong Mountain that are not often seen elsewhere. Be sure you have enough drinking water and food the the hike.
If you are a good mountain climber, you may reach the summit of Pha Luong in 3-4 hours including stops on the trek. Once you are on the top, you’ll have a magnificent view of the sublime mountains all around. The winds are often extremely strong on the mountain top, do not try to get to the edge of the top area, even though you may have great angles for photography from there.
The descent takes at least one hour and a half. Remember to collect your belongings at the border police before leaving. Normally the police officers would ask you to have a tea break with them and adore the wild landscape around. These folk are very friendly and different from what you would normally encounter in cities. Remember again that the 10km from this Pha Luong community to the Pha Luong Village is not to travel on when it rains. You may be late on your schedule, but it is far better safe than sorry.
The best time to climb Mount Pha Luong is in the dry season which is from December to April. It may be cool during this period and bringing along warm clothes is a must. The maple forest at Pha Luong turns into beautiful red and yellow colors around September and October, but there may be typhoons during this time and you are advised to check the weather before departure.
– Round trip Hanoi – Moc Chau – Ha Noi
– Expenses for meals during the trip for the delegation.
– The cost of hiring a motorbike carries people from the border station to the trek point and vice versa.
– Homestay to rest before and after conquest.
Hanoi – Moc Chau – Pha Luong Peak
JET guide will collect you at 7.15AM at hotel with warm greetings. And we should not depart later than 07.30AM or that will make much effect on our hiking rout later on. We hop on our private car then drive to Moc Chau. Arrive in Moc Chau, we turn into No. 43 to Pha Luong toward Long Sap bordergate about 20km, after that taking a turn to Muong Ve about 7km. From there, we have to walk to border gate that is about 10km away. This is off road, unpaved path that the car cannot get in.
10.30AM Our target this morning is a serai by Vietnam Border Control. We will have packed lunch here and get the permission to hike into the mountain. You can leave some hard weight items here but not precious ones.
11.30PM Start hiking to the Pha Luong peak. The rout offers extraordinary sceneries on the way but also requires you much physical energy. To the very last path, the rout becomes even harder that some phase you have to crawl to your feet stick into the slope.
14.30PM you reach to the peak Pha Luong. This is definitely the best part of the adventure when you can take the most beautiful, panoramic photos to celebrate your victory. Spend about 30minutes here then we will get down back.
15.00PM start to get back to the serai. Because you relatively lost energy for the way up, so in the way down, take care your muscles for best safety.
17.00PM we back to the Vietnam Border Control office and relax for some minute before keeping the same way out. In case the bad weather, we will have to stay at the office of Vietnam Border Control.
21.00PM We arrive at the homestay by a local, take a bath and relax.
Moc Chau – Hanoi
Spend this morning for relax and easy visiting to surrounding villages and enjoy the beauty of seasonal flowers, green tea plantations. We will enjoy lunch at local restaurant then drive back to Hanoi in afternoon.
Arrive in Hanoi and JET is happy to invite you for a foot massage. Service ends upon hotel arrival or connect to another adventures to Myanmar, Laos or Cambodia with JET
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
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. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…
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 of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish 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.
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 Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, 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.