Trekking Cuc Phuong and Ngoc Son Ngo Luong 9days
9 Day trekking 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 Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve, the pictureque rice terrace paddy, magnificent limestone mountain ranges of Pu Luong Nature Reserve and visit one of the biggest National Park Cuc Phuong…
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Activity Level Moderate to Difficult
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Trekking Cuc Phuong and Ngoc Son Ngo Luong 9days
9 Day trekking 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 Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve, the pictureque rice terrace paddy, magnificent limestone mountain ranges of Pu Luong Nature Reserve and visit one of the biggest National Park Cuc Phuong. 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 (trekking tours) through the core of Cuc Phuong National Park will expose the best scenery, experiencing the most diverse National Park in Vietnam with a huge variety of rare fauna and flora in the limestone mountain forest. The endangered Primates Rescued Center is a perfect place to see many kinds of rare primates such as Langur, Gibbon and Loris all over Vietnam, many of them are under threat of extinction.
– English speaking cycling 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 ( 8 breakfast, 9 lunches, 8 dinners)
– Van or bus transfer on the first day and the last day
– Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day.
– Boat trip inMa river
– 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.
– Local trekking guide
Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park
Leave hustle and bustle city behind, our shuttle bus will take you over two hours out of the city, you will enjoy pristine nature and authentic village life on the way. We continue to Cuc Phuong, the oldest National Park ofVietnam, boasts an engaging cultural and wildlife heritage and enchanting scenery. Upon arrival, you will check in hotel/guest house and then have lunch in the local restaurant at the park headquarter
In the afternoon, you will visit Turtle Conservation Center, the Endangered Primate Rescue Center – one of the highlights of a visit to Cuc Phuong, where you can observe some of the rarest primate species in the world. The primate center houses specimens of langurs, loris, and gibbon species, include the critically endangered Delacour’s Langur, Golden-headed Langur, Tonkin Snub-nosed Langur and Black Crested Gibbon. After that you will come back to the hotel/guest house to have dinner and stay overnight in the sound of nature.
Cuc Phuong National Park – Khanh village
Waking up in the sound of gibbons, you will have breakfast and start to visit the Cave of Prehistoric Man, where human skeletons and stone tools dated to some 7.500 years old have been found. Leaving the cave, the car will bring you to the park center where you start trekking through green forest to a Khanh village, the peaceful home of the friendly Muong ethnic community. Today you will enjoy a picnic lunch en route. Tonight you will enjoy delicious home-cooked dinner with homestay owners and stay overninght in a cozy traditional stilt house.
Khanh – Thuong village – Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve
Tasting traditional cake are made by the host , you will feel distinct flavour. Following to the meal, we start to do bamboo rafting on a tranquil Buoi riverto experience how slowly the time goes. Disembarking the raft, the car will bring you to Thuong village which boasts a stunning Mo waterfall and welcoming Muong ethnic people. You will enjoy lunch at the homestay located next to the waterfall.In the afternoon, you will trek through the forest, climb up to the hill, walk down to a spring and finnally come to Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve.
Tonight, you will enjoy not only a big dinner with authentic Muong food but also an exciting traditional music performance by the local woman and famous “Can” wine.
Khuong village – Mon village
Get up early to stroll around the village to enjoy pristine nature and rustic village life.meet and talk with local people to understand their life. Or you just assist the host for breakfast. after breakfast we follow a trail to Mu village where you must be surprised at the wonderful Mu waterfall and a simple remaining water-power rice mortar. Remarkbly, one of the best outdoor activities you can do today is swimming. At lunch time, you will come back to Mu Stream homestay.
In the afternoon, you will walk on a trail running through villages and rice paddy fields to pretty Mon village. You will have dinner and stay overnight at Green Forest homestay there.
Mon village – Hieu village
After breakfast, you will say goodbye the homestay owners and continue to do your journey. You will walk to Coi Gao village and then enter the forest. Today you will have a chance to trek through the trail which is said to be the most beautiful ones in the North of Vietnam. After walking under canopies of great trees, sometimes going through small springs and may be lost in the sound of nature for some hours, you will reach Pu Luong Nature Reserve. A picnic lunch will be served by the spring in the forest. Getting out of the forest, at sunset time, you will walk on the village road and capture the fascinating image of the emmissions of cooking smoke from various stilt houses of Thai ethnic people. Arriving at Hieu village, you will be warmly welcomed by homestay owner and then have dinner and go to bed in the murmur of Hieu waterfall.
Hieu village – Nua Village
Enjoy dreamlike water fall scenery at dawn and walk around the village to interact with local people. Having hearty breakfast with the host and we say good bye them.we commence trekking along stream, through rice terrace paddy is about 10 – 12 km (~ 5 – 6 hours). Short pause for lunch enroute then following the local path viarice paddies to get to our homestay for shower, dinner and stay the night.
Inclusion:Transfer, guide, homestay, entrance fee, all meals, permit
Nua Village – Kho Muong Village
If you are lucky enough to be here on Thursday you will be treated to be delights of the pho Doan market.
We set off early, along wih many of the villagers en- route to the markets. We have the opportunity to explore the market and soak up the atmosphere continuing for 4 hours uphill along the footpaths to the hiddeen villages of Kho Muong. This is perhaps the most remote of the village homestays. Trek to arecently discovered and now protected cave, home to rare bats. It is a fantastic tour around the cavernous hollow interior, untouched as yet by fairy lights and concrete trails. Overnight in Ecotourism homestay
Summary: Stay at Home stays Kho Muong/ Lunch en route/ Dinner at Kho muong Village
Trekking time: 8 – 10 hours/ distance: 26km
Kho Muong — Hang village
Today is hike 50% on village paths single track trail, through rice paddy terraced, cross stream and 50% on an old disused unpaved French road – the original Ho Chi Minh Trail. There are sone good descents and several more streams crossings. The trekking is the remote yet one is never far from a villagers tendinf fields..relax from the heat of the days in a local home while lunch is cooked before continuing to a village nestled between stee[p karst mountains. It is recommended to stroll around the villages and join in as the villagers go about their ddaily lives.Or relax in one of the three eco homestays. Overnight homestays in the traditional stilthouse of Ban Hang Villages. Some tough sections through forest on small paths.
Summary:” overnight in traditional stilt house of Ban Hang village/Breakfast at homestay/lunch en route/
Trekking times: 7- 8 hours/ distance: 16 km
Hang village – Boat trip Ma river – Mai Chau – Hanoi.
After a leisurely breakfast, hike through the narrow valley to the junction where we hike to the fantastic Ma river. Take a boat upstream a short way ( approx 20 minutes) past tring of minority villages. Arriving at meeting point with driver, we take bus to Mai Chau for lunch.After lunch, taking time to walk around Mai Chau Village by some gifts for your friends. Say good bye Mai Chau, transfer 3 hours back to Hanoi.we arrive in time for a big night celebration to mark the end of great trip. Night in Tirant Hotel.
Summary: Breakfast at homestays/ lunch in Mai Chau town/ Dinner at Hanoi Local restaurant
Trekking times: 2 hours/ distance trekking 8 km. boat trip 1 hour/ transfer 3 hours to Hanoi
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.