Trekking Hoang Su Phi Terraced Fields 8 Days
Trekking Hoang Su Phi Terraced Fields 8 Days Hoang Su Phi is a beautiful district of Ha Giang province that is 300km far from Hanoi. This exotic place is home of Nung, Dao, Tay, La Chi, Co Lao people, etc and it is one of the most amazing trekking tours in the north of Vietnam.
In this unforgettable adventure, we will bring you through the most extraordinary landscapes of Hoang Su Phi, besides, you also have a great chance to discover the daily life of local minorities via overnights at their homestays.
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Activity Level Moderate to Difficult
Group Size Small Group
Trekking Hoang Su Phi Terraced Fields 8 Days
Hoang Su Phi is a highland located in the far north of Vietnam, Ha Giang district on the banks of Lô River. Located about 100 kilometers from the center of the city, Hoang Su Phi offers some appealing view of mountains, terrace land and local Vietnamese traditional culture and lifestyle. The convoluted roads, lofty hills and magnanimous heterogeneity add up to the beauty of the place. Read our Ha Giang Travel Guide.
How to reach Hoang Su Phi?
You can reach Hoang Su Phi by bus service that leaves from Hanoi and goes up to Ha Giang. From here it is a short drive to Hoang Su Phi where you will witness the landscape beauty along the journey relaxing all the way from its phenomenal weather and the sweet breeze. Another way is to combine with Bac Ha market tour in Lao Cai province.
Have a break at Thong Nguyen:
Thong Nguyen is a small village in Hoang Su Phi where you can rest and savor the sojourn with the local Dzao household. The picturesque beauty will be more appealing along the way Nam Khoa and upward. For trekkers, the 2 hours journey to Nam Hong village, resided by the minority Red Dao folks along the mountains of Man Ta Pan will be ethereal.
Trekking and mountaineering:
It is an ideal destination for discovery tours, trekking, mountaineering, and biking. The best time to visit this place is during May, when the rail water droplets on the green grass give it a translucent effect, thereby making the whole landscape a green beauty. Hoang Su Phi is also highly acclaimed for its market and conventional things sold by the minority group residing near Tay, Nung, Dao, and H’Mong. The market is open from morning to evening all Sundays.
Chilling cold breeze:
The trekking will be at a height of almost 1200 meter from the sea level. The weather is nowhere near to Hanoi, and will be extremely cold with chilling breeze. Carry enough warm clothes in your tour. You can also enjoy the warmth near the heater and have a grand bonfire with your family and friends. The local delicacies include Au tau bulb, Thang Co, and Lap Suon sausages. Drinks include wine with corn, sugarcane juice, and heritage Shan tea. The market run by locals from Tay, Nung, Dao, and H’Mong sell traditional clothes, warm blankets, garments and other varieties.
Hoang Su Phi is a naturally blessed landscape in Vietnam, not explored much by tourists. Hence, you can enjoy the unadulterated beauty of Vietnam and engage with a variety of tour activities, like trekking, mountaineering, biking, etc. Many tour operators are offering tailor-made tour programs, escorted tours and even private tours to this charming rice terrace. The nature will be in its full potential during September and October. Therefore, when you are planning a Vietnam trip, make sure to include the classified National Heritage – Hoang Su Phi Rice Terraces and the hidden wonders of Hoang Su Phi.
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.
Hanoi to Pan Hou Village
The JET Travel tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel to begin the 8-hour drive following a route through ever-changing scenery, from the delta to the foothills before entering the mountainous northern region. Arriving in the town of Tuyen Quang,stop for a short break andlunch in a local restaurant set in a lush Bonsai garden. After You are arriving at Pan Hou Village in the afternoon. Our eco-lodge is located in the heart of the Song chay mountains adjoining the Yunnan. This natural fortress has long been a refuge for many ethnic groups who have escaped from the Middle Kingdom, his persecution and its famines. You will have time to rest today before your trek that will start tomorrow morning.
Accomodation: Pan Hou Village
Panhou - Nam Khoa - Giang Ha
You have the opportunity before your hiking day to enjoy your breakfast from the Pan Hou Village restaurant and, if you
have get up early, a time in gardens of the eco lodge maintained by the tays gardeners. You leave Pan Hou with your local guide at 9am to explore the nearby mountains through tropical forests and rice
terraces.After a three hours walk, you are taking a break in a village of the Red Dao for lunch. By necessity, they have sculpted the mountainside and use its water courses to grow rice. These laborious adjustments who enable them to live in the heights, offer you some unique landscapes to contemplate. The cooler climate and fresh water in abundance also contribute to the growth of lush tea trees.You will reach another Red Dao village after a two hours walk that will allow you to discover the local vegetation, to meet with the local people and observe them in their daily activities. You will start after lunch to climb the relief towards Giang Ha, a red Yao village. A family will wait for you for dinner and for hosting you.
Accommodation: Red Dao Homestay
Walking duration: 5 hours
B – Pan Hou, L D- Red Yao
Topography : +400/-200m
Giang Ha - Giang Thuong - Nam Ai
You walk along the Nam suoi Valley passing by some farms on pillar built on the mountainside and always close to water, accross a landscape of terraced rice fields. The Mountain where the Ti Ki Liu Song Chay rises is mostly populated with Hmong Hoa Man Ta Pan, Tays, Yao Tunic Long and Nung Inh. You will be Host this evening by a Long tunic Yao family from Nam Ai.
Accommodation: Yao with long tunic Homestay
Walking duration: 5 hours
B- Red Yao, L – Red Yao, D – Tay/ Yao long tunic
Nam Ai - Ho San
You are leaving your hosts after breakfast to continue your trek. You are following a stream before entering the hilly paths and passing a suspension bridge to reach the Nam Son Valley. You are have lunch with Red Dao family before resuming your walk to one of Ho san hamlets in the heart of Nung territory. Like most northern mountain populations, they arrived from China fleeing famine or persecution in the 18th century. Originating in Khuang Xi and Yunnan, they are part of the Thaie nation and speak the language.
Accommodation: Chez l’habitant Nung
Walking duration: 5-6 hours
B – Tay/ Yao long tunic, L – Red Yao, D – Nung
Hố Sán - Bành Văn
From Passes to valleys, you are entering into the kept secret territory landlocked between mountain where ethnic groups live by harvesting the Shan tea, the cardamom and many medicinal plants for the Chinese market. The people have divided the territory into a mosaic, based on the altitudes, Hmong very top, Dao on mountain slopes between 500 and 1000 m, the Tays in the valleys to the more fertile land. Strangers to each other, with different customs and languages, they are nonetheless neighbors. Today, we meet Nung and Yao with long tunic. A family of that tribe is welcoming us tonight.
Accommodation: Yao with long tunic Homestay
Walking duration: 5 hours
B – Nung, L – Red Yao, D – Yao with long tunic
Bành Văn - Cốc Cộc
You still in the middle of the Nung area. All the lands are exploited for commercial crops. You could easily recognize the Nung women, they are the most coquettish, decked amount of jewelry, necklaces, earrings and pins bun. Their clothing consists of a sampot gathered on the lower back, surmounted by a narrow black lustrous color vest. Tay and Nung are specialists in the cultivation of indigo dye used for these clothes.
Accommodation: Tay Homestay
Walking duration: 5 hours
B – Yao long tunic, L – Nung, D – Tay
Cốc Cộc - Bản Cậy
This morning, appear only the peaks floating on a scum sea of clouds. Later the sun will arise and clean up the landscape so the slopes contour of the terraces fields and the network of bunds under us will appear. You are descending to the Song Chay valley. The river took its source on the slopes of the Kieu Lieu Ty mountain where we passed by two days ago. The river will serve as a borderwith the Chinese Yunnan in a few kilometers . We are in the blacks Tay Home for the evening and the night.
Accommodation: Nung Homestay
Walking duration: 5 hours
B – Tay, L – Nung, D – Nung
Bản Cậy - Hoang Su Phi Minority Market - Hanoi
You will be on the market Hoang Su Phi in thirty minutes. It is the gathering of all the people who hosted you or you met on our way, and even more. The Chis, Ha Nhis, Co Laos also frequent this market where you will discover the local products sold as the herbal remedies or the indigo before the return drive to Hanoi.
Walking duration: 1 hour
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. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…
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 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.
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 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.
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.