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Trekking in Mai Chau and Phu Luong Nature Reserve 4days

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This trip offers  one of the most outstanding natural scenery in the North Vietnam, active travellers haveopportunity 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.

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    • Activity Level Moderate to Difficult
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    • Group Size Small Group
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    All about the Trekking in Mai Chau and Phu Luong Nature Reserve 4days.

    Trekking in Mai Chau and Phu Luong Nature Reserve 4days

    This trip offers  one of the most outstanding natural scenery in the North Vietnam, active travellers haveopportunity 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 (trekking tour) 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 fore.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    – 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 ( 4 breakfast, 4lunches, 4dinners)

    – Van or bus transfer on the first day and the last day

    – Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day

    – 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

    1. Day1 Hanoi – Mai Chau – Phu Luong (~ 230 km & ~ 3 hour trek)

      Depart from your Hanoi hotel at 8:00 transferring to Mai Chau onour spectacular drive. Upon arrival at Poom Coom village in MaiChau, we will take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai people thenlunch will be served. 13:00, take a short car ride in about 1 hourbefore we set off for our hiking through the beauty of Pu Luongnature reserve, the trek is intermediate level and will require some technical skills. We start
      walking up hills but it’s worth your hike as we will see manyspectacular views of villages and terraces. Arrival at the Thai stilthomestay in the late afternoon. Free time to rest and shower, then atraditional dinner with our host family. Overnight here.Inclusion:Transfer, guide, entrance fee, lunch, dinner, drinking water, homestay with permit.

    2. Day2 Hang – Kho Muong Eco 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 tending fields..relax from the heat of the days in a local home while lunch is cooked before continuing to a village nestled between steep karst mountains. It is recommended to stroll around the villages and join in as the villagers go about their daily lives.
      Summary:” overnight in traditional stilt house of Kho muong village/Breakfast at homestay/lunch en route/ dinner homestay. Trekking times: 7- 8 hours/ distance: 19 km

    3. Day3 Hidden trails of Pu Luong (5 hours trek)

      Waking up early today is recommended as your chance to witnessmore local activities in the morning. Our breakfast and we will saygood-bye to our host by around 8.00 for our good hike ahead. Wewill be doing from 5-6 hours hike today through more gems of PuLuong including beautiful view of valleys, nice terraces and peacefulvillages. We stop for our picnic lunch then continue our trek through lush rice terrace and waterwheels, cross more villages to reach to Nua village in the afternoon. Take rest asyou wish then you are free to stroll around the village to interact withthe locals and visit the beautiful waterfall nearby. Back to thehomestay for dinner and overnight at homestay. Nua Village
      Inclusion:Guide, homestay, all meals trek 7 hours –16 km

    4. Day4 Hieu Eco village – Pho Doan – Ha Noi

      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 a recently 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 Kho Muong.Summary: Stay at Home stays Kho Muong/ Lunch en route/ Dinner at Kho muong Village
      Trekking time: 4 hours/ distance: 15 km

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    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:
    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.

    Our Homestays:
    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.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Our Accommodations

    Our homestays

    Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

    Easy
    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
    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
    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.

    Tour Guide
    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.

    Porter
    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

    Vehicle
    Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

    Food
    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.

    Drinking water
    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.

    Packing
    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
    GPS

    Responsible Tourism
    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.

    Environment
    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.

    Community
    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.

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