Trekking in Ngoc Son and Ngo Luong Nature reserve 2days
Sandwich between magical limestone forest of Cuc Phuong and magnificent scenic beauty of Phu Luong. Nature conservation areas Ngoc Son – Ngo Luong boasts stunningly primitive scenery and long standing culture of Muong tribe. Visiting Ngoc Son – Ngo Luong, you will feel the rustic beauty of the majestic scenery, experience the simple life, but no less interesting with the indigenous people…
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Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Trekking in Ngoc Son and Ngo Luong Nature reserve 2days
Tour Route: Hanoi – Chieng – Mu – Sat – Mu – Khay – Mon – Chieng – Hanoi
Sandwich between magical limestone forest of Cuc Phuong and magnificent scenic beauty of Phu Luong. Nature conservation areas Ngoc Son – Ngo Luong boasts stunningly primitive scenery and long standing culture of Muong tribe. Visiting Ngoc Son – Ngo Luong, you will feel the rustic beauty of the majestic scenery, experience the simple life, but no less interesting with the indigenous people. With the goal of developing sustainable tourism, we offer the opportunity to help you to enjoy a peaceful life with wild nature in hygienic conditions and the best service. Guest is an important part of helping us preserve the cultural values, natural here, helping people improve their lives even more needy.Live with the people, experience a completely different life, a deeper understanding of the local culture and the richness of their daily work.
Walking along scenic trail to observe spectacular natural views. Go through the crystal clear springs, enjoy thebeauty of the water falls Mo and Mu. Having the opportunity to observe your plants: Plants gnashing, ebony and many orchids in particular, the animals you like fiddling with the birds …
Biking along the sanctuary to see nature, forests and picturesque villages (solf adventure tours or hard ones). Rowing a raft along the Buoi river to listen the sound diversity of birds, observing the work of local fishermen. Participate in activities with indigenous peoples such as the rice was harvested, weaving, cooking lessons.
Private car transfer
Highly experienced English speaking guide
Breakfast (B), lunch (L) & dinner (D) as indicated
Environment and conservation fee
Motorbike-taxi (xe om)
Visa on arrival
Tips and personal expenses
Drinks and meals not mentioned in itinerary.
Any other service not mentioned
Chieng – Mu – Sat ( L/D)
Departure at 7.00 Hanoi toward Southwest. The reserve is actually quite close to Hanoi , we should get there around noon-time. The car drop off us at the headquarters of the reserve where we will meet some rangers and have a brief explanation about the global nature conservation and livelihood improvement project. We than are transferred to a local restaurant in Chieng village where we have lunch.The fairy starts after lunch, from Chieng we head down in the valley to reach Mu village. We take our time to stroll around the village and have a break near by the Mu waterfalls. Then we keep walking across the terraced rice fields to Sat village and settle down in a homestay there. Warm welcome and time for relaxing in the stream near by the house.
Overnight in homestay at Sat village.
Sat – Mu – Khay – Mon – Chieng – Hanoi (B/L/D)
The reserve has this particularity to alternate wild areas with very vivid villages. A chance for travelers here to feel different atmospheres along a walk. A promise also for numerous encounters and strong feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. Today we start early to walk back to Mu village by another trail and head to Khay and Mon villages, one of the most beautiful parts of the reserve. We will have lunch with a family in Mon village before some moto-taxis bring us back to Chieng village. Time for refreshments in a local restaurant and drive back 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.