Trekking the Rice Terraces and Minority Villages of Hoang Su Phi 5 Days
Trekking the Rice Terraces and Minority Villages of Hoang Su Phi 5 Days venturing into pristine remote villages to discover the local culture of Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai (long-dressed Dao) and Tay ethnic groups and to enjoy the picturesque mountainous landscape. You will be inspired at every curve by trekking through the rice terraces recognized as National Heritage. Experience local lifestyle, friendly ethnic minorities and unique homestay with excellent hospitality. You will have one of the most unforgettable holidays ever when participating in highly interactive farming experiences at our community-based tourism villages where your travelling contributes to the community development at poor villages.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate to Difficult
Group Size Small Group
Trekking the Rice Terraces and Minority Villages of Hoang Su Phi 5 Days
venturing into pristine remote villages to discover the local culture of Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai (long-dressed Dao) and Tay ethnic groups and to enjoy the picturesque mountainous landscape. You will be inspired at every curve by trekking through the rice terraces recognized as National Heritage. Experience local lifestyle, friendly ethnic minorities and unique homestay with excellent hospitality. You will have one of the most unforgettable holidays ever when participating in highly interactive farming experiences at our community-based tourism villages where your travelling contributes to the community development at poor villages.
The traditional house of Local people
ENJOY LOCAL FOOD
The fresh and delicious food with local taste
ENJOY LIVING SPACE
Their living spaces are in the height of 900 – 1200m
REVEL IN BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
The terraced rice fields with majestic mountainous landscapes
MEET LOCAL PEOPLE
They are Ethnic Minorites in Hoang Su Phi
IN A PASSIONATE PLAN
We will discover the highlight of the mystery land in Hoang Su Phi
“…TOUCH DEEP INTO THE LOCAL CULTURE…”
6 ethnic minorities
A difficult journey following winding trails, you have the opportunity to witness culture life, farming practices and activities of the ethnic minorities in mountainous. Admire the terraced rice fields look like silk scarves flying over in the wind above mountain slopes. A wonder took hundreds years to build up.
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 Thong Nguyen - Khoa Ha
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 that continue to Your trek starts just after your arrival at Thong Nguyen in the mid-afternoon, with a walk two hours to a Red Yao village. You are in the heart of the Song Chay Mountains which border the Yunnan. This natural fortress has long been a home for many ethnic groups who have escaped the Middle Kingdom, his persecution and its famines. A Red Yao family is waiting for you for diner. This evening will be a great opportunity to learn more about the customs and lifestyle of this ethnic group.
Accommodation: Red Yaos Homestay
Walking duration: 2h
D – Red Dao
Khòa Hạ - Khòa Trung - Nậm Ai
You will climb the mountain to the Gate of Heaven, a pass surrounded by forest with rare tropical and temperate plants species such as chestnut trees and orchids that would allow you to get to the other side of the mountain. You are greeted by a family from the village for lunch. Your resume your walk after this break to Nam Ai, a village of Yao with long tunic isolated at the top of the mountains.
Accommodation : Tay/ Yao long tunic Homestay
Walking duration: 5 hours
B L – Red Dao, D – Tay/ Yao long tunic
am Ai- Km38 - Ho Pien
This morning, you resume your trek by walking further into Nam Son Valley and passing over the montain to the 38th kilometer. After lunch at a Red Dao family’s house, you head to the top of the mountain to Ho Pien through the tea plantations, the bamboo forests. You will arrive in the late afternoon to a Hmong house. You will spend the evening with the local family, will have diner with them and will spend the night.
Accommodation : H’mong
Walking duration: 5 hours
B-Tay/ Yao long tunic, L-Red Dao, D-Hmong
Hồ Piên - Giàng Thượng - Làng Giang
You can enjoy the peace of this morning in the high mountains and the friendliness of the whole family. After breakfast with your hosts, you continue your walk through the bamboo forests, the rice terraces to a Red Dao village. One of his family is welcoming you for lunch. You then descend to the Lang Giang Valley . You are having diner, spending the evening and night in a Tay family.
Accommodation : Tay Homestay
Walking duration: 5 hours
B – Hmong, L – Red Dao, D – Tay
Lang Giang - Hanoi
You leave your hosts after breakfast to walk down in the valley where your driver is waiting for you before the return drive to Hanoi.
B – Tay
Walking duration: 2 hours
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.