Ultimate Song Chay Mountain and Trekking Hoang Su Phi Vietnam 9 days
Ultimate Song Chay Mountain and Trekking Hoang Su Phi Vietnam 9 days andscape photographers, Hoang Su Phi is a great choice. Known for the deep valleys and unique edaphological character, Hoang Su Phi not only brings good harvests for locals but also offers a splendid attraction for tourists.
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Ultimate Song Chay Mountain and Trekking Hoang Su Phi Vietnam 9 days
including two nights in Pan hou Village and six in Homestay
A trek day begins at 9am and ends in the afternoon, depending on walking pace and the itinerary chosen, by between 15 and 16h. Lunch for participants are provided as part of our services. They are leaded by a local guide, member of a minority of the Song Chay Mountains (our local guides only speak Vietnamese). The walking duration and height differences noted in our documents are only approximations: we can possibly adapt our routes according to your expectations and the level of your group.
Hoang Su Phi Rice Terraces
Hoang Su Phi is a rural district of Ha Giang province in the northeastern region of Vietnam. While Dong Van Karst Geo-park makes Ha Giang a bigger name for visitors from far and wide by the grey limestone mountains, Hoang Su Phi offers visitors a different taste with stunning rice terraces. The highlights and must-see places for the terraces are near and along the main road between Hoang Su Phi and Xin Man, where those terraces are classified as a National Heritage by the Vietnamese Government.
To landscape photographers, Hoang Su Phi is a great choice. Known for the deep valleys and unique edaphological character, Hoang Su Phi not only brings good harvests for locals but also offers a splendid attraction for tourists.
In early autumn, photographers from around the country and foreigners rush there to take snapshots of ravishing moments when the rice fields start being ripe and turning yellow. Along with the terraced fields, Hoang Su Phi is home to 12 ethnic peoples. Mixed culture is highlighted by markets where Tay, Nung, H’Mong and Dao people know how to make their own cultures stand out.
Thus, Hoang Su Phi is an ideal destination for hiking tours, trekking tours and photography tours with homestay experience at local houses of the hill tribes.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Hoang Su Phi is a paradise on earth that you will never forget after you go there.
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Hoang Su Phi is a mountainous district of Ha Giang province in the northeastern region of Vietnam. Hoang Su Phi covers an area of 629 km², offering a big selection of trekking homestay tours.
The district capital lies at Vinh Quang. Hoang Su Phi is famous for its rice fields terraces, especially on the road between Hoang Su Phi and Xin Man, where those terraces are classified as a National Heritage by the Vietnamese Government.
Hoang Su Phi consists of mountainous communes of Vinh Quang, Ban Luoc, Ban May, Ban Nhung, Ban Peo, Ban Phung, Chien Pho, Dan Van, Ho Thau, Nam Son, Nang Don, Nam Dich, Nam Khoa, Nam Ty, Ngam Dang Vai, Po Lo, Po Ly Ngai, San Xa Ho, Ta Su Choong, Tan Tien, Thang Tin, Then Chu Phin, Thong Nguyen, Tu Nhan, Tung San.
Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang is an ideal place for doing hiking and mountain biking. Best Ha Giang Hoang Su Phi trekking tours can be booked with JET Travel Hanoi. Hoang Su Phi biking tours are quite hard, and can be combined with Bac Ha, Sapa trips.
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 Panhou Village
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 - Phin Ho - Khoa Ha
Your are leaving Pan Hou Village with your local guide at 9am to explore the nearby mountains through tropical forests and rice terraces. After three hours walk, you make a stop in a Red Dao village for lunch. By necessity, they have Sculpted some terraces on the mountain side and lead its rivers for growing rice. These laborious adjustments enable them to live in the heights and offer you a unique landscapes view. 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 two hours walk through the magnificent landscapes of the massif. On your way, you are discovering the endemic vegetation and could meet the locals and observe them in their daily activities.
Accomodation: red Daos
Walking duration: 5 heures
B- Pan Hou, LD- Red Daos
Khoa Ha - Giang Thuong - Nam Ai
This morning, you are going along the valley suoi Nam though a landscape of terraced rice fields , passing by some farms built on pilar and always closed by the water succeed . The region of Mount Ki Ti Liu Song Chay where rises is populated especially Hmong Hoa Man Ta Pan, Tays, Yao Tunic Long and Nung Inh. You will be received this evening in Nam Ai in the house of Yao with Long tunic or a Tay family.
Accomodation: Red Dao Homestay
Walking duration: 5 heures
BL- Red Daos, D – Tay/ Yao with 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.
Accomodation: Nung Homestay
Walking duration: 5-6 heures
B – Tay/ Yao with long tunic, L – Red Dao, D – Nung
Ho San - Chien Thang
Today you hike over a vertiginous landscape of rice paddies sculpt this high mountain region. You are crossing on the way some Nung hamlets. They cultivate the land with family to plant cassava or maize. By the late afternoon, you are arriving in the beautiful red Zao village of Chien Thang to spend the night.
Accomodation: Red Dao Homestay
Walking duration: 4-5 heures
B – Nung, LD – Red Dao
Chien Thang - Trung Thanh
This morning you start the ascent to Quang Ha pass. You are crossing a forest where tree ferns, wild orchids and ficus are growing helped by the local climate and the ideal moisture. At the pass, you reach the peak of your trek. In the early afternoon, you will find a landscape of terraced rice fields on the North West side of the Massif.
Accomodation: H’mong Homestay
Walking duration: 6 heures
BL – Dao rouge, D – Hmong
Trung Thanh - Dang Dieng
You could admire this morning from Trung Thanh a unique landscape. You are begining a descent between rice fields and small mountain forests to join Dan Dien. You admire the beautiful red flowers erytreas flamboyant. Their roots would have the particularity to give birth to sources.
Accomodation: Nung Homestay
Walking duration: 5 heures
BL – Hmong, D – Nung
Nam Dan - Xin Man - Su Phi - Panhou
Your trek is ending this morning in Xin Man. A vehicle is waiting fo you to frive you to Hoang Su Phi, where is organised every sunday the biggest market of the district (you will need to start your trek the sunday before to visit it). 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. You are getting your lunch in Hoang Su Phi before getting back to Pan Hou Village where you will spend the rest of the day and the night.
Accomodation:Pan Hou lodge
Walking duration: 1-2 heures
B – Nung, L -Hoang Su Phi market , D – Panhou
You are leaving Pan Hou Village after breakfast then Have lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi at around 5:30 pm.
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.