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Vietnam Northwest adventure Step on Ta Xua dinosaur backbone tour 5Days

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Ta Xua Mountain creates a natural boundary between Yen Bai and Son La with three peaks, offering a magnificent mountainous picture. The highest peak of the mountain is the place where Vietnam flag tower is put at the height of 2,850 meters. At the second peak, there is still an old flag tower built in French colonial period.

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    Vietnam Northwest adventure Step on Ta Xua dinosaur backbone tour 5Days

    HaNoi – Nghia Lo Town – Tram Tau – Ban Cong commune – Ta Xua village

    Ta Xua Mountain creates a natural boundary between Yen Bai and Son La with three peaks, offering a magnificent mountainous picture. The highest peak of the mountain is the place where Vietnam flag tower is put at the height of 2,850 meters. At the second peak, there is still an old flag tower built in French colonial period. The third peak is in the middle and it is like a connecting line making the spine of dinosaur. And you can conquer “that spine” with two ways. One starts from Ta Xua village and another starts from Bac Yen.
    When you leave Ta Xua village, the path to the top of Ta Xua becomes slippery and steep. Then, you will head to the forest edge. In your journey, you will see a cliff whose shape is similar to the head of a turtle. The turtle’s head stays at the height of 2,120 meters.

    CONQUERING “THE SPINE OF DINOSAUR”
    Let’s follow a backpacker’s journey to experience a breathtaking conquest of “the spine of dinosaur” on the top of Ta Xua Mountain, Yen Bai province.
    Ta Xua Mountain is one of the dangerous mountains in the West of Yen Bai. This is a challenging journey to discover the mysterious Ta Xua mountain, which was once a Mecca of Pomu (Pine) forest destroyers, with a rough path on the half way up the mountain and extremely deep cliffs with heavy wind along the two sides of the mountain. This area is also said to be the heaven of white clouds thanks to its rugged terrain and the vast steppe with thousands of wild flowers.

    Ta Xua Mountain creates a natural boundary between Yen Bai and Son La with three peaks, offering a magnificent mountainous picture. The highest peak of the mountain is the place where Vietnam flag tower is put at the height of 2,850 meters. At the second peak, there is still an old flag tower built in French colonial period. The third peak is in the middle and it is like a connecting line making the spine of dinosaur. And you can conquer “that spine” with two ways. One starts from Ta Xua village and another starts from Bac Yen.
    When you leave Ta Xua village, the path to the top of Ta Xua becomes slippery and steep. Then, you will head to the forest edge. In your journey, you will see a cliff whose shape is similar to the head of a turtle. The turtle’s head stays at the height of 2,120 meters.
    It will take you two days to trek in the forest to go to “the spine of dinosaur”. Therefore, you can camp under chestnuts with blooming white flowers overnight.
    Crossing the forest with burnt trees, you will meet steep cliffs. Coming here, because there is no path to go to two adjacent peaks, you have to cling to the cliffs to swing from this side to other side of mountain.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo Town (-/-/D)
    Day 2: Nghia Lo – trek to 2,200m of Ta Xua Peak (B/L/D)
    Day 3: Continue the trek on the dinosaur’s backbone – the PEAK – 2,600m base camp (B/L/D)
    Day 4: Photos time – Nghia Lo – hot bath (B/L/D)
    Day 5: Free morning – Hanoi(B/L/-)

    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/French speaking guide with license
    – Local porter to carry foods and essential trekking tools.
    – Cooks and foods (foods will be focused on nutrition and suitable).
    – Return bus ticket Hanoi – Nghia Lo – Hanoi.
    – Private transfer by car or Nghia Lo – Ta Xua – Nghia Lo.
    – Meal and snacks as mentioned above.
    – Water (included boiled stream water), Tea and coffee break, local wine.
    – Sleeping bag (5oC suitable)
    – First-aid kit
    – Tent and waterproof jacket
    – Entrance fees and trek permission.
    – Local hotel in Nghia Lo (3 star hotel)

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    – International flight with airport taxes
    – Visa arrangement (please visit our link for our visa support)
    – Personal wearing and accessories
    – Insurance
    – Meals, drinks and personal expenses and other meals not mentioned on theprogram.

    1. Day1 Ha Noi – Nghia Lo Town (-/-/D)

      Before participating in the journey to Yen Bai to conquer the Ta Xua peak, wewill have a meeting with our guide in the morning for checking packages andgetting some training before starting the tour. Then, you’ll get back to thehotel for check-out and lunch.
      In the afternoon, our guide will meet you again and we depart for Nghia Lo, YenBai province. The total distance is about 200 km; you will have dinner up onarrival and spend the night at a local 3 star hotel. Sleep in Nghia Lo.

    2. Day2 Nghia Lo – trek to 2,200m of Ta Xua Peak (B/L/D)

      After breakfast in Nghia Lo, we will drive to the starting point of the trekand start the whole day trekking up to the 2,200m base camp. Through thetrekking trail, you will go passing the H’Mong’s apple forest (white flowers,bees and butterflies are surrounding in blooming season there). This gives yougreat opportunity for macro photos. Then picnic lunch will be served by ourlocal supporters in the cloud valley.
      After lunch, you’ll continue the trek through the wild flower plateau andthrough tortoise-head rock to reach the base-camp at 2,200m height. Set forsleeping, relax and catch amazing moment of sunset above the ocean of cloudbefore a warm dinner with some glasses of vine. Sleep in tent.

    3. Day3 Continue the trek on the dinosaur’s backbone –the PEAK – 2,600m base camp (B/L/D)

      Waking up in the sound of forest and wind, you will enjoy a big local breakfastwhich supplies you enough nutrition for a whole day trekking.Then, you’llcontinue the journey of trekking on the rocky dinosaur backbone up to the PEAKwith a picnic lunch served on the way. This day maintains the most beautifulhighlights of the journey with majestic and liberal scenes. Standing at thepeak and looking around, you’ll be amazed at the ocean of cloud beneath your feet.Enjoy the moment of victory at the peak of the greatest mountain.
      Then, you’ll continue trekking down of the primary forest with ancient Pinetrees and countless species of orchids to get back to the 2,600m point forsetting base camp. You will also have a chance to explore the dwarf bambooforest on the mountain ridge and visit a very nice waterfall on the way.
      You’ll stop and set for base camp at 2,600m point, have dinner with some champagneand sleep on the rock.

    4. Day4 Photos time – Nghia Lo – hot bath (B/L/D)

      After waking up, you’ll have chance to welcome the sunrise on the cloud oceaninearly morning at the base camp of 2600m and take photos to keep beautifulmemories of the great trek. Then, you’ll have breakfast and collectingbelongings to return to the village (starting point) where the car will pickyou up for lunch and hotel check-in.
      In the afternoon, don’t miss a chance to have a hot bath by a natural spring torelax and recover. Spend a night at the home stay and the locals will help youexperience their daily life and enjoy their unique culture, especially a dinnerwith many northwest specialties.

    5. Day5 Free morning – Hanoi(B/L/-)

      After breakfast at a local restaurant, you will go to visit Suoi Giang commune.This place not only wins the hearts of travelers with its fresh air, pan-pipesand flute sounds of H’mong people but also with the specialty snow Shan tea.Lunch will be served on the way of getting back to Hanoi at a local restaurantand you’ll get back to Hanoi at around 6pm. End of services.

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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.
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    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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