Vietnam mountain trail explorer 8 days 7 nights

This 8-day adventure takes you on remote mountain trails to experience the majestic beauty of Vietnam's northern border region. The beautiful scenery and the warmth of the local ethnic minority people will be a trip you will never forget.

Tour code: GDT02E
Duration: 8 days 7 nights
  • Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Giang (B/L)

    • You will be collected by your driver and guide. Now you will leave behind the buzz of the city and travel to the sweeping countryside of Ha Giang via Tuyen Quang. You will arrive in Ha Giang in the early afternoon and check into a local Tay homestay. Then, you can take a short walk around the rice fields or take an easy trek to a waterfall, and if it gets too hot, you can always copy the kids jump into the pools. You will have dinner and stay overnight in the village with the local people.
      - A 5-7 km walk.
      Vietnam mountain trail explorer 8 days
      Vietnam mountain trail explorer 8 days 7 nights
  • Day 2: Ha Giang - Dong Van (B/L/D)

    • After breakfast, you will take a drive to Dong Van Karst Plateau. On the way, you will have a chance to see a beauty of Pac Sum pass, Heaven Gate, Fairy Mountain in Quan Ba, looking down at Tam Son Town from above. After lunch in Yen Minh, you visit a beautiful, old house named Pao's House which was made famous in the film Chuyen Cua Pao or The Story of Pao and take a walk to Lung Cam B village inhabitended by back H’mong communities. You will then visit the residence of the Vuong family (Palace of Hmong King) before continuing the drive to Dong Van town. You will have dinner and stay overnight in the Rocky Plateau Hotel.
      - A 5-7 km walk.
      rice fields Ha Giang
      Pao's House
  • Day 3: Dong Van - Lung Cu (B/L/D)

    • After breakfast, you will visit the Dong Van Old Quarter, lined with old houses full of character some of which are one or two hundred years old. Here you can enjoy the peaceful and ancient atmosphere of Dong Van. The rest of the day will be spent travelling through the remote and beautiful countryside of Dong Van where you will pass through several small villages. You will visit ancient houses, the Hmong minority villages, trek to the flag tower on the top of Lung Cu Mountain and view the ancient valley from above.
      The journey will be rewarded with a brilliant back of picturesque valleys covered in rice paddies and the warmth of the local people. The H’mong and Hoa people, who are the local ethnic minorities, exhibit their friendliness through their colourful clothing and warm hospitality. Later you will return to the same hotel in Dong Van. Tonight we will overnight at a Hmong house at Ma Lé village.
      - A 10-12 km walk.
      Dong Van Old Quarter
      Lung Cu Mountain
  • Day 4: Dong Van - Meo Vac - Ha Giang (B/L/D)

    • After breakfast, you will start the trip back to Ha Giang, this time taking a different route. The van will stop at Ma Pi Leng Pass*, one of the most incredible stretches of road in Vietnam, for hiking through the pass and taking photos of the mountains and plummeting valley below. You will visit Meo Vac Market (if the market day is held) and then come back to Ha Giang via Bao Lam, Bao Lac and Bac Me. You will stop for lunch on the way and arrive in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. After checking into your hotel, you are free at leisure to explore the town or recover your energy for the next day.
      * Ma Pi Leng Pass is dangerous road with 20 kilometers length. Over the Ma Pi Leng, there has a mountain with 2.000 meters height located on the 'Happiness' road connecting Ha Giang, Dong Van and Meo Vac town.
      - A 8-10 km hike.
      Ma Pi Leng
      Meo Vac Market
  • Day 5: Ha Giang - Sin Man (B/L/D)

    • After breakfast, you will set off on a full day journey to Sin Man and Hoang Su Phi from Ha Giang Town. The rough but scenic route traverses a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and down to Sin Man. This day is a real challenge for our driver as we travel by winding roads with many hairpin bends and steep hills. Along the way, you will spend three hours hike to Nam Hong to meet people from the many different ethnic minority communities living in the mountain. The Nung Ing, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao are just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there. You will stay overnight in a homestay in Hoang Su Phi.
      - A 5-7 km hike.
      Hoang Su Phi
      Hoang Su Phi
  • Day 6: Sin Man - Bac Ha (B/L/D)

    • Today you will drive to Bac Ha, the capital of the region of the Flower Hmong, a relaxed base to explore the northern highlands and hill-tribe villages. You will pay a visit “King Cat’s house” another name of Hmong King’s palace before have lunch en route. After you will trek to Ban Pho through corn-growing valleys and poppy-growing regions during French colonial rule.
      Note; this is an amazing drive through mountainous road of Hoang Su Phi, though there’s no time to get bored as the scenery is truly breathtaking
      - A 5-7 km hike.
      Bac Ha
      King Cat’s house
  • Day 7: Bac Ha - Sapa (B/L/D)

    • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and unforgettable natural beauty. Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. You have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~ 12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarise yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. You will have lunch in a hill tribe village after which you can explore the village by yourself. In the evening you will have dinner with a local family and enjoy the night in a traditional longhouse homestay.
      Vietnam mountain trail explorer 8 days 7 nights
  • Day 8: Sapa - Hanoi (B/L)

    • After breakfast at the homestay, your driver will take you back to Sapa Town. Then you are free to discover the hillside town at your leisure. In the afternoon, take a drive back to Lao Cai to travel back Hanoi.
      You have the option for a trip use the longest cable car system in Asia, departing from Sapa Town to the highest mountain top of Southeast Asia, Fansipan, once known as the ‘Roof of Indochina’. The highest point of the mountain culminates at 3,143m above sea level.
      The ascension by cable car takes about 30 minutes offering you on the way a stunning view of terraced rice fields as far as the eye can see. Once arrived, you will be able to visit the temples and finish the climb by foot, just 600 stairs, or by funicular before you head back to Sapa Town by car for an overnight stay in a hotel.

      It is recommended to bring a jacket as the temperature drops and the wind blows at this altitude.
      (This is not included – please let us know if you want to take this service).

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Wrote a review 11 - 2023
Fascinating people and nature of northern Viet Nam - a 'full senses and emotions' journey to never forget
Review of: Vietnam mountain trail explorer 8 days 7 nights
Beautiful and adventurous 8 day trip for Hanoi to Babe Lake (boat ride, biking, cave), Bao Lac (ethnic minorities villages, festival), Meo Vac, Ma Pi Leng, Dong Van (amazing landscape and walks even if weather was not at its best), Ha Giang (Hmong former king's palace, walk, villages weaving cooperative not to miss!), Sapa (walks in rice field and charming villages). Very well organized and very friendly staff at Mr Linh Travel agency (Mrs Huong) to adapt trip to our wishes and excep...Read Moretional tour guide Mr MinhThe Hoang with immense knowledge of Viet Nam’s geography, history, culture, people and plants, genuine human generosity with people and very nice takecaring of us. They both speak perfect French. The homestays and hotels were all nice, the food diversified and excellent. I live in Viêt Nam and this trip was with visiting family, a lovely way to discover more of Viet Nam’s amazing beauty and reaching out to very welcoming and charming people in a respectful manner Read Less
Date of experience: 11 2018
Mr Linh's Adventure
Hello Moemond. Thank you so much for leaving such positive feedback for us. We’re very glad that you had a good time experiencing more of Vietnam with us, and it sounds like you got to see some amazing places! Ba Be National Park is perhaps our premier destination, and we love that we got to share it with you. We hope that if you ever want to see some more off-the-beaten-track parts of Vietnam that you won’t hesitate to contact us. Sincere regards,
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