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Sa Pa Challenge Trek

(5 days 6 nights - tour code SPCT05)

This trip is graded challenging. The area surrounding Sa Pa has five ethnic groups, the Black Hmong, the Red Dao, the Tay, the Giay and the Xa Pho.
This is a trip for the keen adventurer and not for the less advanced walkers, as you will be trekking up and down steep mountains. You will go from village to village, through valleys to forests and you will cross many rivers and streams.

Night 1:
We take you to Hanoi railway station. You will leave for Lao Cai at 21h30.Overnight in the train.

Day 1: Lao Chai - Ta Van

Arrive at Lao Cai railway station at 6h30 and transfer by bus to Sapa, arriving at 7h30. After breakfast, begin a 10km trek along the Muong Hoa river to visit 2 villages of Hmong an Giay people, enjoying a picnic lunch along the way. After arriving at Tavan village, have dinner, overnight in Giay homestay.

Day 2: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Ban Ho

After breakfast, spend 7 hours hiking 13 km to visit 3 villages. Trek to Giang Ta Chai village with bamboo forest, Supan village, Ho village - the village of the Hmong, Tay and Giay where you may enjoy a swim at a nearby beautiful waterfall. Have dinner and overnight in Tay homestay.

Day 3: Ban Ho - My Son - Thanh Phu

Today’ trek takes you through some truly magnificent landscape. You will have time to photograph the beautifully terraced rice fields and the surrounding mountain range. On the way, you will have a nice overviews of the valley and mountains. Over night in the still house of the Tay people in Thanh Phu village.

Day 4: Thanh Phu - Sin Chai - Suoi Thau - Thanh Phu

From Thanh Phu we trek to Sin Chai and Suoi Thau villages, here you will have time to explore the Red Dao, Hmong and Tay ethnic groups.
After you visit Nam Sai, Nam Toong- the village is inhabited by Xa Pho ethnic group. They are the smallest group in Sapa. You will then trek back to Thanh Phu. Have dinner and overnight in Tay homestay.

Day 5: Thanh Phu - Ban Ho - Sapa

On the last day of the trek you will cross several suspending bridges and descend back to Ban Ho village, where the jeep is waiting to take you back to Sapa. At 16h00 transfer by bus to Lao Cai railway station to catch the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Night 6: 5am - Trip ends at Hanoi Railway Station.

Price in USD and per person
Group size12-45-89-12

- Meals
- English/French-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Accommodation (Hotel and Home stay at the village)
- Train return tickets Hanoi - Lao Cai (soft sleeper with air-conditioning)
- Private bus or jeep as mentioned in tour program

Excluded: Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone...)

Don’t forget: Passport, Sun cream, Good mountain shoes