Sapa hiking & homestay - Leaving crowded town: Sapa trekking & homestay - leaving crowded town
Sapa is home to many ethnic minority groups, each wearing traditional clothes and colorful ethic market in Weekend. Sapa is well known with rice terrace field and flowers in the mountainous area of Northwest Vietnam

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Tailor Made Tour In Sapa, Vietnam
  Oct 15, 2014 
Can't thank you enough for a great experience, and I can't wait to come back and see some more of your amazing country. Thanks again for making our holiday so awesome.

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Well organised tour in Sapa and Northern Vietnam
  Oct 02, 2014 
Very well organised tour by Candy and she was very quick to rectify problems when they occurred. Great response by guides, driver and Candy to bicycle accident. Lap was very popular with the whole group and never failed to be helpful even when very tired or unwell.

The bikes used on the bike tour were excellent and the operator did his best to keep them 100% operational on a daily basis in spite of very rough terrain. Everyone involved was unfailingly courteous and friendly. A grea ... more

Outstanding of landscape and services
  Jun 05, 2014 
This was an excellent trip, all staff members were professional and friendly. They all did their jobs very very well.

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Sapa hiking & leaving crowded town
Level 2, No 17/167, Tay Son str., Dong Da, Hanoi, Vietnam, An Duong, Viet Nam
Muong Hoa valley
hồ Sa Pa, tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam




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Muong Hoa Valley

Ba Khoang are

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Giang Ta Phinh

Sapa Town



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Details of Sapa hiking & homestay - Leaving crowded town, Hanoi, Viet Nam Hiking & Trekking Details for Sapa hiking & homestay - Leaving crowded town

Active Adventure


Duration: 3 days, 4 nights
Depart from: Hanoi - End at: Hanoi
When: Year round
Activities: Trekking, Culture Expedition
Transport: Train, AC vehicle, Jeep, on foot
Accommodation: 3 nights homestay, 1 night hotel & 2 nights train
Tour guide: trekking English speaking guide

Trekking grade: Moderate Grade that means this trekking tour involves in active, physical-required activities can be up to 4 - 5 hours a day at a steady pace. The tour is going to involve a considerable amount of ascent or descent under different weather conditions. Support facilities may not be available on-site and there are some occasional difficult days. You will need a good level of fitness.
* Suggested preparation: 30 - 45 minutes of aerobic, physical exercise, 3-4 times per week for a few weeks leading up to your adventure are recommended.
Who suits: For outdoor novices and above.
Activity: 4-5 hours most days
Distances: Hike up to 8 miles (or 13km) most days, cycle 20-40 miles (or 32 " 68km) most days
Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day (about 900m)
Altitude: up to 8,000 ft (about 2500m)

Typical Day


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Trek in Sapa's unusual paths to keep away from crowded routs to very remote H'mong village at 1800m height
Getting a trek on Ba Khoang and Sin Chai villages on magnificent trails
Enjoy awesome scenery of lovely valley, Muong Hoa and amazing rice terrace fields under beautiful settings
Encounter Black Hmong and Red Dzao people in their very hidden villages that expose their authentic lifestyle

BRIEF ITINERARY
Night 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai
Day 1: Drive to Sapa/Trek to Muong Hoa Valley
Day 2: Trek to Ban Khoang Village " Ta Giang Phinh. Overnight train back to Hanoi
Day 3: Arrive in Hanoi. Tour concludes

Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai.
Our adventure typically starts with a night train ride from Hanoi Railway Station (B Gate - Tran Quy Cap street). Before that, our guide and car transfer will collect you from your hotel or a pick up point. You will need to be at Railway station at least 45 minute prior to departure. Our train often leaves at 20.30 - 21.50. Your cabin is air conditioning, sharing, 4 berth by default but you can request us to upgrade to private charter. Overnight in AC soft sleeper cabin.
Summary
Transfer hotel " railway station: AC vehicle
Accommodation: Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 1: Transfer to Sapa " Trek to Muong Hoa Valley & 4hrs hiking
Arrive in Lao Cai around 5.30 am. We will take 1hr bus ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride gives you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Upon arrival in Sapa Town, we have breakfast in local restaurant and prepare for driving for a short road transfer to the trek point. Trek uphill on a large and rocky path for 2 hours along the narrow valley which runs between two high mountains passing two hamlets of the Black H’mong of Sa Pa Commune: Sau Chua and Sa Seng. Lunch in the village.
After lunch, we continue along the same trail gradually uphill the Den Thang mountain for an hour to Hang Da Village of the H’mong which sits at 1,800m height and over looking down the Muong Hoa Valley. Then, we enjoy easy walk on high elevation for half an hour which offers great view of Muong Hoa Valley until arriving to Thao Hong Den, another village of the Black H’mong.
We trek downhill for another hour along a dirt track to Pho Village at the center of Hau Thao Commune. Back to Giang Ta Chai for dinner and overnight in the local house.
Summary
Transfer Lao Cai " Sapa: 1 hour driving
trekking: 4-hr trek " morderate grade
Accommodation: Local house in Giang Ta Chai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Trek to Ban Khoang " Ta Giang Phinh - Night train to Hanoi & 4hrs hiking
We will have breakfast in the local house before embarking upon another day of adventure. Today we trek on Sapa's northwards with several stops for magnificent landscapes of Fansipan, Sin Chai valley and especially amazing flower and vegetable farms before arriving to Ban Khoang. It is a village of the Red Zao ethnic peoples who live their unique way of life and well maintain their traditional values. We stay over an hour walking to explore this remote village for a brief understanding of local life. We leave Ban Khoang and process along the road for about 10km to Ta Giang Phinh valley inhabited by the Black Hmong who live in some small villages scattering along a peaceful stream.
We enjoy lunch on the bank of a stream before hiking along village path which connects village to village to witness daily activities of local life such as plough and harrow the fields, growing, harvesting or doing some house work. In leisure months men often gather to built new houses or repair parts of old ones while women stay home making their traditional costumes. We back to Sapa in mid afternoon, In the late afternoon, we transfer to Lao Cai for night train back to Hanoi.
Summary
Trekking: 4-hr trek " Introductory to moderate grade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 3: Back to Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Free time to relax and get ready for your next adventures in Vietnam or Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia.
Our Sapa trek for getting ouf of the crowded town ends at Hanoi Railway Station.

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Age range, type of group


Family, couples, singles, kids,

Sleeping and meals


WHAT IS INCLUDED
AC sleeper cabin on train for two ways
Road transfer two ways in Sapa
Road transfer one way in Hanoi
Professional hiking English speaking guide
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Home stay permission
First-aid kit
Water & Snacks
Entrance & sightseeing fees.
Service charges and taxes

Meals and food
- Day 1-2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. Our foods will be cooked by our local guide and the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce. Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirement.

Train
On our tour, we use first class trains of King Express, Orient Express, Fanxipan Express or Sapaly Train. These trains all offer Deluxe cabin with clean, comfortable, air " conditioned sleeper. All trains are designed with 4 soft berths in each cabin and individual reading light. For more information, please see our Quality Services.

The homestay
Homestay in villages is simple in term of bedding condition and amenities. We will sleep on beds with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

Our tour guide
The tour will be guided by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding trekking tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.

The transfers
In Hanoi, one ATA staff will accompany you to the train to show you your cabin and tell you how to deal with night train travelling in Vietnam.
In Lao Cai, our guide will meet you at Lao Cai Railway Station in the morning of the first day. He also sees you off at Lao Cai Railway Station on day 5.
When you get back to Hanoi on day 6, you can easily find a taxi to get to your hotel.

The trekking day
A typical trekking day start at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the terrain. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing

What to bring
Trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, sleeping bag (optional), rain coat, toiletries, original passport.

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Restrictions


WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Travel insurance
Visa process and stamp
Tips and gratitude
Personal expenses
Others not mentioned

Other Information


WHAT ATA SUPPLIES?
- Trekking poles: manufactured by Coleman, USA. Telescoping pole extends from 27 to 53 inches. Contoured handle grip features adjustable nylon strap and compass. Aluminum pole has steel tip with removable cover and basket for various terrains
- Sleeping bags and/or mattresses in homestay
- Summer sleeping bags: Satin sleeping bag 60cm x 180cm. Used for home stay and camping in hot weather
- Winter sleeping bags: manufactured by Landus, France. Winter bag (5 degree) 60cm x 200cm. Used for home stay and camping in cold weather
- Waterproof blue bag for luggage
- Radio: manufactured by Kenwood, Malaysia. 16-channel VHF FM Transceiver. Used for jungle trek with group from 5 passengers up. Help to manage group
- ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH?
Origin passport to declare for homestay permission
Hiking Shoes
Flip flops/string-back sandals or river boots
Small backpack with rain cover
Clothes: trekking pants, thermal underwear (top/bottom), t-shirts, long-sleeved shirt, pajama/sleeping pants, underwear (what you’re comfortable with), pairs of socks
Rest and sleeping clothes.
Hat, sunglasses, sun protection.
Waterproof pants and jackets
Rain coats
Bottle of water
Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
Toiletries
Anti-insect repellent
Common medicines in your personal first aid kits

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Sapa hiking & homestay - Leaving crowded town
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Level 2, No 17/167, Tay Son str., Dong Da, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Viet Nam 844


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