Days
6
Price from
$1,395CAD

Journey into the misty, tribe-filled hills of northern Vietnam

Travel to Sapa and uncover the jewel of Vietnam's verdant northwest. The region is home to terraced mountainsides descending into valleys like magnificent staircases, a multitude of minority cultures, and quaint villages hidden in the distant green hills. This short six-day adventure features an exclusive stay at an ecolodge deep in the misty mountains of Hoang Lien National Park, a stand out destination for budding shuterbugs with photographic opportunities around every turn. With plenty of scenery and exotic wildlife to discover, this is Vietnam at its picturesque best.


Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Country
Vietnam
Style
Peregrine
Code
PAES
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Embark on several of Sapa's scenic day treks. With idyllic green landscapes, ethnic hill-tribe villages and hidden waterfalls, this is a slice of Vietnam that will linger long in the memory.

  • Be rewarded at the end of your trekking with spectacular views of the Hoang Lien mountains while enjoying the comforts of the Topas Ecolodge.

  • Pick a path through the terraced rice fields of Sapa, which shimmer like mirrors after being watered by local farmers. 

  • Finish with a superb dining experience at KOTO, a Hanoi institution sponsored by The Intrepid Foundation dedicated to training disadvantaged youth in hospitality.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes a pair of day hikes—both are considered easy to moderate.

  • While the walking is not overly strenuous, terrain can be quite steep and unpredictable, with uneven and slippery or muddy surfaces. It's important to bring sturdy walking shoes.

  • Winter (November–February) can get cold, wet and foggy. Even outside of winter, Sapa is known for having four seasons in one day. It's best to pack layers and be prepared for varied conditions throughout the day (and for cooler nights).

Itinerary

Welcome to Hanoi. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. There will be a welcome meeting at 6 pm where insurance details and next of kin information will be collected. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the meeting. Subject to availability, additional accommodation may be arranged. If you find yourself with free time before the meeting, why not visit the Temple of Literature or Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum.
Accommodation
  • Lan Vien Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Stilt House and Museum - VND80000
  • Hanoi Urban Adventure - Village Discovery by Bike - USD33
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your journey to the verdant mountains of northwest Vietnam begins with a private bus ride to Sapa (approximately 5 hours). Considered a summer capital by the French in the early 20th century, Sapa’s grown into the crown jewel of Vietnamese tourism since being opened to international visitors in 1993. The mix of ethnic cultures, eye-popping scenery and hill-tribe villages make it an ideal place to see on foot. Trek about 2 kilometres / 1.2 miles from the center of Sapa town to Cat Cat, one of the oldest Hmong ethnic minority villages in the region. Here you’ll see rice growing on terraced fields using traditional methods of cultivation, plus the Hmong people’s famed method of making cloth from hemp and dying it deep indigo.
You will have an evening to relax and enjoy crisp mountain air and vistas. 
Accommodation
  • Victoria Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa - Cat Cat village walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast meet your local guide and drive to Lao Chai. From here your delve deeper into serene Vietnam with a trek past isolated mountain hamlets to Ta Van (approximately 5 hours). Passing rice terraces and farm animals you’ll have opportunities to learn about the daily life and traditional culture of the Hmong people. The trek may vary depending on local conditions. Afterwards you’ll need a well-earned rest and rest is what you’ll find at Topas Ecolodge in Hoang Lien National Park. After arriving via private bus transfer (approximately 1 hour) take in the views from your private room across the valley in this majestic location. Perhaps even take a massage or simply unwind at the lodge’s hilltop spa.
Accommodation
  • Topas Ecolodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa - Guided trek with local lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Make the short trek to Lech Village and back this morning. About 20 km / 12 mi from Sapa, the village is home to the Red Dao ethnic minority, a remarkable people whose culture has remained relatively unaffected by outside visitors. Your camera will get a workout as you encounter the stunning vistas and rice paddies of the Thanh Kim valley. Afterwards, the day is yours to spend as you please. Those with the energy can venture down further scenic trails (ask your leader for a recommendation). There are many more hill-tribe cultures and photographic opportunities to be found in the surrounding hills. Alternatively, simply sit back and soak it all up from your perfectly appointed lodge.
Accommodation
  • Topas Ecolodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa - Tea with local family
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
On departure from the Sapa region, stop to try the regional speciality of 7 colours sticky rice. This dish is so named as the rice is coloured with locally sourced ingredients natural ingredients such as leaves and flowers.
Return to Hanoi (approximately 5 hours driving) and use free time to discover its many treasures. Perhaps visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the excellent Ethnology Museum or the Hanoi Social Club. In the evening, sit down to a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers at KOTO restaurant. This philanthropic Hanoi institution is a long-time friend of Peregrine and is supported by our sibling charity, The Intrepid Foundation. Not only is it a lovely place to dine, it's also a great cause, doubling as a hospitality training program for disadvantaged local youth.
Accommodation
  • Lan Vien Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi - KOTO dinner
  • Sapa - Sample 7 colours sticky rice
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. If you’d like to stay on in Hanoi, we can help arrange additional accommodation for you on request. Why not soak up all that Hanoi has to offer on an immersive one-day Urban Adventure tour? Visit www.urbanadventues.com for more details.
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi Urban Adventure - Citadels, Karsts & Cycle - USD88
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure - USD31
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (5 nights)

Included Activities

  • Sapa - Cat Cat village walk
  • Sapa - Guided trek with local lunch
  • Sapa - Tea with local family
  • Hanoi - KOTO dinner
  • Sapa - Sample 7 colours sticky rice

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Important notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip.

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