3 nights/2 days Sapa Adventure
Sapa, Y Linh Ho, Giang Ta Chai, Ban Ho
Hiking into the spectacular mountains and between rice terraces, and staying in a traditional homestay to get a real glimpse of Vietnamese life.
Day 0 Hanoi / Overnight train to Lao Cai
We meet you in our office between 19:00 to 19:30 to explain more about the Sapa region. Following that our driver brings us to Hanoi railway station for boarding an overnight train. We enjoy a comfortable night's sleep onboard the train as we head to Lao Cai.
Day 1 Lao Cai / Sapa / Y Linh Ho / Giang Ta Chai
Upon our arrival in Lao Cai railway station in the early morning (approximately 6am) we are greeted by our driver and transferred to Sapa town by minibus, journeying through the dramatic mountains and above the scenic rice terraces of Sapa.
After having a refreshing shower and breakfast at our hotel we begin a trek to discover Sapa and its nearby villages of Y Linh Ho and Giang Ta Chai, set in a spectacularly beautiful valley and home to Black Hmong and Giay ethnic people.
Well off the tourist trail, we hike along spectacular mountains and through sculpted rice terraces. We meet the friendly local farmers at work, as they plough their paddies behind water buffaloes, tend their seasonal crops or fish in the river.
We enjoy a few stops along the way as well as for a scenic lunch in the countryside. Finally, we arrive in the village of Giang Ta Chai, nestled in a beautiful region and home to a Giay ethnic community.
Tonight we get to know our Zay hosts invite us to learn about their rich culture, to share stories and to try some of their local home cooked cuisine.
We spend the night in the traditional house of a Giay family. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2 Giang Ta Chai / Ban Ho / Sapa / Lao Cai / Overnight train back to Hanoi
After breakfast at our homestay we hike through vast terraced farmland, and bamboo forest for excellent views of emerald valleys and rushing waterfalls as we stroll on. We depart by minibus to Sapa
Once we arrive in Sapa, we enjoy some free time to rest our legs. If we still have some energy perhaps visit the local market. This is where we can indulge in some local goods, such as dyed fabrics, hemp plants and handmade textiles.
Late this afternoon we are picked up from our Sapa hotel by our driver. We are then transferred to Lao Cai railway station for an optional dinner before we board the overnight train to Hanoi.
The trip is completed at Hanoi railway station upon our arrival at about 5.30am the following day. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Our itinerary includes treks with:
- a 10-15 km trek on Day 1.
- a 12-16 km trek on Day 2.
- 2 breakfasts.
- 2 lunches.
- 2 dinners.
A wide variety of food is commonly available in local restaurants, markets or homes, using fresh local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area.
We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
- sleeper train.
Our experienced and friendly local tour guides speak fluent English..
They are knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
- 2 nights on overnight trains.
- 1 night in a local family.
- $116USD per person for a group of 1 to 6 people.
- $98USD per person for a group of 7 to 8 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
- meals listed on the itinerary.
- tour guides.
- entrance fees.
- permits during guided excursions.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol, bottled water).
- admission fees during free time.
- other personal expenses such as shopping; telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
What to take:
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, hiking shoes and small day pack.
We also recommend packing: personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat, sun hat…
Have a great journey!!!