7 days Hagiang and Ba Be Lake
Day 1: Hanoi / Hagiang
We depart Hanoi at 7:15 to 7:30 from your hotel and our first stop is at the tiny village in Thung Uyen, home to Dao and H’mong people. This offers us ample opportunities to meet the locals going about their way of life.
As the day progresses, we drive to various hiking trails surrounded by magical hills and beautiful villages. Around sunset, we arrive at the township of Ha Giang. Here we have some time to take part in cooking demonstrations in a local Tay family. The night is spent in a local family. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2: Hagiang / Quan Ba / Dong Van
We drive to Quan Ba. Beautiful hiking trails and villagers greet us at Quan Ba. The terrain features verdant and small hillocks, seasonal farmlands and is home to Dao and Tay people.
During our hike we take time to meet the locals going about their day and see the local people doing textiles and embroidery. We head down the mountain and find Dong Van, a beautiful town surrounded by impressive rock formations.Here, we stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3: Dong Van / Meo Vac
The hike for today is through remote and beautiful countryside of Dong Van where we pass through several villages along tracks used by the local people. We are rewarded with a brilliant backdrop of picturesque valleys covered in rice paddies. The H’mong and Hoa people, who are the local ethnic minorities, exhibit their friendliness through their colorful clothing and warm hospitality.
Later we drive the scenic journey up through rugged outcrops to the beautiful town of Meo Vac. Set amongst towering mountains, Meo Vac is home to some H’mong and Hoa farming families. The scenery up here is breathtakingly beautiful. As the sun sets, we descend due to the township of Meo Vac for the night in the hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4: Meo Vac / Bao Lac
We depart Meo Vac and embark on a route up into mountain areas onwards to Bao Lac. En route we take as hike around villages and meet the local people. The night is spent in a hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 5: Bao Lac / Ban Gioc Waterfall / Ba Be Lake
This morning we journey to Ban Gioc Waterfall. Here we take a stroll around the beautiful waterfall of Ban Gioc. Following that we drive to Ba Be Lake. This is one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam, home to many kinds of birds, scenic valleys, towering rocky outcrops, underground river tributaries, and a gigantic cave. All of the villages in the park are not necessarily ethnic Tay. Those located high up on the slopes are inhabited by Green H’mong and Red Dao hill tribal people. Arriving in Ba Be Lake we spend the night in a traditional wooden stilt-house. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 6: Ba Be Lake
The day begins with a morning trek in the park, we descend into the scenic valley, home to the Tay minority people and encircled by rock formations. In the afternoon we cross the rolling hills and pass Hmong and Red Dao villages.
The scenery is extraordinary, with rural farmland, and rugged mountains jutting out of the tangled jungle growth. We end our day in the same local family for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 7: Ba Be Lake / Hanoi
Today we enjoy a beautiful boat ride along the lake before we make our way back to Hanoi, arriving there at about 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
- a 4-6 km hike on Day 1.
- a 8-10 km hike on Day 2.
- a 8-10 km hike on Day 3.
- a 6-8 km hike on Day 4.
- a 2-4 km hike on Day 5.
- a 10-15 km hike on Day 6.
- a 1-2 hour boat ride on Day 7.
Transport: car (minivan) and boat.
Tour Guide(s): Our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak fluent English.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
Accommodation: homestays (3 nights) and hotels
Clean and comfortable homestays with mosquito nets provided.
The trip cost: $566USD per person for a group of 2 to 4 people.
The cost of the trip includes: all meals mentioned in the itinerary, accommodation, transportation, Tour Guide(s), entrance fees and permits during guided excursions.
The cost of the trip does not include: travel insurance, drinks (soft drinks, alcohol and bottled water) and personal expenses.
What to take: Pack essentials for 7 days away from Hanoi, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable hiking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: swimsuit, personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Have a great journey!!!