The Frontier Trails of Ha Giang – 09 Days
The 7 days trek in the remote region of Ha Giang; starting from Yen Binh of Ha Giang province, driving up to Coc Re close to the Chinese border, crossing the mountainous region of Ha Giang. Off the beaten tracks, untouched area, this program will offer you the opportunity to discover the beauty and serenity of the northern landscapes of Vietnam. Encountering the local population along your trek and during your homestay. An enriching experience!
Route: Hanoi – Yen Binh – Trekking in Ha Giang Province – Xin Man – Bac Ha – Lao Cai -Hanoi
Duration: 09 days in length
Start in: Hanoi & End in: Hanoi
Tour type: Small Group (minimum of 04 people)
Trekking Grade: Hard Trek
Price: Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.
Day 01: Hanoi – Yen Binh (5hrs drive) (B,L,D)
Pickup at your hotel at 8h, then transfer to Yen Binh via a scenic area with palm tree forest, rice paddies and peaceful villages. In the afternoon, we enter into the dramatic northern mountainous area. Lunch at popular restaurant in Tuyen Quang. We continue the journey and reach Yen Binh at mid afternoon. Free time to prepare for the trek next day. Dinner and overnight at homestay of Tay family.
Day 02 : Yen Binh - TanNam (5hrstrek) (B,L,D)
After breakfast at local family,we meet our local porters and begin the trek. We first walk towards a Pa Then village that is surrounded by palm trees. Picnic lunch at a beautiful grass field near village school. In the afternoon, the paths descend gradually via some tea plantation before arriving at Tan Nam village of the Tay ethnic minority. Overnight in a local stilt house.
Day 03: Tan Nam - Phieu Lang (6hrs trek) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the homestay. We begin an exciting day. Walking along a river then penetrating into a forested area. The path is quite easy with some soft climbing up and down, passing villages of Dzao Ao Dai ethnic minority, women here dye their teeth in black and wear long dresses even when working in the rice field. Lunch break in a pretty stilthouse of the Tay people. Afterwards, continue on the trail to reach Phieu Lang village of the Dzao people ethnic minority. Dinner and overnight in local house.
Day 04: Phieu Lang - Quang Nguyen (6hrs trek) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at homestay. This morning we walk on the trail that contours hillsides, giving a fantastic view over the faraway mountain range. Meeting again with Dzao Ao Dai ethnic minority who live separately on hillsides to cultivate rice and corn. Picnic lunch at a scenic spot or in local house. In the late afternoon we reach Quang Nguyen, a small hidden town of the Tay and Kinh. We can wander around or relax at the homestay with cold beer. Dinner and overnight in local house.
Day 05: Quang Nguyen - Coc Dong (7hrs trek) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the homestay. Today is the peak day since we have to tackle a serious trek thru the jungle. After 2h of trek on easy flat terrain we start climbing uphill on a small trail entering a thick primary rain forest. At 2 000m we have a great view on mountains and terraces. Picnic lunch at a waterfall, you can have a quick bath if weather permits. We reach Coc Dong Village of the Nung ethnic minority at mid noon. Dinner and overnight in local house.
Day 06: Coc Dong - Coc Re - Coc Pai (6hrs trek) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the homestay. Start the day with a beautiful trek towards Coc Re market. The path lines in the middle of mountains and goes through villages of H’mong ethnic minority. We will meet the H’mong on the way to the market or their farm. H’mong ladies dress colorfully while H’mong men just wear plain black. We descend the mountain through newly planted forest and reach Coc Re market for lunch. After lunch the trek continues on fairly easy terrain towards Coc Pai, a small remote hill town. Dinner and overnight in guesthouse.
Day 07 : Coc Pai - Bac Ha (4hrs drive, 2hrs walking) (B,L,D)
Breakfast and a short exploration of the town before we take a jeep transfer to Bac Ha Town. Rest of the day is spent onan excursion in the surroundings of Bac Ha. We reach Bac Ha at noon. Check in at our hotel and have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we have an easy walk to surrounding tribal villages. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bac Ha.
Day 08 : Bac Ha - Lao Cai – Hanoi (B,L,D)
Breakfast in hotel. This morning we can walk in the town or take an optional trek to surrounding area. In the afternoon, we will be transferred to Lao Cai to take the night sleeper train back to Hanoi.
Every Sunday's morning, Bac Ha hosts the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands and the Chinese border. It is the largest and most colourful market in the area and attracts throngs of villagers from the surrounding hill tribes. Some walk several hours for the weekly opportunity to trade and barter food, animals, clothes and household goods. Bac Ha Market is not only the place for buying and selling, but also a place for cultural and sentiment exchanging. On the market days, right from the early morning, all paths and mountain roads are full of ethnic minority people and horses pouring to the market.
Day 09: Hanoi Arrival
The train journey delivers you to Hanoi Station in early morning, at around 5h30 am (suggested that you should take taxi to your hotel). End of services.
►Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy
► Overnight at homestay as listed
► AC sleeper cabin on train (Lao Cai – Hanoi)
► Transport by the air-conditioned private vehicle
► The private English speaking guide
► Meals as indicated in the program (B =Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
► Entrance fees & permission to enter frontier area.
► Supporting trekking team (local guide,porter, cook)
► Tips & personal expenses
► Visa to Vietnam
► Personal travel insurance
► Bank charge fees for payment
► Other services not mentioned in the program.