Sapa Mountain Hike is one of our soft treks that can fit experienced hikers and family holidays. The trip takes you to several hill tribe villages such as Sin Chai, Y Linh Ho, Ta Van villages. There you will encounter the H’mong and the Giay ethnic groups.
Map of Sapa Mountain Hike
Sapa Mountain Hike Itinerary
Day 1: Sapa – Sin Chai.
Departure from Sapa at 09.00 am. Transfer by road 16 km along national road 4D to Tram Ton Pass with a short top at the Silver Waterfall. Walk around the Heaven Gate for great view of the west side of Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Start trekking from Heaven Gate through the thick rain forest of the Hoang Lien Nature Reserve for about 2 hours. The trail is narrow, tough steep downhill from 1,957m to 1,541m. Lunch break here on the top of a hill named Sour & Acrid. Continue trekking downhill after lunch for nearly an hour to the stream crossing at 1,414m. The trail of this portion gets through corn fields and some terraced paddies including some tough but short descending. Once getting to other bank, the trail becomes wider and less tough along the upstream part of Muong Hoa river for about 2 hours towards Sin Chai village of the Black Hmong. Arriving at home stay at about 5.00 pm, relax and free walk around for stunning scenery of the valley at sunset. Dinner and home stay in this village.
Day 2: Sin Chai – Y Linh Ho.
Breakfast and leave home stay at 08.30 to 09.00 am. Take an easy walk along Muong Hoa river for nearly an hour to Cat Cat waterfall, short break by this wonder of nature. Cross the river by suspension bridge to other sides, follow the steps uphill to the southern edge of Cat Cat village and from here the follow a good path for another hour softly downhill(1,212m to 1,188m). Cross the Vang stream to other bank and then lunch break. After lunch, the trail winds up steep hills to 1,227m for two hours through rice paddies, corn fields and later rain forest before gradually descending for another 2 hours to wards Y Linh Ho village(at 1,018m), another village of the Black Hmong with lot traces of slash and burn agriculture along the way. The rest hour of the afternoon is at leisure or for free walk to explore this charming village.
Day 3: Y Linh Ho – Ta Van.
Breakfast and leave Y Linh Ho at about 08.30 am. Following a large dirt path uphill to Lao Chai San 2 and Lao Chai San 1 villages of the Hmong and then up and down along narrow dirt trail 2 hours to Lao Hang Chai, another Black Hmong village(at 1,146m). Explore this village and then lunch break. Continue after lunch for about 1,5 hour along a dirt trail on high mountain side which offers great panorama of Muong Hoa valley to Giang Ta Van(1,029m), a small village of the Hmong set on the rocky land near a bamboo forest. Walking around this village and then gradually descend to Ta Van village of the Giay which is beautifully sits on the bank of Muong Hoa(989m). Same as the Tay, the Giay peoples live sedentary life basing on wet rice cultivation for long time. Arriving to home stay in mid afternoon, take a short rest before explore the village for the rest hours of the day or just relax by the river till Sunset.
Day 4: Ta Van – Sapa.
Breakfast and start trekking at about 09.00 am. The trail gets uphill for ½ hour from Ta Van and then sneaking its way on the high hill-side amidst terraced rice paddies for 1,5 hour before getting through bamboo forest. Paying visit to Giang Ta Chai – a hamlet of the Hmong isolated itself amidst bamboo. Descending for nearly another hour to the Waterfall. Lunch and short rest. Continue trekking along a large dirt path to Giang Tu Chai Village of the Red Zao. Spending an hour exploring the village, paying visiting to local homes with a lot of chances to contact locals for understanding of their unique way of living. Leaving Giang Tu Chai and follow a narrow trail down and uphill to Hoa Su Pan 1 village. Paying visit to local homes of the Hmong, clients may have chances to see different process of making the fiber from hemp such as spinning, weaving or embroidering…Walk down hill for 20 minutes to the motor way. Picked up and transfer 16 km back to Sapa. Trip end by drop off at hotel.
Sapa private guided tours
Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi tour operator offering a wide selection of multi-activity holidays in Vietnam. Options include countryside cycle, mountain biking, road cycling, jungle trek, trekking homestay, mountain hiking, peaks climbs, motorbike, scouter touring, camping, caving expeditions, kayaking, boat trips, cruise, sightseeing, culture tours. Most of our trips are private customized, and specially designed for small group tours, family vacations. The itinerary above – Sapa Mountain Hike is only a sample that can be further customized to better fit your requirements. Just follow it or contact us for designing your perfect adventure.
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Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
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- Local porter(s).
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Our drivers don’t speak English. It’s possible that a few of them might know some basic words, such as telling time, stop, and lunch. If you’re looking for effective communication throughout the journey, we highly recommend booking a tour guide.
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