Trekking North Vietnam Tour 8 Days

Trekking North Vietnam – 8 Day Itinerary from Hanoi is another hard trek we arrange to the very remote region of Ha Giang, Bac Ha in northern Vietnam. Booking this 8 day tour, you enjoy visiting magnificent, beautiful landscapes…

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Trekking North Vietnam – 8 Day Itinerary from Hanoi is another hard trek we arrange to the very remote region of Ha Giang, Bac Ha in northern Vietnam. Booking this 8 day tour, you enjoy visiting magnificent, beautiful landscapes, wild nature of an untouched region of Quang Binh and Xin Man Districts, Ha Giang Province in the far north; Meet up with local tribal peoples, discover unique and interesting cultures, customs and ways of life of different tribal ethnic groups.

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Trekking North Vietnam Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Quang Binh.

Departure from Hanoi at 08.00am. Full day transfer 295 km to Quang Binh Town let. Firstly, leaving Ha Noi and follow national road 2 via Viet Tri, Tuyen Quang and Vinh Tuy. Then follow a narrow provincial road for 55 km to Quang Binh with several stops to visit villages of the Tay ethnic. Lunch in Tuyen Quang City. Arrive in Quang Binh Town let at about 5.00pm. Free walk to explore this new established town let.

Day 2: Quang Binh – Tan Nam.

Breakfast, check out hotel and departure at 08.30 am. Transfer 15 minutes to starting point of the trekking trail. Take an easy walk through valley and terraced rice paddies for over 2 hours to a village of Pa Then ethnic peoples. Explore the village and then lunch break. After noon trek takes nearly 4 hours up and down hill through plantation, rice paddies, especially the palm forest of hilly land of the Tan Nam Commune. Passing some hamlets of the Black Zao and larger villages of the hospitable Nung ethnic peoples. Arrive to the center of Tan Nam at about 5.00 pm, walk around this beautiful village. Dinner & home stay in a house of the Nung.

Day 3: Tan Nam – Phieng Lang.

Departure at 08.30am after breakfast at home-stay. The trek today is easy on large village path which connect village to villages of the Zao Ao Dai(Zao with long dress), Tay and Nung ethnic peoples, all beautifully set along the Nam Ly River. Paying visiting to many local homes along the way and every where peoples treat visitors with their hospitality. The trek in the afternoon gets up hill slightly and gradually to Phieng Lang. This region is inhabited mostly by the Zao Ao Dai peoples and several Flower Hmong who traditionally and practically build their homes on hill tops and cultivate the surrounding land to create perfect dwelling. Arrive to Phieng Lang in mid afternoon. Take a leisure walk to explore the surrounding nature. Dinner and home stay in a stilt house of the Zao.

Day 4: Phieng Lang – Nam Chong.

Breakfast and leave Phieng Lang at about 08.30 am. Enjoy another day along the beautiful Nam Ly Valley. Take a good trail which winds up and down on high hill sides gradually uphill for the whole morning via Pa Duc village to Quang Thuong. Very different from the Nung and Tay, who live in large villages at low land, the Hmong and the Zao Ao Dai occupy the higher land and built their houses scattering on hill-tops. This portion offers one of the most beautiful in the far north. Lunch break and then descending along a narrow trail passing through tea farms and steep terraced paddies for 2 hours to Nam Chong Village of the Zao Ao Dai. Explore the village and settle down in a local home by the hot spring for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Nam Chong – Quang Nguyen – Coc Dong.

Departure at 08.30 am. Trek along a narrow trail along the Nam Ly River for an hour to the center of Quang Nguyen Commune. Then turn to a tough trail up steep hill for 2 hours through Quang Vinh Village passing villages of the Nung at the low land and Red Zao and Zao Ao Dai on the higher land. Lunch break and be ready for the most challenging part of the tour: Get over the Nhin Co San mountain. The trail become narrow and very tough at some part uphill through the thick rain forest and later bamboo forest for nearly 3 to Coc Cang village of Che La Commune. Continue along the same trail for 1,5 hours passing some hamlets of the White Hmong to Coc Dong Village of the Nung peoples. Dinner and home stay here.

Day 6: Coc Dong – Coc Re – Coc Pai.

It is an excellent day today! Leaving Coc Dong for nearly hours uphill along a trail sneaking amidst high mountains, passing several hamlets of the Flower Hmong, who always occupy the highest elevation. Arrive to Coc Re at noon and enjoy lunch break in a local restaurant after hanging around the Coc Re market place for having local breath. Descending for the whole afternoon passing through some narrow valley with marvelous terraced paddies, newly planted forest to Coc Pai, the town let of Xin Man District. Check in the Gia Long hotel and enjoy free time to see interesting activities around the Xin Man Market in late afternoon.

Day 7: Coc Pai – Bac Ha.

Breakfast and enjoy a leisure walk around Coc Pai for busy morning life before transfer by road for 2, 5 hour to Bac Ha Town let. Arriving to Bac Ha at noon, check in the Sao Mai hotel and lunch break. After noon is highlighted with 2 hours walk to explore the famous Ban Pho Valley which is home to the Flower Hmong and Tay ethnic. Paying visiting to local homes and enjoy watching peoples making the well-known spirit from corn as well as a traditional dance with the Khen – a traditional musical instrument composed by 6 bamboo pipes.

Day 8: Bac Ha – Lao Cai – Hanoi.

Today is the last day of the trip and it is an easy day. Breakfast and leave Bac Ha at 08.30 am. Transfer 9 km to Nam Mon Commune and trekking from here along a narrow trail uphill for ½ hour and then downhill to the bottom of the valley, then trek along a narrow stream about 2 hour to Trung Do village of the Tay which consisted of about 40 houses built on stilts on the bank of the Chay River which is beautifully set in harmony with the surrounding nature. Enjoy a leisure walk to explore this prosperous village before lunch in a local home. Leaving Trung Do and walk along the Chay River for over an hour to pay visiting to some hamlets of the Black Zao and Hmong of the Cac Cop Village and from here takes the boat trip down stream the Chay River to Bao Nhai Commune. Picked up at the end of the boat trip and transfer to Lao Cai. Freshen up and dinner before boarding the night train for Hanoi.

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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 – Trekking North Vietnam – 8 Day Itinerary from Hanoi 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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Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.


Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.


Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation.
  • Tour leader.
  • Local porter(s).
  • International travel insurance.
  • Drinks.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.


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.

Trip routes

Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, Lotussia Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.


Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.


Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.


As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).


In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.


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