Trekking in scattered hamlets of Sapa 5 days 6 nights

Sapa is home to a great diversity of ethnic minorities. It is likely that Sapa was first inhabited by the highland minorities of H’mong and Yao, who were later joined by the Tay, Zay and a small number of Xa Pho. Most people live in small villages and hamlets scattered throughout stunning valleys and dizzying mountains. This 5-day tour will take you into the heart of these small but welcoming communities to discover the landscapes and traditional cultures present here.

Type fo tour: Private tour
Tour code: SP 12E
Departure dates: Daily
Destination: Sapa
Duration: 5 days

Tour Itinerary:

Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai for Sapa
Day 1: Sapa-Y linh ho-Lao chai-Ta van
Day 2: Ta van-Giang Ta chai- Seo trung ho
Day 3: Seo trung ho - Nam toong - Thanh phu
Day 4: Thanh phu-Nam sai-Nam ken-Ban ho
Day 5: Ban Ho-Sapa

Night 1
Ha Noi - Lao Cai
Your adventure begins with the journey from Hanoi to Lao Cai. You will take the overnight train departing from Hanoi Train Station at 21:55 and arriving in Lao Cai Train Station at 06:00. Our English guide will pick you up and accompany you to Hanoi Train Station.

Highlights and activities: Hanoi. Lao Cai
Accommodation: Night train to Lao Cai
Meals: Not included
Day 1
Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (L, D)
Sapa Tour: Sapa Discovery Tour 5 Days 6 Nights-Sapa Day 1
You will arrive in Lao Cai at around 06:00 where you will be met by your guide and driver who will take you Sapa where you can have breakfast in a hotel. At 10:00, you will leave the hotel and start trekking. After a small stretch following the road, you will branch off onto a path down into the valley to the Muong Hoa River. From here, you will trek to the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai. The Black H’mong are one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area, and they have retained their traditional way of life with their own language and striking indigo blue clothing. After this, you continue to the Zay village of Ta Van village where you can see the traditional houses which are made of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. You will stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van.

Highlights and activities: Lao Cai, Muong Hoa river, Ta Van village.
Accommodation: Zay ethnic homestay
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Day 2
Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Seo Trung Ho (B, L, D)
Sapa Tour: Sapa Discovery Tour 5 Days 6 Nights Day 2
After the breakfast, you will continue to visit the Red Dao people in Giang Ta Chai Village where you can also see a waterfall. The Red Dao women wear very colourful red embroidery and coins on their clothing and a red scarf on their head. Some women choose to shave off their eyebrows because of an old Red Dao legend. You will then continue hiking the local trails to another Red Dao Village, Seo Trung Ho where you will spend the second night.

Highlights and activities: Giang Ta Chai village, Seo Trung Ho
Accommodation: Red Dzao Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3
Seo Trung Ho - Nam Toong - Thanh Phu (B, L, D)
Sapa Tour: Sapa Discovery Tour 5 Days 6 Nights Day 3
Today you will trek along small paths through the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and onwards to the Tay village of Thanh Phu. Tay is the most populous of the hill tribes and because of the increasing exposure to Vietnamese society, some of them have started wearing Vietnamese clothing, but most women still wear the traditional chequered headscarf. You will stay overnight in a traditional Tay wooden stilt house.

Highlights and activities: Tay village
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4
Thanh Phu - Nam Sai - Nam Ken - Ban Ho (B, L, D)
Sapa Tour: Sapa Discovery Tour 5 Days 6 Nights Day 4
After breakfast with your host family, you will hike to Nam Sai Village to visit the Tay people and then trek up to the village of a Xa Pho community, the smallest minority group in Sapa. The Xa Pho have had very little contact with modern Vietnam, meaning they have retained much of their traditional culture and way of life. You will stay overnight in Ban Ho Village with a Tay family. If you reach Ban Ho in the early afternoon, you will have time to swim in a nearby river. In the evening you will have dinner with a Tay family.

Highlights and activities: Nam Sai village, Ban Ho village.
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5
Ban Ho - Sapa - Ha Noi (B, L)
Sapa Tour: Sapa Discovery Tour 5 Days 6 Nights day 5
After breakfast, you will trek up to Ban Den, and from here you will be picked up and driven back to Sapa. In the afternoon, you will have time to experience the colourful Sapa market where women from different ethnic minority groups come into town to sell their products. You will then take the train back to Hanoi.

Highlights and activities: Ban Den, Hanoi
Accommodation:  Night train to Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

The Fact…
We take you to the parts others can't reach!

From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.


Tour Guides
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English .
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy. Valid until December 2019
Group size
Single Supp’
Tour price Includes
English speaking guide
All transportation and transfers
Train tickets
Meals as indication
Entrance fees and permits where applicable
Bottle of water on coach.

Tour price Excludes
Pre & Post trip accommodation
Personal expenses
Tips and expenses
Travel insurance

What to take
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat, towels, toiletries, flash lights, sunglasses & hat with shade..
 Have a good journey!