The 4 Days Trekking Ha Giang On A Budget offers opportunities for experiencing parts of local life by adjoining locals’ everyday activities seasonally such as rice or corn harvesting, plow and harrow the fields or transplanting rice on terraced fields. The region along the trekking trail is a part of Vietnam’s far north, almost untouched to most visitors for Ha Giang government had closed the province to tourists for long time until 2009 and nowadays still remains non-touristy.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang.
Picked up at your hotel in Hanoi early in the morning, brought to My Dinh Bus station. You take local public bus Hanoi to Ha Giang. The bus trip takes about 6-7 hours. You arrive in Viet Lam around mid-afternoon. Welcome by our local team and transfer to a Tay village. Enjoy an easy walk before having dinner and spending the night at local home (homestay).
Day 2: Ha Giang Trekking.
Waken up by cock-a-doodle-doo at dawn. Peoples often cook their breakfast, make tea…and then go out to the fields to work early. It is good time to see early activities in the village. Breakfast will be served from 7.20 to 08.00 and saying goodbye to our host at 08.30.
The trek today starts from our home-stay, as we follow the large village path for half an hour before it winds up the hillsides of the Tay Con Linh mountain range, through palm forest, tea farms and terraced fields, for nearly two hours to village of the Black Zao peoples. Explore this village, visit local homes before lunch break.
After lunch, continue hiking along a dirt track sneaking mountains, farms uphill, passing by several small hamlets of the Zao and Nung peoples before processing downhill to Tung Sun hot spring. Enjoy break on the bank of the spring, some may wish to take a bath in the warm mineral water, then walk leisurely along the stream to our homestay, which is set in a house on stilts of the Nung Family.
Day 3: Ha Giang Trekking.
Leaving our home-stay after breakfast we follow the narrow trail winding through hamlets of the Tay and Zao ethnics, we meet peoples doing their everyday works along the way. Some may invite to their homes nearby and hosted us a kind of green tea named Shan Tuyet, the famous local product. And then the trail leads through some timber plantations to a small hamlet of the H’mong after two hours, paying visit to homes, meeting H’mong peoples for a unique discover of culture and living way of this famous hill-tribal peoples before continue trekking up steep trail to the top of Tun Shan Pass which called Heaven Gate by locals. Take a long lunch break here.
The trek in the afterwards becomes easier for pretty good trail and mostly downhill on the northwest side of Tay Con Linh which offers great panorama of a marvelous valley with thousands of impressive terraced fields and the imposing Tay Con Linh Peak, the second highest one in Vietnam. In mid-afternoon, we pay visiting to a small village of the La Chi Ethnic whose population is only 10,760 individuals, then process to home-stay. Check in and enjoy free time to relax by the stream of water among perfect nature setting for the rest of the day.
Day 4: Ha Giang – Hanoi.
Breakfast and leave our home-stay at 08.30. We spend five hours today to explore the northwestern side region of Tay Con Linh. Follow the narrow trail running up and down along Tun Shan Valley which is probably among the most beautiful terraced valley to build up the reputation among landscapes photographers for Hoang Su Phi district. We also meet peoples from Nung, Dao and H’mong ethnics living in small villages along the trekking route. End up trekking at about 12.00, picked up for a short transfer to our base for lunch.
Afternoon will be highlighted with classic travel for 2 hours to admire the breathtaking scenery of a series of stunning valleys which formed the famous National Heritage Site: Hoang Su Phi Terraced Rice Fields.
Arrive Tan Quang at about 16.00, take shower before boarding the bus for road transfer to Ha Noi. Trip end.
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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).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
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.
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.