Mt Pu Ta Leng Trekking Tour is a 4 day hard trek we has just launched for small group tours, active adventure hikers who seek an challenging, different, off the beaten path trip in Vietnam. Pu Ta Leng Peak, Phu Ta Leng, Putaleng was called as Pú Tả Lèng in the language of the Dao, an ethnic group living in Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province, in which “Pú” means “mountain”. Conquering Pu Ta Leng is not an easy task since the progress of climbing and going down usually takes from 3 to 4 days. In case if you want to combine camping with relaxing then it will take about 5 or 6 days.
Day 1: Hanoi – Lai Chau.
Option 1: Take the overnight bus at My Dinh bus station. Departure at about 21.00. Arrive Tam Duong the next day at about 7.00 AM.
Option 2: Picked up by the Lotussia team at your hotel in Hanoi (guide, car), and brought to Tam Duong district, Lai Chau province. The car journey takes about 7-8 hours on road. Overnight in Tam Duong at hotel.
Day 2: Lai Chau – Tam Duong – Ta Leng Village.
After breakfast, you will be brought by motor-taxi from either Tam Duong town (option 1) or your hotel in Tam Duong (option 2) to Ta Leng village is located about 5K from the town. Make a stop in Ta Leng village for the preparation of the expedition. Then start climbing to the first base camp, at 2422m. At the first stage of about 700-1000m, the hiking trail is not much challenging. There are few jagged pieces of the cliff, but several bushy trees on the way. Those old aged big trees roots sprawling on the ground are considered as one of the most significant obstacles that takes much time and effort of climbers. From the height of 1500m and above, colorful water-rail blooming spread Pu Ta Leng, creating romantic and majestic scenes of mountains and forests. From there, you might see some other peaks such as Bach Moc Luong Tu peak and the Phu Xi Lung peak which also belong to the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. The arrival at the first base camp at 2422m should be before dark. Have a rest while our local support team prepare the dinner.
Day 3: Ta Leng Village – Pu Ta Leng Mountain.
After breakfast, keep climbing up towards the mountain peak. At the summit of the Pu Ta Leng mountain, at 3049m you may be proud of yourself for passing hundreds of challenges along the way to conquer the second highest mountain in Vietnam. Lunch is provided at noon. Then trekking back to the base camp (2422m) where you spend the second night.
Day 4: Mt Pu Ta Leng – Tam Duong – Hanoi.
After breakfast, you start the day activities hiking downhill from the base camp (2422m) back to the Ta Leng village. Trekking downhill is easier but requires as much attention as hiking uphill. The hike also takes a whole day before you reach the H’mong village back. Picked up again by motor-taxi and brought to Tam Duong town.
Option 1: Take the overnight bus to get back to Hanoi.
Option 2: Spend a night in a local hotel in Tam Duong. The following day, you can either go back to Hanoi or make a trip extension to Sapa, Mu Cang Chai, or Dien Bien Phu.
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.
Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
International travel insurance.
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.