Non-touristy Ha Giang trekking tour 4 days is rated as a medium-level hiking tour we arrange in Ha Giang province, northern Vietnam. There are about 16-20K trekking per day. Accommodation and food are quite basic, simple, thus the 4 day Ha Giang hiking package is not ideal for luxury holidays. The bus departs daily, at 10PM from Hanoi old quarter, arriving Ha Giang the following day at about 5AM.
Night 1: Hanoi – Tan Quang.
Take the overnight bus to Tan Quang, Ha Giang.
Day 1: Tan Quang – Tan Lap.
Upon arrival to Tan Quang commune at about 5.00 am, check in our base here and rest until 8.00 AM. Breakfast will be served at 8.15. Trekking Ha Giang starts at 9.00 AM. Follow the large village path from our base to walk for an hour through the flat valley of Tan Quang, witnessing locals doing their daily works in villages of the Tay ethnic. Then the path winds up and down mountains and hills the hillsides, through palm forest, tea farms and terraced fields, two hours to a small village of the Black Zao hidden among high mountain and lush rain forest. Explore this village, visit local homes before lunch break. Continue after lunch along a dirt track sneaking on hide mountain side, up and down hills, passing by several small hamlets of the Hmong and Zao peoples in Tan Lap Commune, drop in some homes for meeting locals, talking to them for learning fact of life. Arrive to home stay at about 5.00 PM, check in and rest. Dinner served at 7.00 PM with home cooked food.
Day 2: Tan Lap – Hoang Su Phi.
Leaving our home-stay after breakfast and follow the narrow trail winding through hamlets of the Hmong 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 Hmong after two hours, paying visit to several homes, meeting Hmong peoples for a unique discover of culture and living way of this famous hill-tribal peoples before lunch break. The trek in the afterwards becomes tougher as the trail winds its way up the steep mountain side for the whole afternoon to the top of the pass named by local HEAVEN GATE. This portion offers marvelous scenery of green and lush forest, walled-up limestone cliffs and impressive terraced fields. Check in home stay in late afternoon, freshen up and free walk around to enjoy beauty of nature, then comes dinner. Home stay overnight in a local home near the Heaven Gate.
Day 3: Hoang Su Phi Trekking.
Breakfast and leave home-stay at 08.30. Spend six hours today to explore the famous valley named Nam Ty, a part of the national heritage site. From home-stay, trekking along the narrow dirt trail down steep mountain side for 2 hours to the bottom of the valley, enjoy great panorama of the whole region. Then walk along the stream which flows between two high mountain ranges, passing through the terraced rice fields which brings to the lenses probably the most impressive scenery of perfect nature setting so far. Meet local hill-tribal peoples living in small villages scattering around the bottom of the valley before lunch break. Continue trekking in the afternoon along the stream, up and down hill to get through Thong Nguyen Valley, passing by villages of the Tay and Red Zao, meet locals doing their everyday works. Arrive to the center of Thong Nguyen commune at about 5.00 PM, check in local guesthouse, freshen up and relax or walk around to see life. Dinner served at 7.00 PM. O/N in local guesthouse.
Day 4: Hoang Su Phi – Hanoi.
Breakfast and start the day with an hour easy walk along smooth path get to Giang Village of the Tay who live in spacious wooden stilt houses. Then turn to a narrow dirt trail uphill 2 hours to a small hamlet of the Black Zao which is beautifully set on a hill-top and overlooking down both Thong Nguyen and Nam Ty Valleys. Enjoy great panorama and explore the village before picnic lunch break. Continue trekking along the same trail downhill for an hour and then uphill again, passing through some tea farms and beautiful terraced rice fields to Tan Minh Village. Here, pay visiting to a family tea processing workshop to see peoples making famous green tea known as SHAN TUYET. Picked up at 4.00 PM for an hour road transfer to our base in Tan Quang. Take shower, have dinner and rest. Boarding the bus at 10.00 pm for overnight road transfer to Ha Noi. Arriving to the Old Quarter of Ha Noi at about 6.00 am the next morning, trip ends.
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