Different Sapa - Different Trek
  • Routing: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Hanoi
  • Grading tour:

    • Awesome scenery
    • Tough trails
    • Colorful minority groups
    • Homestays in minority villages
    Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai
    The tour guide will transfer you from your hotel to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train

    Transfer hotel – railway station:  15 mins
    Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

    Day 1: Laocai - Ben Den - Trek from Ta Thang Village to Sin Chai B Village
    Arrive in Lao cai around 6am. We meet our guide at the train station and have breakfast in local restaurant. After breakfast we will make an hour transfer to Ta Thang where we will begin our eight hours trek passing through bamboo forest and green jungle along some of the most remote trekking area of the north. We stop for lunch in the village of Nam Phang. After lunch we will head towards our homestay in Sin Chai B village of Red Dzao people. We may meet the Red Dao ethnic minority tending the fields or working in the forest on our way. There will be time to enjoy the beautiful scenic valley as we pass through. Dinner and overnight in a local house of Red Dao people.

    Transfer Lao Cai – Ta Thang: 1 hr
    Trekking:     8 hrs – Challenging grade
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:   Homestay

    Day 2: Sin Chai B Village – Thanh Phu Village – Nam Nhiu - Nam Than - Nam Sai Village
    Breakfast and leave Sin Chai B at about 08.00 am. Today’s adventure will take us through a number of small ethnic minority villages (including Red Dao, Tay,  Xafo and Black H’mong). This portion of the trek offers stunning view of Nam Sai and Nam Cang Valleys as well as chances to understand life of tribal peoples in remote land. We will see people from the local communities carrying out their daily activities as it is in the northern highlands. Our trek will take us to our home stay for tonight in the Tay village - Nam Sai. Check in home-stay, having a short rest and enjoy an easy walk to explore this charming and quiet village.

    Trekking:     7 hrs – Challenging grade
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:   Home stay

    Day 3: Nam Sai - Nam Sang - Nam Ngan - Ta Trung Ho
    Following breakfast we will leave Nam Sai behind us and start to ascend to Nam Sang village of the Xa Pho people through Nam Sai valley. Paying visiting to local homes here for interesting discovery of the unique way of living. The Xa Pho is a sub group of the Phu La ethnic whose population is just about 4,000 in Vietnam and still live a primary way. Then following the same trail uphill for 1,5 hour through the forest to Nam Ngan Village of the Red Zao. Lunch break at the top of the mountain in the forest. After that challenging along a narrow dirt trail sneaking on steep hill sides through narrow & sharp canyon from the height of 950 m up to nearly 1,700m for the whole afternoon heading to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao where we will stay here for overnight.

    Trekking:     7 hrs – Challenging grade
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:   Home stay

    Day 4: Ta Trung Ho – Nam Toong – Ban Ho – Sapa
    You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina Peninsula with its 3143 m, is located in this mountain range. You will start the trek today by descending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local house or in local school.
    In the afternoon, before descending to Ban Ho, you can make a stop by a waterfall to refresh. Then where your car takes you on the journey back to Sapa.

    Transfer Ban Ho - Sapa - Laocai: 2 hr
    Trekking:     5 hrs – Challenging grade
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation:  Hotel

    Day 5: Sapa – Lao Cai – Night train to Hanoi
    Breakfast in the hotel. Today you are free at leisure. You can walk to Ham Rong Park or stroll around in Sapa market. Check out hotel at 11.30 am. In the late afternoon we will take a bus ride to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.

    Transfer Sapa – Lao Cai:  1 hr
    Meals:     Breakfast
    Accommodation:   AC, soft sleeper cabin

    Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi – Trip completes
    Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Trip completes

    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.
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    trip notes

    Duration: 6 days, 6 nights
    Group size: 08 persons
    Depart from: Hanoi
    End at: Hanoi
    When:  Year round
    Activities: Trekking, Culture Expedition
    Trekking grade: Moderate to Challenging 
    Transport: Train, AC vehicle, Jeep, on foot
    Accommodation: 3 nights homestay, 1 night hotel & 2 nights train
    Tour guide: English or French speaking guide
    - Day 1-3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch
    - Day 5: Breakfast
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. Our foods will be cooked by our local guide and the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce. Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirement. 
    On our tour, we use first class trains of TSC, Tulico, ET Pumkin pr Pole Star Express. These trains all offer First Class cabin with clean, comforatable, air – conditioned sleeper. All trains are designed with 4 soft berths in each cabin and individual reading light. For more information, please see our Quality Services.
    The homestay
    Homestay in villages is simple in term of bedding condition and amenities. We will sleep on beds with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
    Hotel in Sapa: 3-star Bamboo Sapa hotel or similar  
    Our tour guide
    The tour will be guided by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding trekking tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.
    The transfers
    In Hanoi, one ATV staff will accompany you to the train to show you your cabin and tell you how to deal with night train traveling in Vietnam. 
    In Lao Cai, our guide will meet you at Lao Cai Railway Station in the morning of the first day. He also sees you off at Lao Cai Railway Station on day 5.
    When you get back to Hanoi on day 6, you can easily find a taxi to get to your hotel.
    The trekking day
    A typical trekking day start at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the terrain. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.
    What to bring 
    Trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, sleeping bag (optional), rain coat, toiletries, original passport.
    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

    Total day

    6-Days 6-Nights


    Culture Tour Hiking SightSeeing Trekking Nature Explore Moutain Climbing Homestay

    Group size

    Min: 1 persons

    Max: 8 persons


  • Accommodation

  • Inclusions

    Round trip AC sleeper cabin on First class train
    Twin share double room in Sapa
    Transfer  two ways Lao Cai train station
    Transfer one way to Hanoi train station
    English or French speaking guide
    Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    First-aid kit
    Homestay permission
    Water & Snacks
    Entrance fees & sightseeing fees


    Travel insurance
    Personal expenses