Have you ever experienced an unforgettable adventure of your life time? This trip is what we highly recommend you. An in-depth journey that covers almost all the incredible unexplored sites of epic Ha Giang, promising to grant you a truly memorable experience of natural, cultural and traditional aspects in the area. The 9-day adventure takes you from the white highland in Bac Ha to the stunning terraced rice fields in Hoang Su Phi; from the peaceful hamlets of Tay people in Ha Giang to the exotic Dong Van Karst Plateau. It would be an arduous and long expedition but a rewarding lifetime experience as well.
Tour code : AOT10
Travel style : Adventure & Off The Beaten Track
Duration : 09 Days - 08 Nights
Route : Ha Noi – Bac Ha – Xin Man – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ha Giang – Ha Noi
Pick up at your hotel at 8 AM. Transfer to Bac Ha, also known as the White Highlands because of its fame for opium in 20th century, on a 7-hour drive. Time to discover Bac Ha town on foot.
Spend the morning visiting King Hoang A Tuong old palace and Bac Ha market. If Sunday, you will see a typically northwestern fair of Hmong people. Then head to Hoang Su Phi on a 4-hour drive. Enjoy the beauty of nature and the adventurous ups and downs of rugged roads. Lunch in the town of Coc Pai.
After lunch, start the drive up the mountain. Reach the top at Ban Phung village, home of La Chi people. After a short rest, afternoon is the best time to discover Ban Phung village on foot. Visit the La Chi ancient tomb, view the rice fields from the top of the mountain or see the romantic sunset. Great experience!
Start the day with a 3 hour trek off the beaten path to discover Ban Phung. Roam through jungle, encounter some La Chi villages or wind around the exotic rice fields. Stop at a local school to interact with local children who welcome you with warm open arms.
After trekking, head to Hoang Su Phi township where lunch is served at a local restaurant. The rest of the day will be spent in car to reach Nam Hong village where you can meet Yao people. If you are the romantic type, best chance to see the sunset in the middle of the charming terraced rice fields
Another 15-km trek starts with trails winding through rice terraces across Nam Khoa village, a place inhabited by the Man Ta Pan ethnic group. This is a good place to admire the stunning views of the terraces and discover the daily life of the inhabitants. Chance to meet Man Ta Pan and Long Tunics Yao people.
What’s more, learn about the culture of the Red Yao and visit tea fields nearby in Phin Ho village to see the oldest Shan Tuyet tea trees and its importances in their culture and lives. Short rest before heading to Nam Ai, where the Long Tunics Yao settle down. More chance to see the differences between the Red Yao and the Long Tunics Yao as well as enjoy an amazing meal with garden-produced ingredients.
After an early wake up for sunrise, time to go to Ha Giang. Say goodbye to this rural paradise and head for Ha Giang on a 2-hour drive. Take the rest of day discovering Tay villages with green emerald rice fields, Tay wooden stilt houses, mysterious palm forests or enjoying peace beside a local stream.
Explore the hidden parts of Ha Giang with a full day 17-18km trek. Start from a local Tay village, up the off-road trails, winding through wild forests and emerald terraced rice fields to reach the peak of the Tay Con Linh range, which is also the living place of Yao people. Time to enjoy the view from the very high. Lunch at a local Yao family.
After lunch, stroll down to the valley for the rest of trekking day. Finish the trek in a Tay village after almost 7-hour off the beaten path. A 1-hour drive transfers you to Quan Ba district. Here you can better your experience by doing an overnight homestay in a unique traditional Yao house made from clay.
Enjoy the morning with a bike ride around the village of the Yao people to learn about traditional living and the culture of the local people, or admire the peace of the village. After 1-2 hour cycling, continue the drive to Dong Van. Have a short walk to some Hmong villages after lunch in Yen Minh. Finish the day with a visit to the old Palace of Hmong King before reaching Dong Van. If time permits, have a 20 min walk to enjoy the panoramic sunset on the top of the mountain where there is a vacant French fortress.
Begin the day with a visit to Dong Van market. If Sunday, chance to see a traditional fair of the Hmong people. Then start to hike up the mountain to the edge trail looking down to Nho Que valley where there is a magnificent view of the mighty mountainous border with China. Reach Thien Huong village after a 7-km hike. There you can see life of Tay people with their typical clay house. Back to Dong Van on the same route for lunch.
A 20-min drive transports you to the trekking point of Ma Pi Leng pass. Now make sure you are not amazed by the glorious beauty of this top-of-the-world destination. This 3-hour walk leads to the top of the pass, through some local Hmong villages and ends after a stroll via a corridor on the edge of the mountain looking down Tu San valley. After a short break to appreciate the natural beauty, continue another 2-hour drive to Yen Minh via Meo Vac town.
Say goodbye to this memorable paradise before ending this adventure and back to Hanoi.
Please note that accommodations mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed.