Do you wish to explore Ha Giang off the beaten track? Then this tour is specially just for you! Twist up and down the steep hills covered with splendid terraced rice fields, head down the fertile green valley and wind past some isolated minority villages. These beaten tracks seem to satisfy any adventure-hungry trekkers!
Tour code : AOT08
Travel style : Adventure & Off The Beaten Track
Duration : 05 Days - 04 Nights
Route : Ha Noi – Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Dong Van – Yen Minh – Ha Noi
After pick up at 8 AM at your hotel, transfer to Ha Giang on a 6 hour drive. Chance to witness the change from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi to the peace of rural areas. Stop on the way for a short walk along some local villages. After lunch at a local restaurant, the drive will continue along Lo river to Ha Giang city.
Take the rest of day wandering around Tay villages where there are vivid rice fields, traditional wooden stilt houses tiled with palm leaves or relaxing by and cooling off in a wild stream. Have a local dish for dinner and call it a day.
Explore the hidden parts of Ha Giang with a full day of 17-18km trek. Start from a local Tay village, up the off-beaten trails, winding through wild forests and captivating terraced rice fields to the highest point of Tay Con Linh range, which is the living place of Yao people. Chance to mingle with ethnic students in a local school. Lunch at a local Yao family for a break.
After lunch, do an easier trek down to the valley. Finish the trek in a Tay village after almost 7 hour off the beaten path. Next, head to Quan Ba district. Night in Quan Ba.
Enjoy the morning wandering around the village of Yao people on bike to learn about living tradition and culture of local people, or just go sightseeing in the village. After 1-2 hour of cycling, transfer to Dong Van. After lunch on the way in Yen Minh town, time for a short walk to some isolated Hmong villages. Finish the day with a visit to the old Palace of Hmong king before reaching Dong Van. If time permits, take a 20 min walk to the top of the mountain where there is a vacant French fortress to enjoy sunset.
Day begins with a visit to Dong Van market. If Sunday, chance to see a unique fair of the Hmong people. After the market, hike up the mountain to the edge of Nho Que valley where you can view to majestic mountain by the border with China. The 7 km hike leads to Thien Huong village, a traditional village of Tay people who live in amazing clay houses. Head back to Dong Van town on the same day for lunch before a drive to Ma Pi Leng pass.
A 20 min drive transfers you to the trekking point of Ma Pi Leng pass. Here you will be blown away by the stunning 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 with a stroll along the edge of the mountain looking down Tu San valley. After a short break for nature admiration, continue another 2 hour drive to Yen Minh through Meo Vac.
Wake up in the morning to regret passing time in this wonderland before returning Hanoi.
Please note that accommodations mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed.