Unique Experiences:

•  Go beyond the “normal” Sapa experience and venture off the well trodden tourist trail to explore the back roads and more remote areas around Sapa
•  Trek through minority villages, stay overnight in their homestay and get an insight into their unique culture and customs
•  Be rewarded with fantastic and spectacular views of the mountainous landscape
•  A challenging trek for adventurous travellers


Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary. You can be min. 1 and max. 8 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants.

For an additional 40 USD per person you can secure this as a Guaranteed Private Tour. Please contact us for further details and booking.

Trip Length: 8 Day(s) 7 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Everyday
Type of Transportation:

Train and car/minibus

Type of Accommodation:

Hotel with private bathroom and home-stay with shared bathroom

Physical Rate: 4/5
Child Policy:

This tour is not recommended for: children below 16 years old

Included in Price:

Meals: 5 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 4 x dinner
Accommodation: 2 nights on train in 4 berth cabin, 1 night in budget hotel with private bathroom in Sapa, 4 nights in home-stay with shared bathroom
Entrance fees: Admission fee for villages are included in the trip
Transport: Train and car/minibus
English speaking tour guide: Included on part of the tour, please refer to itinerary

Excluded from Price:

•  Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
•  Tips to guide and driver
•  Drinks and personal expenses
All other expenses not stated as included in the above


Locations Visited:
Sapa, Mong Sen, Minority Villages
Start City:
End City:


Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai.
Pick-up at the hotel 20:00 - 20:30 and transfer to the train station. From here, you take a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train (soft sleeper with A/C).

Day 2: Lao Cai - Sapa.
The train arrive at Lao Cai train station early in the morning. Pick-up and transport by shared bus to Sapa (35km - about an hour drive). In the morning there will be some spare time to enjoy the fantastic view of the Sapa valley and explore the local market. In the afternoon the guide will provide with more information about the tour. After this paying a visit the Cat Cat village, where the Black H’mong people live. Overnight stay at Cat Cat View Hotel, Sapa.

Day 3: Sapa - Mong Sen - Ta Phin
In the morning leaving Sapa and driving to the Tac Ko pass. From the Tac Ko pass we'll make our way to the Mong Sen village, where the H’Mong people live. After lunch at the village, more trekking to the Ta Phin village, the place of Red Dao people. Overnight stay in Ta Phin village. (B, L, D)
Trekking distance: 13km

Day 4: Ta phin - Ma tra - Sin Chai
In the morning leaving Ta Phin at around 09.00 and trekking through the rice fields to visit the Ta Phin church, which was built in 1911. Then walking to the Ma Tra village and stopping for lunch at the river. After lunch we continue to Suoi Ho, Bang hill and the Sin Chai village. Dining and sprending the night in Sin Chai village. (B, L, D)
Trekking distance: 15km

Day 5: Sin chai - Cat Cat - Lao chai - Ta van
After breakfast, we leave Sin Chai at 09.00. Visit Cat Cat water fall. Trekking to Y linh ho, Lao chai Village and the Lao Chai church. Lunch by the river. Keep trekking to the Ta Van village of the Zay people at about 16.00. Dinner and overninght in the village. (B, L, D)
Trekking distance: 15 km

Day 6: Ta van - Giang Ta Chai - Ban Ho
After breakfast, we'll start trekking through bamboo jungle to go visit the Red Zao people in Giang Ta Chai village. From Giang Ta Chai village we trek to Ban Ho village, where spending the night. (B, L, D)
Trekking distance: 15km

Day 7: Ban Ho - Sapa - Hanoi
After breakfast there will be some time to visit the local people in Ban Ho. We'll then trek up hill for a short distance. At the top of the hill a Jeep is waiting to drive us back to Sapa. In Sapa town there will be some spare time, before the night train leaves for Hanoi. (B)
Trekking distance: 7km

Day 8: Hanoi
Arrival early in the morning at Hanoi train station (around 5:00) where the trip ends.

Key: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner

What to bring:
•  Trekking shoes or boots.
•  Rain-wear.
•  Warm fleece jacket in winter.
•  Cap or hat, sunglasses and sun lotion.
•  Torch.
•  Medicine for personal use.
•  Earplugs.


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