August 7, 2013

How difficult are Vietnam treks?

All of our Vietnam treks which include a significant element of walking are considered to be treks or hikes. These range from extended trips into remote mountainous areas, with a full trek crew and porter support, to short hotel-based holidays involving a series of day-hikes. The following grades should be considered in conjunction with each individual holiday description.

Vietnam easy treks

North West Vietnam trekking tours: Travel Hanoi Mai Chau Yen Bai Lai Chau Sapa Lao Cai (8 days)

Involves trekking for up to 2 or 3 hours a day at a slow but steady pace and less than a week in duration. These treks are predominately on good paths and tracks and might include some easy pass crossings. You will need a reasonable level of fitness.

We usually combine a these easy treks with a car transfer in a full day. For example you trek for two or three hours in the morning before having lunch and continue your trip with car transfer to another destination.

These easy treks are highly recommended for family holidays.

Vietnam moderate treks

Moderate Treks

Involves trekking for up to 4 or 5 hours a day at a steady pace and are usually in 3 or 4 days in duration. These treks are suitable for most hillwalkers and generally involving some trekking at moderate altitude, on fairly difficult terrain. A reasonable level of fitness is required as these treks can involve considerable amounts of ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day.

These treks are highly recommended for active adventure people traveling in small group size.

Most of nights are spent at local home in ethnic village where food, accommodation conditions are basic and simple. A support team is always necessary for such a moderate treks.

Vietnam hard/tough/challenging treks

Trekking Fansipan and Sea Kayaking Halong bay (8 days)

Involves trekking in remote areas and at higher altitude (there is no extreme altitude in Vietnam and Indochina. The highest mountain peak is 3143m – Mount Fansipan) for up to eight hours a day. These treks might be over 5 days up to a week or even longer and might include difficult pass crossings and/or river crossings. A high level of fitness and previous trekking experience is essential.

There are more up and downhill hikes (in altitude). River crossing can be extremely difficult when raining. Camping in tent is also an option.

We emphasize that the ratings we assign to hikes can only be approximate, and that weather conditions can make any hike a lot tougher than expected. As well as that, it’s not possible for us to objectively know how fit you are, which makes it tough to give a conclusive recommendation on the suitability of a hike for you.

If you have any health conditions, or reason to think you may have a pre-existing condition, seek professional advice from a doctor before undertaking any physical activity.