Ha Giang Vietnam Trekking – 5 Day Itinerary

Ha Giang Vietnam Trekking 5 Day Itinerary is a moderate/challenging adventure trip we design for small group of travelers seeking to discover off-the-beaten path destinations in Vietnam. This 5 day private guided tour focuses on…

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Ha Giang Vietnam Trekking 5 Day Itinerary is a moderate/challenging adventure trip we design for small group of travelers seeking to discover off-the-beaten path destinations in Vietnam. This 5 day private guided tour focuses on the beautiful landscapes of Hoang Su Phi which is well-known for its beautiful terraced fields, delicious “Shan Tuyet” tee, and the very rich ethnic culture. If trekking, homestay, hiking, ethnic culture, terraced fields, real life experience, off the beaten track place are something you try to find out for your upcoming trip to Vietnam, then this Trekking in Ha Giang 5 day tour might be for you.

Map of Ha Giang Vietnam trekking

Ha Giang Vietnam trekking itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Thong Nguyen, Ha Giang.

8.30am you will be picked up from your hotel in downtown Hanoi and transferred to Thong Nguyen commune, Hoang Su Phi district, Ha Giang province. Once getting out of Hanoi busy urban region, you follow the new high way for an hour to north of Viet Tri City. Then turn right to national road 2, to get through the midland of Phu Tho and Tuyen Quang provinces which are famous for lush plantations, evergreen tea farms, and palm forests. Lunch is provided at local restaurant on the way. After lunch, the road trip continues along the Lo River for about 3 hours. You might like to make stops along the way for taking picture or/and paying a visit to local homes. Leaving the main road at Viet Lam Junction, you will be on the narrow tarmac to get through a stunning valley to Thong Nguyen in mid-afternoon. Arrival at homestay (or Pan Hou ecolodge), you will have time to rest today before your trek that will start tomorrow morning.

Day 2: Trekking in Ha Giang – Ho Pien Village.

After breakfast, you begin your trek at about 9 am. In this morning, you are going through a bamboo forest to reach a village of “long dress” Dao who have installed their house on the mountainside near the terraces rice fields. A family is welcoming you at their house for your lunch. They will invite you to drink the local tea and to relax while waiting for lunch. But you could also join your local guide to witness or to participate to the preparation of the meal. After lunch, you are climbing up the mountain, through the tea plantations to reach Ho Pien village in the late afternoon. You will arrive in a Hmong’ house where you will have dinner and will spend the night.

Day 3: Ho Pien Village – Trekking – Nam Ai Village.

After breakfast we leave the homestay, going downhill to the valley through tea plantations, the rice terraces, and bamboo forest. The path is first passing by few Man Ta Pan houses, then stilt-house of the Tay. We will make a stop at 38th KM for lunch. A Red Dao family is welcoming you in their home for lunch. In the afternoon, it will take 3 more hours walking through the Heaven’s Gate to reach Nam Ai village. You are spending the night in a Tay or a “long dress” Yao family house. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about their lifestyle.

Day 4: Nam Ai Village – Trekking – Thong Nguyen.

Your trek is ending today with a walk through bamboo forest and the terraced rice fields to Khoa Trung where you will stop for lunch. A family of the Red Dao ethnic group will welcoming in their house for lunch. After lunch, you keep walking through Khoa Ha village to get back to Thong Nguyen in the mid-afternoon.

Day 5: Thong Nguyen – Hanoi.

After breakfast you will be transferred back to Hanoi (or your onward destination – It depends on the option). End of this Trekking in Ha Giang 5 Day Tour.

Private-guided walking holidays

Hiking Vietnam specializes in tailor-making trekking and hiking vacations in Vietnam. We offer the widest selection of day walks, jungle trekking, mountain climb, hiking, trekking home-stay, camping and wild life discovery in the northern Vietnam. With a dedicated team of senior travel consultants, hiking tour specialists, experienced English-speaking tour leaders, local H’mong, Thai, Tay guides, cooks, porters we can design any trekking, hiking, walking option for any age and budget. This Ha Giang Vietnam Trekking is only a sample that can be further customized to better fit your personal requirements. Just follow this itinerary or contact us for designing your own adventure.

Additional Information

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Hanoi

Availability

Upon request

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Type of tour

Guided tour, Private tour, Small group tour

Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Difficulty levels

Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

Easy

There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…

Moderate

There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.

Difficult

There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s)
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa (required)
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

When to hike

The north Vietnam experiences two distinct seasons; winter and summer. Winter is cool, dry and lasts from November to April. Temperatures range between 15 to 25°C during the day and 0 to 10°C during the night. With little rain, the winter season offers the most pleasant weather conditions for trekking in Vietnam. Read more about Vietnam weather.

Porter

During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack

Vehicle

Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

Accommodation

Campsites and lodges are not common in Vietnam, instead we make use of homestays; staying the night in tribal villages along the way. Facilities are clean, but very basic. Travelers share a bamboo-slat floor, separated by curtains. Animals usually sleep under the house and restrooms and showers are often absent. Water sources are available outside. Mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets are taken care of.

Over the years Lotussia Travel has established a number of projects to upgrade home stay accommodation into a bit more comfort. Basic facilities aside, spending the night in a tribal village and enjoying a meal with the locals brings travellers unforgettable cross-cultural experiences. In the past 15 years of organizing trekking by this way, we never received a complaint.

Food

During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

Drinking water

There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.

Packing

Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.

What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

  • 1 medium-sized backpack.
  • Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
  • 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
  • 1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
  • 1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
  • 1 medium-sized towel.
  • 1 medium-sized dry bag.
  • Hiking poles/walking sticks
  • GPS

Responsible Tourism

We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

Environment

We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

Community

Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.

Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

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