Ha Giang Adventure Tours

Northeast Exposure

Duration: 8 days
Price: 780 usd/person  

highlights:
- Breathtaking scenery along the way
- Colourful hill-tribes
- Mountain's cool climate
- Great trekking amongst ethnic hill-tribes villages
- Homestay experience

Day 1 Hanoi - Lao Cai - Bac Ha
Bac Ha is situated in a region of breathtaking beauty, known for its colourful Sunday market. Upon our arrival in Lao Cai railway station in the early morning, we drive to Bac Ha town (70 km by car).
We head out for some exploration of the township. In the early afternoon we follow the trail winding through the tiny tribal settlement of Tay and plum orchards and then proceed due north over hillocks and verdant farmland.
When we have finished our hike we are the guests of a Flower H’mong family in Lung Phing village.

Overnight: at Ngan Nga hotel in Bac Ha
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 2 Bac Ha - Viet Quang
From the Lung Phing we take a 2-hour trek to Can Cau Market. It is an open-air traditional market on Saturdays. We discover some of the area’s finest scenery marked by dramatic rice terraces and hilltribal villages scattered along the way.
It is the best time for appreciating the market. This is followed by a drive to the downtown of Viet Quang for an overnight stay in a hotel.

Overnight: at hotel in Viet Quang
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 3 Viet Quang - Ha Giang - Quan Ba
Ha Giang is one of the most remote provinces in North East Vietnam. The area is home to some of Vietnam’s most colourful hill tribe minorities. We arrive in Ha Giang for lunch. In the early afternoon, we head north of Ha Giang to Quan Ba District.
The area is populated by Dao ethnic people and encircled by truly awesome remote forested mountains. We combine a long, but gentle hike (about 3 hours) with an opportunity to stay with a Dao family.

Overnight: at Tam Son hotel in Quan Ba
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4 Quan Ba - Bao Lac
The beauty of the surroundings tempts us to follow the rugged trail setting off through verdant hills and tangled jungle growth. Eventually, the trail arrives at a tiny village perched nearby the township of Quan Ba.
From there we board our vehicle and make our way to Bao Lac for an overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Overnight: at Thuy Duong hotel in Bao Lac
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5 Bao Lac - Cao Bang
We take to the road again for a 90 km drive, arriving in Cao Bang around lunch time. In the afternoon we go to Tra Linh, an area far removed from everything industrial and loud. We hike up to some Tay traditional villages on the steep slopes. We find one of the few places in Vietnam that are blessed with unique landscapes featuring vast mountain complexes and spectacular valleys. The night will be spent in a hotel in Cao Bang town..

Overnight: at Huong Sen hotel in Cao Bang
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6 Cao Bang - Ba Be
About 150 km east of Cao Bang, we depart Cao Bang at 8 a.m and embark on a route up into mountain areas onwards to Ba Be Lake National Park. This is one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam, home to many kinds of birds, scenic valleys, towering rocky outcrops, underground river tributaries, and a gigantic cave. All of the villages in the park are not necessarily ethnic Tay. Those located high up on the slopes are inhabited by Green H’mong and Red Dao hilltribal people. Following a relaxing boat trip and a hike along the riverfront, we stay overnight with a Tay family in a traditional house. .

Overnight: at homestay in Babe lake
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7 Ba Be Lake boating
The day begins with a morning hike in the park. Later, we descend into the scenic valley, home to the Tay minority people and encircled by rock formations. We cross the rolling hills and pass H’mong and Red Dao villages.  The scenery is extraordinary, with rural farmland and rugged mountains jutting out of the tangled jungle growth. After a short boat trip along the lake, we end our day in the park’s headquarters, where we spend the night at a comfortable guesthouse.

Overnight: at homestay in Babe lake
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 8 Ba Be Lake - Hanoi
We visit the thriving, local market of Chu and the Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups in Thai Nguyen province on our way back to Hanoi. Following lunch in a local restaurant, it is our drive back to Hanoi, arriving there at around 5pm.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch


Tour includes:
• Accommodation with daily breakfasts
• Extra meals as per the itinerary
• Local English speaking tour guide
• Private transfer round trip by 7 seater
• Tours and excursions as described in the program
• Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time

Tour excludes:
• Pre & post trip arrangements
• Transfers beyond the itinerary
• Entrance fees and permits during free time
• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
• Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
• Other services not clearly described in the program

 

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