Sapa – Trekking through the Valley 3 days

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price from: $198 USD

Destinations: Hanoi icon-16  Lao Cai, Sapa icon-16 Cat Cat, Sin Chai icon-16 Ta Van, Giang Ta Chaiicon-16    Dragon Mountain icon-16 Lao Cai train station icon-16 Hanoi 

Sapa is a beautiful mountain town and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. Coming Sapa, you will be attracted by a lively picture with great imposing landscape as well as simply living life of local people. “Sapa – trekking through the valley 4 days” is one of best seller product in Sapa where bring you the various experiences in this “must – come – land. With the same route but you can choose the different styles of tour by using different class of services. Itinerary will be suitable for couple, family with kids, elder people exceed you can’t walk or hiking for a short distance.”


  • Walking and trekking through peaceful villages
  • Enjoy beautiful and imposing mountain view
  • Meet up ethnic minorities and experience their local life.
  • Culitary culture with local food in moutainous area
  • Free Visa on arrival guaranted letter

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Full Itinerary

ItineraryRoute map

Night 1: Hanoi / Lao Cai (Overnight on train)

Hanoi departure: tonight you will leave Hanoi for Sapa – Lao Cai by 8-hour overnight train, which may be an interesting experience for your trip.

  • Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to Hanoi train station 1 hour before your train departs.
  • You will be helped to check in your cabin.

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Today useful note:

  • Train cabins are small so it is better to leave your big luggage at your hotel where you may come back in the next days.
  • You train normally will depart late at night so you should have your own dinner before.
  • To make it safe, you should lock the door of cabin when you are inside.
  • If you require a private cabin, please feel free to give us a request.
    Meals: __/__/__
    Overnight on train (4-berth sharing cabin)

Day 1: Lao Cai / Sapa / Cat Cat / Shin Chai (B, L)

Sapa welcome: Sapa is a mountainous town in Northen Vietnam where you write poem, have your cameras on for most of your time, cheer over a community wine pot, learn to appreciate indigenous culture or just to escape Hanoi heat and city noise
Sapa village trekking:
Arriving at Lao Cai train station, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver then transferred to a local restaurant for your breakfast. It is estimated to be 1-hour driving with the distance of 30 km to reach Sapa town from railway station.
At 9.00 a.m, you will start to trek around 10 km for the whole day to visit 2 villages Cat Cat and Shin Chai, which is the home of the Black H’mong & Red Dao ethnic group.

  • Cat Cat is the village where you can see many Black H’mong people. Visiting Cat Cat, tourists will be impressed by the peacefully picturesque sceneries.
  • Sin Chai is a village of the Red Dao ethnic people, whose women wear beautifully embroidered clothes with distinctive silver jewelry and an enormous red turban. This short trek to Sin Chai allows visitors for cultural acclimatization.

You also have a chance to see a waterfall and this is a chance to see the hydroelectric power station established by the French.

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Coming back to the town around 4.00 pm

Free for your own leisure in the afternoon.

Free-time Idea(s):

  • You do not forget to wander Sapa town at night to see how these local people enjoy their life.
  • You are recommended to relax with some hot coffee or some hot tea and enjoy stunning mountain view.
  • If it is weekend, you may have a chance to visit “Love market” at Sapa town center yard where young girls and boys unite and sometimes start their dates.

Today useful note(s):

  • You will trek for the whole day so you should dress up comfortably with recommended sport shoes (not high heels, not slippery sandals, …)
  • You should bring insect protection
    Meals: Breakfast/lunch/__
    Overnight in Sapa

Day 2 : Sapa / Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai / Sapa (B,L)

Good morning Sapa: In the early morning, let open your room’s window to enjoy fresh air, listen to the sound of local life, birds from the far mountain and welcome the sunrise. It would be a great start of the day
Sapa Village trekking: after your breakfast at your hotel, you will continue your second day to visit other local villages to learn about the interesting culture of the local people.

  • Lao Chai village is 6 km far from the Centre town, you will see Lao Chai village where the black H’mong people are living, it is also the beginning of a valley which is called Muong Hoa valley. From a high point of the main road 8 Km from Sapa town, great view of the whole village open wide to offer the marvelous panorama of the village, backed by high mountains and facing the river.
  • Ta Van and Giang Ta Chai village are the home of the Red Dzao and Dzay people. The road leads to Ta Van village that is small and narrow. Along two sides has a fertile terraced field which adorns by the green of corn and rice (it depends on season)

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Free-time Idea(s):

  • You do not forget to wander Sapa town at night to see how these local people enjoy their life.
  • You are recommended to relax with some hot coffee or some hot tea and enjoy stunning mountain view.
  • If it is weekend, you may have a chance to visit “Love market” at Sapa town center yard where young girls and boys unite and sometimes start their dates.

Today useful note(s):

  • It is estimated to be 7-hour trekking with the distance of 15 km.
  • You should again dress up comfortably with recommended sport shoes (not high heels, not slippery sandals, …).
  • You should bring insect protection.

Meals: Breakfast/lunch/__
Overnight in Sapa

Day 3: Sapa – Dragon Mountain – Lao Cai train station/ Hanoi (B)

Good morning Sapa: Waking up in the early morning to walk down the street and enjoy local life will be a good idea to start your last day in Sapa
Sapa town explore: after having your own breakfast at the hotel, you will start your day tour to visit Dragond Mountain, Sapa stone church and discover Sapa town.

  • Being shaped like a dragon’s head dimly looming in the thin veil of the early morning, Ham Rong (Dragon Jaw) Mountain that is fine combination of man-made and natural landscape is an attractive tourist area in the center of Sapa town.
  • Sa Pa Stone Church has been nominated by the Vietnam Records Book Centre (VietKings) as one of the top five over 100-year-old churches in Vietnam. It is introduced as a unique and attractive spiritual tourism destination. Located in downtown Sa Pa, with Ham Rong Mountain behind, this Roman Gothic architecture church was built with distinct pyramid rooftop, belfry, and arches.
  •  You have free time in the afternoon to enjoy Sapa in your own leisure before being transferred to train station for your night train back to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast/ – / –

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Free time idea(s):

  • You may enjoy massage that may help you get rid of tiredness with a lot of trekking 3 days.

Today useful note(s):

  • You should check carefully your luggage, your belongings and all your items before checking out your hotel to make sure that you will not miss anything

Overnight on train (4-berth sharing cabin)

Hanoi Arrival in the early morning.

Hanoi comeback: your train will arrive at Hanoi in the very early morning.

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Today useful note:

  • It is better for you to book a hotel which is near Hanoi train station
    Meals: __/__/__
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Sapa trekking 4 days route map

What's Included & ExcludedPrice


  • Hotel accommodation in twin/ double sharing basis with daily breakfast.
  • Door to door pick-up/transfer service with private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast/ L: Lunch/ D: Dinner)
  • 1 small bottle of water per person on day trip
  • Return train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi on 4 berths sharing/cabin
  • Entrance fee and Sightseeing tickets
  • One by one care service 24/7 during the trip.
  • Services charges and Government taxes


  • Meals, Beverages which do not specify in the program
  • International flights
  • Personal Expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Bank fee


Destination Superior Deluxe Luxury
Sapa Sapa Lodge Hotel Amazing Sapa Hotel Victoria Sapa hotel & resort

PACKAGE RATES (per person):  valid until 31 Dec, 2017

Number in group Superior Deluxe Luxury
1 356 466 710
2 270 326 508
3-4 202 261 444
5-8 180 243 426
S.R.S 48 114 176

*Note: Victoria Express does not run on every Saturdays. Price is change-able the day with Dining carriage and without Dining Carriage. Please contact us for an exact price of Victoria Option.*At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price.

* S.R.S: Single Room Supplement

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