Sapa – Trekking through the Valley 3 days

  • Duration: 3 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.”

Highlights of Sapa Original Trek:

  • 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 / A MOVING NIGHT ON TRAIN

In the evening

At 8:30 p.m, our guide and driver will meet you up at the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to Hanoi train station, where our guide help you to check in your cabin.

Meals included: __/__/__

Parameter: Train: 8 hours

Trip’s useful note(s):

  • Sport shoes, clothes must be prepared for the trekking activities in Sapa
  • Plastic boots will be good in case of bad weather (raining season from May to September)
  • It is 4-berth sharing cabin on train and private cabin is arranged upon request
  • Anti-mosquito cream should be prepared

Overnight on train

DAY 1: MATRA – TAPHIN/ DISCOVER H’MONG VILLAGES

In the morning

  • At 6:00 a.m, the train will reach the station in Lao Cai and you will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver. Then you will have breakfast in a local restaurant and short time for relaxing.
  • You will then depart for Matra village and start your beautiful hiking route today
  • During your route, you will then pass through the Black Hmong ethnic minority village of Matra, a very small village hiding way from the civilisation.
  • At the end of this morning, the walk continues through rice paddy fields and spectacular scenery. During the day you will also be able to visit a local school.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 13:30 in a local house

In the afternoon

  • After taking a short rest, you will arrive at the Taphin village. Here you can hear about the unmixed cultural life of Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities, 2 largest ethnic groups in the area.
  • You can already recognise them by dressing while they are both very famous of handicraft.
  • You will enjoy walking among local people. The trip also offers you the opportunity to visit the local houses as well as visit the local caves.
  • You will return Sapa by car after finishin the route

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Trekking: 04 hours, Driving: 0,5 hour

Free time idea(s):

  • Enjoy the must-try cuisine: Thang Co, Men Men
  • Visit the famous sites in Sapa town like: Stone Church, Sapa lake…

Overnight in Sapa

Day 2 : LAO CHAI – TAVAN – GIANG TA CHAI

In the morning

At 8:00 a.m, met up at your hotel by local guide and driver then transferred to Lao Chai village.

  • Firstly, you will visit Lao Chai Village – a Black Hmong ethnic minority village
  • Then, you will then be able to walk from Lao Chai to Tavan village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 13:30 in a local house.

In the afternoon

After saving your energy with lunch, let’s get ready for upcoming sightseeing this afternoon

  • The walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village.
  • After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Trekking: 04 hours, Driving: 1 hours

Overnight in Sapa

DAY 3: TRAM TON – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI/ HEAVEN GATE TO SAPA VALLEY

In the morning

  • At 9:00 a.m, the private car will pick you up and transfer you to the Silver Waterfall.
  • After taking a short walk to the waterfall, we continue our drive to the Heaven Gate of Tram Ton which can be considered as the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. Enjoy the marvellous views of Fansipan from the Gate, the highest peak of Indochina.

Lunch time: 13:00 in a local restaurant

In the afternoon

  • After having lunch, you will have free in the afternoon to walk around the town and experience the local life
  • At around 5:00 p.m, our guide and driver will come back to see you at your hotel to take you to the train station for your night train back Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 1 hours, Trekking: 4 hours

Today useful note(s):

  • The train will leave at around 8:00 p.m so you should have dinner in a local restaurant around the station before leaving

Overnight on train

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What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Twin/Double Sharing in the best recommended hotel
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets
  • Delicious included meals with local tastes as being clarified
  • 2 bottles of water each day
  • Service charges
  • 4-berth sharing cabin on train (Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Any unclarified flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide
  • Bank fee
  • Extra charge on local Tet or special occasion

LIST OF RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

City Superior class Deluxe class Luxury class
Sapa Sapa Diamond hotel
Deluxe room
Sapa Highland resort
Deluxe room
Victoria Sapa
Superior room
Night train Orient Express train
4-berth sharing cabin
Chapa Express train
4-berth sharing cabin
Victoria Express train
4-berth sharing cabin

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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Food

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