Sapa Moderate Trek - 4 Days

Moderate trek | 2 Night Homestay | Private Touring
While Sapa is explored, this 4-day trip is perfected introduction to trekking deep in to the heart of remote region of Sapa, offering the determined explorer a balance of cultural expedition insights and physical activity set amongst some of Northern Vientam’s most stunning landscape sceneries that Pure Sapa has to offers. Crossing valleys and rivers and following winding trails through untouched hill tribe villages, by ranges of mountain high. We trek well off the beaten track and experience a privileged chance to meet and stay with interesting hilltribe minority diverse which traditions have maintained for centuries.   
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SAPA MODERATE TREK
While Sapa is explored, this 4-day trip is perfected introduction to trekking deep in to the heart of remote region of Sapa, offering the determined explorer a balance of cultural expedition insights and physical activity set amongst some of Northern Vientam’s most stunning landscape sceneries that Pure Sapa has to offers. Crossing valleys and rivers and following winding trails through untouched hill tribe villages, by ranges of mountain high. We trek well off the beaten track and experience a privileged chance to meet and stay with interesting hilltribe minority diverse which traditions have maintained for centuries.   

Duration: 4 days & 3 nights
Grade: Moderate Trek
Activities: 3 day trek with flexibility
Accommodation: 2 night homestay and 1 night hotel
Tour Type: Private touring

Highlights
Off the beaten track, cultural expedition
Advantaged from our knowledge guide, best interaction with local on behalf
Experience the culture diverse which is interesting and have maintained for centuries
Do as much or as little as you like

Itinerary at a glance
            Night 1: 8pm boarding Hanoi – Lao Cai overnight train
DAY 1: SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI  - TA VAN – CAU MAY (~ 15km)
            Inclusion:  Transfer, guide, entrance fees, all meals, permit, homestay.
            Approximate 5 hours | Homestay
DAY 2: GIANG TA CHAI – SUPAN - THANH KIM – THANH PHU
            Inclusion:  Transfer, guide, entrance fees, all meals, permit, homestay.
            Approximate 7 hours | Homestay
DAY 3: MY SON – NAM TOONG – BAN HO - SAPA
            Inclusion:  Transfer, guide, entrance fees, all meals, permit, hotel.
            Approximate 7 hours | Hotel
DAY 4: SAPA – LAO CAI – HANOI AT YOUR LEISURELY TREK
          Inclusion:  Transfer, guide, train ticket, entrance fees, all meals, permit.
          Trekking: ~ 4-10km, approximate 4 hours
          8pm boarding Lao Cai – Hanoi train overnight, 5am following day arrive Hanoi.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai Overnight Train
8pm you will be met by our travel expert to fulfill the pack list and escorted to Hanoi railway station. Boarding the train.

DAY 1: SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI - TAVAN – CAU MAY

05h15 you will arrive at the last arrival station – Lao Cai station.  Picked up and drive up to Sapa. First of all, get shower, luggage store and then enjoy big breakfast before trekking down to Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai, villages of black H’mong people. After a picnic lunch, keep on alongside Muong Hoa stream, over suspension bridges to Ta Van village of the Dzay people.

Keep trekking to Cau May (Rattan Suspension bridge) - Giang Ta Chai. Visit and stay overnight with a local family of the Dzay minority. With your tour guide and the house owners, we will set up a temporary cooking class to learn how to cook Vietnamese food for dinner. Enjoying your dinner and getting to know local typical traditional customs, cultural….

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, entrance fees, full-day meals, permit, homestay.
Trekking: Approximately  6-7 hours

DAY 2: GIANG TA CHAI -  SU PAN – THANH KIM – THANH PHU

In the early morning you will be sure to be woken up by the households but lucky to see how is their daily life for a new day coming! Enjoy some pancakes made by your tour guide’s skillful hands.

Start a new trek into Hoan Lien Son National Park by more stunning landscapes and other ethnic minority villages dotted further your eyes sigh. Visit Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Dao minority and then continue that trail to Su Pan Village for lunch. After lunch, trek down to Thanh Kim village and then Thanh Phu for overnight.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, entrance fees, full-day meals, permit, homestay.
Trekking: Approximately 6-7 hours

DAY 3: THANH PHU – MY SON – NAM TOONG – SU PAN - SAPA

Challenge on your feet to discover the unexplored areas. After breakfast, a new trek for us throughout Thanh Phu to My Son, here you will visit, meet and talk with the Xa Pho minority, the least hill tribe of Sapa. Learn more about the Xa Pho group and then up to Nam Toong, a beautiful village of the red Dzap still hidden and really less explored by tourist.

Reach Ban Ho village of the Tay minority, here you can refresh up by swimming at the Lavie waterfall. After lunch in Ban Ho, we continue our trek up to lower Su Pan and drive back Sapa town. Check in hotel for relaxation Free time and overnight in Sapa

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, entrance fees, full-day meals, permit, hotel.
Trekking: Approximately 6-7 hours

DAY 4: LAO CAI – HANOI OVER NIGHT TRAIN
This day is designed to your freedom to enjoy from hard trekking to leisurely at a Massage. Here are some option you may interest in:

Opt 1: Discover Sapa Town, relaxing, wandering to local market, shopping, or walking down to surrounding villages.
Opt 2: Trek the trails less traveled to Taphin village  
Opt 2: Join one of a Colorful markets in the corner of northwest.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, entrance fees, full-day meals, permit, hotel.
Trekking: Approximately 2-4 hours.

* 8pm boarding Lao Cai – Hanoi over night train, after 8 hours we arrive at Tran Quy Cap railway station in Hanoi. End service
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, entrance fees, full-day meals, permit, hotel.
Trekking: Approximately 2-4 hours.
Train Schedule
SP1: Depart Hanoi – Lao Cai: (21:40 - 05:45) 
SP3: Depart Hanoi – Lao Cai: (22:00 - 06:30) 
SP2: Depart Lao Cai - Hanoi (20:35 - 4:45)
SP4: Depart Lao Cai - Hanoi (21:05 - 5:30)

All cabins are equipped with air-conditional and soft linens and basic necessities like individual reading light with the aim of making your stay the most enjoyable. Each carriage has one toilet at the end and open during journey.
The bunk berths are  comfortable, but if  you are taller than 1.83cm, you won’t be able to fully stretch out. You might pull your legs a bit. The ride is comfortable but it can be noisy of the train track is a bit bumpy ride. 

Based on experiences from our past travellers, we have some tips which may help you to have better trip to Sapa:
Luggage: You have to carry your own luggage during the trekking hence you should have a bagpack to carry necessary things like water, camera, personal stuff..

What to wear? You shoud have comfortable walking shoes, sandals, flip-flops, warm clothes for Winter ( Nov – April), raincoat, small umbrella, waterproof bags ( for the wet day) 

What to bring? Personal health care, insect repellent,  anti-diarrhea pills , spare batteries or charger, plastic bags for dirty clothes, toiletries ( specially when you’re going to sleep in village)...

How much for tip? Tip is welcomed and it depends on your budget. A tip after receiving good services will be greatly and genuinely. ( Generally around 50,000 vnd – 200,000 vnd per person – equal 2 usd – 10 usd)

Something you should not DO: don’t use drugs, don’t touch the sacred objests , don’t drink too much and make noise, don’t kiss in public, don’t take photos before asking their permission ( specially to elderly)

Why travel with Finnegans?
Our expert local guides are the best available and to ensure the smooth operation of all trips, our partners in Sapa continually work with us to improve our itineraries to ensure we are taking the ‘paths less travelled’. Most importantly, our adventures always aim to benefit the local people we interact with, safeguard the ecosystems we explore and contribute to the sustainability of travel in the regions we experience.

More than a tour operator - Finnegans team offer service of dedication for our clients.

Luguage store – Before you leave for the trip, our travel expert will give you advises what to pack up and necessary gear to enjoy your vacation at comfort, your big bag are store in the hotel with a safety store.

Hand-picked itineraries – Not like the other hotel, you are disturbed to get involved through day and night to book the tour with, our hotels are your peaceful bases during Hanoi, and tour booking is out of your obligation. Who wants to explore the exciting regions of Sapa, our travel experts are always ready to help you to design your itinerary to your specific needs.  Our extensive knowledge and year-contacts in each region enable us to tailor your trips with boundless possibilities. We sell you what we are experts at.

Service like no other- Travel production is invisible, and words of advertising are flying-wing one, the traveled only experience the real promise after the trip. At finnegans, we do like no other with taking your deposit and balance after the tour finished to confident to state that our service is like no other.

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