With this tour I will bring you to the village of Ta Phin, where we will spend the night in the home of a Red Dzao Family.
On the first day we will start trekking from Sapa and walk downhill to the small village of Suoi Ho, which is inhabited by the Hmong ethnic minority. From here you will have an amazing view over the wide valley with the sloping rice terraces. We will slowly descend into the valley and continue our way on the edges of the rice fields to Ma Tra, a Black Hmong Village.
From Ma Tra we continue the trek to Lung Khau, a small village, where we will have lunch before we walk to Ta Phin. In this village you will meet the Red Dzao minority group. The Red Dzao are famous for there knowledge of ancient herbal medicines. You will walk through Ta Phin and I will tell you everything about the traditions of this hilltribe.
When we arrive at the homestay you will be welcomed by the Red Dzao family where we will spend the night. You can take a traditional herbal bath or walk around in the village, before we have dinner.
The next morning we will have a breakfast in the homestay. After saying goodbye to the family we walk to the main road where transportation will be waiting to bring us back to Sapa. We start trekking in Sapa again for our second adventure. This time we leave the town on the other side and will descend into the beautiful Muong Hoa Valley.
Soon we will reach a small but fast flowing river that we will follow. The trail leads through an astonishing landscape,with mountains and steep rising ricepaddies, rivers, local houses. You can watch the farmers working their fields.
In Y Linh Ho, a small village of the Hmong minority, we will cross the bridge. From here we walk up and down. We trail leads over the edges of the rice fields and we will cross some hills before we enter the village of Lao Chai, one of the oldest and largest Hmong villages in the area. This is the village I was born and I will tell you everything about my village. If we have enough time I can even bring you to my family-house up in the mountains or we can visit my brother.
From Lao Chai we will walk to Ta Van Village, mostly inhabited by the Zay and Hmong ethnic minorities. If it is the right time of the year you can see the people planting rice or harvesting it. I will learn you all about the differences between the ethnic minority groups.
The second night we spend with a Black Hmong or Zay family. In the afternoon you will have some free time to go swimming in the river or walk around in the village. You can also watch the family cook dinner.
When you wake up the third morning you can enjoy the view while having a breakfast. From Ta Van we will be walking uphill untill we reach a bamboo forest. We keep walking until we reach the top of a waterfall. From here you have a beautiful view to the village of Giang ta Chai.
We will walk to the river down in the valley. We will cross a small stream and walk through to village of Giang ta Chai. Here we will have a well deserved lunch. After lunch transportation will be waiting for us to bring us back to Sapa.
This tour includes 3 lunches, 2 breakfasts, 2 diners, 2 nights in a Homestay, the village entree fees and transport back to Sapa.
Bring good shoes, the trails can be quite slippery. Also a Waterproof Jacket, comfortable clothes and mosquito repellent are recommended.
Spend the night with a Red Dzao family and discover the beauty of Muong Hoa Valley
THREE DAYS: VISIT TA PHIN AND TA VAN
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Please note that all tours described are just examples to give you an insight in the possibilities. The itinarary of the tour can be modified to your wishes. Please contact me for more information.
In the area around Sapa there is a wide variety of homestays. Some of them are traditional local houses with a few extra beds. Here you stay with just the family and enjoy a real authentic experience. Usually these homestays do not have comforts like a western toilet or a (hot) shower.
Other homestays are more like simple guesthouses in the village, which you will share with other travellers. The bigger homestays have hot showers and western style toilets. You still stay in an ethnic minority village surrounded by traditional families, so you will have the chance to experience the village life in it’s full glory.
Before we start the trek I will discuss the different options with you, so you can choose the homestay to your like. If you have any questions about the homestay, please let me know.
Sapa - Suoi Ho - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van
3 Days, 2 Nights