In this three-day trekking tour I will take you to the village of Ban Ho (about 25km from Sapa) We will spend two nights in a local Homestay.
On the first day we start trekking in Sapa and the first part of this hike we will be walking downhill. From the main road a small path will lead us into the 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 charming little town inhabited by the Hmong minority, we will cross the bridge. From here the road goes up and down. We will walk over the edges of the rice fields and 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 the centuries old traditions of the local people who still live of self sufficient farming. If we have enough time I can even bring you to my family-house up in the mountains.
From Lao Chai we will walk to Ta Van Village, mostly inhabited by the Giay 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.
When we reach the homestay you can walk around in the village, go to the river for a swim or watch the family cook dinner.
When you wake up the next morning and open the window you can see the clouds flowing through the valley while the sun starts to rise above the mountains. After a nice breakfast in the homestay we will start the trek of the next day. From the village 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 descend to the river down in the valley. we will reach the other side of the small stream and walk to the village From here we continue the trek to the village of Su Pan. After lunch, we walk to the village of Ban Ho. Here we meet the Tay family we will spend the night. Ban Ho is a beautiful village with stilthouses. There is a small waterfall where you can swim, or you can enjoy your free time walking around in the village. In the homestay we have a nice dinner. The night you will spend in one of the traditional stilthouses.
After a nice breakfast in Ban Ho we continue walking to the village Nam Toong, about 3km from Ban Ho. In this village you can learn everything about the Red Dzao minority that lives here. The Red Dzao are famous for the red scarfs they wear on their head.
After visiting Nam Toong we walk back to Ban Ho, where we will have lunch. After lunch transportation will be waiting for you to bring you 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.
LOCAL LUNCH INCLUDED
Because I would like to give you an insight in the culture of the ethnic minority tribes in Vietnam it is possible to have a traditional lunch in a local house, prepared by the family. You will get to try traditional dishes of the specific minority group. The costs of a local lunch are usually a bit higher then in a restaurant because of the ingredients and the work for the family. With this tour an optional local lunch is included in the price.
Bring good shoes, the trails can be quite slippery. Also a Waterproof Jacket, comfortable clothes and mosquito repellent are recommended.
Walk through the Muong Hoa Valley to the stilt houses in Ban Ho
THREE DAYS: TREKKING TO BAN HO
Customize your tour:
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 - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Ban Ho
3 Days, 2 Nights