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Highlights

This Ha Giang tour will take you through the awe-inspiring panoramas of Ha Giang and Dong Van, travelling along the mountain hugging Ma Pi Leng Pass and through the valleys. You will journey through the sprawling lands of tea plantations, the stone forests of the Dong Van Plateau and into the ethnic minority communities to stay with local people and explore the fascinating markets.

Itinerary

5 days Ha Giang Adventure

Hanoi, Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Quan Ba, Hanoi.

Day 1 Hanoi / Ha Giang (Lunch and dinner)

In the morning we depart Hanoi by car and our first stop is at the tiny village in Thung Uyen, home to Dao and H’mong people. This offers us ample opportunities to meet the locals going about their way of life. As the day progresses, we drive to various walking trails surrounded by magical hills and beautiful villages. Around sunset, we arrive at the village of Ha Giang. Here, we have some free time to capture the tranquil pace of life before our dinner is prepared in a local homestay. After dessert we retire to our homestay for the night in a traditional wooden stilt house.

Day 2 Ha Giang / Quan Ba / Dong Van (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Beautiful hiking trails and villagers greet us at Quan Ba. The terrain features verdant and small hillocks, seasonal farmlands and is home to Dao and Tay people. During our hike we take time to meet the locals going about their day. Also, stop and visit the infamous Vuong Palace, a H’mong family of high rank during French colonial rule – this palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to its mixed style of European and Chinese architecture. We head down the mountain and find Dong Van, a beautiful town surrounded by impressive rock formations. Here, we stay overnight in a charming hotel and we need to get a permit for you in order to stay over night in town because you are foreigners.

Day 3 Dong Van trekking / Meo Vac (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

The hike for today is through remote and beautiful countryside of Dong Van where we pass through several villages along tracks used by the local people. We are rewarded with a brilliant backdrop of picturesque valleys covered in rice paddies. The H’mong and Hoa people, who are the local ethnic minorities, exhibit their friendliness through their colorful clothing and warm hospitality. If it is a Sunday which means we get the opportunity to visit the vibrant Dong Van market where regional wares are brought and sold by various minority groups. After the market, we travel to Lung Cu flagpole where is about 24km from the central of Dong Van district. Lung Cu mount is liken as “a high forehead of the motherland” where marks the extreme North of our country. From its top, visitors can see the whole of beautiful and spectacular landscape. When we are in Lung Cu, we also will visit a small village around the area. Turn around back to Dong Van, then, drive to the peak of Ma Pi Leng which gives stunning views of the mountains and sweeping valleys. We arrive Meo Vac in late afternoon.

Day 4 Meo Vac / Yen Minh / Quan Ba / Hagiang (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

We drive the scenic journey up through rugged outcrops to the beautiful town of Meo Vac. Set amongst towering mountains, Meo Vac is home to some H’mong and Hoa farming families. The scenery up here is breathtakingly beautiful. As the sun sets, we descend due south to Phuong Do Village where we stay overnight in a traditional wooden stil-house.

Day 5 Hagiang / Hanoi (Breakfast and lunch)

After a local breakfast we take a relaxing hike into a nearby village with a very lively market. Here, the Dao, Tay and H’mong people exchange their locally made arts and crafts. Those who relish an energetic hike have one more chance to take a short trek into the mountains while others can stroll peacefully around the village. This is followed by our return journey to Hanoi, arriving around 6pm.

Trip cost

– $459USD per person for a group of 2 to 6 people.

– $425USD per person for a group of 7 to 8 people.

The facts…

Physical activities:

Our itinerary includes hikes with:

– a 5 – 7 km hike on Day 1.

– a 9 – 10 km hike on Day 2.

– a 7 – 9 km hike on Day 3.

– a 6 – 8 km hike on Day 4.

– a 5 – 7 km hike on Day 5.

We need to be reasonably fit as the walks and the hikes can be challenging sometimes, depending on the weather conditions.

From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot. From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.

Transport:

– Vehicle.

Tour Guides:

Our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak excellent English or French.

They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

Accommodation:

– homestays (2 nights).

– hotels (2 nights).

We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, from local restaurants, markets or homes.

We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.

 

The cost of the trip includes:

– accommodation.

– transportation.

– meals listed on the itinerary.

– Tour Guides.

– entrance fees.

– permits during guided excursions.

The cost of the trip does not include:

– travel insurance.

– expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, gratuity etc.

What to take:

Pack essentials for 5 days, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable hiking shoes.

Take a small day pack for walking, hiking and trekking.

It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.

We also recommend packing: towel, personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat…

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