Sa Pa Tribes and soft treks

Explore spectacular natural landscapes that are home to some of the most colourful hill tribes in Asia. Trek through the lush countryside of Northern Vietnam and experience the vibrancy of a morning market before continuing through thick forests, past waterfalls and into hill tribe villages. 

The best trekking conditions in Sapa are during the months between September & November, and from March to May.

Guide Price: £629 per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room).

Air-conditioned private vehicle and English-speaking driver/guide.

Standard hotel accommodation including breakfast.

Not Included - International flights.

The guide price is subject to availability, fluctuations in the exchange rate and travel dates. Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) are subject to supplementary charges and compulsory meals. Please call us for an individual quote.

  • Trek and bike to remote villages and visit busy morning markets to mingle with members of Vietnam’s diverse ethnic groups.
  • Sleep alongside the Nam Cang River in a small bungalow and at Topas Ecolodge, surrounded by mountain views.
  • Admire Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest peak, and cross through spectacular river valleys untouched by the modern world.
Sa Pa Tribes and soft treks at a glance
  • Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai
  • Day 2: Lao Cai to Sapa
  • Day 3: Sapa to Nam Cang
  • Day 4: Nam Cang to Topas Ecolodge
  • Day 5: Topas Ecolodge to Hanoi
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Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai by train

Transfer to Hanoi Train Station for the overnight train to Lao Cai, the gateway to Sapa and the exotic mountainous Northwest.

Overnight on the train in a soft sleeper compartment.

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Day 2: Lao Cai to Sa Pa

You will be met on arrival at Lao Cai station for a transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population - flashes of shining silver jewellery from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad H'mong and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red Dao can be seen. After check-in, head to the local market. It is here that the Red Dao, Black H’Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts and to buy provisions.

Follow with a light trek to discover Sapa's quaint hill tribe villages set against the stunning Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and Indochina's highest peak, Mt. Fansipan.  The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to roam around and discover Sapa town on your own.

Overnight in Sapa.

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Day 3: Sapa to Nam Cang

After breakfast, leave Sapa with your driver and guide and head into the beautiful Hoang Lien National Park. Meet some of the biggest group of minorities in this area, particularly the striking Black H’ mong people, famous for their indigo-coloured clothing and silver necklaces.

Take a light trek for a few hours to the Red Dao village of Nam Cang. Check into the room in the rustic but charming Nam Cang Riverside Lodge. After check-in, take some time to explore the village, swim in the river, or relax at the riverside veranda. Dinner is served at the lodge’s big wooden table or at the terrace overlooking the river. Note that this an atmospheric wooden lodge in a remote location, with small and simple private guest rooms and shared bathrooms.

Overnight in Nam Cang Riverside Lodge.

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Day 4: Nam Cang to Topas Ecolodge

In the morning, take a guided walk into the nearby beautiful valley. Walk along the river before reaching the local forest, famous for its cardamom. Enjoy stunning views on this walk and the peaceful silence of the remote countryside. On the return back, visit one of the small, remote houses of the Red Dao families.

In the afternoon, a private transfer will be provided to the spectacularly located Topas Ecolodge. This lodge has perhaps the most breathtaking location and finest views in Vietnam! From a private bungalow balcony, enjoy an aerial view over the surrounding mountainous area.

Day 5: Topas Ecolodge to Hanoi

At 15:00, Topas Mountain Express departs from Topas Ecolodge for the return journey to Hanoi.

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