The 5-day trekking to hilltribes of Ha Giang

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Duration : 5 Days
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Type : Private
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Explore the colorful ethnic groups and experience the sheer thrill of travelling along tortuous roads that you’ll never forget. This trip will take you to the most impressive region of Vietnam. Over 5 days you will discover colorful local markets of the ethnic minority communities, trek through the soaring mountains and experience the dizzying mountain passes of Dong Van and the Ma Pi Leng.


Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark

The Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark:  is one of the main draws of this northerly region. Set over 2,346 km2 of rocky mountains and valleys, the incredible landscape is home to many ethnic minority communities. It also offers a great insight into the history of the area with fossils from 500-600 million years ago. The stone forests merge into real forests as the slopes of the mountains strike out into the sky. The mountains behind the long, flat plateau are jagged and dramatic but appear softened by the clouds that gather at the peaks. Spring is the best time to visit when the vivid yellow cai (kale) flowers and subtle pink peach flowers bloom en mass, their sweet hues contrasting with the rich, green forest and cold grey stone.

Dong Van Karst Plateau - Ha Giang

H'mong King Palace

Tucked away in the valley village of Sa Phin, guarded by rows of tall trees, and encased by a stone wall, sits the regal Vuong Palace. Built in 1914 for Vuong Chinh Duc, a Hmong king, this palace has survived both the French and American wars. The large structure features intricate carvings of poppies which represent the opium that was once traded here. You can get a feel for the life of a rich H’mong king as you wander through the ornately decorated rooms and imagine the hoards of precious goods that were stored in underground rooms.

H'mong King Palace - Ha Giang

Stunning scenery from Dong Van to Meo Vac

The mountainous roads from Dong Van to Meo Vac will show you the amazing, unspoilt, natural beauty of this border region. This winding road appears to be perched precariously on the edge of the staggering mountains. The long thin road cuts through the cascading terraces of rice paddies. Driving along this stunning pass, among the towering mountains will make you feel incredibly small as if you are lost in the immensity of nature. From here you will have unrivaled views of the winding and glassy Nho Que river that snakes between the two sides of the mountain range.

Ma Pi Leng Pass - Ha Giang

Quan Ba Heaven Gate

Another stunning road trip runs along Quan Ba Pass which overlooks a Red Dao village. The view from this great height spans the karst geopark with the patchwork of the plateau in the foreground and the mountains fading into the distance.

Quan Ba Heaven Gate - Ha Giang

Special Markets in Ha Giang

One of the best places to immerse yourself in culture is at the Special markets. Here you can meet local people from the surrounding ethnic minority communities. You can peruse the melee of goods on offer and be part of the week’s biggest social event. From the early hours of the morning, when the sunshine is just breaking over the mountains, local people from the surrounding areas will be getting themselves and their goods ready for market. People dress in their finest attire, especially the young women who show their excitement for this social event through their dazzling dresses. As the girls arrive in their stunning outfits, the stalls are set up and ready for a busy day of trading and the men sit down to eat breakfast and share rice wine. The stalls are piled high with brightly colored traditional outfits, handmade incense and mounds of fresh fruit and vegetables. As well as the people, there are also hoards of animals at this market. From the big, slow buffalo and scampering pigs to cages of chirping birds and broods of chickens.

Dong Van Market - Ha Giang


Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Giang (L, D)

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up at around 08:00. You will travel to Ha Giang via Tuyen Quang, crossing tea plantations, mountains and villages of ethnic minority groups. You will have lunch at a local restaurant, arriving in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Time permitting, you can explore the town and meet the local people. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Tay house.

Day 2: Trekking in Ha Giang (B, L, D)

You will set off from the homestay and trek to the village Lung Vai (6-8 hours). Along the trek, you will have the chance to contemplate the beauty of the rice terraces, mountains and palm forests. As you venture through the wild, rugged landscape, you will meet people from the many different ethnic minority communities such as Man and Dao. You will stop for a picnic lunch before continuing the journey to the remote village of Khuoi My. En route, you can see farmers working in the fields, and there may even be the opportunity to have a go yourself. You will travel on to Ban Tha village before being picked up and taken to Nam Dam. Dinner will be served by your host, and you will stay overnight in Dao house.

Day 3: Quan Ba - Dong Van (B, L, D)

After purchasing the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, you will take the spectacular road which leads to Dong Van, a series of long passes and deep valleys. You will then cross a landscape of pine forests and find yourself at the King of the H’mong’s Palace, a grand fortress built by the local chief, Vuong Chin Duc, who was allied with the French against the Viet Minh. It was evacuated in 1950 (his descendants now live in France and Canada) but it almost feels as if they left just yesterday. You will stop for lunch in the mountain town of Dong Van. You will then take 3,5 hours trek on highest mountains of Dong Van for breathtaking panoramic views. You will also have the chance to visit H’Mong, Lo Lo and Giay ethnic villages in this incredible, untouched frontier region. You will drive to Dong Van for dinner and a night in a hotel.

Day 4: Dong Van - Meo Vac - Ha Giang (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you will explore Dong Van Old Quarter, trekking to Pu Lo fortress which was built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire region. You will climb up 15 km to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, and canyons before descending into the valley of Meo Vac. You will travel back to Ha Giang for dinner and stay overnight in a riverside bungalow.

Day 5: Ha Giang - Hanoi (B, L)

You will drive back to Hanoi from Ha Giang, taking a road less travelled. You will follow the river, snaking from pass to pass through the hills of Central North Vietnam. You may find the locals are fascinated by you for few tourists ever take that secret yet spectacular route. You will then pay a visit to Duong Lam Ancient Village where you can see hundreds of ancient houses. After a short stop for lunch in local restaurant, you will return to your hotel in Hanoi.



450$ US per traveler for a private group of 2. This price covers almost everything only except your personal expenses & beverage. There is absolutely no extra charge after confirmation.

Discount for larger group is available .

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+ All transfer & transportation
+ Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
+ Experienced English speaking guide
+ Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets & entrances fees

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Silbia L

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We booked the 5 days Ha Giang tour from Spain (quick response and easy to book). The tour was absolutely perfect: really trained driver and excellent guide, who did everything to make us feel confortable and adapted the tour to our needs (thanks, Huy!). Ha Giang is a stunningly beautiful province, and everything was prepared with care: the homestays (soooooo nice!), the stops in our way, the places we ate in… It is really worth to do this tour. Besides, Huy and Tung (the terrible guide) helped us whith other things in our trip after the tour, and we decided to make with them two more one-day tour. We can´t be more happy with this agency.

October 10, 2017
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