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Trekking Ha Giang

Overview

Explore colourful ethnic groups and experience the sheer thrill of travelling along tortuous roads that you’ll never forget. This trekking trip will take you to the most impressive region of Vietnam, and over five days you will discover colourful local markets of the various ethnic minority communities, trek through the soaring mountains and experience the dizzying mountain passes of Dong Van and Ma Pi Leng.

 

Note: This tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

 

Travel Highlights

  • Ha Giang: a firsthand breathtaking karst mountain views, vibrant markets, blankets of flowers, and distinct minority communities. Read more!

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01:HANOI - HA GIANG (-/L/D)

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi at around 8am. We will set out towards Ha Giang via Tuyen Quang, passing countless tea plantations, mountains and ethnic minority villages along the way.

You will have lunch at a local restaurant in Tuyen Quang, before arriving in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Time permitting, you can explore the town and meet the local people before you’re served dinner and stay overnight in a local Tay house.

DAY 02:TREKKING IN HA GIANG (B/L/D)

Today you will begin your trekking adventure by setting out form the homestay in the morning and trekking for about 6 to 8 hours to the village of Lung Vai. Along this trek, you’ll get to take in the beauty of the terraced rice paddies, majestic mountains and serene palm-tree forests. You’ll also run into people from many different ethnic groups along the way, such as Man and Dao, who are generally more than happy to stop and interact with travellers for a short while.

You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch amidst nature before continuing to the remote village of Khuoi My. En route there will be many farmers working in the fields, and if we have the time you can even join in for some farm work if you so desire.

Finally, we move on to Ban Tha Village, where our driver will pick you up and drive you to Nam Dam, where you can enjoy a home-cooked local meal and spend the night in a homestay operated by a Dzao family.

DAY 03:HA GIANG - DONG VAN (B/L/D)

As we set out from Ha Giang after getting our permit from the immigration office, your journey to Dong Van will be filled with spectacular landscapes in the form of a series of long passes. En route you will stop for lunch at the small and beautiful mountain village of Tam Son, before heading to the majestic “King of the H’mong Palace”, a fortress built by a local chief, Vuong Chin Duc, who allied himself with French forces against the Viet Minh. Built in the 1900’s, this palace was designed in the style of ancient Chinese architecture dating to the Qing era, and it was made from materials such as solid stone blocks, wood and terracotta tiles.

You will stop for lunch in the mountain town of Dong Van, before heading out on a 3.5 hour trek to the highest mountain in Dong Van where you can enjoy some truly breath-taking panoramic views. We’ll also visit H’mong, Lo Lo and Giay ethnic villages in this incredible, untouched frontier region.

Rounding out the day, you will be driven back 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 get to explore Dong Van Old Quarter, before making the trek up to Pu Lo fortress which was built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire region, before climbing 15 km to the top of Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, and canyons before descending into the valley of Meo Vac.

Once the trekking is done, you will be driven back to Ha Giang for dinner and an overnight stay in a hotel.

DAY 5:HA GIANG - HANOI (B/L/-)

On the final day of the tour, we’ll take you along the road less travelled to get back to Hanoi. On this route you’ll follow the rivers as it snakes from pass to pass through the hills of Central-North Vietnam. The locals here are likely to be fascinated by your presence, as the area sees very few foreign visitors, so it’s a great time to interact with the locals and learn about their culture.

Before we reach Hanoi we’ll make a stop in Duong Lam Ancient Village, where centuries old houses can be viewed and explored. Finally we’ll you off at your hotel in Hanoi after stopping for lunch in a local restaurant along the way.

TOUR PRICE

This trip is organized for private group only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please send us an enquiry to get the price of your group and your travel date.

 

Note: Please note that due to cost efficiency, we only organize tour for at least two people.

Inclusions

For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
    • Mineral water 2 bottles/person/day.
    • Travel on private, modern & comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a caring driver for all transfers and ground transportation (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT DRIVER”).
    • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Entry fee for all mentioned sites for visit.
    • Qualified local tour guides during the whole trip (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT GUIDE”).

Exclusions

    • Domestic & International flight tickets.
    • Transportation vehicles not listed in the itinerary.
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Drink, telephone, laundry and all that is not clearly mentioned in the “INCLUSIONS”.
    • Tips and personal expenses.
    • Insurances.
    • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

Accommodation List

Please note that the hotels mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotel, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value.
DestinationAcommodationStarNights
Ha GiangMr. Cay's Homestay1
Quan BaMr. Doan's Homestay1
Dong VanHoa Cuong Dong Van Hotel31
Ha GiangTruong Xuan Resort31

Cancellation by Customer

    • Cancellation received before 15 days: FREE of charge
    • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
    • Cancellation received from 2 days to 6 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
    • Cancellation received less than 1 day prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

FAQs

1. How do I reserve my tours with The Terrible Tour Guide Travel?

Just complete and send the reservation form on our website, making sure that you have given us your e-mail address and phone number. As soon as we receive your request we will contact you to confirm the reservation. It is our policy to reply to all requests within 24 hours.

2. Do you have tours available on specific dates?

Almost all of our tours are daily departure. To make a booking, you must submit a reservation form. Then we process the booking and reply to you within 24 hours.

3. I don’t want to make a reservation online, what can I do?

You can reserve by phone or WhatsApp: You can call our 24/7 call center hotline at + 84 343 470 507 (also available on WhatsApp)

4. Can I make a reservation directly through a travel agent?

Yes, of course if you would like to make a reservation directly with the tour operator or travel agent, you will need to contact them directly. However, we are in good position to make the offer, make the booking and run the trip as we are a local tour operator.

5. What if the preferred hotel is not available?

You will be notified via an e-mail (within 24 hours after placing your order) and we will do our best to suggest or book an alternative similar hotel based on your preferences and our experience.

6. What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?

We can only guarantee bookings made at least 3-working days (not including Sun & Public holidays) before the departure date.

7. How far in advance can I book?

You can book as far as 24 months in advance, but please ensure you remember you have made the reservation. We will charge 30% of total rate is required upon the confirmation of services require full payment 60 days before departure.
You can expect to receive the invoice as a reminder well in advance of your trip.

8. How do I make a reservation for someone else?

To complete a reservation for someone else, simply type in his or her name instead of yours for guest name. Don’t forget to use your email address to receive your confirmation information.

9. What happens to my tour booking if my flight is delayed?

Please inform us and the hotel immediately as any changes or fee will depend on the hotel policy. We will also try our best to offer you similar ground services.

10. Is it reliable to book online?

Making an online reservation is easy and safe. Just complete the secure reservations form (SSL – 128bit), making sure that you give us your e-mail address. As soon as we receive your request we will reply within 24 hours.

Every booking with us will add 1$ US to our humanitarian project to help increase development capacity for ethnic groups in northern Vietnam. At the meantime, we are focusing on helping children in remote mountainous villages in Vietnam, major destinations of our tours.

As travelers, you can join us too. Donations of unwanted clothes, books and toys are welcome and warmly appreciated. You can also take part in our regular mission trips to these hill tribal communities.