An expedition to discover Vietnamese ethnic minorities and experience the excitement of walking along exquisite paths that you’ll never forget. This trekking journey will take you to the most impressive area of Vietnam. In a 5-day tour, you will explore the colorful local markets of various ethnic communities, walk through soaring mountains, and experience the thrilling paths of Dong Van and Ma Pi Leng Pass.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang (L / D)
Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi at around 8 AM. We will set our journey 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 entering Ha Giang in the late afternoon. If time permits, you can explore the town, meet and talk with the locals before having dinner at the local family. The night is spent with the local family of Tay ethic group.
Day 2: Trekking in Ha Giang (B / L / D)
Today you will start your trekking adventure from 6 to 8 hours to Lung Vai village. Along the trip, you can admire the beauty of terraced rice fields, majestic mountains, and serene palm trees. You will also have a chance to meet people of different ethnic groups (such as Man and Dao people) in their daily life, who are generally more than happy to stop and interact with travellers for a short while.
You can enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of nature before continuing to the remote village Khuoi My. Along the way there will be many farmers working in the fields, and if you have time and interest , you can experience some farming jobs.
Finally, we move to Ban Tha Village, where our driver will pick up and take us to Nam Dam to enjoy a local home-cooked meal and stay overnight at a homestay run by a Dzao family.
Day 3: Quan Ba - Dong Van (B / L / D)
As we depart from Ha Giang after having a permit from the immigration office, your prolonged journey to Dong Van will be filled with breathtaking landscapes. 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.
At the end of the day, you will be transferred back to Dong Van for dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ha Giang (B / L / D)
After breakfast, you will explore Dong Van Old Quarter then move to the next stop of the Pu Lo fortress 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 will take you to a less traveled route back to Hanoi. On this route, the locals here are likely to be mesmerized by your presence as the area has welcomed very few foreign tourists. So this is a great time to interact with the locals and learn about their culture.
Before reaching Hanoi, we will stop at Duong Lam ancient Village, where you can catch the sight of centuries-old houses.
Lastly, we will take you to your hotel in Hanoi after stopping for lunch at a local restaurant along the way.