Probably a lot of people are still concerned about 2 forms of traveling in Sapa, which are Sapa hiking and Sapa trekking. Many visitors suppose them to be pretty the same regardless of their different names. However, we can differentiate these 2 kinds of traveling if we take into account more details. This article is about helping you distinguish between these 2 forms and providing some additional information to help you prepare for your amazing Sapa trekking or hiking tour. Let’s take a look!
What is hiking?
Sapa is one of the most interesting destination for those who are excited to have a hiking tour through hiking trails. It is possible to understand hiking as an outdoor picnic activity where you have to walk through available trail being built before. This could be refered to long walking or mountain climbing.
Hiking is quite different from trekking, in fact!
This tourism type is pretty common in Western countries, especially in Canada and USA. In recent years, the Vietnamese adolescent also respond to these kind of tourism with positive attitude. You can organize a hiking tour by yourself and go hiking within your group of friends, or else you can simply participate in a Sapa tour held by experienced travel agent, so that tour guides can guide tourists throughout the journey to destination.
The diversity and pristine nature make Sapa become an ideal place for those who love exploring and discovering something new and unidentified. Moreover, you could have a chance to conquer the legendary Fansipan summit, as well as trek to the infamous Ham Rong summit during your hiking trail.
How about Sapa trekking?
This has been a confusion for youngsters, as a majority of people assume that there is no significant difference between hiking and trekking, yet the truth is not what people generally believe!
While hiking is about walking on available roads or trails being created before, trekking requires tourists walking through more craggy terrain, with more challenges included. Trekking, especially Sapa trekking, would require a lot of strength and experience for safety!
Trekking is much more challenging with craggy terrain!
Some tips before having a Sapa trekking tour: Because of craggy terrain and possibly bad weather during your trekking tour, it is recommended for travellers to be in good condition before going trekking, while preparing thoroughly for everything in advance: packing, trekking route, foods, drinks …
What to prepare for your Sapa trekking tour?
Some things you should keep in mind before trekking:
- Bring LOTS OF warm clothes, rain coat, hiking boot or sneakers.
- Prepare a waterproof bag with attached belt to keep it steady.
- Snacks or canned food for easy carrying.
- Take some advices from prior tourists about Sapa trekking tour in order to prepare for more stable mentality.
- Do not overwhelm yourself by trying too hard. It is better to take some rest during the trekking before continuing.
- You are not advised to separate from group, especially when crossing dangerous path and terrain.
Do not forget to prepare before your Sapa trekking tour!