Are you getting tired with the daily hustle life in the cities?
Do you want to find a peaceful and of course beautiful place to escape from the noisy, busy city?
Then a Sapa tour which starts from Hanoi is absolutely what you need.
If you’re afraid whether it can be too hard to make a trekking tour to such a primitive and undiscovered Sapa, don’t worry, we divided all the trekking tours in 3 levels: easy, medium and hard. Up to your experiences and passion, you can choose which level suits you the most, so that you can really enjoy your trip.
Sapa easy trekking
An easy Sapa trekking tour will bring you a brief understanding of Sapa and its ethnic minority people while watching the stunningly beautiful natural vistas.
From Sapa town, you will depart for a walk to Muong Hoa Valley by following the main road for about an hour before turning right to a foot path downhill. You will have a chance to witness the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, including Fansipan Peak if the weather is nice enough. A suspension bridge then will lead you uphill to Y Linh Ho village, where you can visit H’mong people’s house and have a closer view on their daily lives. After two hours of climbing up and down the hills, you will reach Lao Chai- one large village of H’mong people, and then Ta Van- the area where Zay communities gather. You can choose to stay at Ta Van for a night, to find out more about the culture of ethnics people by joining their meals or visiting local homes and schools.
Villages of ethnic minority people in Sapa
The next morning, you can take the trail uphill, passing through picturesque terraced rice fields before getting to a bamboo forest and a waterfall. A half-of-an-hour hike will lead to Giang Ta Chai – Red Dao people’s village which is on the top of the hill looking down Muong Hoa River, and if you cross another suspension bridge and walk uphill, they will reach Hau Thao Village. You can see many H’mong and Dao women gathering here for trading and exchanging handicrafts. This is the best way to make friend and feel the hospitality of local ethnic people.
See more: Sapa Day Tours
Sapa medium trekking
The medium level of a trekking tour in Sapa is quite similar to the easy one, but lasts longer as before heading to Muong Hoa valley, you will have a two-hour walk through Cat Cat Village locating near the bottom of the deep valley right at the foot of Fansipan Peak. This is an old village of Black H’mong people where you can discover many interesting facts about their ordinary life as well as culture and architecture.
Stunning Muong Hoa Valley
Sapa hard trekking
Trekking to the top of Fansipan Peak – The Roof of Indochina is the toughest and most challenging route for any adventures, as it will take you about three days to complete the hike. You cannot trek by yourself but need a local experienced guide and porter who understand the route deeply.
Fansipan Peak is always a great challenge to any adventurer
To reach the first campsite at an elevation of 2300m, you will follow the itinerary of passing Cat Cat Village, crossing Muong Hoa River and trekking upward for nearly 7 hours.
The terrain from the first campsite will become steeper and make it difficult to hike as you trek through the Arrowroot plantations and bamboo forests. And you will spend your night sleeping in bamboo hut or tent.
The next day will continue with the trek to the second campsite at the altitude of 2900m, passing through primary forest where people can see giant old pine trees and more bamboo. The campsite is on the mountain slope facing west, near a mountain stream.
The third day will be the summit day as tourist will climb to the peak of Mt. Fansipan, with the height of 3143m. The final part will take up to three hours due to the dense bamboo forest, but it is worthy as from the peak, tourists can see the best panorama of Vietnam.
The last day of the trip is spent for trekking downhill back to Sapa.
See more: Sapa Fansipan 3 Days / 4 Nights
No matter which kinds of level you choose, you can always contemplate the amazingly beautiful scenery of Sapa, enjoy the slow life while walking through the ethnic villages, and take deep breaths of fresh air there. Does that sound interesting enough for you to start a journey to Sapa right now?
And don’t forget to stay in a local house here, be their guest and try their traditional fructus crataegi wine! This journey will definitely leave you the most memorable experiences, I’m sure!
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