For trekking opportunities, mountainous areas of northern Vietnam should be among the best places all over the country. As Sapa offers a wide range of trekking spots from easy to hard level, depending on your trekking ability and skills, you can choose the trekking route which is most suitable. You can visit Vietnam travel tours to get more information.
Sapa easy trekking
Taking you nearly two days, an easy trekking route will give you a brief understanding of Sapa together with local tribal residents while admiring the exceptionally charming natural vistas.
From Sapa town, you will follow the main road for about an hour to depart for a walk to Muong Hoa Valley before turning right to a foot path downhill. If the weather is nice enough, you will definitely have an amazing chance to witness the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, including Fansipan Peak. Then, through a suspension bridge, you will go uphill to Y Linh Ho village to visit H’mong people’s house and catch a closer insight into their daily activities. You will get to Lao Chai- one large village of H’mong people, and then Ta Van- the area where Zay communities gather after two hours of climbing up and down the hills. To know more about the culture of ethnic people by visiting local homes and schools or joining their meals, you can choose to stay at Ta Van for a night.
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Other destinations are Giang Ta Chai- Red Dao people’s village that is located on the top of the hill looking down Muong Hoa River and Hau Thao Village, where many Dao and H’mong women gather for trading and exchanging handicrafts. To make friend and feel the hospitality of local ethnic people, this should be the best way.
Sapa medium trekking
Even though the route for Sapa’s medium trekking is quite similar to the easy one, since travelers will have a few-hour walk through Cat Cat Village locating near the bottom of the deep valley right at the foot of Fansipan Peak before heading to Muong Hoa valley, it lasts longer. Muong Hoa valley is an old village of Black H’mong people where travelers can discover not only many fascinating facts about their ordinary life but also their rich culture and unique architecture.
Sapa hard trekking
As it will take at least three days to complete trekking to the top of Fansipan Peak- the Indochina’s Rooftop, which is the most challenging route for travelers. It is impossible to trek by yourselves. It is a must to accompany with a local experienced guide and porter who know the route well. Follow the itinerary of passing Cat Cat Village, crossing Muong Hoa River and trekking upward for almost 7 hours to reach the first campsite at an elevation of 2300m.
As trekking through the bamboo forests and Arrowroot plantations, tourists may encounter some difficulties hiking as the terrain from the first campsite becomes steeper. The trek to the second campsite at the altitude of 2900m, on the mountain slope facing west, near a mountain stream, going through primary forest where you can see giant old pine trees and more bamboo will begin your next day.
The third day, when you climb to the peak of Mt. Fansipan, at the height of 3143m, will be the summit day. Due to the dense bamboo forest, the final part will take up to three hours, but as from the peak, you can see the best panorama of Vietnam, it is worthy your effort.
Last but not least, you are recommended to try the easy trekking with this tour of Exploring Sapa 3 days by land first. After that, you can decide what type of Sapa trekking you prefer joining.
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- Exploring Sapa 3D-2N by land
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