Hiking in the most remote part of Sapa area equals real adventure and great opportunities to experience the natural life of ethnic minority groups living in the mountains. The locals will look with big eyes and followed by happy smiles as this is “off the beaten track”. Along the trail you will meet several different tribes, each with own language and costumes. Stay overnight in a remote village in comfortable riverside lodge.
Your journey from Hanoi to Sapa is by Topas Mountain Express. The 8 seats limousine has luxurious modern interior design with wood and leather, spacious and soft chairs, offers you a comfortable journey.
Day 1: Take Topas Mountain Express to Topas Riverside Lodge. Visit the Nam Cang village.
Day 2: Hiking day to explore the remote Red Dao and Blue H’mong villages.
Day 3: Pure nature walk and take Topas Mountain Express back to Hanoi.
From 6:30 – 7:00 AM, the Topas Mountain Express will pick you up at your hotel and take you directly into the remote mountain of Sapa. From Thanh Phu Bridge, you have another short transfer to Nam Cang village, and check in the tranquil and comfortable Topas Riverside Lodge. You will enjoy lunch at the Lodge, connecting with Nam Cang village by its own suspended bridge.
In the afternoon you will visit Nam Cang village, which locates in the most remote area of Sapa. The Red Dao women wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups. Herbal bath, local medicine and embroidery are some of the things that the Red Dao are very skilled at. Accompanied by your guide, you will explore around the village and learn how the local villagers make writing paper, jewelry and embroidery.
After enjoying your well prepared dinner. Following the dinner it is maybe time to try the famous and traditional Red Dao herbal bath, based on locally handpicked herbs from the nearby jungle.
Approx: Grade: Easy/ 1.5 – 2 hours walking.
Add on: Join a local woman and pick your own mixture of herbs and spend the evening in a special traditional bath, based on your blend. The tour must be pre-booked.
The breakfast is served on the terraces few meters from the river and it is time to yet another beautiful day. Your trek starts with an ascent to a small Blue H’mong village. The Blue H’mong mostly lives in the other side of Hoang Lien Mountain Range and only in the deepest part of Sapa Valley, they are found inhabiting in two small villages. You then take a descent to the Red Dao village of Nam Nhiu, having beautiful views of high mountains, waterfalls and deep valley. You enjoy your picnic lunch at a nice break place.
In the afternoon, you will turn into a small dirt trail and soon be inspired by the marvelous view of the rice valley dotted with bamboo huts, which used by local farmers as overnight lodge in harvesting days. Passing the rice terraces and a pretty river you will walk on a quiet road for a while before arriving back at Nam Cang village. It is great time for a cold beer or just refresh in the river in front of the lodge.
Approx: Grade: Moderate/ 5-6 hours walking.
In the morning you take a walk up to the jungle to explore the beautiful surrounding nature. You will encounter with the locals walking with their barefoot. The higher you go, the more you will be inspired by the origin of the nature. On the way back, you will visit one of the small houses of remote located Red Dao minorities, who are very poor and live just outside the forest. Now, the forest opens up to a great view into the valley, a big stream and several forests covered hilltops.
Arrive back at Topas Riverside Lodge, where you enjoy another lunch in the mountain.
At 14:50, you have a transfer by shuttle bus to the Thanh Phu Bridge, where Topas Mountain Express departs at 15:30 and return you to your hotel in Hanoi.
Approx: Grade: Easy/ 2,5 -3 hours walking.
– Topas Mountain Express can only pick up and return passengers at hotels/ residence in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Tay Ho District.
– Transfer and excursions are based on share basis.
• English speaking guide during excursions
• 2 nights at Topas Riverside Lodge (twin shared room)
• 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinner (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
• Transfer by Topas Mountain Express Hanoi – Thanh Phu Bridge – Hanoi
• Transfer by shuttle bus from Thanh Phu Bridge back and forth to Topas Riverside Lodge
• Home-stay overnight fees
• Entrance fees and permits
If you would like to extend your stay at Topas Riverside Lodge or Topas Ecolodge, please request this when booking.