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Sapa Trekking with Mao 

Sapa is becoming increasingly popular with tourists from all over the world. On the request of our traveller’s we discovered a new route which is less crowded and more beautiful, letting you enjoy Sapa in an authentic and local way.

Meet Mao and her family, who have quickly become Sapa’s most well loved family!

Overnight bus (or train) from Hanoi

1 or 2 Nights in Mao’s Family Homestay

Off the beaten path Sapa trekking routes

Rice farming demonstration

Meals & activities as stated in the below itinerary

From $55 per person

Off the beaten path Sapa

Itinerary

Day 1

Whether you opt to take the overnight train to Sapa or the new 5 hour Sapa bus route, Mao or one of her family members will mee you on arrival.

Get to know one another over a bit to eat, before starting the trek to Mao’s village. There are a number of different routes depending on your fitness levels, so make sure to inform our tour guide what you would prefer and ensure you have enough water for the day.

Trek across the mountains, through fields and beside streams, passing many local faces along the way. You can stop as you wish and will have lunch in a local restaurant, completing a total of 10-12km of trekking on your first day.

When you arrive in Mao’s village, meet her family and settle into their home. You can help Mao and her family to cook dinner and learn how the local people cook, including catching and preparing a chicken if you want!

Enjoy dinner with the whole group and indulge in some ‘happy water’, rice wine, as you listen to Mao’s stories of life in the valley and share your own too.

Day 2 - for 2D / 1N tour

Second day trekking for the 2D/1N tour

After breakfast, Mao will take you off beaten track for the second day of trekking and taking in the incredible scenery of Sapa. You’ll get the chance to see a waterfall and learn about rice production, the main industry of the area.

Take a break for lunch and arrive in Sapa at around 3pm.

For the way back, if you go by train, you have some free time before our driver picks you up from Sapa to head back to Lao Cai train station. Then have dinner on your own before boarding the night train back to Hanoi.

For the bus, you leave at 3:30 pm from Sapa and arrive back to Hanoi around 9:30 pm.

Day 2 - for 3D / 2N tour

Second day trekking for the 3D/2N tour

After breakfast, Mao will ask you to choose the trekking level you want for the day (easy, medium or hard). Depending on the level you choose, Mao or her sister will guide you back into the mountains to explore some of the other ethnic minority villages of Sapa.

You’ll get the chance to not only enjoy the trekking along Sapa’s stunning mountain trails but also learn about the traditional lifestyles of the local people. You can also buy some handmade souvenirs from local people with Mao haggling for the best price for you!

For your second night you can choose to stay in Ban Ho village (the village of the Tay people) or you can homestay with Mao’s family again.

Day 3

After breakfast, Mao will take you off beaten track for the second day of trekking and taking in the incredible scenery of Sapa. You’ll get the chance to see a waterfall and learn about rice production, the main industry of the area.

Take a break for lunch and arrive in Sapa at around 3pm.

For the way back, if you go by train, you have some free time before our driver picks you up from Sapa to head back to Lao Cai train station. Then have dinner on your own before boarding the night train back to Hanoi.

For the bus, you leave at 3:30 pm from Sapa and arrive back to Hanoi around 9:30 pm.

 

Lily’s suggestion:

Want to tackle Vietnam’s highest mountain while in Sapa? Why not add on our Mount Fansipan trekking tour and camp out at 2,800m!

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