Sapa Eco Retreat

Sapa Eco Retreat information and booking

  • Duration
    5 days
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Schedule Details

  • 5 day trip
  • 2 nights eco lodge
  • 2 nights train
Equipment Required
A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking.


  • Discover the former French hill station of Sapa
  • Spectacular landscapes of Vietnam’s northern highlands
  • Experience the unique culture of the hill tribes

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This short trip has been designed to allow you to explore the Muong Hoa Valley by foot, as well as having the opportunity to experience the highlights of northern Vietnam including the ethnic communities with their unique cultures, the deep valleys covered by terraced rice fields and the breathtaking mountain scenery. We overnight at the Topas Ecolodge, located 18km from Sapa, with just 25 bungalows overlooking the entire valley with the ethnic minority villages of Ban Ho and Thanh Phu below and enjoy day walks through the surrounding area.

What's included

  • 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Round trip train ticket hanoi - lao cai - hanoi (soft sleeper)
  • Shuttle bus transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Local english speaking guide during excursions in sapa


Day 1 From Hanoi we take the overnight train to Lao Cai
Depart from Hanoi’s train station for your evening train to Lao Cai, the transit town for Sapa - famous for its stunning scenery and rich cultural diversity. Overnight on train.
Day 2 Arrive Lao Cai, walk through Sapa and the surrounding area
The train arrives at Lao Cai Station approx at 05h30. From here you will take Topas Shuttle bus to Sapa, where you enjoy your locally produced and homemade breakfast at a one of the nicest places in Sapa. At 9h00 you will commence the excursion today with a walk through the town of Sapa and along a dirt trail through vegetable gardens and rice paddy terraces. The spectacular scenery of Muong Hoa valley gradually appears within your eyesight. You will then reach the river running at the bottom of the valley and continue the walk on the bank of the river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black H'mong minority, where you will take a rest and have lunch at a nice spot. After lunch, the walk from Y Linh Ho village to Lao Chai village of Black H'mong minority is almost on the hillsides. The view of the valley is more and more extending and stretching to the horizon. You take a stop at Lao Chai village to visit a local house, before following the dirt path linking the village with Ta Van village, the only one in the valley inhabited by Giay minority. From Ta Van, you will have a transfer to Topas Ecolodge. You check in to your bungalow and enjoy the view into the valley and dotted mountain surroundings. Overnight at Topas Ecolodge. Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 30 minutes driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch
Day 3 Full day walk to Moi and Lech Villages
At 8h00 you commence your walk from Topas Ecolodge along the footpaths of Mount Silverstone. During the walk you will witness the stunning views of the valleys and rice paddy terraces. At noon you will arrive at Lech village, inhabited by the Red Dao minority. You will visit the village and have your lunch in a local house. After lunch, you will continue the walk to a nearby Red Dao village. If it is a school day, a visit to the village’s school is a nice opportunity to meet all the children, who can be from Red Dao or H’mong minority. From the village, you will follow the hill trails up to the main road, enjoying the surrounding breath-taking view of dotted peaks, endless rice terraces and the beautiful Muong Bo River. You will arrive back to Topas Ecolodge after another 15 minute walk on the main road. Overnight at Topas Ecolodge. Approx: Grade: 3 of 5/ 5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch
Day 4 Back to Sapa. Transfer to Lao Cai. Train to Hanoi
At 9h00 you will take the Topas Ecolodge Shuttle bus to Sapa. The day is at your leisure to visit the town. At 17h30, you will take the shuttle bus to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train
Day 5 Arrive Hanoi, trip concludes
Early morning arrival in Hanoi at approximately 4:30 am, trip concludes.