Discover the region's breathtaking scenery and warm-hearted locals as you trek through the rice terraces of Cat Cat, Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai on this four days adventure. Spend the night with a traditional Black H'mong family and get a glimpse of a way of life that has changed little over the years.
Day 1:DEPART HANOI-OVERNIGHT TRAINThis evening, board an overnight express train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, an unassuming town on the Vietnam-China border. Snooze in comfortable sleeper berths arriving in Lao Cai very early the following morning.Day 2:LAO CAI-SAPAUpon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to Sunny Mountain Hotel to have an early breakfast before taking your tour.This morning, meet your guide at your hotel and walk towards the busy village of Cat Cat. The valleys that surround the village of Y Linh Ho are some of the most picturesque in the region, and this route allows you to explore one of Sapa’s less-traversed areas. Make your way along a gentle incline, through emerald paddy fields above a deep river gorge, before arriving on the river bank. Take a rest, dip your toes in the cool mountain waters and watch local children fishing with nets, before continuing deeper through the villages and terraces of the Black H’mong. Enjoy lunch with a view at a local village restaurant before continuing through the valley towards the village of Lao Chai.Take a well-earned rest and enjoy a soothing cup of tea before learning the art of Batik painting-the beautiful textiles of the Black H’mong are famous around the world and part of H’mong culture. Batik is now only practiced by a handful of villagers. Join a hands-on master class led by a local expert and take your creation home! You will be supporting a sustainable tourism project that supports local women and ensures this amazing art form is handed down to the next generation.Afterwards, head to the home of Ms Moo and her family, where you will sleep for the night. Watch as the sun sets over the rice terraces and enjoy a traditional H’mong herbal foot bath before tucking in to a delicious H’mong-style dinner.Day 3:LAO CAI-OVERNIGHT TRAINWake early to enjoy the view of the sun rising over the terraces. After a tasty breakfast, say farewell to Ms Moo and her family and set out along the Muong Hoa valley towards the village of Ta Van. Trek along the high road and take in the superb views of the valley, traditional villages and thick bamboo forests that cling to the higher slopes. Walk through one of these tranquil forests before arriving at a cascading waterfall and the final part of the trek. After a gradual descent to a lower altitude, arrive at Giang Ta Chai - home of the Red Dao ethnic minority and discover the beautiful fabrics worn by the women who live and work here. Cross the roaring Muong Bo stream before stopping for a local lunch and returning to your hotel in Sapa.Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the train stationDay 4:ARRIVE HANOIArriving in Hanoi early this morning. Early check in at May De Ville Hotel.