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Destinations: Sapa, Cat Cat, Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Ta Van, Giang Ta Chai
Duration: 3 Days & 2 Nights

Day 1 : Hanoi - Sapa (N/A)

Picture of Hanoi - Sapa

Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa

Our guidance service will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi around 9 p.m. and transfer you to bus station for the overnight journey to Sapa. Estimated arrival time is 3a.m but you can stay on the bus till 5.30am.

Day 2 : Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai - Tavan (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

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Itinerary Details Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai - Tavan

From the bus stop you need to go to Cat Cat View Hotel (7th floor, 46 Fansipan street) where a morning shower will be offered followed by breakfast, together with an amazing scenery over Sapa town and the Muong Hoa valley. At around 9 a.m. your local private Hmong tour guide will meet you there where your trekking adventure will kick off.

On your request (own expense, around 2-3$) she can offer you to have your luggage transported to the homestay in Ta Van. We'll start our trekking with a visit at the market to buy food and fruit for lunch, on the way, before we’ll start this fantastic trek to Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van, down in the Muong Hoa valley.

During the 15 km walk we’ll visit three villages of ethnic populations. Enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley that leads towards Fansipan, the highest peak in Viet Nam and Indochina. The trek leads through the village of Black Hmong people, where you can learn how they weave and embroider their incredible clothes. Further along our descent we’ll enjoy the many colorful rice paddy fields until we reach Ta Van village, inhabited by the Dzay people.

We’ll have a filling lunch on the way and dinner with your host in a beautiful traditional Hmong house in Ta Van and you’ll overnight in a traditional Hmong house, by far the best accommodation in Ta Van!

Day 3 : Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Itinerary Details Day 3: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa

After a traditional breakfast we leave Ta Van and continue our trek to visit the Red Dao people in Giang Ta Chai village. We pass some stunning scenery and a lovely waterfall along our route. As their name suggests, red is used extensively in the Red Dao women’s clothing and scarves.

Our journey leads us along the small paths edging the rice fields, across the Muong Hoa River and lunch will be on the way at a fantastic spot. We’ll head back to Ta Van after our second amazing trekking in the early afternoon where you can enjoy a refreshing shower and some free time before heading back to Sapa.

Around 5 p.m. we say goodbye to you and will bring you by private transport back to Sapa (Cat Cat View Hotel). In Sapa you can enjoy dinner by yourself. You need to be at the new bus station (Ben Xe Moi) at 9.30 p.m. for you overnight journey back to Hanoi.

Arrival time back in Hanoi is early, around 4 AM. Here your trip ends. Please take a taxi (we advise Hanoi Taxi (CP) Group) by yourself to your stay or hotel.
It can be a little intimidating and busy at the train station so take your time and try to easily take in the ‘hassle’.

The given price per person on our website is valid for a group of minimum 2 participants (sharing room)

What’s included?

  • Transfer service to the bus station in Hanoi
  • Overnight sleeper bus from Hanoi to Sapa and visa versa
  • Meals:
    Day 2: breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Day 3: breakfast and lunch
  • Private transportation from Tavan to Sapa
  • Entrance fees, Taxes and Service Charges
  • English speaking local Hmong guide on day 2 and 3

What’s excluded?

  • Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All not indicated in our itinerary

What do I need to bring?

  • Booking Invoice from us
  • Valid Passport with valid visa
  • Cash for personal expense

Sapa – what to bring

Bring as little as possible but bring everything you need. Travelling light is much less of a hassle so do not bring things you can do without. You can leave some of your luggage at your hotel in Hanoi.

Thanks to its geographic condition, Sapa has one of the most favorable climates in Vietnam. The temperature remains stably cool throughout the year though winter may see more severe changes, with frost and even snow for a few days per year (mostly from mid-December to mid-January). In the valley the altitude is 1000 meters and temperatures don’t drop below 6 degrees Celsius.

Trying to predict the weather in Sapa is almost impossible. However, here is our best attempt:

Sapa weather is characterized by a sub-tropical climate. However, as a result of the high altitude, the weather in Sapa is cool all year round. In summer, Sapa does not suffer the harsh heat like that on the coastal plains. Temperatures in summer fluctuate from 10-18°C at night and 20-28°C during the day.

When the sun shines, it can be harsh, even on cloudy days so expect to need sun protection. Rain and fog is possible throughout the year.

In winter, Sapa Town is often blanketed by fog and cold air, temperatures may drop below zero degrees Celsius some days.

Luggage and bags:

A daypack to bring on your treks is a good idea. These can be easily bought in Hanoi or Sapa.

Clothing/ Shoes/ Weather Gear:

Bring clothes to suit the local weather.

Always keep your spare clothes in a watertight bag to ensure they stay dry if there is a sudden downpour. The Sapa climate is totally unlike the rest of Vietnam.

Essential items to have for the trek are some layers of warm & light clothing (mornings can be cold but you may get pretty warm during the day as you trek). A pair of sturdy trekking shoes is essential.

In January to March it can be quite cold, foggy and rainy. A fleece and raincoat/ poncho is advisable and gumboots/ Wellington boots.

These items are available in Sapa at good prices.

Bring your camera! Any camera will do, or you will be sure to regret it.

Recommended kit list for homestays

  • Long-Sleeved Shirt/ T-Shirt – Fleece for the cooler evenings
  • Trousers (Such As Lightweight Cargo Trousers, avoid Jeans)
  • Shorts Optional – Swimwear Optional
  • Lightweight Water & Wind Proof (Jacket & Trousers)
  • Walking Shoes (Sturdy, with good grip)
  • Gumboots/ Wellington boots (for the wet and wintery periods)
  • Sun Hat and Sun protection
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste,Ear Plugs & Eye Mask Optional, Flashlight

Dietary or special food request

In order to take care of any special food requests, please inform us by email in advance.

Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!