Sapa Medium Trek (SPMED-002) Private Tour

Sapa is an incredibly picturesque town that lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the Chinese border in northwestern Vietnam, known as "the Tonkinese Alps". Sapa and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes, as well as rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam.
Destinations: Ethnic minority villages (Homestay)
Departure date: Flexible Travel Dates
Duration: 3 Days 4 Nights
TravelStyle: Adventure & Discovery
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  • Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Ta Van village
  • Muong Hoa valley
  • Giang Ta Chai, Su Pan & Ban Ho
  • Ban Ho, Nam Toong village


  • Visit ethnic villages and communicate with local people.
  • Overnight at their homestay and tasting many kinds of local food.

Brief Itinerary

Day Destinations Accommodation
Night 1 Hanoi - night train to Lao Cai Overnight train
Day 1 Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van Ta Van homestay
Day 2 Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Ban Ho  Ban Ho homestay
Day 3 Ban Ho - Nam Toong - Sapa - night train to Hanoi Overnight train


What to bring?

  • Original passport with valid visa
  • Camera and rolls of film
  • Sun block
  • Sun glasses
  • Wide brim hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes (necessary to pack in during November to February)
  • Small amount of cash
  • Personal medicines
  • Insect repellent
  • Joy and big smiles :)

Night 1: Hanoi – night train to Lao Cai

From 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm, our tour guide will come and pick you up at your hotel to go to the Hanoi Railway Station.

You will take overnight train to Sapa.


Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai – Ta Van (B,L,D)

You will arrive Lao Cai Railway Station at 5:30 am. Our driver will pick you up and transfer you to Sapa town. You will have breakfast and take a shower.

We start to make our special and different trip by driving 3 Km by Jeep to Cat Cat village. We start our trek from this cultural village, here is the home of Hmong, enjoy the waterfall, an old hydro power station built by French.

After 12 km of trekking, we will visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. After lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or in a drinking shop nearby the river bank, we keep on hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom.

Estimated distance trekking: 14 km

Estimated time trekking: 4.5 hours 

With your tour guide and the house owners, we will set up a temporary cooking class to learn how to cook Vietnamese food for dinner.

Enjoying your dinner and getting to know local typical traditional customs, cultural….

Overnight in Ta Van homestay.


Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan - Ban Ho (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the home-stay and say goodbye to them, ready for the upcoming trip.

You will take the road to Giang Ta Chai village to see the Red Dzao people via the paths through terraces and bamboo forests. Visit a waterfall, a suspension bridge. 

After spending time visiting the village, making friend with the Dzao and experiencing the hospitality you will cross the river by another suspension bridge and then uphill again to Su Pan village where you will pay visiting to a local handicraft center where H’mong and Dzao women gather for exchanging experience and skill of making handicrafts. 

A late lunch will be prepare here nearby this center and then you have time relaxing as well as getting acquaintance with local school boys, girls and their teachers as well. 

Keep walking a little along the main road, get through the rice terraced paddies to the second homestay in Ban Ho village of the Tay minority people where you will spend the night on a wooden-stilt house. Sharing dinner with the family prepared by the host and your tour guide with the local speciality and wine would be the best time for relaxing and cultural exchange.

Estimated distance trekking: 16 km

Estimated time trekking: 5 hours

Overnight in Ban Ho homestay.


Day 3: Ban Ho – Nam Toong - Sapa – Lao Cai – night train to Hanoi (B,L)

You will be waken up by the by the village animals or farming activity. After the breakfast is a trek of 4 km to Nam Toong remoted village of the Red Dzao people, learning their specific customs, enjoying the lanscape before getting back to the homestay and have lunch.

Then we will go back to Sapa by jeep. 

You will take the night train back to Hanoi. 

Stay overnight on train. We will arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 am. 


This itinerary is private and customized for a small group. Of course it's available join-in tour for some itineraries if you don't want to go over budget. For more details please contact us at anytime.

The price below is US$ per person:

Quantity of group 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax
Homestay US$ 279.00 US$ 212.00 US$ 190.00 US$ 179.00 US$ 172.00 US$ 167.00

Service Inclusion:

  • English speaking guide in Sapa
  • Private transfer in Hanoi/Lao Cai/Sapa
  • Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi: 4 soft sleeper berth cabin with A/C
  • Single basic bed with mosquito net at homestay
  • Public bathroom with hot water in homestay
  • Breakfast with local dishes in Ta Van & Ban Ho village
  • Breakfast up on arrival at hotel in Sapa
  • Two (02) bottles of mineral water for each person per day.
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

 Service Exclusions:

  • International flights & departure taxes
  • Domestic flights & departure taxes
  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees & permits not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone call..), tips and gratuities
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$45 & 02 passport photos per person)
  • Others not mentioned above.


  • As we've mentioned above, this tour is private and could be customized in order to meet your requirements.
  • More people is equal to Lower cost.
  • Please be aware this itinerary or other trekking itineraries in general are not highly recommended to children, people with history of high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
  • Itinerary is subject to change under certain circumstances such as: uncontrolled weather condition.
  • The selected hotel might be changed to another one because of fully booking or renovation. We will surely let you know before decide to book and guarantee that the hotel is the same level to the first one.
  • Bring with you the passport for overnight registration on sites.
  • Warm cloths is necessary to pack in during November to February.
  • High Season surchage will be applied if your travel date is on Nov, Dec, Mar, Apr.
  • Public Holiday dates surchage will be applied if your travel date is on 1 Jan, Lunar New Year, from 27 Apr to 1 May, from 27 Aug to 2 Sep, 24 Dec, 31 Dec.
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