Colors of the Tonkin Mountain - Trekking-16 days
This tour takes you into the most remote areas of the high mountains of northern Vietnam, to meet ethnic minorities the most authentic and legendary landscapes. He is walking day after day on the roads muddy and sometimes at night to stop falling into a village to spend the night in a private house. Wealth of contacts and discoveries will quickly forget the comfort conditions often sketchy. During the walk we decouvront a real genuine Tonkin, its people who live in the arbri modernization. Meetings permanently with these tribes like the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Phu La, will be the highlights of this fine program
Itinerary in brief:
* Day 01: Hanoi - Arrival
* Day 02: Hanoi - Viet Quang
* Day 03: Viet Quang - Tan Nam Trekking - Homestay
* Day 04: Tan Nam - Phieng Lang Trekking - Homestay
* Day 05: Phieng Lang - Quang Nguyen Trekking - Homestay
* Day 06: Quang Nguyen - Coc Dong Trekking - Homestay
* Day 07: Dong Coc - Xin Man
* Day 08: Xin Man - Nalo Trekking - Homestay
* Day 09: Nalo - Ban Lien Trekking - Homestay
* Day 10: Ban Lien - Nam Khanh Trekking - Homestay
* Day 11: Nam Khanh - Bac Ha
* Day 12: Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Hanoi
* Day 13: Hanoi - Ha Long
* Day 14: Ha Long - Cat Ba - Viet Hai - Homestay
* Day 15: Viet Hai - Cat Ba - Hai Phong - Hanoi
* Day 16: Hanoi - Departure ..
Itinerary in details:
Day 01: Hanoi arrival
Arriving at Noi Bai Airport. Welcome by bus and Green Trail Tours guide
Program visit the city will be organized according to time of arrival.
Day 02: Hanoi - Viet Quang
From Hanoi to Quang Viet (260 km from Hanoi) through a nice mountain road, lunch en route. Arrival in Viet Quang in the afternoon, transfer to hotel. Preparations for the day hike that will follow. Overnight hotel.
(Approximately 9 hours drive).
Day 03: Viet Quang - Tan Nam - Trekking - Homestay
Breakfast and then drive to the start of trek (30 km from Viet Quang). We start with a small path and 3-hour climb. 300 m above the sea, we reach 1000 meters in the village of Pa Then ethnic people in a very colorful. Our passage arouses curiosity. After a short descent, picnic on a beautiful lawn. The path descends gently in the hills covered with tea and then leads in Tan Nam, Tay village. Homestay in Tay stilt house.
(1 hour drive, including 6 hours of walking up to 3 h with 700 m vertical).
Day 04: Tan Nam - Phieng Lang - Trekking - Homestay
After crossing a suspension bridge, we enter a region of growing wild. Climbs and descents alternate on a pleasant path. It passes through many small hamlets inhabited by Man with long jackets. The women of this ethnic group is laquent teeth and bear their long jackets even at work in the fields. Lunch in Tay stilt house. The host, a friend of ours, we warmly welcome ... It would be churlish to refuse a glass of rice wine he proposes.
Late in the afternoon, we climb on a hill shaded by large palm trees. The scenery is fantastic, a small hamlet, perched in the middle of the rice terraces carved well is our haven in the evening. Our presence may cause a big surprise to the youth of the village.
Overnight Homestay. (6 to 7 hours walking).
Day 05: Phieng Lang - Quang Nguyen - Trekking - Homestay
Early start to gain altitude. Small houses are scattered Dao Ta Pan on the slopes. The surprise is great to see Westerners come here! At noon, we crossed a high pass to reach Quang Nguyen, a remote village near a river. A cold beer is welcome. The children rushed to meet us with big smiles. Well deserved rest before the long stage tomorrow. A beautiful river basins forming a pleasant runs behind our accommodation do not hesitate to take a bath.
(4 to 5 hours of walking with 1:30 to climb).
Day 06: Quang Nguyen - Coc Dong - Trekking - Homestay
New early start to climb the Col de Nam Li at about 1500 meters. One of the most extraordinary step of rainforest that you will ever go. Atmosphere "Indiana Jones" guarantee. The trail creeps into an inextricable labyrinth forest turns into a wide channel of 50 cm at most, to climb the slope leading to the neck, wave replat lost amid the vines. We need to come down again for 1 h on the opposite side to get a clear view of a beautiful valley. The Hmong who inhabit the valley are clad in richly embroidered clothes. Overnight in Dong Coc Homestay. The house is rustic, but the welcome exception.
(5 -6 hours of walking, about 1100 m of elevation).
Day 07: Dong Coc - Xin Man - Trekking
We follow the trail amount of higher and higher in the middle of terraced rice fields. H'mong girls, dressed in long red dresses are lovely. After 30 minutes of walking, we descend into smooth Coc TPP, the daily market. Lunch. The path is then easy to join Xin Man. End of trekking and overnight stay.
(7 hours walking).
Day 08: Xin Man - Bac Ha - Nalo - Trekking - Homestay
Departure by jeep Xin Man in Bac Ha. Visit the hamlets around Bac Ha Can Cau Ban Pho Ban Pho 1 and 2, occupied by the ethnic Hmong colorful. Visit the village of Nalo. Night and breakfast in Nalo
Day 09: Nalo - Ban Lien - Trekking - Homestay
In the morning we cross the Col de Nam Tho, at 1300 m altitude. Vegetation more lush turns into jungle. 3 hours to climb (400 m vertical) and 1 hour steep descent. In the after - noon, we reach the village of Ban Lien, inhabited by blacks Tay mostly dressed in traditional costumes very different from those of the Hmong, proud mountain tribe.
Overnight Homestay. (5 to 6 hours walking).
Day 10: Ban Lien - Nam Khanh - Trekking - Homestay
We cross the Tay villages situated at the foot of hills covered with palm trees. Picnic under the roof of a Tay family. By late afternoon, down to the village of Nam Det, populated by Dao. We are surrounded by rice terraces and forests of cinnamon. Overnight Homestay.
(5 to 6 hours walking).
Day 11: Nam Khanh - Bac Ha - Trekking
We leave the village of Nam Det turn to climb the hills which dominate different. The unobstructed view of the valley is superb. We distinguish some villages Phu La. In late afternoon, we reach a clear path that leads us to Bac Ha. Overnight at hotel.
(5 to 6 hours walking).
Day 12: Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Hanoi
We leave the village by a mountain road towards the village of Trung Doc, visit the sampan village and boarding for a trip on Chay River to Coc Ly, lush landscapes are dotted with stilt houses, inhabited by the Tay. A Coc Ly, resumed the road to Lao Cai, boarding the night train to Hanoi. Overnight aboard the train. 10 hours of transport
Day 13: Hanoi - Ha Long
Transfer to Halong Bay, the eighth wonder of the world. Journey through the rice fields and countryside. Arrive Halong, Boarding and lunch on board a junk with seafood
The boat ride will plunge visitors into a magical world, between sky and sea, to witness the silent and eternal love that has made, since no one knows when, the mountains and waters are inseparable.
Overnight on board the junk, comfortable private cabin.
Day 14: Ha Long - Cat Ba - Viet Hai - Homestay
Morning visit the fishing village of Van Gia in Halong Bay. Around noon, landing in Cat Ba, reception and transfer to Cat Ba National Park where you will do a walk through the forest. After 5 hours of walking, we arrive at the fishing village, Viet Hai. A very authentic landscape: the old houses in the middle of rice fields surrounded by limestone peaks hiding a long history of the hijackers for several centuries.
Night Homestay is an opportunity to discover the ancestral life of Viets.
Day 15: Viet Hai - Cat Ba - Hai Phong - Hanoi
Back to Cat Ba by sampan and take the fast boat to Hai Phong
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- local guide throughout the journey
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- Quick Ship Cat Ba / Hai Phong
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- Admissions sites
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