Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
Price from: $198
The north-east region of Vietnam is still less touristy than Sapa or Halong Bay. The landscapes are beautiful and intact in the face of mass tourism. Ethnic minorities still preserve their culture, tradition and customs by wearing their traditional clothing. The grandiose nature seduces you to meet the autochthonous minorities out of time..
Itinerary in bref:
Day 1 : Hanoi – Ba Be lake
Day 2 : Ba Be – Bao Lac
Day 3 : Bao Lac - Meo Vac - Mont Ma Phi Leng - Dong Van
Day 4 : Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang
Day 5: Ha Giang - Randonnée
Day 6: Ha Giang - Hanoi
Day 1 : Hanoi – Ba Be lake (B/L/D)
08:00 Departure to Ba Be Lake, also famed "Halong Bay in the mountains", crossing a region of middle altitude.
Stops en route to visit some villages of ethnic minorities, including Tay and Nung.
The road, in very good condition, crosses the exceptional scenery near Bac Kan. Lunch at Cho Ra.
Arrival in the middle of the afternoon in Ba Be lake.
Boarding a local boat to take a cruise on the Ba Be Lake.
Discover the Puong cave and the Dau Dang waterfall during the cruise.
Hike on the slopes of the mountain overlooking the lake and visit the villages of the Hmong and Tay ethnic groups on the banks of the Nang River.
Disembark and a short walk to the local homestay in the Pac Ngoi village, on the edge of the Ba Be lake, populated by the Tay ethnic group.
Free time to rest in a very calm and relaxing environment.
Dinner and overnight at homestay in Ba Be lake.
After having traveled 240 km of road to the north of Hanoi, strewn with sinuous and descending routes, the fatigue of the travelers disappears when appears before their eyes a blue lake with limpid waters, in which the mountain, the sky and the clouds with here and there, some boats gliding peacefully. The visitors then let themselves melt in the total tranquility of this divine vision of an extraordinary wash.
Day 2 : Ba Be - village of black Lolo – Bao Lac (B/L/-)
In the morning, you leave Ba Be Lake towards Bao Lac by a beautiful mountain road passing the Tinh Tuc pass.
Stops en route to visit some villages of ethnic minorities.
The most emotional meeting takes place in the village KHUOI KHON to meet the black Lolo.
An exceptional stop is planned in the village of Lo Lo black via the road, then by a mountain track leading to the bottom of a forgotten valley, under a rugged massif, where seventy Lo Lo families live an autarchic existence and according to their rules ancestral.
Afterwards, back to the main road and continue our way to Bao Lac.
Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel in Bao Lac.
Once nomadic, forest-eating, minority in the minority, Lo Lo fled China in the 18th century. The village is not accessible without special permits and this community is a particularity in Vietnam, since they are still for the moment spared the evils of globalization. Living in a community way, dependent on the cycle of monsoons, rice farmers, they seem to be fixed in another era, in a singular universe where, in spite of the rigor of their natural environment, all is only grace and beauty. Fearing bad geniuses and werewolves, as soon as night falls, they hide in the darkness of their households, gather around the flickering light of the hearths, listen to the ancients tell the old stories. The shamans of the village hide two gongs millennia, precious, rarely out and intended, during funeral ceremonies or calls for rain, to open the door of parallel worlds. A wonderful world of simplicity, fragile and condemned.
Day 3 : Bao Lac - Meo Vac - Mont Ma Phi Leng - Dong Van (B/L/-)
Take the road to Dong Van via Meo Vac crossing the Ma Pi Leng Pass, which is over 2000 meters high above the sea level. You take a short hike along this pass to contemplate the beautiful panorama of the valley dotted with terraced hedge fields, karst hills, houses on stilts of the H'mông, Daos and Nho Que river that is romantic and quiet taking its source of China and which extends on the Vietnamese territory like a band of white silk.
Along the way, you have the opportunity to meet people of different ethnic groups and discover their culture and their daily lives.
Arrival in Dong Van at the end of the day. Check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Dong Van.
Day 4 : Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang (165 Km) (B/ L/-)
Simple breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Dong Van Market, which takes place only on Sunday morning, then, see old houses that are more than 400 years old in Dong Van.
Departure for Ha Giang via Quan Ba, Yen Minh.
At 15 km from Dong Van, stop to visit the Royal Palace of King H'mông Vuong Chi Sinh, a well known historical site dating back to the French colonial era.
Continue to explore the beautiful village of Sung La (H'Mong) with typical houses with earthen walls and thatched roofs.
Lunch at a local restaurant in Yen Minh before continuing on to Ha Giang.
You stop from time to time to admire the Heaven Gate, the Fairy Mountains, the H'mông and Dao villages.
Overnight at the hotel in Ha Giang.
Day 5: Ha Giang – Trekking (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to Tay village in Trung Do commune, Ha Giang. Upon our arrival, we will be warmly welcomed by the hosts family.
A break of 30 minutes to wash your hands and drink green tea.
Then we make an easy hike in the surrounding villages to meet the Tay in the same area.
Walking is flexible depending on your health and desires.
Back to the Tay family house.
Dinner and overnight at homestay with Tay people in Ha Giang.
Day 6: Ha Giang - Hanoi (B/L/-)
In the morning, we enjoy a leisure trek to head out other villages to immerge into the authentic landscapes and to meet local people again. Lunch at local house.
Afternoon: drive back to Hanoi. Drop off at your hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Hanoi. Tour ends.
Price: from US$ 299/ person.
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