Ha Giang peregrinations

8 days
VIETNAM, HA GIANG, MEO VAC//Vietnam, Ha Giang, Meo Vac, Ploughing

Ha Giang is a remote province of the formerly called Tonkin region. Tucked away in the North End of the country, the province is famous for its astonishing mountainous sceneries and the diversity of ethnic cultures among its population. This trip requires few long distance transfers but we harmonize the whole with some days dedicated only to on-foot exploration and cultural immersion.

Experiences

  • Hike across some of the most beautiful sceneries of North Vietnam
  • Stay overnight in local homes and in community-based lodges
  • Discover Ba Be national park, its nature and people

Day 1. Hanoi – Panhou
Meals: Lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Ecolodge

To start the trip, we must first reach the province, which is about 300km from Hanoi. We start early and head North. We plan to have lunch on the way and to arrive at Panhou lodge in the afternoon (including some stops en route when the sceneries start to get stunning). The lodge is nestled at the bottom of a high mountain, between a river and the forest. To end the day, we can take a walk around the village nearby, swim in the river or enjoy a restful moment in the gardens of the lodge or at its traditional spa. Dinner on site and overnight in bungalow on stilts.

Day 2. Hike the trails of Tay Con Linh mountain range
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Homestay

Today we have an entire day walking on trails in this multi-ethnic land. Let’s depart from the lodge and hit the mountainside. We reach the territory of Man Pa Tan people, descendants of the Yao, an ethnic culture rooted in China. The hike takes us up and down through wild areas and cultivated fields. The famous Shan Tuyet tea is cultivated here. We are welcomed in a charming Tay ethnic village, dinner and overnight at a local home.

Day 3. Heaven’s Gate pass – Quan Ba
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Homestay

After breakfast we pack and start hiking. Another 2 hours on trails to get back to the road where our vehicle is waiting for us. We hop on the car, drive through Ha Giang city and take the Highway 4C. It winds across the huge Sino-Vietnamese Mountains and offers some of the most breathtaking views of the whole country. We will spend the next 2 days in those enchanting sceneries. In the afternoon we have two options. If you want to chill out, we drive straight to our overnight spot, a small Dao village slightly remote in Quan Ba district. And we spend time walking around the village and getting acquainted with the villagers. Or if you feel like you would hike some more, we stop the car on the way and trek for about 3 hours across wild sceneries to the same ethnic village. Dinner and overnight at a local home.

Day 4. Quan Ba – Meo Vac
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Mountain lodge

We start the day walking from our homestay to a hemp weaving villages located further north. About 3 hours walking downhill. Once there we meet the ladies who preserve for ages this ancestral tradition of growing hemp to supply all the community’s needs for textiles. Lunch is arranged in a house of the village. In the afternoon, we drive this stunning road that takes us through Dong Van plateau to Meo Vac town. We check in a very special guesthouse, a renovated H’mong fortified farm that was built in the 1930’s during the French domination over the Tonkin. We have dinner in the yard if the weather permits before a cozy night.

Day 5. The bypaths of Meo Vac
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Mountain lodge

A full day wandering in this beautiful region. We walk (more or less upon your preferences), meet people and learn more about their traditions and present life.

Day 6. Meo Vac – Ba Be national park
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Homestay

We have a pretty long drive today, starting our way back towards south. Lunch on the way and we should be in the buffer zone of Ba Be national park not too late in the afternoon. If the level of the Nang River permits, we take a boat from outside the national park and slide along it, pass Ba Be lake, and reach Dau Dang. This is a small village on the riverside tucked away in the forest of the park. Great hospitality there, in a pure Tay ethnic style.

Day 7. Ba Be explorer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Homestay

We say goodbye to our host in the morning, get on the boat again to cross the lake of the park. This place has something mystic; it always feels peaceful and imperturbable. The program of today is flexible, we can go walk on trails in some of the wildest parts of the park where few Dao families live, we can spend more time on the lake, or simply relax at the home of our hosts in a small village lying near by the lake.

Day 8. Ba Be – Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: N/A

Easy morning, we leave about 10am through a beautiful road going up to the heights of the province. We stop for lunch on the way and should arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon.

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Tucked away in the North End of the country, Ha Giang province offers astonishing mountainous sceneries and a large diversity of ethnic cultures among its population.

Prices and conditions

Prices from 672 US Dollars per person

Included:

  • Accommodation during the tour
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • Transfers in private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide
  • All mentioned activities
  • All tickets and entry fees
  • VAT

Not included:

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities and donations
  • Personal expenses and individual insurance
  • All services not mentioned above in the “included” list