Mu Cang Chai - Fansipan Trekking Tour - 5 Days gives you the best chance to discover the mountainous beauty, the amazing Rice Terraces, as well as the local life of different ethnic groups in the rural tribe: Mu Cang Chai – where the charming essence of these lands remains unchanged. Exploring these lands by hiking around unparalleled routes, meeting locals and rural villages will be the unforgettable memories in your Vietnam trips. Combine Trekking Fansipan and Hiking Mu Cang Chai trip 5 days, you will have the time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and unforgettable trip in North Vietnam.

Day 1: HANOI – NGHIA LO- TU LE ( L, D)

7:30 am: Our guide will pick-up you at hotel. We also pass - Thanh Son - Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people – one of the main ethnic people in Yen Bai. Around 2-3pm, arrive Tu Le town, you will walk around the rice fields, spring and villages, explore the life, the house, the culture…of Thai and Mong people.,,Ups on your health and time, we will go farther, through Nam Co – Nam Pang to homestay in Bung Som village, around 10km in 3,5hrs. Or shorter route 6-7 km in 2hrs. You will follow the rice field, narrow muddy local path, cross the stream. If you want, you can join to swim with children in the stream. The Hiking road is quite flat, not too much difficult, but cross the field and stream is one of interesting activity.,,Overnight at the homestay wooden stilt house of Thai people in Tu Le. ( if you want a private room, we can arrange the room in a hotel)

Sum up

Hiking difficulty: Easy ( 1/5) ~5 -10 Km in 2-3,5 hrs

Driving: 250 Km – 5hrs


8 am: After breakfast, we will move to Mu Cang Chai. We will drive over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam, connecting Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai. These scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picture-taking as it is the viewpoint to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass. When we arrive in Mu Cang Chai, we will spend around 3 hrs Hiking from La Pan Tan village to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famous destinations in the country with round shape follow the mountain shape. La Pan Tan village is well-known with large and high rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai. Everything was built by the human hand of the H’ mong people over the past hundreds of years. The simple lunch will be served after go down to the main road, or if you want to try to experience the life of Hmong people, you can visit their house, cook and eat lunch with local. After lunch, you will continue to take the Hiking from Che Cu Nha to Kim Noi village in around ~9-10 km in 3 -3,5hrs. On the way, we will go up a high mountain, pass the H’ mong village and a waterfall in a remote area. Besides seeing the beauty of rice fields, you’ll be guided how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover the farm working of locals. We can visit some houses or schools to explore local life and culture if that interests you. At the end of the Hiking route leads to homestay of Thai people in Mu Cang Chai center. Enjoy dinner, warmly & hospitality of Thai people.

Option 2: Depends on your fitness and health, if you want to more time to rest, in the afternoon, we can choose the option, Hiking to see the sunset in Sang Nhu village. If the weather is good and the status of rice field, we will make a Hiking trip to Sang Nhu village ( in Mu Cang Chai) – where have the beautiful rice terrace field with Horse feed shape and amazing sunset. However, this Hiking trip is quite steep.,Overnight at the stilt house homestay of Thai or Mong people. ( P/s: If you want to experience sleep in the homestay of Hmong people, we will arrange a night in Hello Mu Cang Chai homestay in La Pan Tan village.)

Sum up

Hiking level: Moderate (3/5) with ~15-17 Km in 5-6hrs

Driving: 50 Km

Day 3 : MU CANG CHAI - SAPA (160km driving and 2hrs hiking) ( B , L ,D )

After our breakfast, depending on the season, we can spend 2-2,5hrs Hike up to Sang Nhu or Lao Chai village, where has beautiful rice terraces (attractive many photographers), Hiking through the pine forests, the hidden path. After that, we will be transferred to Sapa. The road connects Mu Cang Chai to Sapa is one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Vietnam with fantastic scenery. Cross Tan Uyen district, where you can see the majestic Green TEA Hills.  Our guide will take you to visit the tea plantation, a demonstration of the tea making process, and about a dozen cups of the local green tea! You will have an experience, how to tell when tea leaves and buds are ready to be picked and how to tell its quality grade.,,We’ll cross over O Quy Ho pass, one of the four greatest passes in Vietnam where you’ll see the highest peak of Indochina: Mt Fansipan. You can enjoy fresh and cool air and nice landscapes. It will be an unforgettable experience. Arrive Sapa in the afternoon, check-in hotel, eat dinner and relax to prepare for the challenging Fansipan Trip next morning.

Sum up

Hiking level: Easy (1/5) ~5-7 Km in 2-2,5hrs

Driving: 160 Km

Day 4 : Sapa – Tram Ton Pass – Base camp 2800m (B, L, D)

After breakfast at hotel, you will check out and leave your luggage at the reception store. Around 8:00 – 8:30 am, our guide and driver with local coordinator pick you up at your hotel in Sapa. You will be transferred by car to Tram Ton pass, the starting point for hiking. The journey from here to first camp is nice. The forest and small rivers running at the side of the mountain are refreshing. Around 12h00: You will have a break at the first camp and enjoy a good lunch.,With new energy, you start a new windy journey. The track is more open and uphill. You will use more power, using both hands and legs to go up and down through the rock cliff, climbing the ladder and go through the jungle. You can see many stunning views when reaching any peak then merge between the natural forest and animals. ~16-17h00: Arrive at the campsite at 2800m in the late afternoon. Now it is time to relax and enjoy a well-prepared dinner.

Sum up

Trekking time: 6hrs

Altitude: from 1.900m-2.800m

Day 5: Base camp – the top of Fansipan – cable car- Sapa- train to Hanoi (B,L,-)

If you want to see the sunrise, you have to wake up and start from 3:30-4.00 am and reach the top at 6:30 am. You will experience pitch black trail and can’t see well around you, so you have to use your light because it’s very dark in the early morning. The ladder and steps will help your ascent easier. In the lucky day and the sky is clear, you can see the amazing sunrise with a fantastic view from the top of Fansipan. It’s also the time with fewer tourists from the cable car stations, so you can enjoy the scenery and take a break before descending.,,Book the cable car on the way back sounds more reasonable because after a quite long trek to the summit and now you are a bit (or a lot) exhausted.,,Once you leave the station, you’ll immediately start to float high above the rocky cliffs below. From the cabin, the huge windows, you can enjoy the beauty of Sa Pa town, stunning view and spectacular terrace fields, as you ascend gradually to this towering tip above the clouds.

Come back Sapa town, take a shower, relaxing at  hotel and wait until 17:00, our shuttle bus transfer you to the Lao Cai train station. You will have your own choice for dinner at a restaurant near the station while waiting for train. The departure is at 20:30 on train.

Arrive Hanoi station at 5:30am the next morning.

Arrive in Hanoi early morning.

Tour ends.

Sum up: Hiking time: 3hrs

Altitude: 2800m->3140m

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Tour price: Contact  us

Group size: 2 to 25 pax

Join in group tour departure date: 4th  and 24th Monthly

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Meals in tours: L = lunch , D = dinner , B = breakfast
  • Accommodation in tour - 5 nights ( Included 01 night on express train back to Hanoi  )
  • Lunch in Midway restaurant/City Restaurant or Pack Lunch
  • Back up AC vehicle for the complete tour ( Bus, + Truck for the group )
  • English speaking Local Guide - Cum trekking guide
  • Fresh Fruits/Snacks (Only trekking part)
  • Unlimited filter water during trekking (Only trekking part)
  • Entrance fees and permissions
  • Driver Allowance
  • Toll and Parking charges
  • 10% Government Taxe

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Flight tickets, visa
  • Other personal expenses
  • Accommodation in Hanoi
  • Tips and Gratitude
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Hard and Soft Drinks with meals
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