Mai Chau & Pu Luong Trek - 9 Days 8 Nights - Trekking tour North Vietnam
Price: US$ 675
Routes: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Poom Coong - Mai Chau - Xa Linh - Hang Kia - Cun Pheo - Van Mai - Hang Tribe village - Pu Luong - Hin Village - Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi
Duration: 9 days/8 nights
Depart from: Hanoi
Return to: Hanoi
Known for its beaches, traumatic history, and bustling cities, Vietnam’s best kept secret may be its trekking destinations. The areas of Mai Chau and Pu Long are full of great hiking trails, stunning scenery, and local hilltribes which are waiting to be discovered.
From Hanoi travel southwest toward the Laos border. The change in scenery is dramatic as you leave behind the flat, busy streets of the capital and reach the limestone karsts and rolling green hills of the Mai Chau area.
The trek is a fantastic mix of walking, village exploration, and local interaction. During the daytime the fresh air and sweeping views are sure to delight, while at night time, enjoy traditional dance performances, local food, and overnight stays in village homes or eco-lodges.
The terrain and scenery are varied, some days trekking steep ascents and descents along mountain ridges whilst other days see you crossing streams by wooden suspension bridges. Spend a day hiking along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a historic walk along the path once used to transport goods to the resistance fighters, to reach Pu Luong nature reserve.
The people of the area are as diverse as the terrain. Trek through villages inhabited by ethnic minorities such as H’mong and Thai and observe their traditional way of living and unique customs. Stop at markets in remote locations where the area’s residents trek hours each week to buy and sell goods.
After five days of hard, but rewarding, trekking a trip to Halong Bay is the perfect reward. Enjoy a day trip aboard a wooden junk. Marvel at the spectacular scenery, swim in the clear waters, and feast on a seafood lunch.
For those wishing to explore the beauty of Northwest Vietnam, the ‘Mai Chau and Pu Long Trek’ is a perfect blend of cultural discovery and outdoor activity.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Welcome to Hanoi. Depending on your arrival time, enjoy a walking tour through the streets of the capital where you can explore the local markets, tranquil lakes, and street side coffee shops that fill the city. This evening, meet your trekking guides for a trip briefing before feasting on a delicious Vietnamese meal. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Poom Coong (B/L/D) (Today’s trek is 6km).
This morning you leave early and head southwest to Mai Chau, past sweeping vistas of lush hills and limestone karsts. After lunch, stretch your legs with a walk around the village of Pom Coong, inhabited by the Thai people. As you enjoy a barbeque dinner, watch a performance of local dance and music. Overnight in local home in Pom Coong.
Day 3: Mai Chau - Xa Linh - Hang Kia - Cun Pheo (B/L/D) (Today’s trek is 21km, 9-10hrs)
Transfer to the village of Xa Linh for the start of your trek along a mixture of paths, streambeds, and steep jungle hillsides reaching a H’mong village for a late lunch. This afternoon is mainly downhill, trekking along tracks which wind through hamlets, across small streams, and over suspension bridges. As you approach the village of Cun Pheo, soak in the beautiful scenery of the Mai Chau valley..Overnight in homestay, Cun Pheo.
Day 4: Cun Pheo - Van Mai - Hang Tribe village (B/L/D) (Today’s trek 25km, 8-10 hrs)
Today, experience the diversity of Vietnam as you trek through indigenous villages belonging to the region’s different tribes. After lunch, transfer to Sai village for the trek to Hang Village, an oasis in the middle of Pu Luong Nature reserve. This path follows a route once used as part of the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War to supply the resistance, but now is a tranquil area perfect for a late afternoon trek. Overnight in Hang Village.
Day 5: Trekking the hills of Pu Luong (B/L/D) (Today’s trek 18km, 6-8hrs)
Today, hike through the Pu Luong valley with steep ascents and relaxing downhills. Reach Kho Muong for your overnight stay, an incredibly scenic village nestled between steep limestone karts and lush, verdant hills. Should you have enough energy remaining, take a short walk out to a nearby cave for some adventurous exploring. Overnight in homestay, Kho Muong.
Day 6: Pu Luong Market Trek (B/L) (Today’s trek 18km, 6-7hrs)
Today begins with a challenging but glorious downhill hike which takes you to the Nature Reserve’s only market. The vendors are from nearby villages and they trek two hours uphill to bring their produce and goods to sell. After this fascinating market visit, continue on foot to the beautiful surroundings of the Nua Village eco-lodge. Overnight in Nua Village.
Day 7: Hin Village - Hanoi (B/L/D) (Today’s trek 11km, 4-5hrs)
The last day of trekking takes you from the mountains and paddy fields to Tom village. From here you will be picked up and transferred back to Hanoi, arriving late this afternoon. Relax and freshen up before dinner at a delicious Vietnamese restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi (B/L/D)
Travel from Hanoi through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. Spend the day cruising aboard a wooden junk boat, traveling amongst the limestone karsts and beautiful waters of the bay. Visit a cave and go for a swim before transferring back to Hanoi for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Today is at your leisure for last minute shopping or sightseeing before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.
Package price: US$ 675/person ( minimum 2person)
Tour price includes:
- English speaking adventure guide throughout
- Local trekking expert from day 3 to 8
- Trekking supporting staffs
- Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfers
- Jeep support for trekking day from village to village
- Local fruits for trekking days
- Local bus transfers as needed
- Private boat trip in Halong bay for 5 hours cruise
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Traditional performance in Mai Chau on day 3
- Sight seeing admission fees where required in the itinerary
- Local trekking permission and ranger fees
- Basic first aid kit
- Bottled drinking water for trekking days only
Tour price excludes:
- International flight to/from Vietnam and international departure airport tax
- Visa to Vietnam. Please ensure to get visa before departure
- Any individual airport transfers
- Optional sightseeing tour in Hanoi
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses (tips, laundry, telephone and camera films….)
- Energy bars and trek snacks
- Other services not clearly stated in the inclusive portion.