Explore the Red Dao Culture Trek - 3 Day

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Sapa —> Suoi ho —> Ma Cha —> Ta phin —> Phin Ho —> Lu Khau —> Suoi Thau —> Gia Thau —> Kim Ngan —> Ta Giang Phinh —> Sapa
Distance43 km
GradeMedium to Hard

Meet both the Hmong and Red Dao minorities living in this impressive mountainous landscape.

Homestay included: Choose from*

*Subject to availability

Day 1: Sapa – Ma Tra – Ta Phin (14 km)

As we ease into our tour with a relaxing start time of 9.30am, we depart from Sapa O’Chau Café or your hotel. It is here that we meet our friendly guide and begin the tour. Within a few minutes of walking, we bypass through the town of Sapa, and head on out to the spectacular countryside that Sapa has to offer.

Throughout this trek, we walk alongside stunning rice terraces, with plenty of picturesque opportunities. As we make our way through this countryside, we meet both the Hmong and Red Dao minorities. This is a good opportunity to chat with your guide to learn about local life for minority groups in this area. As you arrive in the afternoon at your homestay village, you will be happily greeted by the local Red Dao people. Relax with a refreshing beer while dinner is prepared on an open fire. Share a few laughs, while you eat dinner with your homestay hosts as you also experience the local Rice Wine. Finish the night with a warming herbal bath, and sleep the night away in the peaceful surroundings of the mountains.

Day 2: Ta Phin – Phin Ho – Lu Khau – Suoi Ho – Suoi Thau (17 km)

After a relaxing sleep, you may be woken early to the sounds of the resident rooster. If you find this is too early to rise, you may like to sleep for a few more hours and be ready to take on the day with a freshly prepared cooked breakfast around 8.30am. Then check out the homestay, pack your luggage then you will begin your uphill hike to get up and close with the natural wonders of Sapa. This 2.5 hours journey will take thorough mountains, valleys, forests and terraced rice fields.

The trek will take you to Phin Ho village which is located on the border of Ta Phin and Ban Khoang commune. The village offers you a panoramic view of Ban Khoang valley. You can enjoy the surroundings while relishing your delicious lunch with a local family.

After finishing your lunch, you will walk downhill through the paddy fields to Lu Khau village, where you will be warmly welcomed by Red Dao and Blue Hmong people. This trek will lead to the salmon farm where you will experience everything salmon up close.

Your trek will continue through an unpaved path, taking you to Suoi Thau village in the late afternoon. Here, you will check in with your Red Dao host for night stay. Now, you can enjoy the company of local, participate in cooking and eventually appreciate the tasty local food. You are ready for rest now.

Day 3: Suoi Thau - Thau - Kim Ngan - Ta Giang Phinh – Sapa (12 km trek)

In the morning, you will wake up to a cup of tea or coffee and local breakfast, providing you with enough energy for starting your trek. In the morning, you will take a short trek around Suoi Thau village where you will witness the daily life of Red Dao people.

After this village, you will proceed to Gia Thau village to view massive terraced rice fields. You will move to Kim Ngan village. Here, you will enjoy your picnic basket amongst the spectacular natural beauty and the company of a local family.

Post lunch, you will follow a short uphill footpath to Ta Giang Phinh village, rice fields and Budda’s Hand mountain. You will trek for one more hour to reach the center of Ta Giang Phinh village. Here you will visit the house of a local Blue Hmong to learn about the differences of their traditional custom and costume from Red Dao and Black Hmong people’s.

Then a car will take you back to Sapa town. On the way, you will get the chance to take pictures of Cold Waterfall and Mount Fansipan Cable Car station. Your trek will end at Sapa O’Chau office.

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Price per person in group: USD97 for 6-10 pax, USD117 for 4-5 pax, USD127 for 2-3 pax, USD182 for 1 pax


Lunch (every day), dinner (day 1 and 2), breakfast (day 2 and 3), 2 night homestay, tourguide, transport, herbal bath for the 1st night

Not Included

Drinks, personal travel insurance, tips, drinks at homestay.

You Should Bring

Comfortable trekking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent.