Hidden Hilltribes of Vietnam


At least one set of casual / non-walking clothes will be useful for wearing in hotels on this holiday.  Whilst walking you must not worry about how you look: comfort and protection against bad weather are of prime importance. Because mountain weather is so very variable, we recommend a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones. The following list is our suggested guide to help you with your packing based upon our many years of travelling/walking. Using your own judgment for packing is of course important, especially with regard to casual clothing etc but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about packing for your holiday, or are uncertain as to the suitability of your clothing and equipment.




·          Passport - including appropriate visas

·          Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)

·          Airline tickets (or E-ticket print out with booking reference)

·          Additional passport photos

·          Travel insurance details

·          Emergency contact numbers

·          Trip dossier

·          Credit cards/Traveller’s Cheques



·          Walking boots and spare laces

·          Trainers/approach shoes

·          Walking socks

·          T-shirts

·          Shorts

·          Trekking Pants

·          Light fleece

·          Thermal Baselayer shirt

·          Waterproof jacket with hood

·          Sun Hat

·          Swimwear (if joining Halong Bay extension)



·          Daypack/rucksack (approx 35litre capacity)

·          Sleeping bag

·          Sheet sleeping bag (optional)

·          Thermarest/Karrimat

·          2 Large water bottles (1 litre each)

·          Towel – quick drying pack towel is recommended

·          Torch

·          Camera & accessories

·          A variety of dry bag/plastic bags

·          Sunglasses

·          Washing/Shaving kit

·          Anti-Bacterial Handwash

·          Water purifying tablets (iodine based are best)

·          Small personal First Aid kit

·          Insect Repellent

·          Sun Cream


The following items can also be useful:


·          Face wipes

·          Moisturising cream

·          Snacks/energy bars

·          Padlock for your kitbag

·          Small mirror

·          Earplugs

·          Cold water travel wash (preferably biodegradable)

·          Travel adaptor


These items are also useful but don’t pack them in your hand luggage – put them in your main bag only!


·          Penknife/small scissors

·          Safety pins

·          Small sewing/repair kit

·          Nail clippers


Personal First Aid Kit
We recommend that you carry a small first aid kit for personal use. This could contain things like plasters, sterile dressings and bandages, a blister kit, pain killers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream (for insect bites), suncream, anti-diarrhoea pills e.g. Imodium or Lomotil and rehydration salts e.g. dioralyte.

Please ensure you carry essential personal medication in your hand luggage rather than checked in bags.