Walks Asia Vietnam Hidden Hilltribes of Vietnam

Hidden Hill Tribes of Vietnam

14 days | From £1,099 | Guided Group Departures

Explore the cheerful and vibrant hilltribes of Vietnam on this incredible walking adventure holiday. Walk through jungles and across verdant landscapes. See the mighty Fansipan, stay in a homestay, visit a local school and explore Hanoi.


14 days | From £1,099 | Guided Group Departures

  • Trek in the backdrop of Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina (3,143m)
  • Meet the colourful hill tribes of Northern Vietnam
  • Soak up the atmosphere of colonial Hanoi

Walking through jungles and across verdant landscapes, the mountainous north of Vietnam is home to many cheerful and vibrant hill tribes.

As well as the challenging days trekking through hills and valleys, a wonderful feature of this adventure is spending a couple of nights on trek in the village homes of some of these welcoming tribes. With the help of your guide, you will able to learn more about their culture and traditions.

Always lively, sometimes chaotic, but never dull, this trip to Vietnam is ideal for those that enjoy a challenge and want real cultural experiences too.

After you trek in this wonderful region, we recommend you relax with a one night junk cruise around Ha Long Bay

Vietnam Hidden Hilltribes of Vietnam
Day 1. Depart UK
Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Hanoi.
Day 2. Arrive Hanoi
Arrive Hanoi and meet at the group hotel. Relax and explore the area.
Day 3. Sightseeing; overnight train to Lao Cai
Take a guided tour of the bustling colonial city of Hanoi. The afternoon is free and a good idea is to explore the vibrant market at Dong Xuan. Later, enjoy a truly local experience by travelling on the overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 4. Arrive Lao Cai, transfer to Sapa, village trek
Arrive Lao Cai, drive up a mountain road winding along terraced hillsides to Sapa. Your first trek is through villages passing ethnic tribes along the way.
Day 5. Trek through Cat Cat Valley
Trek through Cat Cat Valley among spectaular scenery including a waterfall and the lush green rice paddy terraces. Tonight you will have a truly authentic experience of Vietnamese culture as you stay in a homestay of the Giay people.
Day 6. Trek along the Hoang Lien mountain range
Trek along the Hoang Lien mountain range, which offers you many opportunities to enjoy view over huge rice paddy terraces in Muong Hoa valley. Pass through traditional villages and spend the night in a traditional house.
Day 7. Ascend to the highest point of the trek
A slightly tougher day of walking as you ascend to the highest point of this trek (1,548m) and enjoy the sublime views across the valley. The trek eases up in the afternoon.
Day 8. Trek at the bottom of the valley along the river
Descend to trek in the bottom of the valley along the river, surrounded by mountains. This trekking route offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Continue to Ta Trung Ho village to spend a night in authentic bamboo huts and a local house.
Day 9. Walk through rainforest, visit a local school
Reach the fringe of the rainforest and walk in the backdrop of Fansipan. Ascend to Nam Toong village and visit a local school. In the afternoon descend to the valley and walk to Thanh Phu village to spend the night in a traditional house.
Day 10. Gentle walk to Sin Chai
Gentle walk off the beaten track to Sin Chai village. Tonight you'll sleep in a traditional bamboo hut.
Day 11. Trek to Lao Cai, overnight train to Hanoi
The final day of hilltribe trekking back to Lao Cai is through a remote mountainous area, passing bamboo forest and jungle. Reach Ta Thang and transfer by car to Lao Cai, where you can rest and shower at a local hotel before your overnight train to Hanoi.
Day 12. Arrive Hanoi; rest of the day free to explore
Arrive Hanoi where you will be met and taken to a hotel for breakfast. The rest of the day is free to explore and shop for final souvenirs.
Day 13. Depart Hanoi
Depart Hanoi for your overnight flight to the UK.
Day 14. Arrive UK
Arrive back in the UK.

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  • Trip grade: C - Demanding
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Trip code: TVIE
  • GROUP SIZE : Min 4, max 10
  • Max altitude: 1,548m
  • Accommodation: Hotels x 3, homestay x 4, sleeper train x 2, camping x 2
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 evening meals inc
  • OVERSEAS JOINING POINT : Hanoi
  • IMPORTANT : Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements