This two week trekking holidays takes us on a journey through remote north-east Vietnam, near the border with China, right through the heart of hill-tribe land. In this region you will find some of the most remarkable mountain scenery in the whole of Vietnam and some of the friendliest people. This area is home to a diverse array of ethnic minorities (Tay, Hmong, Dao, Lolo and Nung); their villages nestled on the forested hill slopes or hidden in the lush valleys. We spend our days hiking and trekking through an outstanding landscape, from plunging highland valleys and soaring limestone peaks to primeval forests and spectacularly tiered rice paddies, including trekking in the foothills of Phu Ta Ca (2276m) the second highest point in the province of Ha Giang. Our nights will be spent as guests of different hill tribe villages where we can learn all about each tribe’s unique customs and culture, sleeping in traditional homestays, socialising with the villagers and eating delicious home prepared Vietnamese food; the highlight of this will be a full day spent with a remote Black Lolo tribe. Before our holiday draws to a close, we’ll also visit the Ba Be National Park, where we will enjoy a lesson in traditional fishing methods on Ba Be Lake. Our adventure ends with time sightseeing in Hanoi, one of the most historic and atmospheric cities in South East Asia, a cruise on Ha Long and Lan Ha Bay, and a night on Cat Ba island. This holiday offers you the chance to discover authentic North Vietnam, with some unforgettable walking and unique cultural experiences.
Trek through a quiet and unspoilt region of rural North Vietnam
Meet the people of the Tay, Red Dao, White Hmong, Black Lolo, Flower Lolo and Nung tribes
Spend a full day in a traditional Black Lolo village
Explore Hanoi, cruise Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and overnight on Cat Ba island