Hoang Su Phi Trek and Homestay Tour 5 Days
Hoang Su Phi Trek and Homestay Tour 5 Days As a legend of the local La Chi people has it, Hoang Su Phi owes its unforgettable scenery to the yellow-bark tree. To quote the La Chi elders, during the Great Flood, all the trees under heaven were submerged under a deluge. Only one massive yellow tree remained, in which the humans sought shelter. After the flood receded, some people cut down the tree to make their own houses. The trunk and leaves of the tree fell across Hoang Su Phi and turned into the district’s craggy mountains and canyons. Ever since, Hoang Su Phi is called “the land of the yellow-bark tree”.
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Hoang Su Phi Trek and Homestay Tour 5 Days
As a legend of the local La Chi people has it, Hoang Su Phi owes its unforgettable scenery to the yellow-bark tree. To quote the La Chi elders, during the Great Flood, all the trees under heaven were submerged under a deluge. Only one massive yellow tree remained, in which the humans sought shelter. After the flood receded, some people cut down the tree to make their own houses. The trunk and leaves of the tree fell across Hoang Su Phi and turned into the district’s craggy mountains and canyons. Ever since, Hoang Su Phi is called “the land of the yellow-bark tree”.
Hoang Su Phi’s Terraced Fields
Generations of Hoang Su Phi people sculpted these terraced fields into our steep mountain slopes, which now overlook stunning valleys. They are quite wondrous to behold, especially during May (the monsoon season) and September (the harvest season). If you love to take beautiful photos, you don’t want to miss coming to Hoang Su Phi during these seasons!
All transportation in air-conditioned vehicles from Hanoi to Hoang Su Phi
Full board meals as per the tour program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
English-speaking guide escort from Hanoi
Local Guide and Porter
Accommodation at the hotel & homestay basic on double or twin sharing
Fees and permits where applicable
Service charges and government taxes
Pre- and post-trip accommodation in Hanoi
Pre- and post-trip entry fees and permits (where required)
Tips and gratuities
Peak season surcharge if any
Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
Other services not mentioned above.
Hanoi - Hoang Su Phi
The JET Travel tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel to begin the 8-hour drive following a route through ever-changing scenery, from the delta to the foothills before entering the mountainous northern region. Arriving in the town of Tuyen Quang,stop for a short break andlunch in a local restaurant set in a lush Bonsai garden. After You are arriving at Pan Hou Village in the afternoon. Our eco-lodge is located in the heart of the Song chay mountains adjoining the Yunnan. This natural fortress has long been a refuge for many ethnic groups who have escaped from the Middle Kingdom, his persecution and its famines. You will have time to rest today before your trek that will start tomorrow morning.
Accommodation: Pan Hou Village
Panhou - Nam Khoa - Nam Ai
You will leave Panhou Village and the Lang Giang Valley for Nam Khoa, and then will continue by going through the Gate of Heaven, a pass surrounded by forest with rare tropical and temperate plants species such as chestnut trees and orchids. You are greeted by a family from the village for lunch. Your resume your walk after this break to Nam Ai, a village of Yao with long tunic isolated at the top of the ountains.
Accommodation : Yaos with long tunic Homestay
Walk duration: 5 hours
B – Panhou, L – Red Dao, D – Yao with long tunic
Nam Ai- Km38 - Ho Pien
This morning, you are resuming your trek by walking further into Nam Son Valley and passing over the montain to the 38th kilometer.
After lunch at a Red Dao family’s house, you head to the top of the mountain to Ho Pien through the tea plantations, the bamboo forests. You will arrive in the late afternoon to a Hmong house. You will spend the evening with the local family,will have diner with them and will spend the night.
Accommodation : H’mong Homestay
Walk duration: 5 hours
B- Yao long tunic, L – Red Dao,
Ho Pien - Nam Nghi- Panhou - Hoang Su Phi Town
After breakfast, you descend towards the Lang Giang valley to Nam Nghi, a Red Yao village famous for its Shan Tuyet
tea. From the village, located halfway up the mountain, the rice terraces extend out of sight. The daily life of Red Yao is
also punctuated by their farming activities in the highlands that include harvesting rice. Red Dao women wear bright red
outfits with some indigo keys. After lunch, you cross the canopy forest to return to Pan Hou Village before driver to take you to Hoang Su Phi Town.
Accommodation : Song Chay Hotel
B- Hmong, L – Red Dao.
Walk duration: 5 hours
Hoang Su Phi - Hanoi
Breakfast in the lodge before the return drive to Hanoi. Enroute back to the capital enjoy a typical Vietnamese lunch in a local restaurant. Arrive back in Hanoi late afternoon.
B- Tay, L- Local Resturant
When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels
There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…
There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.
There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.
Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack
Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.
During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.
There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.
Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.
1 medium-sized backpack.
Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
1 medium-sized towel.
1 medium-sized dry bag.
Hiking poles/walking sticks
We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.