Can Cau Saturday Market


Our Trekkings around Bac Ha


Located 3 hours east of Sapa, between Lao Cai and Ha Giang, the region of Bac Ha is completely different from Sapa : populated essentially by Flower H'mongs, whose women wear extraordinary colorful dresses, it is a region of mountains less high and steep than around Sapa, that the locals have covered as far as one can see with rice and corn terraces. Famous for its markets, Can Cau on Saturday and Bac Ha on Sunday, it also offers superb trekking, much less renown that the Sapa one and consequently far from Mass Tourism.

All the prices are per person in US dollars and include a car with driver, English-speaking guide, meals, hotels or homestay house, the boat (for the Coc Ly programme), the permits and the entrances into the villages.

Upon request, we can give you the rate including the roundtrip train ticket Hanoi-Lao Cai, the transfers from Lao Cai or Sapa to Bac Ha, as well as a combination of trekking around Sapa and Bac Ha.


ATTENTION : The rates include a local guide only. If you do not go to Bac Ha with a guide from our agency, you have to pay yourself an English-speaking guide in addition to the local one : 20$ for one day, 40$ for 2 days and 60$ for 3 days.



ONE-DAY TREKKINGS

EASY TREKKING (12 km)
Bac Ha – Ban Pho – Na Hoi – Na Khéo – Na Tha - Bac Ha

  This 4-5 hours easy trekking starts from your hotel and takes you among the reice-filed terracces and small villages (hmong village of Ban Pho, nung village of Na Khéo, tay village of Na Tha), with lunch in Na Khéo.    


Rates per person in US dollars :

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5-6 pers.
$30 $17 $13 $12 $10



SPORTIVE TREKKING (22 km)
Bac Ha – Quang Phi Ngai - Ta Van Chu – Ta Chai – Bac Ha

  This very beautiful 6-7-hour trekking starts with a long climb offering superb panoramas, upto the hmong village of Ta Van Chu, passing through the dao village of Quang Phi Ngai.

Lunch in a small homestay in Ta Van Chu and descent all the way down to Bac Ha on different trails, going through the tay and nung village of Ta Chai.
   


Rates per person in US dollars :

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5-6 pers.
$35 $28 $25 $21 $18


TUESDAY ONLY: Coc Ly Market
  Departure from Bac ha in a car with driver and guide, ddirection the small Coc Ly Market, 23 km west of Bac Ha and where the local minorities H'mong, Dao, Nung, Phu La, etc. gather for a morning of trade and eating. Lunch at the market.

The car then takes you to the banks of the Chay River for a beautiful boat ride down to the village of Bao Nhai, where the car picks you up to return to Bac Ha.
   


Rates per person in US dollars :

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5-6 pers.
$83 $48 $39 $36 $30



SATURDAY ONLY: Can Cau Market

    Departure from Bac Ha by car for the small Can Cau Market 18 km north of Bac Ha and where the the local H'mong, Dao, Nung, Phu La, etc. minorities gather for a morning of trade and eating. The car then takes you on a beautiful small raod snaking through the mountains, to the hmong village of Ta Van Chu, where we have lunch in small homestay.

Magnificent panoramas wait for you on the way down to Bac Ha, passing through the hmong village of Ban Pho.

 


Rates per person in US dollars :

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5-6 pers.
$73 $42 $35 $30 $26



2-DAYS TREKKING:

Bac Ha – Quang Di Ngai – Ta Van Chu – Lau Thi Ngai – Ban Pho - Bac Ha

 
Day 1 : Bac Ha – Ban Pho – Quang Di Ngai – Ta Van Chu

Departure from your hotel aroung 9:00 for a beautiful trekking going through the hmong village of Ban Pho and arriving in the hmong village of Quang Di Ngai, where we have lunch. Qe then have a long climb up to the hmong village of Ta Van Chu, where we have diner and spend the night in a small homestay.
   


Day2: Lau Thi Ngai – Ban Pho – Bac Ha

After breakfast, magnificent panoramas wait for you on the way down to Bac Ha, passing through dao and phu la village of Lau Thi Ngai, where we have lunch in another small homestay, and the hmong village of Ban Pho.


Rates per person in US dollars :

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5-6 pers.
$78 $46 $38 $32 $26



3-DAYS TREKKING

Bac Ha – Quang Di Ngai – Ta Van Chu – Lau Thi Ngai – Ban Pho - Bac Ha

This superb trekking snakes through the mountains and rice-filed terraces of the region south-east of Bac Ha, with 2 nights in traditional homestays.


   
Day 1 : Bac Ha – Ban Lien


16-km trekking till the tay village of Ban Lien, with lunch on the way. Diner and night in a tay homestay of Ban lien.
 


Day 2: Ban Lien – Nâm Khan

15-km trekking till the dao village of Nâm Khan, with lunch on the way. Diner and night in a dao homestay of Nâm Khan.


Day 3: Nâm Khan – Chieu Cai - Na No – Bac Ha

15-km trekking till the phu la village of Chieu Cai and the tay village tay of Na No, with lunch on the way.


Rates per person in US dollars :

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5-6 pers.
$105 $75 $68 $45 $40



4-DAYS TREKKING

Bac Ha – Ban Pho – Ta Van Chu – Ngai Phong Châ – Na No – Na Hui – Ngai Than – Pec Bung – Bac Ha


   
Day 1 : Bac Ha – Ban Pho – Quang Di Ngai - Ta Van Chu

Departure from your hotel aroung 9:00 for a beautiful trekking going through the hmong village of Ban Pho and arriving in the hmong village of Quang Di Ngai, where we have lunch. Qe then have a long climb up to the hmong village of Ta Van Chu, where we have diner and spend the night in a small homestay.
 


Day 2: Ta Van Chu – Lau Thi Ngai – Ngai Phong Cha

Superb day to the dao village of Ngai Phong Cha, with lunch on the way and visit of the dao and phu la village of Lau Thi Ngai. Diner and night in a small homestay of Ngai Phong Cha.


Day 3: Ngai Phong Cha – Na No – Na Hoi

Another beautiful trail, with lunch on the way, takes you to the tay and phu la village of Na No. Diner and night in a small homestay of dao village of Na Hoi.


Day 4: Na Hoi – Ngai Thau – Pec Bung – Bac Ha

Return to Bac Ha on ther beautiful trails, with lunch on the way and visit of dao, hmong and phu la villages.


Rates per person in US dollars :

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5-6 pers.
$142 $97 $75 $55 $50






TREKKING AROUND MEO VAC (1 day)


 
Méo Vac is a small town of the Black H'mong Minority located close to the Chinese border north of the Province de Ha Giang, at the bottom of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, rightly famous as the most beautiful road in Vietnam.

This trekking starts from the Auberge de Méo Vac (www.orientalbridgetravel.com/auberge.htm) and takes you above the vertiginous Canyon of the Ngo Qué River, in the middle of the Karstic Geopark of Ha Giang, classified by Unesco.
   




We start from the Auberge de Méo Vac to go to the Communal Center of Pa Vi, at the entrance of the canyon, with 2 choices: either by foot (4 km / Departure 8:00) or with your own car (departure at 9:00).

From Pa Vi, we start walking for about 20 mn on the road to Dong Van, at the foot of the karstic cliffs. We then take a trail facing the Ma Pi Leng, snaking through corn terracces built on stiff slopes.

 

Short stop to admire the magnificent scenery, and we walk around a rocky promontory to take a ancient road built for mining, from which we can see on the opposite slopes the patchwork of corn field terraces and small h'mong villages and isolated houses. By clear weather, we can see the Chinese border in the far horizon.



 
Picnic in the h'mong village of Tia Cau Si (Goat droppings); if the weather does not allow it, we have lunch in te village Elementary School. We then return inside the plateau to the village of Giang Chu Phinh and a pass leading back to the Communal center. Return to the Auberge either with your own car or by foot (90-mn walk including 30 down the slopes).

Cost : 25$ for the guide ; 5$ per person for the lunch, drinks not included.
   




Trekkings in the Pu Luong Reserve

 
Those exceptional trekkings take you to the Pu Luong Natural reserve, an 18 000-ha mountain massif south of the well-known valley of de Mai Chau, wit the highest peak reaching 1441 m.

The north-east, where the trekkings take place, is a maze of lime peaks and small valleys. 1109 species of flora have been classified, as well as 342 species of fauna, including extremely rare Delacour Lungurs.

The reserve is mainly populated of Thai and Muong minority tribes, with some h'mongs and dao. The region is also famous for the beauty of its rice field terraces.
   




4-DAY/3-NIGHT TREKKING (2 nights in minority family homes)

Day 1: HANOI – BAN SAI – BAN HANG

We leave Hanoi direction Mai Chau first through the delta and then higher and higher mountains. Lunch in the White Thai village of Ban Sai. We then start trekking through tapioca, sugar cane and rice terraced fields, to arrive 3 hours later in the Thai Village of Ban Hang, where we have diner and sleep in a traditional stilted Tay house.


Day 2: BAN HANG - BAN KHO MUONG

Beautiful day of trekking through magnificent rice field terraces. We then climb up to the Valley of Eo Ken, from which we take small trails, often accompanied by smiling locals. Picnic alongside the trail and we arrive at the Village of Ban Kho Muong, in a superb valley dominated by lime peaks. We are among the Black Thais, and have diner and spend the night in the stilted house of one of them.


Day 3: BAN KHO MUONG - BAN HIEU

We leave Kho Muong in the morning and enter another mountain group through a forest and typical minority villages. Visit of the Thai and Muong market of Pho Doan (Thursday and Sunday), and continuation of the trekking until Ban Hieu, site of the very beautiful Hieu Waterfall. Your family home lies just alongside the torrent ; swimming, diner and night in the stilted house.


Day 4: BAN HIEU - HANOI

Relaxation in the beautiful Ban Hieu village, then trekking back to the road, where the driver meets you for the return to Hanoi, partly on the new Ho Chi Minh Highway.


Rates per person in US dollars:

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5-6 pers.
$641 $400 $303 $258 $220


6-DAY/4-NIGHT TREKKING (5 nights in minority family homes)

Day 1 and 2: HANOI – MAI CHAU - PU LUONG – BAN HANG - BAN KHO MUONG

Same programme as above.


Day 3: BAN KHO MUONG – BAN HIN

3 hours of trekking in the mountains, through forests and minority villages. Lunch in the Hamlet of Nua, followed by a 2-hour trekking to the Village of Ban Hin, where we have diner and sleep in a stilted house.


Day 4: BAN HIN - BAN BA – BAN MUOI - BAN SON

Long day of trekking (6 hours) towards Mount Pu Hu Luong, through a superb scenery of mountains and villages such as Ban Ba, Ban Muoi and Ban Son. Diner and night in a Thai house of the village of Ban Son.


Day 5: BAN SON - BAN HIEU – CHUTES DE HIEU

We leave Ban and penetrate farther into the mountains, to reach Ban Hieu, site of the very beautiful Hieu Waterfall. Your family home lies just alongside the torrent ; swimming, diner and night in the stilted house.


Day 6: BAN HIEU – HANOI

Relaxation in the beautiful Ban Hieu village, then trekking back to the road, where the driver meets you for the return to Hanoi, partly on the new Ho Chi Minh Highway.


Rates per person in US dollars:

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5-6 pers.
$834 $516 $406 $351 $306



OPTION ONE ADDITIONAL DAY IN BAN LAC (MAI CHAU)

 
Before or after your 4 or 6-day trekking, we propose to you a one-day option in the beautiful Valley of Mai Chau, where you have diner and spend the night in a stilted family house of the Thai village of Ban Lac.

You can choose this option either before the trekking in the natural reserve of Pu Luong, or after the trekking, according to the 2 following programmes :


 
The Tai village of Ban Lac
 

Option one day Mai Chau before the trekking

If you choose the option before the trekking, the first 2 days programme is :


Day 1 : HANOI – MAI CHAU –BAN LAC

Morning departure to Hoa Binh. Stops on the road to admire the magnificent panorama, first on top of the pass, then on the descent overlooking the superb valley of Mai Chau. Arrival in the White Thai village of Ban Lac, where you settle for the night in a delightful family's traditional stilted house. Lunch in the family house. You spend the afternoon strolling or biking through the villages and the rice fields. Return to Ban Lac for diner and one night at your Thai home.


Day 2 : BAN LAC - BAN SAI – BAN HANG

Departure from Ban Lac after breakfast, to arrive in Ban Sai and start the 4 or 6-day trekking


Option one day Mai Chau after the trekking

If you choose the option after the trekking, the last 2 days programme is :


Last day of trekking

At the end of the trekking, the driver takes you to the village of Ban Lac, where you have diner and spend the night in a Thai stilted family house.


Following day : BAN LAC – MAI CHAU - HANOI

You spend the morning visiting the village and strolling or bicycling through the valley. Lunch in the family house and return to Hanoi.


Additional rates for the one day in Ban Lac (per person in US dollars)

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers.
$133 $80 $64 $58 $53


If your budget does not allow you private trekkings, Oriental Bridge can also make reservations for you for group trekkings. Please ask us for programmes and rates.






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