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.
$736 $433 $323 $270 $230


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.
$989 $592 $457 $392 $349



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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