Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour
Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

10 days

Green terraces seen along the Northern Vietnam Hiking TrailEthnic people Red DzaoDay 1 - Hanoi Hoan Kiem Ngoc SonDay 2 - water puppetLocal in Northern VietnamGreen terraces in Northern VietnamWarming up near the fire in Northern VietnamLocals met while on Northern Vietnam Hiking TourCalypso Cruise HalongDay 9 - hoach le dinhDay 10 - Traditional cyclo ride down the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam

Get an authentic northern Vietnam experience on this 10-day tour

Get acquainted with the local communities and splendid natural landscapes in northern Vietnam over 10 magical days on the Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour. Have a sensational experience through interactions with the locals, the mouth-watering cuisine, and trekking among unspoiled forests in the mountainous northern region.

During the Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour, you will sightsee in Vietnam’s fascinating historic capital, Hanoi, then head north into the mountains to stay in an ecolodge. Then, trek for 3 days into the remote villages of the Red Dao and H’mong communities and be welcomed into their homes to learn about their cultures. Spend the end of the tour overnight floating on the breathtaking waters of Lan Ha Bay. After 10 days of experiencing vivid northern Vietnam, you may not want to leave. Book the Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour today!

Highlights of the Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

Sip on Vietnamese coffee amid Hanoi’s Old Quarter and its buzzing coffee culture.
Indulge in freshly-caught seafood meals while floating on the stunning waters in Lan Ha Bay.
Engage with the local minorities in the mountains and learn about their traditions and cultures.
Spend two nights in an ecolodge nestled deep in the lush jungle in Pan Hou Village.

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10 days
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Guided
Hotels, ecolodge, momestays, onboard a ship
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Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam! After finding your own way to the hotel, you’ll have some time to settle in. If you arrive with some free time before dinner, stroll to the city’s central lake, Hoan Kiem Lake, to observe the daily activities around its shores. In the evening, meet your guide and group at the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an orientation on the adventure ahead.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hanoi
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Hanoi City Walk and Puppet Show

Enjoy a delicious breakfast washed down with ca phe sua da (delicious iced Vietnamese coffee), then depart for an informative walk around Vietnam’s historical capital. See highlights like the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the century-old Temple of Literature recognized as the first university in Vietnam, and Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Mid-morning, you’ll be happy to stroll through Hanoi’s coffee neighbourhood, abundant in quaint cafes, each with a different story. In the evening, you’ll witness a traditional water puppet show, created over a thousand years ago by farmers to entertain royalty under the Ly and Tran dynasties. Return to the hotel to get some rest.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hanoi
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3 Transfer to Pan Hou Village

Leave the chaotic Hanoi behind as you head north into the mountains after breakfast. During the drive, you can gaze out the window at the overgrowth of greenery, spectacular limestone peaks, and mighty rivers. Drive through villages populated by small ethnic groups and note the subtle differences in each town you pass. Once you reach the Song Chay Mountains, you will check into an ecolodge with bungalows cradled in lush greenery. Relax among nature and prepare for trekking tomorrow with a good night’s sleep.
Overnight Location: Ecolodge in Pan Hou Village
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Trek to Giang Ha

Load up on breakfast in Pan Hou Village, then depart afterwards to hike among the forested peaks. The area you will walk through today is inhabited by the Red Dao community. As you trek through the mountains, you’ll see how the locals have created terraced paddies for producing rice. Admire the stunning green steps and enjoy the cooler temperatures as you ascend. Stop for lunch at a Red Dao village, then continue for a couple more hours to reach your homestay with a Red Dao family. In the evening, they will introduce you to their daily practices and prepare a traditional meal.
Overnight Location: Homestay in Giang Ha
Distance: 5 hours, 400 m of ascent, 200 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Trek to Ho Pien

Rise early and observe breakfast preparation, then set out to continue the trek. Hike through peaks and valleys through cassava fields, dense forests, rice paddies, and tea plantations. Enjoy another Red Dao lunch midday, then keep pushing on towards the H’mong community. Be welcomed by a H’mong family and learn about their culture this evening. Finally, settle into your homestay for the night.
Overnight Location: Homestay in Ho Pien
Distance: 5–6 hours, 600 m of ascent, 400 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Hike to Pan Hou Village

Wake up in the misty mountains and gather with your host family for breakfast. After eating, say goodbye to your hosts and head out to complete the trekking loop, ending once again in Pan Hou Village. Appreciate the nature around you, like the bamboo shoots, terraced fields, and tall trees. Have lunch in a small Red Dao community and finish the last stretch of the tour fuelled by their delicious meal. Relax in the ecolodge, freshen up, and get some well-earned rest.
Overnight Location: Ecolodge in Pan Hou Village
Distance: 20 km, 5–6 hours, 855 m of ascent, 791 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Transfer to Hanoi

Relish in your last morning in the mountains and savour your ca phe sua da. Only a few days left of the tour, and there’s tons more adventure ahead! Depart for Hanoi, stopping over in small villages to browse for handicrafts and have some refreshments. Once you arrive in Hanoi, you have free time to wander the streets, explore areas you haven’t yet seen, or return to your favourite café. Treat yourself to a street food dinner—the options are overwhelming, and you can’t go wrong.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hanoi
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 8 Boat Cruise on Lan Ha Bay

After breakfast, prepare for a chill day and night on Lan Ha Bay’s gorgeous waters, which neighbours the UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay. Enjoy freshly-caught seafood meals as you gaze at the remarkable limestone peaks jutting out from blue-green waters. Find a perch on deck in the evening to witness one of those is-this-real-life sunsets. Get comfy in a sleeper cabin onboard and let the sea gently rock you to sleep.
Overnight Location: Overnight on Boat in Lan Ha Bay
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Return to Hanoi

If you’re not a morning person, you make an exception today to watch a spectacular sunrise over Lan Ha Bay. Your skipper will navigate through the stunning scenery to return to the mainland after having breakfast and lunch on board. When you get back to Hanoi mid-afternoon, you have free time to savour your last night in Vietnam however you like. Hit the street food stalls, enjoy some bia hoi (fresh beer), find a late-night café, or just relax in the hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hanoi
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 10 Farewell

Unfortunately, your tour has come to an end. Reminisce about the last 10 days with your group over breakfast, then check out of the hotel by noon. You’ll sort out your own transfer to the airport or the next stop on your travels.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Vietnam is always run as a fixed-departure tour for mixed groups and the price only depends on whether any optional extras are added to the package.

The best time to travel to Vietnam is from October to March, as well as April and May (hot season), and June to August (green season with occasional rains).

Dates and Prices to Join a Group on Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

Make new friends while joining an adventure tour to Vietnam! Prices below are per person and apply to a 3-star hotel package. Please note that you can upgrade to 4-star hotels for an additional fee of $210 USD per person.

May 14, 2021
May 23, 2021
From Hanoi
To Hanoi
USD$1,215
USD$1,255
10 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 13, 2021
From Hanoi
To Hanoi
USD$1,215
USD$1,255
10 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jul 09, 2021
Jul 18, 2021
From Hanoi
To Hanoi
USD$1,215
USD$1,255
10 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Sep 10, 2021
Sep 19, 2021
From Hanoi
To Hanoi
USD$1,215
USD$1,255
10 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Oct 15, 2021
Oct 24, 2021
From Hanoi
To Hanoi
USD$1,255
10 days / 5+ Spaces Left

Accommodation on the Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels, an ecolodge, and homestays during trekking days. The hotels and ecolodge have modern amenities that make this trip more comfortable. Homestays are in remote locations and offer basic amenities. Rooms are based on double occupancy, and solo travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $295 USD-$395 USD to have a private room in a hotel while travelling with your group. Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Soleil Boutique in Hanoi ★★★★

Combine luxury and elegance, and you have this boutique hotel. The staff takes excellent care of every detail, and the rooms are spacious and bright.

Ecolodge Pan Hou Village ★★★

Deep in the High Song Chay mountains, find this hidden gem tucked among the overgrowing greenery. Fall asleep and wake up in the middle of nature.

Night 4-5

Homestays in Vietnam

Stay in traditional homestays with Red Dao and H’mong minorities in remote locations. Wake up to the sounds of nature and unparalleled jungle views.

Ecolodge Pan Hou Village ★★★

Deep in the High Song Chay mountains, find this hidden gem tucked among the overgrowing greenery. Fall asleep and wake up in the middle of nature.

Soleil Boutique in Hanoi ★★★★

Combine luxury and elegance, and you have this boutique hotel. The staff takes excellent care of every detail, and the rooms are spacious and bright.

Luxury Calypso Cruises in Lan Ha Bay

Sleep on board a boat in the breathtaking Lan Ha Bay. Sip a drink while you watch the sunset, and get a cozy rest in the sleeper cabins.

Soleil Boutique in Hanoi ★★★★

Combine luxury and elegance, and you have this boutique hotel. The staff takes excellent care of every detail, and the rooms are spacious and bright.

What’s included in the Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour?

Meals

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 6 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 9 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour.

Also Included

  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local village guides on trekking days

Not included

  • Meals, snacks, and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa fees upon arrival in Vietnam
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned as “included”
  • Tips and personal expenses

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in Hanoi
  • Upgrading to 4-star hotels
  • Airport transfers

Frequently Asked Questions about Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

Easia Active is a subsidiary of Easia Travel, a boutique tour operator based in South-East Asia, and dedicated to sharing the best active adventures in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Easia Travel was founded in 2000 in Vietnam, with a vision to “Make Asia Easy for You!” by allowing guests to experience the best of Asia. Find great hiking, cycling and other active adventures in SE Asia with Easia Active.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be comfortable hiking on moderate terrain for up to 6 hours for three consecutive days.

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