Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

Prices

From $1,325USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, ecolodge, momestays, onboard a ship

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Highlights

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

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!

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

Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Vietnam is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you).

Prices below are per person, sharing a double or a triple room and apply to a 3-star hotel package. Please note that you can upgrade to 4-star hotels for an additional fee of $210USD per person.

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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 $295USD-$395USD 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.

Soleil Boutique in Hanoi

The chic Soleil Boutique offers gorgeous, airy rooms, a gym, spa services, and 4-star service during your stay.

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

The chic Soleil Boutique offers gorgeous, airy rooms, a gym, spa services, and 4-star service during your stay.

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

The chic Soleil Boutique offers gorgeous, airy rooms, a gym, spa services, and 4-star service during your stay.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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

Frequenty Asked Questions about Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour

How hard is the Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour?

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.

Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour?

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

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Hanoi to start this tour?

You can fly into Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. You will have to arrange your own transportation from the airport or book transfers with your tour for an additional fee.

Is the Trekking Northeast Vietnam Tour in English?

Yes, the local guides are English-speaking.

Where does the Northern Vietnam Hiking Tour end?

The tour ends in Hanoi. You will organize your own transportation from the hotel after check-out.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Vietnam?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Vietnam?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Vietnam for this tour?

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).

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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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