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Mai Chau & Pu Luong Trek 9 Days/8 Nights

Known for its beaches, traumatic history, and bustling cities, Vietnam’s best kept secret may be its trekking destinations. The areas of Mai Chau and Pu Long are full of great hiking trails, stunning scenery, and local hilltribes which are waiting to be discovered.
 
The trek is a fantastic mix of walking, village exploration, and local interaction. During the daytime the fresh air and sweeping views are sure to delight, while at night time, enjoy traditional dance performances, local food, and overnight stays in village homes or eco-lodges.

 
In brief:

Day 1: Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Poom Coong
Day 3: Mai Chau - Xa Linh - Hang Kia - Cun Pheo
Day 4: Cun Pheo - Van Mai - Hang Tribe village
Day 5: Trekking the hills of Pu Luong
Day 6: Pu Luong Market Trek
Day7: Hin Village - Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (D)

Welcome to Hanoi. Depending on your arrival time, enjoy a walking tour through the streets of the capital where you can explore the local markets, tranquil lakes, and street side coffee shops that fill the city. This evening, meet your trekking guides for a trip briefing before feasting on a delicious Vietnamese meal.

Overnight in Hanoi.
 

Day 2: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Poom Coong (B, L, D)

This morning you leave early and head southwest to Mai Chau, past sweeping vistas of lush hills and limestone karsts. After lunch, stretch your legs with a walk around the village of Pom Coong, inhabited by the Thai people. As you enjoy a barbeque dinner, watch a performance of local dance and music. (Today’s trek is 6km)

Overnight in local home in Pom Coong.
 

Day 3: Mai Chau - Xa Linh - Hang Kia - Cun Pheo (B, L, D)

Transfer to the village of Xa Linh for the start of your trek along a mixture of paths, streambeds, and steep jungle hillsides reaching a H’mong village for a late lunch. This afternoon is mainly downhill, trekking along tracks which wind through hamlets, across small streams, and over suspension bridges. As you approach the village of Cun Pheo, soak in the beautiful scenery of the Mai Chau valley. (Today’s trek is 21km, 9-10hrs)

Overnight in homestay, Cun Pheo.
 

Day 4: Cun Pheo - Van Mai - Hang Tribe village (B, L, D)

Today, experience the diversity of Vietnam as you trek through indigenous villages belonging to the region’s different tribes. After lunch, transfer to Sai village for the trek to Hang Village, an oasis in the middle of Pu Luong Nature reserve. This path follows a route once used as part of the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War to supply the resistance, but now is a tranquil area perfect for a late afternoon trek. (Today’s trek 25km, 8-10 hrs)

Overnight in Hang Village.
 

Day 5: Trekking the hills of Pu Luong (B, L, D)

Today, hike through the Pu Luong valley with steep ascents and relaxing downhills. Reach Kho Muong for your overnight stay, an incredibly scenic village nestled between steep limestone karts and lush, verdant hills. Should you have enough energy remaining, take a short walk out to a nearby cave for some adventurous exploring. (Today’s trek 18km, 6-8hrs)

Overnight in homestay, Kho Muong.
 

Day 6: Pu Luong Market Trek (B, L, D)

Today begins with a challenging but glorious downhill hike which takes you to the Nature Reserve’s only market. The vendors are from nearby villages and they trek two hours uphill to bring their produce and goods to sell. After this fascinating market visit, continue on foot to the beautiful surroundings of the Nua Village eco-lodge. (Today’s trek 18km, 6-7hrs)

Overnight in Nua Village.
 

Day 7: Hin Village - Hanoi (B, L, D)

The last day of trekking takes you from the mountains and paddy fields to Tom village. From here you will be picked up and transferred back to Hanoi, arriving late this afternoon. Relax and freshen up before dinner at a delicious Vietnamese restaurant. (Today’s trek 11km, 4-5hrs)

Overnight in Hanoi
 

Day 8: Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi (B, L, D)

Travel from Hanoi through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. Spend the day cruising aboard a wooden junk boat, traveling amongst the limestone karsts and beautiful waters of the bay. Visit a cave and go for a swim before transferring back to Hanoi for a farewell dinner.

Overnight in Hanoi.
 

Day 9: Hanoi - Departure (B)

Today is at your leisure for last minute shopping or sightseeing before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

Prices: Please contact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.
Trip Included:
  • English speaking adventure guide throughout
  • Local trekking expert from day 3 to 8
  • Trekking supporting staffs
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfers
  • Jeep support for trekking day from village to village
  • Local fruits for trekking days
  • Local bus transfers as needed
  • Private boat trip in Halong bay for 5 hours cruise
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Traditional performance in Mai Chau on day 3
  • Sight seeing admission fees where required in the itinerary.
  • Local trekking permission and ranger fees.
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Bottled drinking water for trekking days only.
  • International air ticket reconfirmation.

Trip Excluded :

  • International flight to/from Vietnam and international departure airport tax
  • Visa to Vietnam. Please ensure to get visa before departure.
  • Any individual airport transfers.
  • Optional sightseeing tour in Hanoi
  • Beverage, alcoholic drinks and drinks at mealtime except 1 small bottle of water at meal time
  • Trekking porterage on request. If client (s) want to hire a porter for his/herself then he/she will pay directly.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (tips,laundry, telephone and camera films….)
  • Energy bars and trek snacks
  • Other services not clearly stated in the inclusive portion.

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