This fully portered, village to village trek is not for the fainthearted. It has long daily distances and tough ascents and descents, but the rewards are plentiful; tropical rainforests, paddy fields, remote village communities...experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Day 1 - London to Hanoi
After meeting your Tribal Tracks leader and the rest of the team at the airport, board the plane for the adventure of a lifetime!
Day 2 - Hanoi to Mai Chau
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be greeted by the local team and transferred to the Mai Chau. Set is an idyllic valley, Mai Chau is a rural village, surrounded by rice paddies. You will have the rest of the day to relax and get over the journey, or simply to explore on your own. Tonight we will have a pre trek briefing after a traditional supper in a local restaurant.
Day 3 - Mai Chau - Hang Kia - Kho. Muong - Kit-Nua Village
After breakfast, we transfer to the start of the trekking point, and begin our trek! We trek through villages, fields and tropical rainforest using the local trails. Lunch is at the foot of the valley and courtesy of a local stall, before we continue our trek. It is steep in places, and will take around 9 hours, but we reach our destination, Nua village in late afternoon. This charming Thai style village and tonight we are honoured guests in a traditional Thai stilt house! We have dinner and some homemade rice wine before a well deserved sleep.
Trekking Distance - 30km.
Day 4 - Nua village - Hin - Muoi - Ton - Ba Village
After breakfast at the homestay, we say farewell to our hosts and begin a whole day of hard trekking. We climb deeper into the Pu Long Reserve, passing through several Thai hamlets surrounded by rice paddies and amazing scenery. We have a picnic lunch en route and arrive in Ba village in the late afternoon. After we have checked in with our hosts, you are free to wander around the village and talk to the locals, or simply have a rest. Before dinner, it is time for a cookery demonstration with our host, before trying our hand to cook dishes for supper! After eating the fruits of our labour, it is time for bed and a good rest.
Trekking Distance - 20km.
Day 5 - Ba Village - Hieu Village - Du Village
After breakfast, we trek from village to village through beautiful rice terraces and the bamboo forest distinctive to this wonderful area. We arrive into Du Village late in the afternoon. You have free time to rest and shower, before a traditional dinner with our host family. After dinner, we will see, and have a chance to take part in some traditional dancing.
Trekking Distance - 25km.
Day 6 - Du Village - Tom Village - Don Village
We have an early start today so that we can witness the village waking up and see their early morning rituals and activities. After breakfast, we head off around 8 am for another good day of hiking. We trek through hidden gems of Pu Luong today: beautiful views of remote valleys, rice terraces and peaceful village. After a picnic lunch, we continue our trek up to the peak of Mount Puluong, then descend to Don Village by late afternoon. The trek is complete!!!We check into the Puluong Retreat where we rest, have a celebration supper and stay the night.
Trekking Distance - 25km.
Day 7 - Don Village - Hanoi
It is a lazy start to today to recuperate from the trek. We check out around noon and have lunch at the lodge before we head back to Hanoi. Tonight we have a large celebration dinner in a renowned local restaurant!
Day 8 - Hanoi
Today is the chance to explore Hanoi on your own, or if you prefer, with a local guide.
Day 9 - Hanoi to London (or option to extend - Halong Bay is popular)
Today you are free to explore until it is time to head to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, stay on for a few days and experience beautiful Halong Bay, or venture further afield. See our Vietnam page.
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