Active Travel

Active Travel

Released from 2006, Active Travel Asia is a adventure travel agency based in Vietnam, has grown to become one of the Indochina's leading adventure travel companies. We offers a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, overland touring and family travel packages. Our packages and tailor-made private itineraries will take you through exotic destinations to really experience the culture, history and nature of Asia.

Trek Sapa - The Long Trail
  • Epic trekking in Sapa along off-the-beaten tracks  Hike to the highest part of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range  Capture the stunning terrace fields  Discover the untouched ethnic villages  Experience the authentic local homestay

Tour Information

6 Days
Price per Participant
349.00+ USD
Group size
2 - 20 people
Round trip AC sleeper cabin on train Road transfer  two ways Lao Cai - Sapa Road transfer one way in Hanoi Professional trek English speaking guide Meals as indicated in the itinerary First-aid kit Home stay permission Entrance fee where applied Water & Snacks Entrance & sightseeing fees Service charges and taxes
Travel insurance Visa process and stamp Tips and gratitude Personal expenses Others not mentioned
- Cancellation made more than fifteen (15) days: The total deposit paid to us (30% or US$ 100), will be valid for one (1) year from the date the deposit was received. During 1 year, the amount can be applied to other tours and services. After one (1) year the deposit amount is forfeited. - Cancellation made from fourteen (14) days to two (2) days prior to departure: Complete forfeiture of deposit, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees. - Cancellation made 1 day prior to departure and No Show: Charge 100% trip cost.

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Active Travel

Active Travel

    Epic trekking in Sapa along off-the-beaten tracks 
    Hike to the highest part of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range 
    Capture the stunning terrace fields 
    Discover the untouched ethnic villages 
    Experience the authentic local homestay

Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai

Our adventure typically starts with a night train travel from Hanoi Railway Station (B Gate - Tran Quy Cap Street). Before that, our guide and car will pick you up at your hotel or pick up point. You need to be at Railway station at least 45 minute prior to departure. Our train often leaves at 21:00 or 21:50. Your cabin is air conditioning, sharing, 4 berth by default but you can request us to upgrade to private charter.  Overnight in AC soft sleeper cabin.


Transfer hotel – railway station:  15 minutes

Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 1: Sapa – Sin Chai - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho Village ~ 15km hiking

On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai, you will be met up by local guide for transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colors of its hill tribe population. Flashes of shining silver jewelry from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad Hmong and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red Dao can be seen. 

After breakfast, you will be transferred downhill to Sin Chai village of Black H'mong minority, which locates right at the foot of Hoang Lien mountain range. Here you start heading up the mountain. Once you get to the top, you will trek on a small trail with spectacular view and then gradually descend to Cat Cat village, where you will have lunch nearby a waterfall.

In the afternoon, you take a trail snaking through mountain. You also will enjoy stunning scenery while walking along a narrow river. Eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho, a village of Black H'mong minority, where you can take a rest in a nice spot nearby the beautiful river. You will stay overnight in a local family of Black H’mong here.


Transfer Lao Cai - Sapa:   1 hour driving

Trekking:     15 km – Moderate grade

Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:   Homestay

Day 2: Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai Village ~ 20km hiking

Today’s trek will continue along Hoang Lien mountain range where Fansipan is the highest peak, which offers you opportunities to enjoy views over huge paddy terraces in Muong Hoa valley, the largest one in the area. 

You will be passing through Lao Chai village of Black H'mong minority then Ta Van village of Giay people by following a most favorite trekking route. Here you enjoy resting and tasting a delicious lunch prepared by your guide in a local house. 

Our lunch is following with the walk through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic village. Set off and we spend the night in a local house here. Dinner and overnight at Giang Ta Chai. 


Trekking:   20 km – Challenging grade

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay   

Day 3: Giang Ta Chai - Thanh Kim - Thanh Phu Village ~ 23km hiking

Get up early to enjoy and witness interesting activities of locals for their regular mornings. Today we will hike to Thanh Kim Thanh Phu area. Get a full breakfast then we start our trek through the rice terraces to the village of Su Pan. Our guide can brief about how the locals make their livings and seasons of farming rice on terraces. 

Continue to Thanh Kim for lunch. Keep our feet moving along a narrow valley downhill for 2 hours to the Ngoi Bo River, then uphill for one more hour to Muong Bo village. We have just arrived at the center of Thanh Phu Commune - a village of Tay minority. Dinner and overnight stay at a wooden local stilted house. 


Trekking:   23 km – Challenging grade

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay 

Day 4: Thanh Phu – Nam Than – Nam Nhiu – Sin Chai B Village ~20km hiking

Breakfast and leave Thanh Phu at about 08.00 am. Today’s adventure will take us through a number of small ethnic minority villages (including Red Dao, Tay,  Xafo and Black H’mong). This portion of the trek offers a stunning view of Nam Sai and Nam Cang Valleys as well as chances to understand the life of tribal peoples in a remote land. 

We will see people from the local communities carrying out their daily activities as it is in the northern highlands. Our trek will take us to our homestay for tonight in a bamboo hut in Sin Chai B village of Red Dao minority. Having a short rest and enjoy an easy walk to explore this charming and quiet village.


Trekking:   20 km – Challenging grade

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 5: Sin Chai B - Thanh Phu - Sapa ~ 13km hiking

Today we are going down along the hill trails to Nam Cum Village then continue to Muong Bo Village for lunch. In early afternoon we head to Thanh Phu Bridge where we meet our bus and take a beautiful drive back to Sapa. Upon arrive in Sapa we take shower and spend the rest of the day exploring Sapa town. 5.30 pm we will be transferred to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi..


Transfer Thanh Phu – Sapa:   1-hour

Transfer Sapa – railway station:  1-hour 

Trekking:    13 km - Introductory grade

Meal:     Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 6: Arrive in Hanoi. Trip completes

Arrive in Hanoi around 5 am. Free time or you may contact us to manage a transfer to airport or connect to your next adventures to Myanmar, Laos or Cambodia with Active Travel Asia.

Our trek Sapa in a long trail ends up Railway Station arrival.

Note on client safety

We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.


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