Topas Ecolodge is located 18 km from Sapa, deep in the Hoang Lien Mountains. The 25 bungalows overlook the entire valley with the ethnic minority villages of Ban Ho and Thanh Phu, 400 altitude meters beneath. This package Topas Ecolodge & Hiking 2 days 3 nights has been designed to give you the walking excursions to the Ethnic Minority villages locating along the Muong Hoa Valley, as well as having the opportunity to experience the best highlights of northern Vietnam: the ethnic communities with their unique cultures, the deep valleys covered by terraced rice fields, the breathtaking mountains…
Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai (-,-,-)
You depart by train from Hanoi in the evening, the night train is bound for Lao Cai town, near the Chinese border.
Day 2: Full day walk to homestay (B,L,D)
Arrive early in the morning in Lao Cai and meet your driver for the transfer to Sapa. The drive takes approximately 1 hour.
Well arrived at Topas office in Sapa its time for breakfast. Your guide will follow you to a nearby hotel where you can have a shower and relax while having a standard breakfast in the rooftop restaurant.
Your experienced guide will introduce you to the program and you will pack all items you need for the afternoon and night at the homestay. Your luggage will be safely transferred in waterproof bags to the destination. Meanwhile we only walk with the few needed things for the day trip.
At 9h00 your walk quickly takes you to the quiet countryside of Sapa, to an area where the traditional life of Black H’mong ethnic minority still is based on handicraft and hard work in the forest and rice paddy fields.
Few other visitors come here and it is a pleasure to leave the busy town behind you. The mountains of Hoang Lien National park is behind you and the big rice paddies of Ta Phin in front of you, here colourful minorities walking with their water buffalos and kids are playing along the path. Picnic lunch will be served on a beautiful spot in the nature.
After lunch you walk some hours more and soon the traditional Red Dao
Village of Ta Phin is seen in the distance. After around 6 hours you see the homestay, which is quietly located on a hillside with a direct view to mountains, forests and rice paddies. Our hosts are a young, lovely couple having a clean and open minded private house.
You can now rest and enjoy the daily life of Red Dao people.
Day 3: Half day walk – Topas Ecolodge (B,-,-)
The rooster crows, the fire crackles and it is now morning in the village.
Your hosts prepare breakfast and you can enjoy it from their balcony facing the beautiful valley. After breakfast
you can take a walk in the surroundings, visit the local herbal factory producing natural mixtures for the famous
Red Dao herbal baths or you are welcome to join the family in their daily doings.
Finally, you say goodbye to our hosts and walk some hours through great landscapes and sceneries to the road
and a waiting car. 30 minutes later you arrive in Sapa town. In town you can enjoy your lunch in one of many restaurants, visit the authentic market or see the old colonial French church.
At 14h30 it’s time to take the Topas Ecolodge shuttle bus, through Hoang Lien national park and out to the unusual hilltop with fantastic location and local minority staff. Now it´s time for relaxation and letting the experiences settle in.
Day 4: Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Lao Cai (B,-,-)
Start the day with breakfast at the lodge. You may spend the day relaxing, join an excursion or explore Sapa town by taking the free scheduled shuttle bus which runs throughout the day.
Depart Sapa town at 17h00, by shuttle bus to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.
Day 5: Arrival in Hanoi (-,-,-)
The train arrives in Hanoi early in the morning and your trip ends here.
Topas Ecolodge & Homestay :
Group from 2 people up : 280 usd/pax
- English Speaking Guide during excursions
- 1 night in homestay
- 1 nights at Topas Ecolodge (twin shared Deluxe bungalow)
- Indicated meals (B = breakfast, L= lunch, D = dinner)
- Return train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (soft sleeper in a 4-berth AC cabin)
- All indicated transportation
- Entrance fees to all indicated places
- Pre and post trip accommodation
- Private expenses
- Drinks and Beverage
- Other meals at Topas Ecolodge are recommended to be booked in advance.
- Bring walking shoes, raincoat, jacket, extra clothes, torch, insect repellent and sunscreen…
- Please take your passport to check in hotel.
- Beware of your luggage and money
- Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
- All customers must obey the order of your tour guide for your safety.
- Passengers are advised not to take along big luggage for convenience