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Sa Pa Valley Trek and Local Villages

Product ID: 129958
Trek through the Sa Pa valley and get stunning views of the terraced rice fields. Learn about the traditional customs of the different ethnic minority groups that live in the villages along the way.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

Pickup is available from hotels in Sa Pa town only.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the traditional cultures and local diversity of the Sa Pa valley
  • Trek through the amazing landscapes and get breathtaking views
  • Enjoy lunch at a local home in one of the villages
Full description
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Sa Pa, and then start your 10-kilometer trek through the beautiful valley. Admire the rice terraces hidden behind the morning mist as you follow a small track to cross the Muong Hoa River.

Continue past well-tended, terraced rice fields on your way to the village of Lao Chai, where a local Black Hmong ethnic group live. Hike on to the village of Ta Van Giay and trek along the route of the Muong Hoa River to cross a small suspension bridge roughly 2 kilometers from the settlement. Discover a fascinating collection of ancient rock carvings that depict images of men, stilt houses and different decorative patterns.

Enjoy lunch at a local home in the village before hiking through a bamboo forest to reach the Red Dao ethnic minority village of Giang Ta Chai. Rest at a nearby waterfall before climbing uphill to reach the vehicle that will take you back to Sa Pa. 
  • Hotel pick-up
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Lunch
  • Mineral water
What’s Not Included
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• The trek is 10 kilometers long and can be challenging, especially in wet weather. Please ensure your fitness is suitable before booking
• This activity is not suitable for disabled people and children under 6 years old
• The tour ends at approximately 3:30 PM
• Warm clothes are recommended from October to March
• Bring trekking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4 / 5
  • Organization
    3.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    3.9 / 5
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It was so amazing experience because I went to the sa pa mountains and the load on there was so exciting. and mr lang so sweet and kind. he know in the village people so also I experience in there. all of things are so interesting and I remember forever my life ^=^

May 1, 2020

First of all, please consider that I am not an experienced hiker, nor in great shape. I found this hike to be on the edge of doable and safe. There were some moments that I felt my feet slip away at places I would not wish to fall. Also, with the thin mountain air I found it somewhat hard to regain composure at the moments I got winded from a steeper climb. Additionally there were a couple of local joining us through out the hike; these were (intentionally) not introduced and hope to sell wares and/or collect a tip for hand-holding and or trinket giving activities along the way. Lunch was nice but nothing special. Do not go on rainy days, it will be slippery.

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February 27, 2020

Great trip! Met from our hotel by a lovely English speaking lady and walked a short way to the minibus which took us up to the ricefields. The tour was fab and views were great. There are parts that are a bit slippy and challenging but generally we were fine in trainers, if a little muddy! Lunch was great and the guides were knowledgeable and helpful.

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November 23, 2019

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Product ID: 129958