Off The Beaten Track

Northern Sapa Off The Beaten Track

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Ban Khoang (Dzao) - Ta Giang Phing (Hmong and Dzao)
1 day: 15km car - 10km trek
Sapa Town
Sapa Town
Leave the busy life behind to enjoy a nice walk in a quiet area. Inhabited by the Red Dao and Hmong people. This valley is quiet and non touristic which is quite different from Ta Phin or Muong Hoa valleys where the local people have changed much because of the strong influence of tourism.
This is a unique trekking experience and incorporates two very special minority villages.  The first village is Ban Khoang, home to the Red Dao minority.  Ta Giang Phin is predominantly Black Hmong.  The trek through Ta Giang Phin is essentially a big loop of approximately 6km.  The ground is fairly level and most of the walking is trail passable by motorbike.  This is a quiet trail, with few visitors.  Many of the minority families in this area are quite reserved and unfamiliar with western visitors, so cultural sensitivity is essential. It is certainly off the beaten track. There are few amenities along this walk, so be sure to pack everything you need. On a hot day, there is an opportunity to swim in a mountain stream.

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Depart from: Sapa Town

01 Day Northern Sapa Off The Beaten Track

Northern Sapa Off The Beaten Track  
01 Day Northern Sapa Off The Beaten Track
Northern Sapa Off The Beaten Track
01 Day Northern Sapa Off The Beaten Track
01 Day Northern Sapa Off The Beaten Track

 You are picked up at your hotel in Sapa by local guide and driver for a short road transfer heading northwards of Sapa along national road 4C to O Quy Ho with several stops for magnificent landscapes of Fansipan, Sin Chai valley and especially amazing rose flowers and vegetable farms.

Then turn right to follow a narrow road for half an hour getting through the wild forest region with thick rain forest covering walled-up mountains, passing several waterfalls before arriving to Ban Khoang, a village of the Red Zao ethnic people who live their unique way of life and well maintain their traditional cultures. The village looks prosperous thanks to the combination of wet rice cultivation on the terraced fields with cardamom farming under the shade of trees in thick forest. Spend over an hour walking to explore this remote village for a brief understanding of local life. Leaving Ban Khoang and process along the road for about 10km to Ta Giang Phin valley inhabited by the Black Hmong who live in some small villages scattering along a peaceful stream.
Enjoy an hour lunch break on the bank of a stream before walking along village path which connects village to village to witness daily activities of local life such as plough and harrow the fields, growing, harvesting or doing some house work. In leisure months men often gather to built new houses or repair parts of old ones while women stay home making their traditional costumes. The walk ends in mid afternoon, picked up for the road ride back to Sapa.
Stop off: Sapa Town
  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • English Speaking local guide
  • All required transportation
  • Lunch
  • Water and fruit
  • Entrance fees to the Hoang Lien National Park