Sapa

Fully Guided 7 Day Hiking Tour

Fully Guided 7 Day Hiking Tour

Sapa is tucked away in the far north of Vietnam, in the mountains, but it is relatively easy to reach from Hanoi. Beginning from the drive up the mountains from Lao Cai, Sapa has some of the most beautiful scenery in Vietnam; with rolling hills and jagged mountains, rice terraces on an epic scale and small authentic villages. Sapa is the premier hiking destination of Vietnam with countless routes to explore.

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Frequently asked questions

The tour is 7 days and 6 nights and the cost is $AU1,490 (or approximately $US995)

What is included

  • All accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Bus and train transfers to and from Hanoi to Sapa, and around Sapa
  • Luggage storage while hiking
  • A guide for the trip

What is not included

  • Airfares to Hanoi and return
  • transfer from Hanoi airport to Hotel and Hanoi train station to the airport
  • 1 breakfast, all lunches and 5 dinners
  • optional cablecar ride to Mt Fansipan
  • Passport, visa (if applicable) and travel insurance

Minimum group size is 6 guests, maximum is 12 guests plus the guide.

Day 1

  • Meet at our hotel in Hanoi, in the old quarter, by 5.30pm. Tour briefing will be held at 6.00pm
  • Hanoi is alive! Lots of options for meals and entertainment.

Day 2

  • After breakfast we will do a 3 hour, 6km urban walk taking in some of the highlights of the French Quarter and the Old Quarter of Hanoi, including the Hanoi Hilton and the French Cathedral. PADS rating is 1.6
  • After lunch we will board a bus for the 5 hour trip to Sapa
  • Our accommodation is at a hotel in Sapa

Day 3

  • After breakfast we head for a hiking tour of Silver Waterfall and surrounding areas. Rated Easy to Moderate
  • Hiking in this area will be short and relatively easy. Views are stunning!
  • Our accommodation is at a hotel or homestay in Sapa

Day 4

  •  After breakfast we hike from Sapa to Ta Van. The hike is about 13km and rating is Moderate
  • Lunch at a local cafe
  • Our accommodation is at Sapa Sisters homestay at Ta Van. Dorm style accomodation. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 5

  • After breakfast we hike from Ta Van to Ban Mo. The hike is about 13km and rating is Moderate
  • Lunch at a local cafe
  • At the end of the hike, our bus will take us back to Sapa
    Accommodation at a hotel in Sapa

Day 6

  • Today is a free day in Sapa
  • Explore the town, take the cablecar to Mt Fansipan, or spoil yourself at one of the local spas
  • At 5.00pm we take the bus from Sapa to Lo Cai. We’ll have time for dinner at Lo Cai before boarding the overnight sleeper train to Hanoi at about 9.00pm. Each sleeper accommodates 4 people. Twin share available for an extra charge

Day 7

  • Our train arrives at Hanoi at about 6.00am
  • Transfer to the airport by bus or taxi from Hanoi station, for your flight home, or extend your holiday in Vietnam.

Bookings can be made online or manually. Click the ‘Book online’ button for online bookings. A deposit of $300 per person will secure your booking.

For manual bookings the bank details for the deposit are:
Home Comforts Hiking
BSB 932000
Account 500196069

Bookings can be made online or manually. Click the ‘Book online’ button for online bookings. The cost of the trip will be in $US. A deposit of $US300 will secure your booking. If less than 2 months before the start date of the trip, then payment in full will be required.

For manual bookings, I will send you a PayPal invoice. You do not need a PayPal account to make the payment. You just need a Visa or Mastercard to make the payment. Alternatively, you can pay in $AU through a money transfer company such as OFX or your bank, if it is cheaper. In that case use the bank details above.

If we cancel the trip due to lack of numbers or Covid 19 travel restrictions, we will refund your deposit.

If you cancel more than 6 months prior to the trip start date we will refund 75% of your deposit. There are no refunds of the deposit(s) if you cancel less than 6 months from the trip start date.

The balance is due 2 months prior to the trip start date. If the trip is cancelled by us due to Covid 19 travel restrictions, we will refund your payment in full.

There are no refunds, due to cancellation by you, unless a replacement hiker is introduced by you (the person cancelling), to replace you. If a replacement is introduced in this manner, we will refund 75% of the total paid by you.

Book your flights once you have paid for the trip in full, or make sure the trip has sufficient numbers before booking your flights.
We recommend that you take out travel insurance that covers cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, medical costs, and your valuables.

Overall the hike is rated moderate. There are some hilly sections to navigate, and some of the trails can be muddy. The routes chosen will be decided after consultation with the group, it can be easy, moderate or difficult, or a combination of these. We walk at a slow to moderate pace with plenty of breaks and opportunities to enjoy the sights, culture, villages, views, fauna and flora.

It is not compulsory to hike each day. If you prefer to have a rest day at any stage, this can be accommodated.

Our hike does not include Mt Fansipan, but you can visit the summit via a cablecar if you want during your free time.

The accommodation is excellent in Vietnam. We stay in 3 or 4-star hotels. The rooms are generous in size and all have their own bathroom. Singles do not pay a surcharge for single accommodation. Note that bedding linen and towels are provided at every accommodation we stay at. While hiking we stay at ‘Homestays’ which are quite basic. The hosts are very friendly and meals are provided.
  • Breakfast is included each morning. Usually it is a mix of western and Vietmanese food.
  • Lunch – Usually we can find a café on the trail to have some lunch. If no café is available, we will get some lunch from a general type store.
  • There are many restaurants and cafes to choose from, located near our accommodations for dinner. Lunches and dinners are at your own cost.
  • Snacks – please bring or purchase your own snacks and ensure you have sufficient water each day.
  • On some hiking days in remote areas, meals will be provided

No, but luggage can be left in your room or at the hotel. You only need to carry a day pack while hiking.

  • Small backpack with waterproof cover (for the hike)
  • Shirts, pants, shorts, underwear, socks
  • warm clothes during colder months (Nov-March)
  • Sturdy waterproof hiking shoes – hiking pole(s)
  • Rainproof jacket and trousers
  • Cash and/or Debit/Credit Card (ATMs at Sapa and Hanoi)
  • Passport, Visa (if applicable), Travel Insurance docs
  • Phone and/or tablet, camera and chargers
  • Toiletries and medication
We meet at our hotel in Hanoi, and usually have a briefing around 5pm. Taxis from the airport to the hotel are reasonably priced. Hotel details will be provided once confirmed.
Please contact Marcus Ludriks. Contact details are: E: homecomfortshiking@gmail.com M: 0490 454220 WhatsApp: +61 490 454220 Thanks!

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