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.

Sapa

Departure Date Tour Duration Price Group size
No departure dates currently scheduled. Contact us for more information. Private groups are very welcome! Sapa, Vietnam 7 days 6 nights From $US995 We can cater for groups from 4-12 people.

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Frequently asked questions

The tour is 7 days and 6 nights and the cost is $US995 per person, based on 10-12 in the group. For smaller groups, contact us for a quote. For Australian customers the final $AU price will be converted based on the mid rate on https://www.xe.com, two months before departure date. For example, if the mid rate on https://www.xe.com shows as $AU1 = $US0.68, the the final $AU price will be $AU1,463.

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 we cancel the trip due to Covid 19 travel restrictions, then we will refund your payment in full, or provide you with a credit to use on future hikes.

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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            [post_content] => Yuraygir Coastal Walk has been featured in a number of walking magazines with emphasis on the opportunity to explore long stretches of unspoiled NSW coastline and, considering the rapid encroachment of developments in its many forms on natural environments everywhere, we are so lucky that this area has been preserved. Pam Dawes' invitation to join her on a supported walk was too good to pass up: guides, bag transport, estuary crossings and a comfortable bed. Pam, a keen walker and environmental champion, was part of my Tour du Mont Blanc group in August 2017. TMB was a truly great walk with very like-minded people so I didn't think too long about the offer to join Pam for the Yuraygir Coastal Walk:



 

Day 0, 7 September 2019

The drive to Red Rock was an easy 5 hour trip with little Saturday traffic and no road works. As we neared Red Rock, the fires to the east looked serious and aircraft were water-bombing. There was plenty of smoke.

Red Rock is a tiny coastal village with one busy shop and caravan park the only retail establishments. There are however new subdivisions to the south. The group assembled and we were bused to Yamba, the driver a cheery 82 yo lady. The Yamba Hotel looked familiar and a call to Graham confirmed that we had attended Gerry Ryan's wedding there in the '80s sometime. It was in the same dilapidated state but the view could not be faulted: gorgeous.

Our accommodation was on the second floor and our room had a huge sliding window that opened at waist height with a drop to the cement many metres below. An OH&S disaster waiting to happen! The place was thumping, literally, as it was Saturday night with a band and lots of backpackers and locals enjoying the entertainment. Pam and I searched out some food in town for the next day, and later, wished that we had bought/brought more. Even at 5.00 pm, there was not much open. The bus trip and dinner provided an opportunity to glean some first impressions of our walking companions and they were all positive: a very nice bunch. As well as Pam Dawes from Manly, there was Sarah, Steve and Claudia from Port Macquarie, Tony from Byron Bay, Derek from Mosman, plus Marcus and his wife Marika, their daughter Monica with husband Dave and daughter little, 12 months old, Ashlin. Steve had camping gear and used it for some of the nights. Home Comforts Hiking proved to be a well-organised and friendly crew.  

SMOKE Day 1, 8 September 2019 - Angourie to Brooms Head - 17 km - 4 hours walking - 226m elevation gain - 183m elevation loss - av temp 27 deg C

Mara Creek Campsite is the starting point for the Yuraygir Coastal Walk and this site is historically-significance as it was a source of fresh water and fish for the local Goorie (Aboriginal) people. A natural fish trap on the rock platform below the Shelley Beach path is clearly visible. So it is with an appreciation of the timelessness of this stunningly beautiful area that we set off, a family of sorts. A group photo is taken. Little Ashlin is strapped into her carrier and Monica steps out strongly with tales of her walk along the Pacific Crest Trail (4,270 km) that makes our 65 km effort over 4 days seem insignificant. But it is good to chat about ultra trail events and great walks and to hear Monica describe her new interest: trail running, her long legs perfectly built for that. The walk to Lake Arragan via Shelley Headland is varied, with the beach and sand dune trails offering views of ochre-coloured rock platforms and coffee rock sand cliffs to the south. Whales and dolphins are spotted by some of the group but I'm not quick enough to focus. We follow the coastal emu footprint signs and although we come upon wallaby or kangaroo footprints in the sand, we see no emus. Heath and woodland vegetation is diverse and we enjoy a springtime flush of flowers - flannel flowers, orchids, boronias. Coastal banksias, pandanus palms and paperbarks (complete with a native beehive) shade the trails. By midday, the air became quite smoky from the fires to the north-west of Lake Arragan and as we walk on, we speak with locals who have packed up their pets and driven to Plumbago Headland to be well away from the fires. Later we are told that the picnic area near the lake where some of the group enjoyed a bracing swim was burnt out the next day and National Parks closed the section of the walk from Angourie to Laka Arragan until further notice. We end the day with views of Red Cliff and Grey Cliff Headlands and drop down to the beach via stairs - newly repaired. We walk briskly along the beautiful beach to Brooms Head with its stately Norfolk Island pines but as we a glance northward, we are reminded that the fire situation is worsening. Devastating for so many. Our accommodation is adequate - spacious and clean, the only problem being that the bathroom door doesn't close but we aren't too fussed and manage. The bathroom light globe pops but is replaced promptly. The shop is run down as is the owner, the shelves barely stocked and the food is outrageously expensive eg 50g of coffee $12.95! Dinner at the Bowling Club is pleasant and we finish the day with a lively game of BOMB.  

SAND and FLIES Day 2, 9 September 2019 - Brooms Head to Minnie Waters - 20 km - 6 hours walking - 228m elevation gain, 208m elevation loss

A day of two extremes: a delightful 8 km walk along the hard sand of the beach in the morning to Sandon and a horrible 10 km walk on a 4 wheel drive soft-sand track in the afternoon, fighting the flies all the way. But the sun shone, the crossing with Lance in "the BOBSTA" at Sandon was efficient and the wildflowers were gorgeous. Interpretive signs alerted us to the possibility of seeing white-bellied sea eagles (yes) and humpback whales (no), but we did see lots of pelicans at Sandon and yellow-tailed black cockatoos in the coastal cypress thickets in the afternoon. They were magnificent. Sandon is a pretty place with an estuary separating the camping ground and the renovated beach shacks; some are pretty flash. Life is in the slow lane here as access is limited. There is a clear message in the lack of garbage bins - take care of this special place. There was time to have a swim but the wind was cold so a sit in the sun, lunch and a wander around the camping area and along the inlet filled in the time nicely. The break provided an opportunity to read the information signs and appreciate that this stretch of coast is protected by Sanctuary Zones and Commonwealth Marine Reserves. The environmental campaigns of the '80s and '90s are to be applauded. There could not have been a greater contrast to the Brooms Head shop in the Minnie Waters shop: pleasant people run it, well-stocked shelves, pricey...yes but good quality. I eyed off the cheeses... not this time. The sign on the window said it all: Kitchen and Coffee close by 4 (or earlier if there are waves or we just wanna) and the local facilities indicate a community at work here. And what a peaceful end to the day's walk through the Angophoras for the last kilometre to the comfortable cabins at the caravan park. The late afternoon light was magical. We were all feeling a little worn out after the soft-sand slog in the afternoon but showers and pre-dinner drinks followed by a hearty barbeque dinner prepared by Marcus and the family is just what we needed. I need to add that when we left Brooms Head in the morning, there was a possibility that the road would be closed due to the fires and Dave and the trailer would not make it to Minnie Waters. All was well however and Dave was able to bring the gear through as well as the BBQ makings.  

WIND Day 3 - 10 September 2019 - Minnie Waters to Wooli - 16 km - 3.5 hours - 335m elevation gain, 364m elevation loss - av temp 24 deg C

This was to be an easier day of just 16 km and it started well with walking conditions in the morning perfect. There were some rock platforms to pick our way across but overall just more gorgeous beaches. We had morning tea at Diggers Camp Back Beach then walked onto Boorkoom Camping Area and Wilsons Headland for lunch before setting off along Wooli Beach. Unfortunately. a cool southerly wind had sprung up and battered us for 6.5 km. We were pleased to arrive at Wooli River Lodges mid-afternoon. What a nice place. Shady, well-maintained gardens; lodges with good linen; an outdoor fully equipped kitchen; and just 5 minutes to the local store and hotel. We enjoyed dinner at the hotel and this was followed by a gathering in the outdoor kitchen to wish Dave a happy birthday with party hats and cake. It seemed like a long day and I headed back to our lodge while most stayed to play 31. I was surprised to find it was only 7.30 pm but the opportunity for an early night was too good to pass up.  

ROCKS Day 4, 11 September 2019 - Wooli to Red Rock - 15.1 km - 3.5 hours walking time - 335 m elevation gain, 364 m elevation loss - av temp 25 deg C

As he had each morning, Marcus delivered a delicious freshly-brewed coffee and it was a greatly appreciated start to the day. A Wooli Wooli River crossing had been organised for 8.30 am and we were transported to the boat by the proprietor of Wooli River Lodges. Low tide was essential for this section of the walk as off and on for the first 6.5 km there was some rock scrambling. After lunch, we crossed Station Creek estuary easily as it was only wading depth. Then there was another beautiful beach walk to Red Rock River and our final boat crossing to Red Rock. Press play on the following link: https://www.relive.cc/view/v1vjpeABDY6 Pam and I had intended to spend the night at Nambucca Heads but as it was only 2.00 pm when we arrived at Red Rock, we canceled our motel booking, thanked and fare welled our walking family and drove home to Caves Beach. What a wonderful walk along a beautiful, pristine coastline in good company, thanks to Home Comforts Hiking – we couldn’t ask for a better few days! [post_title] => Yuraygir Coastal Walk 7 – 11 September, 2019 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => yuraygir-coastal-walk-7 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-07 03:15:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-07 03:15:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://homecomfortshiking.launchingsoon.com.au/?p=538 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )