Topas Ecolodge and Homestay

Topas Ecolodge and Homestay
Trip code: EHP3B
Trip kind: Private
Duration: 3 days 4 nights
Days of operation: Everyday

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 below you. This package has been carefully designed to give you the best opportunity to experience the highlights of northern Vietnam: the ethnic communities with their unique cultures, the deep valleys covered by terraced rice fields, the breathtaking mountains... and the peacefulness.

Short Itinerary
Day 1: Night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai.
Day 2: Full day hike and overnight in homestay.
Day 3: Full day hike to Topas Ecolodge.
Day 4: Transfer to Sapa and Lao Cai. Train to Hanoi.
Day 5: Tour ends in Hanoi.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai (-,-,-)

You will depart from Hanoi in the evening by night train to Lao Cai near the Chinese border.

Day 2: Full day walk to homestay (B,L,D)

You will arrive early in the morning in Lao Cai where your guide and driver will pick you up. You will enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant before commencing your tour. You will start with a transfer of around one hour from Lao Cai to Ta Thang village. From here, you start the walk on a hilly dirt path running uphill. Your trek will continue on the trail opposite direction to the current flow of Muong Bo River beneath you. The higher location on the hills you archive, the more stunning and outstretched view over a green valley and endless mountains you have. You will then pass by Nam Ket village, which is inhabited by the Red Dao minority people, for a short visit to local houses or a local school if the day is class day for local children. The trek from the village to Nam Phang is probably the highlight of the day. You sneak through bamboo forest; get into a rather dense allocation of trees as a jungle before arriving at a local school where you will have lunch. After lunch, your trek will be from on the path built on hillside to a trail among rice terraces descending to a small stream where you can take a short break after crossing it. The last part of today's trek need you effort due to the trail almost uphill around one hour. You ascend from the stream on a small trail to around hills to Sin Chai village, the last destination of the day. Your dinner and night will be in a local house of Red Dao minority group.
Approx: Grade 3 of 5 / 1 hour driving / 7 hours walking

Day 3: Full day walk - Topas Ecolodge (B,L,-)
After having breakfast in a peaceful atmosphere, you will start the trek by having an easy walk to Nam Nhiu village which is also inhabited by Red Dao minority. You will then descend to My Son village where you will have lunch in a local house or nearby a river. The village is inhabited by the Xa Pho ethnic minority - one of the smallest minority groups who make up around 2% of Sapa population. Later, you trek on a small trail uphill to Nam Toong village from where you will enjoy again the amazing view of the large valley which Muong Bo River runs through.
In the middle afternoon, with a soft descent, you will arrive at Ban Ho village. Ban Ho is the area’s largest village which is spreading along the two banks of Muong Bo Rivers where the Tay minority still live as their ancestor life on traditional stilt houses. Your vehicle will then pick you up at the village and transfer you back to Topas Ecolodge, where you will spend the night.
Approx: Grade 3 of 5/ 30 minutes driving/ 6 hours walking

Day 4: Topas Ecolodge - Sapa - Lao Cai (B,-,-)

You will start the day enjoying your breakfast. You can spend the day relaxing, joining an excursion or explore Sapa town by taking the free shuttle bus running scheduled throughout the day.
At 17h30, you will take the shuttle bus from Sapa to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.

Day 5: Arrival in Hanoi (-,-,-)

The train will back arrive in Hanoi early in the morning and your trip has ended.

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* Single supplement: 55 US$/ room
* Extra night extension: 115 US$ per twin deluxe bungalow.
* Prices valid within 3 months.

Trip price includes

    English Speaking Guide during excursions
    1 night in homestay
    1 nights at Topas Ecolodge (twin shared Deluxe bungalow)
    All indicated meals (B as breakfast, L as lunch, D as dinner)
    Return train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (soft sleeper in a 4-berth AC cabin)
    All indicated transportation
    All entrance fees to the indicated places

Trip price excludes
    Pre and post trip accommodation
    Private expenses
    Drinks and Beverage
    All other services not mentioned as inclusive