Captivating mountain scenery, home-stays and genuinely friendly locals, all await on this adventure in the north of Vietnam. Towering limestone cliffs surround deep, lush green valleys, and ethnic groups flourish in this idyllic setting. Starting and ending in the beautiful French colonial city of Hanoi, our journey then takes us through beautiful forests dotted with tranquil villages, and alongside rice paddies. We encounter ethnic groups such as the Muong and the Thais, and we learn about their tribal way of life in our village stays and at the vibrant local markets. In the villages we stay in traditional stilted houses. If you need to get back to nature, or if you desire a real journey “off the beaten track”, then Pu Luong is the place for you!
Day 01: Hanoi – Pu Luong (Hang Village)
After breakfast, a four-hour drive brings you to Pu Luong Natural Reserve. Enjoy a lunch break in the scenic Mai Chau valley, then, drive further into the reserve. The first leg of your trek is a 2.5-hour hike to the Thai village of Hang. Spend the night with a local Thai family in a traditional house built on stilts. Enjoy their hospitality, and discover a little about their lives and culture.
Day 02: Hang – Kho Muong Village
In the morning, you can stroll around Hang village before continuing your trek. Today you will be walking for approximately six hours. Along the way, you’ll pass through several Thai villages before arriving at Kho Muong. This is a Muong-minority village, and you will be their guests for the night.
Day 03: Cao Hoong Village
A full-day trek awaits you as you climb to the top of Pu Luong Mountain through a number of small hamlets and minority villages. At the summit, the panoramic views of Pu Luong’s spectacular landscape are magnificent. The climb takes around eight hours with a further two hours for the descent to the village of Cao Hoong where you will stay overnight.
Day 04: Cao Hoong – Hieu Village
Your hike through the verdant countryside today will take around two hours as you encounter local villagers going about their daily lives cultivating the fields and herding buffalo. The way of life here has changed very little for thousands of years. It’s like journeying back in time. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive at your destination: the picturesque village of Hieu. You can a lot time to enjoy swimming the scenic waterfall. Overnight at house on stilts
Day 05: Hieu – Son Village
Leaving Hieu village, a six-hour trek brings you to your next home-stay in Son village. This hillside village is high enough to be usually cool year-round.
Day 06: Son – Hanoi
From Son village, you’ll walk approximately three hours through fertile farmland, hamlets and villages to rendezvous with the vehicle in Lung Van village that will take you back to Hanoi.
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