Vietnam Peaks & Valleys Odyssey (Off beaten path & from Medium to Challenging Trek)

Embark on a captivating journey through Vietnam’s heartland, blending cultural immersion with adventure. From the historic Hanoi to the ethereal tea hills of Long Coc and the towering heights of Bach Moc Luong Tu Mountain (or Ky Quan San)


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    Welcome to Vietnam, a land of breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and fascinating history.

    Embark on a captivating journey through Vietnam’s heartland, blending cultural immersion with adventure. From the historic Hanoi to the ethereal tea hills of Long Coc and the towering heights of Bach Moc Luong Tu Mountain (or Ky Quan San), this 12-day odyssey offers a deep dive into the country’s natural splendor and rich ethnic tapestry. Traverse terraced rice fields, share moments with local tribes, and challenge yourself with treks that reward with unrivaled panoramas. This adventure is not just a trek but a journey through Vietnam’s soul.


    Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi – Settle into Vietnam’s capital and meet your fellow explorers over a delectable welcome dinner.

    Day 2: Hanoi Exploration & Long Coc Tea Hills – Discover Hanoi’s scholarly past and ethnological diversity before venturing to the stunning tea hills of Long Coc for an enchanting hike among the endless rolling tea hills

    Day 3: Sunrise Splendor & Nghia Lo Culture – Catch the sunrise in Long Coc and hike through its verdant hills. Later, delve into Thai ethnic culture with a stroll through Muong Lo valley.

    Day 4: Ascent to Ta Chi Nhu Moutain – Ascend through the picturesque Pu Luong sector to Ta Chi Nhu Mountain, enjoying moderate trails and setting up camp amidst the mountains.

    Day 5: Ta Chi Nhu Peak & Nam Nghiep Village Life – Reach the summit for breathtaking views, then descend to the welcoming Nam Nghiep village for a homestay experience.

    Day 6: Mu Cang Chai Rice Terraces – Depart from the Hmong homestay and immerse yourself in the iconic golden rice fields of Mu Cang Chai, a testament to centuries of agricultural tradition.

    Day 7: Lai Chau and Sin Suoi Ho – Journey to Lai Chau, explore Hmong villages, and prepare for the next day’s trek with relaxation in Sin Suoi Ho village.

    Day 8: Jungle Trek to High Camp – Navigate through challenging terrain to reach your campsite, ready for the following day’s peak attempt.

    Day 9: Summit Day – Bach Moc Luong Tu – Conquer the summit of Bach Moc Luong Tu, indulge in the surreal landscape, and descend to Muoi Mountain for a well-deserved rest.

    Day 10: Sapa’s Mountain Serenity – Descend through different landscapes to Sang Ma Sao and journey to the tranquil town of Sapa.

    Day 11: The Roof of Indochina – Fansipan – Experience the grandeur of Fansipan Peak by cable car, visit sacred pagodas, and return to Hanoi.

    Day 12: Hanoi Departure – Enjoy your final moments in Hanoi before your departure, taking home memories and friendships.


    Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

    On arrival at Noi Ba airport (Hanoi), our guide & driver will pick you up and then transfer you to the hotel to drop off luggage and get some rest. An shortly orientation meeting will be held in the evening then enjoy a sumptuous Vietnamese welcome Dinner follows with your companions.

    Meal: Dinner

    Day 2: Hanoi – Halfday City Tour – Long Coc

    Enjoy breakfast and proceed to check out from your hotel. The day begins with a visit to the Temple of Literature, the historic seat of learning in Hanoi, dedicated to the scholars and sages of literature. This was the most significant subject of study in the country’s feudal educational system until a century ago. Following this, we explore the Museum of Ethnology which serves both as a repository and a center for research dedicated to the diverse ethnic groups and rich cultural tapestry of Vietnam.

    After lunch, we embark on a 2,5-hour driver to Long Coc which is considered one of the most beautiful tea hills in Vietnam. Once we arrive at Long Coc, you will embark on a hike that involves hiking up and down the rolling hills of the area. Spend sufficient time at the tea hill to capture the best moment of the endless green and the romantic sea of clouds resembling fairytale scenery. Dinner & overnight at local family of Muong ethnic minority.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3: Long Coc – Nghia Lo – Tram Tau

    You wouldn’t want to miss the spectacular sunrise with clouds rising from the bottom of the valley and disappearing when the sun shows up so we recommend waking up early to view the sunrise over the rolling tea hills of Long Coc.

    After having your breakfast, and saying goodbye to your host. We will do a hiking over endless of rolling tea hill in Long Coc, before making our way to Tam Tau. On the way, we will stop at valley of Muong Lo with short walk around the villages of Thai ethnic minority.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4: Tram Tau – Ta Chi Nhu Mt Trekking

    Embark on a scenic journey to Ta Chi Nhu Mountain, locally revered as Phu Song Sung by the Thai community and Chung Chua Nha by the Hmong people. Nestled within the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range’s Pu Luong sector, this destination offers a rewarding trek with moderate difficulty, ideal for those who cherish the mountain trails but prefer less strenuous paths.

    After fueling up with a hearty breakfast and packing our necessary gear, we will take a brief 30-minute transfer to Mo Chi. Here, we’ll join forces with our local porter team. Our adventure begins with an invigorating climb up an extended slope, where we’ll be greeted by the breathtaking vistas of the region. Following a leisurely picnic lunch, our trek continues towards an elevation of 2,400 meters, where our campsite awaits.

    Distance Covered: 6.5 km

    Estimated Duration: 6 hours

    Trekking Difficulty: Medium

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 5: Ta Chi Nhu Mt – Peak – Nam Nghiep Village

    Greet the day with the invigorating mountain air and a breakfast complemented by freshly brewed coffee, courtesy of our local team. Today’s challenge is a 1.5 km ascent to the zenith of Ta Chi Nhu Mountain, standing proudly at 2,979 meters. The peak promises awe-inspiring panoramic views that reward your efforts.

    The descent will introduce us to a different facet of the Son La Province as we navigate through lush jungle terrain. Our endpoint for the day is the Nam Nghiep village, a haven of the Hmong ethnic minority. Post-trek, we bid farewell to our porters and immerse ourselves in local hospitality with an overnight stay in a Hmong family’s homestay.

    Distance Covered: 9,5 km

    Estimated Duration: 7-8 hours

    Trekking Difficulty: Medium

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 6: Nam Nghiep – Mu Cang Chai

    After breakfast, we will leave H,mong familu to head for Mu Cang Chai. Like La Pan Tan, De Xu Phinh & Che Cu Nha during the golden season of terraced fields (in September and October) Mu Cang Chai shines a bright yellow color on ripe rice fields. The rice terrace here is not lying on the hills or deeply hiding in the valley but it brings a feeling of closeness and reach out of your hand.

    Upon arrival, we will make our hike through valley of La Pan Tan to see the most beautiful rice terrace in the world and explore tribal authenticity. The unique and stunning yellow rice terrace was cultivated by tribal people including H’mong, Dzao (Dao), Thai… through centuries. The place with a long agricultural tradition and authentic tribal ethnics make Mu Cang Chai become one of the “cannot miss” destinations in Northern Vietnam. Join our guide on an easy to moderated hike through breathtaking rice terrace fields and ethnic hill tribe villages.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 7: Mu Cang Chai – Lai Chau – Sin Suoi Ho

    Today, we set out in the morning for the verdant expanses of Mu Cang Chai, a tapestry of terraced rice fields that cascade like golden-hued waterfalls. Our first stop is La Pan Tan, a village that cradles some of the most magnificent rice terraces in Vietnam, sculpted over generations by the Hmong people. Here, we’ll traverse the village pathways, winding through an amphitheater of lush, tiered paddies, culminating our hike at the famed “horseshoe rice terrace.” This marvel of agricultural artistry, shaped by the hands of time and toil, offers a panoramic view that perfectly encapsulates the beauty of Mu Cang Chai.

    As the day unfolds, we’ll journey northward, with the landscapes unfolding like pages of an epic saga. Our drive takes us to Lai Chau, a region of sublime beauty and cultural richness, before arriving at the tranquil community of Sin Suoi Ho. Nestled among highland mists and serene mountains, Sin Suoi Ho is a sanctuary where one can unwind and prepare in peace for the exhilarating trek that awaits tomorrow.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 8: Sin Suoi Ho – Jungle Trek – Camp site  (2,100m)

    Following breakfast and packing for adventure today. Then, we will rendezvous with our local porters’ team to finalize preparations before embarking on our trekking journey.

    The trek today is a strenuous adventure from Western side of mountain range, that we hike for 9km on a tiny and slippery trails through forests, corn farms, rice terraces, streams… Some part of trek is horrifying with steep gradients in a dense forest on a very uneven and treacherously slippery surface. On average you should complete the hike today in about 5-6 hours. And it is more likely that you will have good sleep before dinner. But wake yourself up and get recharged. It’d be a hard day tomorrow too.

    Trekking Difficulty: Challenging

    Trekking Distance: 9km

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 9: Camp site – Bach Moc Luong Tu Peak (3,046m) – Muoi Mountain

    It is going to be a fun-filled & exhausted day today. You will hike, trek and rock-climb 3km to the summit of Bach Moc Luong Tu then 4km down to camp site on eastern side of mountain range. The landscape is sensational and you’d better enjoy it as much as you can. Do not worry about the difficulties as you will get through them all today anyway. Be sure to clamber up and down with extremely good care. Do remember that you are not in a race for a t-shirt, make it safe and sound.

    When you face a vertical rock cliff, make sure you assess the leaning points, landing points… carefully before proceeding. Hiking shoes with good grips and spiked hand gloves are extremely helpful. If need be, ask your guide and porters to provide bamboo walking sticks and ropes to get up/down. If you complete the trek today in 6-7 hours then you should be content with yourself then.

    In late afternoon, remember to get to the vantage point for adoring the magical sunset.

    Trekking Difficulty: Challenging

    Trekking Distance: 7km

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 10: Muoi Mountain (2,100m) – Sang Ma Sao – Sapa

    Breakfast at the tent then descending the mountain on the trail in Eastern side of mouatin to Sang Ma Sao. You will enjoy the scenery from a different angle and different sunlight conditions which makes it no less beautiful. Going down is normally easier but do not fool yourself that it is easy. Always do it with good care, make it safe and sound. You are not in a race for any trophy. It is normal you make it to Ky Quan San Village after a 4-hour trek. You can do it in longer or shorter time without any problem. Arriving at the village, says goodbye to our porter team.

    Meeting with our driver them we make a drive to Sapa. Upon arrival, check in to our hotel and take some time to unwind and relax.


    Day 11: Sapa – Fansipan by cable Car – Hanoi

    We be going to Fansipan today. Fansipan Peak is called “Roof of Indochina”. There are two ways to conquer the peak: trekking or by the modern three-rope cable system. Normally, it takes 2-4 days to get to the peak by trekking.

    Our driver will pick us up and heading to the cable station. It takes only 20-25 minutes to get to the peak. Be careful of the thin air as you are moving upward to reach Fansipan peak. From the peak, you have a magnificent view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley and Hoang Lien National Park.

    You can also pay a visit to the pagoda complex below, the beauty of the Buddhist culture. Get on the cable cabin down to the station for lunch.

    After lunch, we embark on a 5-hour drive to Sapa via the highway with stop break on the way. Upon arrival in Hanoi, check in to the hotel & relax.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 12: Departure

    Enjoy your hearty breakfast at the hotel then the driver picks up you and transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for departure to next destination (or home). It’s time to say goodbye, we thank you for traveling with us and warmly welcome you to come again.

    Meal: Breakfast

    EXTENSION (optional):

    Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

    Having breakfast & check out of the hotel, then we will head to Halong Bay.

    One of the “can’t miss” destinations when visiting Vietnam is Ha Long Bay the wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, get on a cruise ship to start the journey around Ha Long Bay. It is no need to describe how amazing it is to see the spectacular landscapes with approximately 1600 limestone islands scattering the emerald green water surface and numerous natural caves. You will immerse yourself in nature by floating in the middle of the sea with a kayaking adventure. After kayaking, watch the sunset. I am sure being there at that magical hour will be a memorable experience for your trip. There will be drinks at the desk or interesting activities such as fishing with local people in the evening. Overnight on boat.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B/Br)

    In the morning, your breakfast will be served while floating on the sea to explore the beauty of Halong Bay before disembarking time. Joining some more activities on boat and then checking out cabin. The early lunch will be served before getting back to the main dock at noon. Then we drive back to Hanoi for the night train to Dong Hoi. If the time’s permitted, we will do a walking tour around Hanoi Old Quarter.

    Meal: Breakfast, Brunch


    HA NOIMatilda Hotel (3*)Executive
    LONG COCMuong tribe’s homestayPrivate room——-
    TRAM TAUSun Hill’s HousePrivate room——–
    TA CHI NHU MtWooden tent/CampN/A———
    NAM NGHIEPHmong Tribe’s homestaySharing room 
    MU CANG CHAIThai tribe’s homestayPrivate room——-
    SIN SUOI HOHmong HomestayPrivate Room 
    BACH MOC LUONG TU MtWooden tent/CampN/A 
    SAPA Pistachio Hotel (4*)Deluxe 
    HA LONG BAY(4-5*)Deluxe 

    STANDARD PRICING: in US Dollars per person for TWIN/DOUBLE SHARE

    LAND TOUR PRICEIn US dollar ($)  Per PersonGroup sizeSingle Supplement
     04-05 pax   
      06-08 pax 


    • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles (latest model)
    • Vietnam Visa pre – approval letter (if needed)
    • Accommodation based on double/twin-sharing occupancy and homestay as mentioned in program • Meals as indicated in the program, (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • English speaking guide (any other requested language guide)
    • Supported porters for hiking days in jungle or remoted places
    • Frontier permit in Lai Chau
    • All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
    • Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees
    • Daily mineral water


    • International flights to/from Vietnam
    • Government TaxBank fees for both sides
    • Visa stamp fee at the arrival airport ($25/pax in Vietnam and $30/pax in Cambodia)
    • Any other meals & drinks not mentioned above.
    • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip…)
    • Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)  
    • All other services which are not mentioned in INCLUDING  

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    Diep Van

    Phone: +84901166884


    Diep Van

    Founder & Photography Guide

    Specialties: Culture, landscape, portrait, hiking, active and adventurous tour

    Besides my unlimited passion for traveling, a professional tour guide for over a decade, I have been taking photographs since sitting at Hanoi of the University of Culture in the early 2000s. Photography started as a hobby but it was seriously taken due to my work relations and my significant passion for the beauty of our world, especially in Southeast Asian parts such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

    Within a few years of taking photographs, my works began to be recognized by many reliable international publications such as AFAR Travel, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In addition, I continuously add to my growing profile by winning numerous major awards: 3rd Position of The Independent Photographer 2018, 1st Position of Amateur Photographer of the year 2018, Grand Prize Winner of the AFAR Travel Photography 2019, and a Gold Award of San Francisco Bay International Photography 2020.

    I photograph a wide variety of subjects, from travel to landscapes to street scenes. I enjoy documenting the East’s rich cultural heritage and its land soaked in glorious sunrise or sunset light in remote and secluded spots. And, I am very happy to share my knowledge and experience with you. You can visit Luminousvietnamtour to explore tour!