Northern Trails: 5-Day Tour from Ha Giang to Ba Be National Park

This tour will take you to some of the most incredible sites in Northern Vietnam, a wild and beautiful region full of limestone peaks, black granite needles (the locals call them “stone forests”), dizzying canyons and limitless panoramas. You will get to discover the culture of the local Black H’mong, where the men are remarkably elegant, dressed in black, with a beret, a remnant of their history as great allies of the French. Also on the itinerary is the sprawling Ba Be Lake in Ba Be National Park where you can enjoy the rich natural surroundings and meet the local Tay communities.
Tour code: PRT21E
Theme: Nature, Off the beaten track, Interact with local, Soft Adventure
Destination: Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be lake, Northeast Vietnam.
Suite: Young Adults, Couples, Seniors
Travel Style: Private tours
Pick up: 08:00AM at Hotel in Hanoi
Drop off: 06:00PM at Hotel in Hanoi by Mr Linh's Adventures
Hotline: +84936489068

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Giang
Day 2: Ha Giang - Dong Van
Day 3: Dong Van - Ma Pi Leng Pass - Meo Vac - Bao Lac
Day 4: Bao Lac - Ba Be National Park
Day 5: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi
Day 1
Hanoi - Ha Giang (L, D)
Your guide will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi at 8am, beginning your journey to the stunning mountains of Ha Giang by travelling along Road No.2, where you will slowly see the scenery around you change from bustling metropolis to rolling countryside. Not far out of Hanoi, you will stop in Duong Lam Ancient Village, a site rich in history and culture, containing such sites as Mong Phu Temple and Mia Pagoda with its 287 statues and centuries old houses. Here we will enjoy a taste of rural life as we are served a home-cooked local meal for lunch, before continuing along the winding river from Duong Lam deep into the mountains of Ha Giang, marvelling at the spectacular views along the way. Once in Ha Giang City, we will check in to our local homestay and enjoy a home-cooked dinner.

Highlights and activities: Duong Lam Ancient village
Accommodation: Mr Doan's Homestay
Meals: Lunch, Dinner at local restaurant
Day 2
Ha Giang - Quan Ba - Dong Van (B, L, D)
As we set out from Ha Giang after getting our permit from the immigration office, your journey to Dong Van will be filled with spectacular landscapes in the form of a series of long passes. En route you will stop for lunch at the small and beautiful mountain village of Tam Son, then move for hike to secret Lung Cam B village of black Hmong before heading to the majestic “King of the H’mong Palace”, a fortress built by a local chief, Vuong Chin Duc, who allied himself with French forces against the Viet Minh. Built in the 1900’s, this palace was designed in the style of ancient Chinese architecture dating to the Qing era, and it was made from materials such as solid stone blocks, wood and terracotta tiles. Once you’ve finished at the palace, we continue on our journey until we reach Dong Van at around 5pm, where we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant and stay for the night.

Highlights and activities: Tam Son, Lung Cam B, King of the H'mong Palace. ~ 5-7km hike.
Accommodation: Hoa Cuong Hotel
Meals: Breakfast at homestay. Lunch, Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 3
Dong Van - Meo Vac - Bao Lac (B, L, D)
You’ll start the day off with breakfast and a visit to the Dong Van Market, where locals come from all the surrounding villages to purchase and trade for essentials they cannot produce themselves. You will then climb a pass up to the French Fortress of Pu Lo, built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the entire region. Once here, you will trek to Thien Huong village, a small hamlet located in the valley adjacent to the border with China. This village is inhabited by the Tay tribal people, whose culture you’ll get an intimate and up-close look at before we head back to Dong Van for lunch on a drive through the amazing Ma Pi Leng Pass. Where the road will climb 10 kilometres all the way to the top. You will trek through a unique landscape of craggy limestone peaks and gaping valleys. As we descend down into Meo Vac Valley we’ll reach Bao Lac village, where we will enjoy a local dinner and stay for the night.
Highlights and activities: Dong Van market, Pu Lo fortress, Thien Huong Village, Ma Pi Leng Pass, 12 - 15km trek
Accommodation: Khuoi Khon homestay, Bao Lac
Meals: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch, Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 4
Bao Lac - Kayaking on Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
After Bao Lac we will take you along our secret route, a gorgeous small road snaking through the valleys until it reaches the Tay village of Cho Ra, before finally reaching Ba Be National Park. Once we arrive we’ll first re-fuel by having a local lunch, then travel down the Nang River to explore the huge Puong cave by boat and kayaking. pass through some steep terrain with many cat ears cliffs and visit the unmissable spots on Ba Be Lake such as Widow island, Cam village. We can swim in Ba Be lake and getting to Ba Be Jungle Houses to enjoy your night with BBQ dinner.

Highlights and activities: Ba Be National Park, Puong Cave, Widow Island, Cam Village
Accommodation: Mr Linh's Homestay
Meals: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch, Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 5
Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (B, L)
7:30 - Breakfast at our homestay. Begin a beautiful journey in Ba Be National Park from Bo Lu village. A guided conversation on local wildlife and flowers will expand your awareness of the unique Ba Be ecosystem as you walk through the beautiful jungle. Reach Tham Khit pathways to an ancient cave - wandering around the lake to the panoramic views of the ranger station's animal observation huts. Continue your hike for another 2 kilometers to An Ma temple, a sacred Tay temple dedicated to mountain gods, lake gods, and feudal generals. Have lunch and enjoy your time in Ba Be National Park. Return to Hanoi. Tour ends.

Highlights and activities: Tham Khit pathways, An Ma temple, 5 - 7 km trek
Accommodation: Not included
Meal: Breakfast at homestay. Lunch at local restaurant.

The fact...
We take you to the parts others can't reach!

From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.


Tour Guides
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

Tour price includes
Private door-to-door pick-up & -off services.
All private transfer and transportation
Experienced English speaking guide.
Private boat trip
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
All sightseeing tickets.
No extra charge after confirmation
24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Tour price excludes
Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
Travel insurance
Other services not mentioned above.

What to take
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes.
We also recommend packing insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.

Have a good journey!

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