SAPA TREKKING IN VIETNAM
Put on your trekking boots and step out into the lush green fields of Sapa in Vietnam. Experience an amazing nature brushed with every palette of green. Meet and engage with the local minority people and immerse yourself into the nature and culture.
Sapa is a small mountain town located in the Lao Cai Province about 300 kilometres from Hanoi. You can either go by night train, bus or taxi to Sapa. We highly recommend taking the bus or train as they are cheap and have good connections. In our opinion, trekking is definitely a must when in Sapa. The place attracts travellers worldwide and is worth a visit if you are a bit short on time and fascinated by nature and active adventures. It’s gorgeous, but don’t be fooled either as there are many travellers here – for better and worse.
How to book a trekking tour in Sapa?
There exists a lot of options for booking trekking tours in Sapa. You can either choose from different travel agencies or online tour operators or you can find a local operator when arriving in Sapa. If you’d like the security of procuring your adventure before arrival and maybe to save a bit of time you can book in advance online. There are many options and we do also offer a couple of tours which can be found at the bottom of this article.
If you prefer to look for a local operator when you arrive you can find lots of those immediately after you get off the bus in the centre of Sapa. The tribe hill minorities will welcome you try to sell you a guided trekking tour to their villages. It can be a bit exhausting after a long bus journey but on the other hand you can also find a good local and knowledgeable guide. Plus you will help support the local communities. There are also many operators in town so if you haven’t booked anything upon arrival you can also shop around in town to find something you’d like.
What fitness level is required for trekking in Sapa?
The trekking routes varies from short one day trips to longer treks with overnight stays. If you are in moderate fitness shape, then you will not be overwhelmed by the trekking. Choose based on how much you have. Longer trips takes you further away from the rest of the tourists and gives you a more authentic experience. Either way, you will pass through small, local villages and experience spectacular valley views, beautiful green rice fields and a beautiful scenery.
What to bring?
What do you need for trekking in Sapa? Actually, you don’t need that much for a trip to Sapa beside what you normally bring for a trip. Some of the most important things are: Footwear! Bring comfortable walking/trekking shoes and not slippers. The route can be slippery and muddy, so you need shoes with a good grip. Normal running shoes would also do the trick. Sunscreen is also a good idea as the sun can be burning and you cannot hide from the heat when trekking. Insect repellent and long sleeves and trousers for both the mosquitoes and also, to keep you warm at night.
Is Sapa too touristic?
In recent years, Sapa has become more popular among travellers. Some accuse the place for being too touristic with people bumping into each other on the trekking routes. If you are looking for less travelled trails, you should ask your guide to take you off the beaten track. The locals know the area very well and they will probably know where to take your away from the crowds.
If you are looking for something remote and less touristed reach out to us here and we’ll look at how we can give you a unique experience in Northern Vietnam.
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