Topas Ecolodge is located 18 km from Sapa, deep in the Hoang Lien Mountains. Our 25 bungalows overlook the entire valley with the ethnic minority villages
What to Expect
Day 1: Hanoi – night train to Lao Cai (-,-,-)
You will depart from Hanoi in the evening by night train to Lao Cai near the Chinese border.
Day 2: Full day hiking – Topas Ecolodge (B,L,-)
You will arrival early in the morning in Lao Cai and meet your driver who will transfer you to Sapa. The drive is approximately 1 hour. Here you will enjoy your breakfast at a one of the recommended places in Sapa.
At 9h00, you will commence the excursion today with a walk through the town of Sapa and along a dirt trail through vegetable gardens and rice paddy terraces. The spectacular scenery of Muong Hoa valley gradually appears within your eyesight. You will then reach the river running at the bottom of the valley and continue the walk on the bank of the river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black H’mong minority, where you will take a rest and have lunch at a nice spot.
After lunch, the walk from Y Linh Ho village to Lao Chai village of Black H’mong minority is almost on the hillsides. The view of the valley is more and more extending and stretching to the horizon. You take a stop at Lao Chai village to visit a local house, before following the dirt path linking the village with Ta Van village, the only one in the valley inhabited by Giay minority. From Ta Van village you will take a transfer to Topas Ecolodge. Here you will check in to your bungalow and enjoy the view into the valley and dotted mountain surroundings.
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes driving, 5 hours walking and 1 hour lunch.
Day 3: Full hiking day to Ban Moi and Ban Lech – Topas Ecolodge (B,L,-)
After having your breakfast, you commence your walk from Topas Ecolodge along the footpaths of Mount Silverstone. During the walk you will witness the stunning views of the valleys and rice paddy terraces. At noon you will arrive at Lech village, inhabited by the Red Dao minority. You will visit the village and have your lunch in a local house. After lunch, you will continue the walk to a nearby Red Dao village. If it is a school day, a visit to the village’s school is a nice opportunity to meet all the children, who can be from Red Dao or H’mong minority. From the village, you will follow the hill trails up to the main road, enjoying the surrounding breath-taking view of dotted peaks, endless rice terraces and the beautiful Muong Bo River. You will arrive back to Topas Ecolodge after another 15 minute walk on the main road.
Grade: Easy to moderate
Duration: Approximately 5 hours walking and 1 hour lunch.
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.
- English speaking guide during excursions
- 2 night at Topas Ecolodge (twin shared Deluxe bungalow)
- All indicated meals (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)*
- Mineral water and snack during walking trips
- Return soft sleeper in 4-berth cabin on the train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
- All indicated transportation
- All entrance fees to the indicated places
What's Not Included
- Other things not mentioned at including list