Sapa Trekking – spectacular trekking routes throughout the Sapa Rice Terraces
Last Update: 24th October 2020
As Sapa is set in the mountainous area in North Vietnam, several Miao Ethnic Minority Villages there are becoming more and more popular among trekking lovers. Sapa trekking is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the traditions, customs and local life of the Miao People.
- Location: in the mountainous area in North Vietnam
- Things to do there: Trekking
- Who visits: Photographers, Adventure Enthusiasts, Hikers, Vietnamese History and Culture Lovers
- Time required: A few hours to multiple days
Ban Ta Van, Ban Lao Chai, Ban Cat Cat, and Ban Ta Phin all are situated on the mountain. They are home to the Miao People for hundreds of years. Locals developed rice terraces on the mountain. In summer, they are decorated with green rice. If you are planning to exploring all of them through trekking, it is recommended that you set aside at least 2 days for Sapa trekking. Along the trekking trails to these village, you may see locals doing daily activities in the rice terraces. In spring, some children may catch mud fishes in the terraces. When you walk around these villages, you can see local young girls dressed in distinctive Miao Costumes which differs from those of the Miao People in Guangxi.
Bai Da Co is one of the great trekking spots in Sapa. Start from Sapa Town and pass by a toll station, and finally, you’ll get to the valley after a 8-kilometers-long trek. The valley features the old stone shoals with different shapes. In addition, the stones there are carved with strange signs.
Trekking Deo O Quy Ho is a little difficult but very popular among the young tourists in Sapa. The mountain is a great viewpoint for enjoying the stunning sunrise. On fine days, the sky there is dotted with countless stars, creating for breathtaking views.
Dinh Fansipan is well-known for its cloud sea. If your body conditions allows, you could trek uphill and downhill. When you hike up to the top of the mountain, you’ll have a sense of accomplishment. The views of clouds on the top change a lot. Alternatively, you could take the cable car or the small train to the mountain and hike up to the top if you don’t want so much trekking. When clouds spread, those old buildings hidden, such as old Buddhist temples will appear in your sight. Along the trekking trail around the mountain, you’ll be shocked at the huge statue of the Buddha who has watched the area of Sapa for tens of years
The best months to enjoy Sapa trekking is from August to October and from March to May as the periods of time won’t be so hot or so cold.
From Hanoi to Sapa, you could take a overnight train. The journey takes around 8 hours. Alternatively, you could rent a vehicle from Hanoi to Sapa. The bus journey takes around 6 hours.
If you are interested to take photos of locals, please ask them first if they are happy for you to do so.
Please take enough food and drinking water with you.
Please wear comfortable trekking shoes.
Please take a raincoat or an umbrella with you in case it rains.