Sapa Trekking Guides – Sapa Travel
SAPA TREKKING GUIDES
Sapa is a must-visit destination in northwest Vietnam. Trekking through paddy fields and majestic mountains to approach the remote villages in Sapa is one of the highlight of the trip to Vietnam. Sapa trekking would be one of the experiences that you will never forget!
Why is trekking the best way to explore Sapa?
Sapa is famous for its terraced rice fields. It is one of the most beautiful destinations in Vietnam and even in Asia. When trekking Sapa you will walk through the paths amidst the rice fields or on the slope of the valley. On this journey, you will cross many different ethnic minority villages, where bring the feeling of turning back in time, staying away from modern life. You may encounter some water buffaloes working in the fields. And this is certainly a great place for you to capture Vietnam beauty.
Tips for trekking Sapa
- You will go on long sloping bumpy roads so you need to have good health and stamina. Distance of a typical one-day trip is about 12-15km and you would walk in 5-6 hours. When taking a trekking tour in Sapa, you should make it clear to your tour guide about your stamina so that they can choose the most suitable route for you. Also you can decide to go trekking in a day or many days depending on your abilities.
- There are some customs when visiting ethnic villages in Sapa that you need to keep in mind. When visiting the villages such as: Lao Chai – Ta Van, Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho, Ta Phin where the Black Hmong, Dzao, you should never sit in the middle of the room, and it is recommended to visit their house according to the instructions of the landlord. The chair placed at the head of the table is for Parents (if Parents are gone then no one is allowed sitting there). If you see Black Hmong or Red Dzao doing god worshiping or exorcism ceremony, you should not be free to participate in because they do not want to let strange people to take part in (some signs when villages are holding the ceremony: at the front gate there is a bunch of green leaves hung on the high pole so that everyone can see to avoid entering the village)
- When visiting the village and meeting some children, it is recommended not to put hands on or kiss on children’s heads because people here believe that the action will make children panic and easily get sick.
- If seeing a nice clean place in the village, do not rush to stop and eat there because it is probably a place of worship of the villagers, this is sacred place to them. It is also recommended not to whistle while strolling watching the scenery, it is considered as a taboo. People here believe the ghost will follow the whistling to come into their village.
- When communicating with local people and being invited to drink water or alcohol, if you do not want to drink, refuse gracefully so that the homeowner would understand. Do not put upside down the bowl because only the shaman can do so to evict evil. Besides, when talking to the homeowner you should not point your finger forward. Mong people consider it is impolite and disrespectful behaviour.
- Do not wear white linen when visiting the village, it is the colour of the funeral.
- You should accompany with a local guide who knows where to go and what to do.
- Trekking trips lasting more than one day will take you to places far away from Sapa center, you should bring enough food just in case you get lost or not familiar with local food at your overnight homestay.
Homestays in Sapa
Homestay would be a great experience here but it may not suitable for everyone. You will stay overnight in houses of the locals which must be registered for tourist activities. If you travel in a group, you can sleep in the same room. Dinner and breakfast will be served by the owner of your homestay. It is a very beautiful cultural experience and also supports local people with extra income to improve their lives.
When to visit Sapa?
In June and July, the green paddy fields create a very beautiful scenery but it rains a lot and very hot, the temperature can rise up to 30°C making climbing not so pleasant at all. In September, the rainfall is less and the landscape begins to change. The rice fields are cover in golden colour and the harvest begins. The beginning of this month is probably the ideal time when the landscape is really splendid and the weather is nice.
Fansipan trekking tour
Fansipan trekking tour is very popular in Sapa. Many people choose to go trekking Fansipan just in one day, but we think you should not. Because you would have to get up very early in the morning, return late in the evening, and spend all your time walking. Trekking in two days one night will be more comfortable and enjoyable. At night, you will sleep on the mountain in a hut. And certainly you should go with a guide. Some groups of people organize to go trekking by themselves, but we advise you not to do this because there are some cases when people get lost or encounter the fatal accidents. You definitely need a tour guide!
If you come to Sapa to admire the famous rice fields, it is better to take a typical trekking trip. And if Fansipan is also on your list in Sapa. Since 2016, Cable car ride to Fansipan Mountain has been launched for visitors.
What to bring when trekking Sapa?
When you are ready for your trekking trip, make sure you have the following things in your luggage:
- A good pair of walking shoes
- Small water bottle
- Anti-bugs spray
- Medications for minor injuries, influenza, diarrhea and fever.
- Camera with battery backup
- Clean clothes.