Trekking in Sapa

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A trekking trip through the fields, mountains and forests of Sapa is one of the highlights of a trip in Sapa, Vietnam. Visit indigenous villages and enjoy the scenery here. Sapa trekking is an experience you will never forget. To help you choose a meaningful trip that suits your experience needs, we hope our sharing will help you understand more about the real Sapa.

What to expect when trekking?

Beautiful sights & local villages

Although I have seen pictures of terraced fields in the media about Sapa, it is certainly not as good as seeing it with your own eyes. The vast rice field scene will leave you with countless emotions. It is no exaggeration when the terraced fields in Sapa are honored as the most magnificent in the world.

The rice terraces are one after another stretching. Draw layers and layers of colors in the sky. Whether viewed near or far, it is still a picture of nature that easily captivates people. This is one of the precious experiences in Sapa.

With the Sapa trekking trip, you walk on roads between rice fields and also great viewing spots in Muong Hoa valley. On this journey, you will pass through many different ethnic minority villages, where you feel that you are returning to nature, where there are endless mountains and hills, but beautiful small stilt roofs, streams and flowers along the road. Every scene will amaze you and things from the countryside make you feel like the most authentic locality.

Local lives of ethnic minorities

On the trekking way you will meet a lot of local people, you will see how they smile and talk, they make brocade along the way. It is interesting that the ethnic minorities here can speak English and you can chat to understand more about the people here.

In the villages, the simple little things from the daily lives of the people and the images of highland children will make you remember them forever.

Challenge and explore

Trekking in Sapa brings many interesting challenges to participants. You will have to overcome difficult hilly roads, go through ravines and waterfalls, and maybe even climb mountain peaks. This will help you build your endurance and spirit of exploration.

Lessons in simplicity and nature

Trekking in Sapa helps you experience a simple life, connect closely with nature and enjoy peaceful moments. You will find joy in living slowly, observing natural beauties, and deepening your understanding of the value of simplicity.

What types of trekking trips can you choose?

Group Trekking & Private Trekking

Private Trekking


  • You can take the initiative in your own schedule, not depending on other people’s time. The local tour guide is closer to you to talk about many new things you have questions about.
  • You can visit places according to your liking
  • Have quiet time for yourself
  • Easily learn to meet strangers and learn and exchange cultures along the way, while having new experiences. Sometimes you will discover interesting new places that no one or few people know about


  • Expenses for expenses during the trip will be quite high (especially travel, food, and accommodation costs).

Group Trekking


  • Save some travel, accommodation, and savings costs.
  • Traveling in a group, you can meet many new friends in the group tour, not feel lonely and have many new friends, exciting and bustling group games.


  • It depends on the time of the whole group. Sometimes you want to go slowly but have to try to catch up with the group. It will be difficult for the tour guide to introduce everyone.
  • However, we won’t let a group tour have too many people, a group just enough will help you optimize everything.

One day trek & Multi day trek

Let’s go to our website and look for the journey suitable for you. There are so many routes for you with many local villages, you will hear about the interesting names of villages, and the culture of ethnic minorities.

One day trekking

For those who do not have too much time in Sapa but still want to explore the villages in Sapa in a unique and interesting way, feeling a real Sapa.
You can complete a moderate route from 12 km to 15 km and experience a truly local day in Sapa, interacting with ethnic people in local villages in the closest way. Learn about the traditional lifestyle and culture of the indigenous people on this one day Sapa trekking tour.

Multi day trekking

If you have more time in Sapa, that’s great. You can almost fully experience Sapa in a more relaxed way.

Especially with multi-day trekking routes, not only will you see many beautiful scenes along the way, you will also have interesting discoveries about each village when you will stay overnight at homestays and enjoy the wonderful scenery. Delicious food, cooking with the host, experiencing the daily work of local people.

The atmosphere under the villages at night is not like the town, you will hear the sounds of nature, see the stars more clearly when there are not too many lights and in the morning you wake up refreshed to breathe the fresh air. healthy.

Easy/ Moderate & Hard Trek

Easy trekking: Harder than walking, the trekking trail is not steep, and has some ups and downs, often in a short time. If you walk regularly daily, this level is normal for you.

Moderate trekking: Trekking trail has ups and downs, but not so steep. Trail will become more difficult in poor weather. The terrain will vary from easy paths to rocky inclines, it’s challenging but not too strenuous.

Intermediate to Hard trekking: Trekking route has a steep incline and often is off road in remote areas, very difficult during periods of rain. This is the level of physical activity and can be done by people with average fitness levels and have experience in hiking at high altitudes.

Best time to go trekking in Sapa

Choosing the right time will make your trip much more complete and perfect. Sapa has a temperate climate, with a humid subtropical climate. Summers are usually quite cool and winters are cold.

  • From September to November is the best time to go trekking in Sapa: ripe rice season, beautiful cloud hunting opportunities, moderate cold weather and no rain. Sapa in the beautiful rice season in early September
  • From January to March: the season of wild flowers blooms, the weather is cold, and there are many festivals taking place.
  • In addition, the summer months (from May to August) are considered the rainy season in Sapa, so the roads are often very slippery, making trekking difficult and dangerous. However, this time is also When Sapa is in the season when the water pours on the terraced fields and next is the green rice season. The weather in Sapa in the rainy season will not rain all the time because at different altitudes in different areas, the weather changes continuously.

Trekking with local guide or without guide

With local guide

The guides here are mostly locals, so they know everything about Sapa, every small road, every rice field as well as every forest. In many ways, instructors can take you to remote locations not on the map and from main walking paths through fields and forests. You will feel better and more comfortable when your guide shows you where to eat and where to stay if you have a multi-day trip.

The local guide will know the trails, more beautiful sights, less tourists visit and have more experience about local games and customs. You will be introduced and answered questions to Learn more about the land and its people.

Without local guide

If you want a real adventure then you can also go trekking in Sapa alone. Before going, you need to carefully research the routes you will walk to. The easiest way to do this is to trek to villages where you can find accommodation to stay overnight such as Lao Chai, Y Linh Ho or Ta Van. In addition, for small one-day trekking trips, you do not need a guide. Please contact us, and we will bring you the most suitable advice for you for each trip.

Homestay when trekking in Sapa

Local homestay is a great experience when trekking. A homestay experience means you stay overnight in a local resident’s home, which must be registered as a tourist activity. The house will have everything you need for sleeping and personal hygiene, with a toilet, a bed with mosquito net and clean and sanitary.

Although you can’t expect it to be a luxurious room, it’s refreshing to experience houses with local characteristics. Dinner and breakfast will be served by the host of the house you stay in. It is a very beautiful cultural experience and also supports local people with additional income to improve their lives. Also, overnight trekking means you can get far away from Sapa and explore more fresh quiet areas.

Prepare to go trekking a real Sapa

Trekking this village in Sapa will require you to walk quite a lot. You should prepare the following items:

  • Personal items such as clothes, spare phone charger, smartphone with 3G, camera (if any),…
  • A pair of light, comfortable shoes for walking convenience
  • Rain suit and umbrella
  • Medicines: stomach ache medicine, antiemetic, pain reliever, allergy medicine, insect bite medicine
  • Snacks such as bread, instant sausages, and drinks
  • Sapa trekking map
  • You don’t need to carry too many things, because when walking, you should limit carrying too many heavy things in your backpack. This way your trekking tour will be much more comfortable.

Notes when trekking Sapa

  • When trekking in Sapa, you will encounter a lot of ethnic people. Each ethnic group will have different ways of living, so you need to respect their moral standards and codes of conduct.
  • Some sacred objects are worshiped in people’s homes, so remember not to touch these objects when staying at homestays in villages.
  • If you want to take some pictures of the locals, ask them before taking them
  • If you are pushed around too much by local people while on the trekking route, you should politely refuse. People will understand themselves and not invite you any more.


Trekking in Sapa gives you the opportunity to feel the wild and majestic beauty of the mountains. Strolling through fresh green forests, admiring distant mountain ranges and terraced fields, you will find yourself immersed in nature and find peace in every step. You can bathe in the fresh streams, relax and enjoy the fresh air of the mountains and forests here. All these experiences will help you create memorable memories and feel the wonderful natural beauty of Sapa.