The best trekking trails in Northern Vietnam

By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 24/5/2019

Vietnam is becoming a popular destination for travellers, there have such a wide variety of wonderful landscapes and fascinating places to explore. Particularly, in the north of Vietnam, there are plenty of incredible trekking trails to keep the foot’s adventure travellers. With the unique blend of nature and culture, Northern Vietnam trekking routes are definitely worth the money and effort. In this article, we’ve enlisted the top best trekking trails for adventure in Northern Vietnam to give you an overview of what options you have for trekking in Vietnam.


So let’s check out our list of the best trekking trails in Northern Vietnam.

1.    Sapa

Sapa has been one of the must-see destinations in Vietnam for travellers from far and wide, especially for those who love trekking in stunning landscapes with different levels of challenges. Embarking on this trek allows you to enjoy the panoramic views of the majestic mountains surrounding which stretch out over the mountainsides of Hoang Lien Son Range, belong with the breath-taking rice terraced fields. The route of the trek will also bring you face to face with a small wonderful waterfall in Muong Hoa valley, then cross the river on a small suspension bridge and continue on the trek uphill. Somewhere will be the challenge you when it is wet and high rocks but definitely offers you a spectacular view over the valley. Furthermore, you are offered the colourful hill tribes with interesting cultures that you have an opportunity to eat and sleep in the local’s people, it is a tiny room but you will have a chance to truly understand the life of people here. I believe that you will get to enjoy the sightseeing views and admire the beauty of the landscape here. It will keep your heart and your feet want to get back here soon.

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2.    Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai is an area of beautiful chalk hills across the finest scenery in the north-west of Vietnam. There is an abundance of trekking opportunities in the area, so you definitely won’t want to miss it on the trip to Vietnam. The trek that takes you to the most colourful of the ethnic people, making you an audience with the most picturesque views and enthralling experiences in the Mu Cang Chai trek. The trek is not a cakewalk but is among one of the best trekking trails for adventure in Northern Vietnam. Your drive up to the famous Khau Pha Pass, this mountain pass is known for its amazing terraced rice paddies. The scenery over the valley from the pass is very stunning at the rice season, especially during the harvesting time. a trekking point for the whole day trek to enjoy Vietnam’s national rice terrace heritage. The trek will start from Che Cu Nha commune to La Pan Tan Commune. It is 10 km approx. This trek will definitely offer you a good opportunity to see the main spots and admire the beauty of amazing rice terraces that Mu Cang Chai has to offer. You will also be able to visit a few villages of the H’mong hill tribe scattered in the area.

3.    Ha Giang

Ha Giang is a province, located in the northeast region of Vietnam, there is a quite reputation for many high rocky mountains, limestone formations and springs, but it’s still relatively undiscovered and untouched by mass tourism, with the incredible scenery and wonderful tribal hills mountains. You’ll be walking in a variety of terrains including rock mountains, streams and small villages with picturesque rice fields. This morning, if it is on Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday. There are interesting hill tribe markets that you are able to attend. The hill tribe markets in Bac Ha region are very colourful. Spend about 1.5 hours or 2 hours to stroll around and hunt some good photographs. The markets are alive with the bright colours and extravagant costumes of the highlanders, especially the Flower H'mong. Together with other minorities, they come from different villages at the surroundings to the markets to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock. It is more common to see buffalo, cows, horses and other livestock being traded. Thence keep driving to Hoang Su Phi for the late afternoon scenic terraced field trek to Ban Luoc stilt-house village of the Tay ethnic people - Another home-stay for tonight. Dinner and stay overnight. This morning, after the breakfast at the family, you will trek the scenic dirt trail up and down the terraced fields in Ban Luoc area. This area is one of the highlighted landscapes in Hoang Su Phi. The fields look best at the yellow season (in the early half of October). Nam Hong village of the Red Yao people. The trek is mostly on a dirt path, gradually downhill and offers you lovely scenery of nature and life. The terraced fields, viewed on the way, are also amazing. Your local way leader will prepare a picnic lunch at a local house on the way. Hoang Su Phi path can be said to be the best trekking trails in Ha Giang, both because of the wonderful sightseeing opportunities it provides and the spiritual significance associated with it. Belong on the road you will pass through the old houses of local people, see the children playing around the village. A trek through this region will be etched in your memory for a lifetime.


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Bac Son is a rural district of Lạng Sơn Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam and it is situated 160km northeast of Hanoi. One of the interesting aspects of this valley is its incredibly high mountains which are about 500-1200 meters high. These mountains, together with the valley’s paddy fields, create a great scenic landscape that you can only see its best after climbing to the peak of a mountain which is located just a few minutes from the town. From here, you are absolutely amazed by the stunning 360-degree scenery of mountains, villages, rivers and farms. It can be tiring to climb the mountains, but the effort is very much worth it. Along the hike, you can have a close look at the local farming, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in a good harmony of mountains, forests and local life. The valley’s pathways lead you to the paddy fields where you’ll get a chance to see the beautiful river that runs crossing the rice fields. Besides the valley itself, Bac Son district’s villages possess a beauty of their own. The district is inhabited by the Tay ethnic people and their traditional stilt houses. On the other hand, Bac Son Valley’s fertile soil lets the local farmers grow various crops in the area. Its main crop is rice which is planted only in two seasons, with each of its squared field cultivated and harvested at different times. From April to November, The rice carpets the valley and landscape become so green and beautiful, it looks really stunning from a mountain's summit. There are two crops of rice during these months. This is why the valley is known as the green paradise, except for July and November as these are the times when the rice getting ripe and the colour is turning yellow, ready for the harvests. July and November are the favourite months for photographers to come and hunt for beautiful pictures. October and November are voted to be the best time to come for both weather and scenery.

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