How we Trek
1-day, 2-days, 3-days or More-days trekking, Market Tours, Homestays or Stay over night at your guide’s home. Other activities: cook with your guide, Swimming, Harvest Rice (from Sep – Oct (the rice harvest is over for this season, 2014)). What do you want to do?
We don’t believe in fixed itineraries or over planed programs. Our private treks give you the freedom to arrange your visit just as you want it. Together with your guide you plan your trek. You don’t have to know much about the area, your guide will give you suggestions and you plan your trek together, depending on the weather and your wishes. All our treks are private.
A normal day trek would start at 9am in the morning. We come and meet you at your hotel and together we plan how you want to spend your day. It’s your private trek and we will try our best to arrange it after your wishes.
Most trails goes down the valley. We will walk on the edges of the rice fields, pass over the river, through bamboo forest and visit some villages. If you are coming in the summer, bring swimming clothes and ask us to take you swimming!
At the end of the trek, you will go by motorbike-taxi or car back to Sapa. If you want, you can also walk the way back along the main road. The treks normally end at 3pm.
The price depends on: how many days you want to trek, who many people there are in your group and what you want to do. Please fill in our contact form and we will get back to you with our prices.
We also arrange two, three, and some four day treks with home stays, these are a great way to see the beautiful Sapa Valley and get further from the city. Homestays are a type of Inn which is normally run by local families down in the valley. When you choose to stay the night at a homestay you wake up already in the valley, which enables you to explore more of the scenery. The guests share one big loft room, on the second floor of a traditional house. The host and their family stay in a separate part of the house. There are no private bedrooms in the homestays. There are hot showers, western standard toilets, beds and tasty traditional food. The homestays are clean and safe.
We have our own homestay Zao’s House, located right outside Ta Van villages. Most guests of Sapa Sisters who choose to trek down into Mung Hoa Valley stay over night here. Zao’z House is part-owned and run by Zao and her husband Ze. They live here with their children. Zao’s House is very beautiful and have a higher standard than most homestays. Here are also two private rooms, with beds for 3 people each, that you can book for an extra cost.
Stay over night in a local house
Some of the Sapa Sisters guides welcome travelers to stay over in her home or a family member’s. Their homes often do not have modern “Western” amenities such as water toilets/ shower/wifi, etc. Please ask us when you are booking your trek and we will arrange for you.
Batik class in Ta Van
If you are interested in handicraft and textiles or just want to try something new, we can arrange a 2 hour course in traditional Hmong batik down in Ta Van villages.
Batik is a resist dye technique created by wax drawn motives. Hmong people use hemp as a base fabric and indigo to dye it. Traditionally the batik are very delicate made, with many details and consciously choose symbols and pattern. The batik design is used for clothes, bags and blankets.
This is an option for all our travellers who trek for two days or longer and choose to stay a night in Ta Van villages.
Resting after the trek at Sapa Sisters homestay, Zao’s House
Trekking with children?
We are happy to welcome parents with children to trek with us. We offer discounts for younger children and children 2 years or younger, trek for free. Sometimes our guides bring their own baby with them on the trek.
We know from experience that children often are stronger hikers than their parents may think, but of course, their energy might run out. Our guides are flexible to arrange the tour to fit your families needs all throughout the trek.
We can arrange tours that start by going down the valley by car you can then have a short walk and visit some villages and maybe have lunch in your guide’s home.
During the hot summer months we can take you on an easy trek, pass Cat Cat village where you can swim in the clear stream, surrounded by forest. We bring picnic lunch and eat on the “beach”.
If you prefer to do it all by car, we can arrange that as well. You can still have lunch in local houses and sleep over night in a homestay.
We have partnered with hotels in SaPa and can offer great rates for customers who are trekking with us and want to explore the city on their own before or after their trek. Please let us know your budget and we will be happy to make a recommendation.
Some of our Partners include Victoria Hotel and Spa, Hill Station Boutique Hotel, Hmong Sapa Hotel, and Bamboo Sapa Hotel.