DAY 1: HN- BA BE LAKE ( ~250KM) (L,D)
Morning: 7:30: Pick-up at hotel
Afternoon: Travelling on our private boat, you will go through the entire length of the 3 connected lakes (Ba Be – means Three Bays). You will enjoy the beauty of the lake, with green water and various flora beside the river and your boat. Soon, you reach the enormous tunnel of Puong Cave which measures an impressive 300m long by 30m high.
The boat will reach the homestay – the Bac Ngoi village– which is located close to rice fields and the lake.
DAY 2: FULL TREKKING DAY (B, L, D)
Trekking around 14-15km from 8am-3pm ( around 7hrs including 1.5-2 hr lunchtime). You will go through the natural forest, the village of Dao and Tay people via a hidden trail.
After the long trek, you will enjoy around 2 hrs of kayaking and swimming to discover the beauty of Ba Be Lake.
Sleep in the homestay of Tay people
DAY 3: BA BE – CAO BANG – PHIA THAP ( QUANG UYEN) (150KM) (B, L, D)
Morning: Cycling about 5km to explore an amazing cave in the mountain. We visit Hua Ma cave and Silk Waterfall before coming back the homestay/
After lunch: Transfer by car from Ba Be- Cao Bang.
Reach Phia Thắp community-based tourism village – the famous incense making the village. Every household in this village makes incense, so you can easily see and explore the process of making incense and talk with friendly and hospitable locals here.
You also have the option to visit Pac Rang blacksmith village and stay overnight there.
Sleep in a homestay of Nung people
DAY 4: PHIA THAP – QUAY SON RIVER – BAN GIOC WATERFALL – CAO BANG CITY(B, L, D)
7:30 Car transfer from Phia Thắp to Trùng Khánh district, canoeing for 2 hours on Quây Sơn river.
After canoeing, we will transfer to Ban Gioc waterfall and have small Picnic here.
Afternoon: Visit Nguom Ngao Cave. We will certainly include this amazing cave plus a short visit to the stone craft village of Khuoi Ky where most of the houses are made of stone.
Go to Cao Bang City at night.
DAY 5: CAO BANG – BAO LAC – MEO VAC –DONG VAN (B-L-D)
You will spend around 2,5-3hrs trekking to the peak of Ma Pi Leng pass which gives stunning views of the mountains and sweeping valleys, with the poetic Nho Que river. You will be disappointed when trekking on the Sky Path – the path lies on the Rock mountain and rural village.
After 2,5-3hrs, you will reach the main road and drive to Dong Van. Sleep in a hotel in the Dong Van old quarter.
DAY 6: DONG VAN – QUAN BA (B, L, D)
+ Visit the local market if your trip falls on a Sunday. Spend around 3-3.5 hrs for trekking
+ Visit Hmong King palace.
+ Sleep in Dao ecolodge or Homestay of Dao people in Nam Dam village
DAY 7: QUAN BA – HA GIANG – HANOI
+Visit Quan Ba Twin Mountain.
+Ride back to Hanoi.