Vietnam Mai Chau Hill Tribe Trek Challenge

The Challenge

This 5-day trek takes you far off the beaten track and into the remote and beautiful hills of Northern Vietnam in the Pu Luong Nature Reserve area. Passing through remote villages and staying at different local stilt house accommodations each night will give you an authentic insight into the lifestyle of the ethnic minority people who live in the area.


Day 1: London - Hanoi
Depart for an indirect overnight flight to Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to a central hotel. You will have the rest of the day at leisure to settle in and explore independently. This evening you will gather together for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: hotel. Meals: Dinner.

Day 3: Hanoi to Mai Chau.
After breakfast we depart Hanoi for a scenic drive (approx. 4 hours) to Mai Chau where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we drive a further 25km to our traditional stilt house where we will stay during our project activities for the next two days. This afternoon we will have a briefing about the project and will start work. After completing the day's tasks we return to freshen up before a hearty dinner. Accommodation: Traditional stilt house. Meals: BLD.

Day 4: Mai Chau.
Today we will spend the whole day completing the project tasks and learning about local culture while getting to know the villagers. Accommodation: Traditional stilt house. Meals: BLD.

Day 5: Mai Chau to Hang Village.
After saying farewell to the villagers we start our trek late this morning. Today is a gentle 4-hour trek to Hang Village, home to a Thai ethnic minority where we spend the night with local Thai families in their traditional stilted houses, and have the chance to stroll around the village before dinner. Trek: approx. 4 hours / easy terrain. Accommodation: Traditional stilt house. Meals: BLD.

Day 6: Hang Village to Kho Muong
Today we will trek for around 6 hours on a path which runs mostly through jungle. We make a lunch stop in a small village along the way before setting off again this afternoon passing several Thai villages. Tonight we will stay in Kho Muong village, a Muong minority village. Trek: approx. 6 hours; slightly uphill, rocky path Accommodation: Traditional stilt house. Meals: BLD.

Day 7: Kho Muong - Nua Village.
The trek is a little harder day today, as we trek uphill into the Pu Luong range, passing through a number of small hamlets and minority villages en route. After 3 hours of gentle ascent, we will then descend to the village of Nua, a village of Thai ethnic minority people, where we spend the night in local homes. Trek: approx. 6 hours, gentle uphill trail and a gradual descent. Accommodation: Traditional stilt house. Meals: BLD.

Day 8: Nua Village - Hieu Village.
Today's trek through the verdant countryside will take around 6 hours as the path runs up and downhill through forests, rice terraces and scenic villages. Along the way we are likely to see farmers working on rice paddies and children going to school. We spend the night in the Thai village of Hieu. Trek: approx. 5 hours, undulating terrain. Accommodation: Traditional stilt house. Meals: BLD.

Day 9: Hieu Village - Pho Doan - Hanoi
This morning our final day of trekking takes us along the Ma River where we will enjoy lovely views of the river, rice fields and waterwheels until we reach the small market down of Pho Doan where we stop for lunch. After lunch we will meet our vehicle and return to Hanoi (approximately 4 hours), where we check into our hotel and have dinner. Trek: approx. 2-3 hours, long descent. Accommodation: Hotel.Meals: BLD

Days 10-11: Hanoi - London
Today is free for you to explore Hanoi at leisure before your indirect flight home, arriving the next day (depending on flight schedules). Meals: BLD.

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Local transfers and transport in Vietnam
  • 2-3* hotel in Hanoi, homestay during the trek/project
  • English-speaking local guides
  • All permits/trek fees
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal kit and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa (if required)

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Trip Dates

27th April - 7th May 2019

Tour Price

Registration fee: £290
Fundraising target: £3350

Trip Difficulty

Moderate to challenging

This trip is graded as Moderate to challenging


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