Trekking the Hidden Trails of Ba Be and Cao Bang
Trail to Ba Be National Park

Trekking the Hidden Trails of Ba Be and Cao Bang

Overview

Duration: 07 days / 06 nights
Tour grade: hard adventure
Accommodation: Guest House and very basic
Times to make the journey: From September to April (the coming year).

The North East of Viet Nam is still relatively less touristic compared other regions of the country. Trekking in Ba Be and Cao Bang is for our adventure travelers who would like to stray from the too well-beaten-paths.  The adventure takes you to the most remote villages inhabited by ethnic minorities whose daily costumes are of different colors. All meals are prepared by our adventure chef. Because of climate and geography, the best time to make the trip only from September to April: It is not possible during the rainy season.

Day1    Ha Noi – Cho Ra Town (L/D)  
Day2    Cho Ra – Ban Tau - Cam Thuong (B/L/D)  
Day3    Cam Thuong - Cam Ha – Pac Ngoi (B/L/D)  
Day4    Pac Ngoi – Ba Be - Cao Bang (B/L/D)  
Day5    Cao Bang – Mo Sat - Cao Bang (B/L/D)  
Day6    Cao Bang – Dong Khe – That Khe – Lang Son (B/L/D)  
Day7    Lang Son - Ha Noi (B/L)  

Inclusions
  • English-speaking guide
  • Double-sharing accommodation and homestay as per itinerary
  • The modern bus/van/car with air-conditioning as per itinerary
  • Boat cruises as per itinerary
  • All meals included in the program: B=Breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
  • Drinking water for the day of trekking
  • Two bottles of water /day/person for non-trekking day of the adventure
  • All fees for admission to the program

Exclusions
  • Insurance of any type
  • Accommodation in Ha Noi
  • Drinks (except for drinking water as aforementioned) or personal expenses
  • All others not specified in inclusions

Itinerary


Day1    Ha Noi – Cho Ra Town (L/D) 
Our tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Ha Noi and we travel 270 km (7 pm) to Cho Ra Town. We'll have lunch in Bac Kan. Then we continue our journey further to Cho Ra. Free time at leisure. Overnight at Cho Ra.

Day2    Cho Ra – Ban Tau - Cam Thuong (B/L/D) 

Breakfast at the hotel.
Have a road transfer to Puoc where we start a cruise on the Nang River. Visit a local market and a village of the Tay ethnic minority. Simple picnic lunch. In the after noon, enjoy a 3-hour trek to the village of Cam Thuong (of the Coin Dao), the track is accessible only to pedestrians and horses, the scenery is beautifully untouched. Before reaching the village, stop at a primary school, meet the curious children of the village. Dinner and overnight with a local family.

Day3    Cam Thuong - Cam Ha – Pac Ngoi (B/L/D) 

Breakfast at the home.

Continue our trek (2 hours walk) for the Village Cam Ha. The trekking route today is largely descending, basically it is easier and shorter compared to the previous day.

Upon arrival at Cam Ha village, take a boat to discover the virgin beauty of the Nang River. The cruise brings us to the various wild scenery of the lake and the stunning limestone cave of Puong which is  300 meter long and visit to the Dau Dang waterfall before lunch in a small restaurant on the Nang river.

After lunch, we continue our cruise into the center of Ba Be Lake, the largest natural lake in Vietnam. Disembarking the boat, we'll trek to Pac Ngoi Village, a village of the Tay ethnic people famous with their house-on-stilts. Dinner and overnight at the Pac Ngoi village in a house-on-stilts

Ba Be National Park is an untouched area with waterfalls, rivers, lakes, valleys and caves in the middle of  towering mountain peaks and alternating valleys. The region is inhabited by different ethnic minorities such as the Tay and the Dao.

Day4    Pac Ngoi – Ba Be - Cao Bang (B/L/D)  
Breakfast at the home.
Departure for a one hour walk in the National Park under the shade of trees of millennium years old. After lunch,  travel by road back to Cho Ra  and visit Na Nieng village before continuing to Cao Bang. Overnight at the hotel in Cao Bang.

Cao Bang is a small mountain town in the north-east of Vietnam, 300 km drive from Ha Noi. The city witnessed fierce fighting between the Vietnamese army and the French army during the period from 1946 to 1950 which is very famous with RC4 (Route Coloniale No. 4). The city is quiet and traffic-free, the security is just very good: the travelers have no difficulties navigating around...


Day5    Cao Bang – Mo Sat - Cao Bang (B/L/D)  
Breakfast at the hotel.
Two hours by bus to the market for Mo Sat, little walk in the area which is just next to China. The market is in session on every 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27 lunar calendar. Picnic lunch prepared by the guide. After noon, Enjoy a 2-hour walk in the community with forests and high mountains of limestone. Travel by road back to Cao Bang. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cao Bang.

Day6    Cao Bang – Dong Khe – That Khe – Lang Son (B/L/D)  
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to Dong Khe, the town well-known for the fighting on the road RC 4. Visit a village of the Nung People before arriving at Dong Khe.
Lunch at Dong Khe.
After lunch, visit the victory monument of Dong Khe, and then travel by road That Khe and then to Lang Son. Dinner and overnight in Lang Son city - a border town with China.

Day7    Lang Son - Ha Noi (B/L)  
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning visit to Lang Son: the cave Tam Thanh and Nhi Thanh, the Mac Dynasty Citadel.
Lunch in town.
After lunch, continue our road journey back to Ha Noi. Arriving in Ha Noi in late afternoon. We trust you had a wonderful adventure tour in Vietnam with Private Tour Vietnam.

Trip Photos

 

The Nang River to Ba Be National Park
The Nang River to Ba Be National Park
 
 
 
 
 
 
the Puong Cave - Ba Be National Park
the Puong Cave - Ba Be National Park
 
 
 
 
 
Trekking Trail to Ba Be National Park
Trekking Trail to Ba Be National Park
 
 
 
 
 
Hidden Trail to Ba Be National Park
Hidden Trail to Ba Be National Park
 
 
 
the wild mountains of Cao Bang Vietnam
the wild mountains of Cao Bang Vietnam
 
 
 
 
 
Idyllic scene on the trekking trail at Cao Bang
Idyllic scene on the trekking trail at Cao Bang