If you’re travelling all the way to Northern Vietnam, you shouldn’t miss trekking in Sapa. Being a frontier town of Lao Cai Province in the Northwest region of the country, Sapa is considered the best trekking spot in Vietnam. At the height of 3143 meters, Fansipan mountain of Lao Cai is the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula. Beside the mountainous terrain, Sapa is also place where several ethnic minorities like Hmong, Dao (Yao), Giay, Pho Lu, and Tay reside.
Here are some tips when trekking in sapa:
Hire a guide – Trekking Guide In Sapa
There are full-day hikes and even half-day hikes (like Cat Cat Village) which you may want to attempt on your own, however, if you want to spend a few days experiencing the hillside I would recommend hiring a local guide who is familiar with the terrain, the changes in weather, and the best lookout spots.
Treks are easy to arrange once you arrive in Sapa, so don’t bother making bookings in advance as it’ll be cheaper to do so in person. You can book tours through the main tourism office or the various tour operators found in town. Most of the guides are local and they speak great English, so know that you’re giving back to the local community when you book a trekking guide.
Wear Sturdy Shoes – Trekking Guide In Sapa
Hiking boots might be something to consider if you’re planning Sapa trekking. There were times when we were scrambling up the mountain on all fours, hopping across ditches, and having our bodies whipped by branches as we cut across a bamboo forest. It was demanding and you’ll want good footwear.
Bring a rain coat – Trekking Guide In Sapa
You should bring a rain coat because of the changing weather. When it rains the trekking road will be muddy, you’d better have a walking pole.
Pack snacks, lots of ’em – Trekking Guide In Sapa
There will be stops for lunch and dinner, but you have no control over those times. Well, actually, you do – the quicker you walk, the sooner you get to the next village with a restaurant, but whether you can get the rest of your group to go any faster is another question… Bring some snacks and save yourself the suffering.
Bring double the water you think you’ll need – Trekking Guide In Sapa
Actually make that triple. It’s a horrible feeling realizing you’ve just drank the last drop of your water and there are still another 2 hours of hiking ahead of you.
And lastly, don’t forget your camera! – Trekking Guide In Sapa
The scenery in Sapa and the surrounding region is stunning so you’ll want to make sure you bring your camera and that the battery is fully charged.
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