6 Days Off The Beaten Track Cao Bang Trekking is the best north Vietnam hiking tour, taking you to remote hill tribe villages of Cao Bang province, northern Vietnam.
Day 1: Hanoi - That Khe - Cao Bang (L,D)
We set off by driving to the border town of Lang Son. This town has become a booming trading town since the normalization of relations between China and Vietnam in the early 1990s. We go to visit To Thi Mountain, which received its name from the local legend concerning the lady named To Thi. During the afternoon we hike on magical trails surrounded by several hills and mountains. Where one can observe hilltribe villages. Arrive in Cao Bang. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Cao Bang.
Day 2: Cao Bang Trekking - Na Pang Village - Pac Khoang Village (B,L,D)
Trek to Na Pang village. Beautiful trekking trails and villagers greet us at Pac Khoang village. The terrain is hilly so you should be fairly fit. During our trek we take time to meet the local people going about their daily life. We head down the mountain away and find the Pac Khoang village. Here, we spend the night in a simple village of our Tay ethnic minority, a quiet village surrounded by impressive mountains.
Day 3: Cao Bang Trek Pac Khoang Village - Na Mieng Village (B,L,D)
The trek for today is through remote beautiful countryside. We pass through different villages, rice paddies and tea plantations.
We trek in hilly terrain. Later today we are welcomed to our Tay homestay in Na Mieng village where conditions are basic, but nonetheless extremely rewarding.
Day 4: Cao Bang Hiking Na Mieng Village - La Village (B,L,D)
We wind our way up through rugged mountains. We head down to the village of La, set amidst the mountains and home to a Tay community. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. Tonight we are toasted as guests and are able to sample some of their locally brewed rice wine.
Day 5: La Village - Ta Lung - Cao Bang (B,L,D)
After breakfast we take a relaxing walk through extraordinary mountains then onto to Ta Lung, the border at Cao Bang and China.
This is a short drive takes us through stunning rock formations with cliffs due south to Cao Bang town where our time is free for further exploration. A stroll around the township and a local market is a fine option for the energetic.
Day 6: Cao Bang - Hanoi (B,L)
Heading into south Cao Bang and across Thai Nguyen province, we take a morning hike through picturesque rice terraces and nearby smithing villages. Thai Nguyen is home to one of Vietnam's Ethnology Museums. An ideal visit before we finally journey back to Hanoi,