Remote hiking to Topas Riverside Lodge - 3 days, 2 night

Hiking in the most remote part of Sapa area equals real adventure and great opportunities to experience the natural life of ethnic minority groups living in the mountains. The locals will look with big eyes and followed by happy smiles as this is “off the beaten track”.

Along the trail you will meet several different tribes, each with own language and costumes. Stay overnight in a remote village in comfortable Topas Riverside Lodge.

Your journey from Hanoi to Sapa is by Topas Mountain Express. The 8 seats limousine has luxurious modern interior design with wood and leather, spacious and soft seats, offers you a comfortable journey.


Reference: SNH3
Activity: Hiking
Grade: Easy
Duration: 3 days 2 nights – it’s possible to extend with one or more nights.

Day 1: From Hanoi to the remote area dominated by Red Dao minority (-,L,D)

From 6:30 – 7:00 AM, the Topas Mountain Express will pick you up at your hotel and take you directly into the remote mountain of Sapa. Arrive to Thanh Phu Bridge, you have another short transfer to Nam Cang village, and check in the tranquil and comfortable Topas Riverside Lodge. You will enjoy lunch at the Lodge, connecting with Nam Cang village by its own suspended bridge.
In the afternoon you will visit Nam Cang village, which locates in the most remote area of Sapa. The Red Dao women wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups. Herbal bath, local medicine and embroidery are some of the things that the Red Dao are very skilled at.
Accompanied by your guide, you will explore around the village and learn how the local villagers make writing paper, jewelry or embroidery. Return to the lodge you may want to swim in the nearby river or enjoy herbal bath, which is handpicked from jungle and prepared by our Red Dao lady.
Your dinner is prepared at the Lodge with a warmly atmosphere.
Approx: Grade: Easy/ 2 hours walking.
Add on: Join a local woman and pick your own mixture of herbs and spend the evening in a special traditional bath, based on your blend. The herbal bath and tour must be pre-booked and paid by your own.

Day 2: Hiking day to surrounding ethnic minority villages (B,L,D)

Enjoy your breakfast with a warm cup of tea before you start the tour. Your trek begins with an ascent to a small Blue H’mong village. The Blue H’mong mostly lives in the other side of Hoang Lien Mountain Range and only in the deepest part of Sapa Valley, they are found inhabiting in two small villages. You then take a descent to the Red Dao village of Nam Nhiu, having beautiful views of high mountains, waterfalls and deep valley. You enjoy your lunch at a nice break place.
In the afternoon, you will turn into a small dirt trail and soon be inspired by the marvelous view of the rice valley dotted with bamboo huts, which used by local farmers as overnight lodge in harvesting days. Passing the rice terraces and a pretty river you will walk on a quiet road for a while before arriving back at Nam Cang village. It is great time for a cold beer or just refresh in the river in front of the lodge.
Approx: Grade: Moderate/ 5-6 hours walking.

Day 3: Walk in pure nature. Back to the city life of Hanoi (B,L,-)

In the morning you take a walk up to the jungle to explore the beautiful surrounding nature. You will encounter with the locals walking with their barefoot. The higher you go, the more you will be inspired by the origin of the nature. Along the trail you will meet many different kind of tree, bamboo, and herbs. The cardamom is planted in this area, it is a special spicy and bring the good income for village. Listen to the sound of nature and birds, you will soon meet a clear river running out from mountain. Here is a nice spot for you to stop for relax, enjoy the nature, deep your feet into the cool water. You will spend some more time to explore the surrounding forest before going back.
Leave the mountain, you will return to village on the same track by noon. Arrive back at Topas Riverside Lodge, you may want to take a swim in the river if the weather permits before enjoying your lunch.
At 14:15, you take the shuttle bus to Thanh Phu Bridge, where Topas Mountain Express departs at 15:00 and return you to your hotel in Hanoi.
Approx: Grade: Easy/ 2,5 – 3 hours walking.

Please note:
– Topas Mountain Express can only pick up and return passengers at hotels/ residence in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Tay Ho District.
– Transfer and excursions are based on share basis

This package includes:

  • English speaking guide during excursions
  • 2 nights at Topas Riverside Lodge (twin shared room)
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinner (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Transfer by Topas Mountain Express Hanoi – Thanh Phu Bridge – Hanoi
  • Transfer by shuttle bus from Thanh Phu Bridge back and forth to Topas Riverside Lodge
  • Home-stay overnight fees
  • Entrance fees and permits

If you would like to extend your stay at Topas Riverside Lodge or Topas Ecolodge, please request this when booking.

Package tours

We have different kinds of packages that will take you to Topas Riverside Lodge. You can go hiking or biking or even combine your stay at Topas Riverside Lodge with a stay at Topas Ecolodge.