Two Lodges Run Retreat
3 day 2 night Sapa retreat at Topas Riverside Lodge and Topas Ecolodge
Led by professional Topas trail running guides, this runner’s retreat includes guided runs on stunning trails combined with unforgettable stays at our two Sapa hideaways. Want to bring the whole family along but they aren’t runners? That’s fine too – they can chill at the lodges as you hit the trail!
Trip Type: Active | Trail Level: Challenging | Service Level: Standard
Day 1: Topas Ecolodge Awaits
Hanoi - Topas Ecolodge
Start your journey with Topas Mountain Express, departing from 6:30 – 7:00. You can relax and enjoy the magnificent view on the way to Topas Ecolodge, we have free Wi-Fi, snacks and water available. During your 5-hour trip, you can fall in love with the majestic mountains, the misty terraced fields, and the dreamy Muong Bo Valley. Once you arrive, check in your private bungalow and have lunch at our restaurant!
You have free time in the afternoon – Warm up by trying out the running tracks near Topas Ecolodge; or you can experience the unique infinity pool; pamper yourself with spa treatments at Rice Spa; or simply sip a drink in front of your bungalow’s private balcony.
Running Distance: N/A
Included Meals: N/A
Overnight: Topas Ecolodge
Day 2: Rise - Run - Rest
Topas Ecolodge - Topas Riverside Lodge
Wake up and enjoy the mountain vistas surrounding your bungalow as a nutritious breakfast is delivered to your bungalow. Once you’re ready, begin preparation for today’s guided run through ethnic minority villages and magnificent natural settings to Topas Riverside Lodge, our wild riverside jungle property.
The route starts on the same section as the famous VMM 100KM route, with a gentle descent to a nearby valley and then Thanh Phu Village. Cross rice terraces and corn fields, waving to members of the Red Dzao ethnic minority as your feet hit the trail. Stop for a breather in Nam Nhiu village, filling up your water bottle and replenishing your energy with some light snacks before continuing towards Nam Cang Village, one of the the most remote villages in Sapa and the end of the run.
Check in to your cozy room and have a refreshing shower, followed by a welcome lunch inspired by the region’s specialty produce, herbs and spices. The afternoon is yours to do as you please, soaking your muscles in a Red Dzao herbal bath, having a tea on the riverside patio, or perhaps going for a swim in the two natural river pools by the lodge.
Running distance: 17 km
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
Overnight: Topas Riverside Lodge
Note: If you have non-runners on the trip with you, they can go directly to Topas Riverside Lodge by shuttle bus to wait and cheer you on!
Day 3: The Secret Valley
Topas Riverside Lodge - Nam Pa Valley - Hanoi
Let the sounds of the rushing river act as an alarm clock this morning and gear up for a recovery run after eating a light breakfast in the lodge’s beautiful dining room with river views.
Your guide will take you on a small path leading up a nearby mountain side towards the hidden valley of Nam Pa. Along the way, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the majestic views of high peaks and bamboo forests. You’ll then reach the idyllic Nam Pa River and the location of our wooden dining hut, right in the middle of scenic rice paddies. This is a unique spot to refill your water and have a few snacks before further exploring the jungle on a small loop.
Enjoy lunch back at our hut, take some time to dip your feet in the river, and then return afterwards to Topas Riverside Lodge for a quick shower and to pack up your things. Your driver will transfer you back to Hanoi after an eventful 3 days of awesome mountain running!
Running distance: 9km
Included Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch
Note: If you have non-runners on the trip with you, they can go directly to the BBQ hut on an easy guided walk (2-hours round trip) to join you for lunch!
- Transfer by Topas Mountain Express Hanoi – Topas Ecolodge; Thanh Phu Bridge – Hanoi (Seat in coach)
- Transfer Topas Riverside Lodge – Thanh Phu Bridge
- 2-night twin shared Standard room at Topas Riverside Lodge
- 2 guided runs with local guide
- 2 guided runs with local guide
- All meals as indicated in the program
- Water and snacks during run (bring your own bottle)
- All entrance tickets and tour permits to local villages and Hoang Lien National Park
- 1 complimentary herbal bath at Topas Riverside Lodge
- Alcoholic beverages, sodas, and juices
- Personal travel items
- Personal Insurance
TERM AND CONDITION:
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of travel insurance with adequate protection for the full duration of the program
Pick-up destinations and times are as follows:
- From Hanoi’s Old Quarter or Tay Ho Districts: 6:30 – 7:00 am
- From Noi Bai Airport – your flight must arrive by 7.30 am to join this program