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The Best Hiking Trails in Sapa in 2024

Updated: 6 days ago

Oh Sapa, the emerald jewel in the crown of Northern Vietnam. A trek through this mountainous region will never disappoint, but we know what you’re thinking: “What are the best hiking trails in Sapa?” Well allow us to introduce you to some of our favorite hikes in 2024! At Bong Hostel we also offer some fantastic Sapa trekking tours to aid you in your adventure.


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Why You MUST Go Trekking in Sapa (at least once!)


Before we dive into the trails, let's remind ourselves why trekking in Sapa is such an incredible experience. 


Firstly, the scenery is breathtaking. From terraced rice fields to misty mountains, Sapa’s landscapes are nothing short of spectacular. The town sits at an elevation of about 1,500 meters, offering cool weather year-round, making it an ideal destination for trekking. 


Then there’s the abundance of culture. Hiking in Sapa allows for interaction with local ethnic minorities. The locals are super friendly people who love sharing their customs, delicious food, and smiles with you. Their warmth and hospitality always makes a day's hike more personal and rewarding.


Next up, what you’re quietly panicking about: how difficult are the hikes in Sapa? Well this is just another great thing about Sapa; there are a range of trekking routes suitable for all abilities and fitness levels. Whether you’re a beginner seeking a leisurely stroll through picturesque valleys, or an experienced hiker with your sights on Vietnam’s highest peak, Sapa will provide! 


If you need more convincing, check out our recent blog post: 5 Reasons Why You Should Go Trekking in Sapa.


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Best Hiking Trails in Sapa in 2024


1. Muong Hoa Valley


Trail Overview: Muong Hoa Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Sapa, famous for its terraced rice fields and picturesque scenery. This trail is perfect for those looking for a moderate trek with stunning views.


Difficulty: Easy to Medium

Distance: 12 km

Duration: Full day


Why it is one of the best hiking trails in Sapa:


  • Terraced rice fields, which turn all different colours throughout the year

  • Explore the traditional H'mong and Dzay villages

  • Scenic landscapes at every turn


Tips:


  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes

  • Visit during the rice planting or harvesting season for the best views

  • Bring a camera to capture the stunning scenery


Trek with Bong Hostel: Join our Sapa Full Day Trekking Tour. This tour includes the 12 km trek through Muong Hoa Valley, visiting Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, and Ta Van villages. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a Black H’mong house and experience the daily life of local ethnic communities.


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2. Cat Cat Village to Sin Chai Village


Trail Overview: This is a relatively easy trail that takes you through the charming Cat Cat Village and onward to the more remote Sin Chai Village. It’s an excellent choice for those new to trekking or with limited time.


Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 6 km

Duration: Half day


Why it is one of the best hiking trails in Sapa:


  • Can witness traditional Black Hmong village life of Cat Cat

  • Waterfall flowing through the village

  • Takes you to the quiet and less touristy Sin Chai Village


Tips:


  • Visit early in the morning to avoid crowds

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes

  • Bring some cash to purchase local handmade items


Trek with Bong Hostel: While this specific route isn't part of our regular tours, you can explore similar routes on our guided treks. Contact our staff for customized experiences.


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3. Fansipan Mountain


Trail Overview: Fansipan, known as the "Roof of Indochina," is the highest peak in Vietnam at 3,143 meters. This challenging trek is for experienced hikers seeking a rigorous adventure.


Difficulty: Hard

Distance: 19 km (round trip)

Duration: 2-3 days


Why it is one of the best hiking trails in Sapa:


  • Summit the highest mountain in Indochina

  • Spectacular panoramic views

  • Diverse flora and fauna along the route


Tips:


  • Book a local guide through Bong Hostel for safety and navigation

  • Prepare for rapidly changing weather conditions

  • Bring sufficient water and snacks


Trek with Bong Hostel: Our multi-day trekking tours are ideal for those looking to tackle challenging routes like Fansipan. Consider our Sapa 3 Days 2 Nights Trek for a comprehensive trekking experience.


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4. Ta Phin Village


Trail Overview: This trail takes you to Ta Phin Village, home to the Red Dao people. It offers a blend of cultural exploration and natural beauty.


Difficulty: Medium

Distance: 12 km

Duration: Full day


Why it is one of the best hiking trails in Sapa:


  • See a Red Dao village

  • Purchase traditional handicrafts

  • Natural caves along the route


Tips:


  • Book a trekking tour with Bong Hostel to enhance your cultural experience

  • Bring a jacket, as it can get chilly in the bamboo forest

  • Try the herbal bath for a relaxing end to your trek


Trek with Bong Hostel: Our Sapa 2 Days 1 Night Trek includes visits to several ethnic minority villages, providing a deep dive into local cultures and stunning scenery.


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5. Silver Waterfall and Love Waterfall


Trail Overview: The trails to Silver Waterfall and Love Waterfall offer a moderate hike with rewarding views. Did you know, these two waterfalls are among Sapa’s most beautiful natural attractions? Although, we think the incredible Ban Gioc waterfall—one of the largest cross-border waterfalls in the world—can give them a run for their money!


(Check out our Cao Bang Tour for more information on the Ban Gioc waterfall). 


Difficulty: Easy to Medium

Distance: 6 km

Duration: Half day


Why it is one of the best hiking trails in Sapa:


  • Dramatic and impressive waterfalls

  • Dense forests

  • Scenic viewpoints along the route


Tips:


  • Wear waterproof shoes, as the trail can be slippery

  • Bring a raincoat during the rainy season

  • Pack a picnic to enjoy by the waterfalls


Trek with Bong Hostel: Inquire with our staff for a customized trek that includes these beautiful natural sites.


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6. Y Linh Ho Village


Trail Overview: The trek to Y Linh Ho Village takes you through terraced fields, bamboo forests, and along the Muong Hoa River, delivering some of the most scenic landscapes in Sapa. This hike provides a great opportunity to observe the daily lives of the Black Hmong people who inhabit the village.


Difficulty: Medium

Distance: 10 km

Duration: Full day


Why it is one of the best hiking trails in Sapa:


  • Remote and peaceful village experience

  • Sprawling terraced fields, chance to see people working in the fields and children playing

  • Bamboo forests


Tips:


  • Bring plenty of water and snacks

  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes

  • Respect the local customs and traditions (they also love gifts!)


Trek with Bong Hostel: Our Sapa 2 Days 1 Night Trek treks through the remote ethnic village of Y Linh Ho, allowing you to interact with the locals, their cultures, and the stunning scenery along the way!


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Off-Season Trekking in Sapa


Another important aspect of hiking in this region is to know the best times to visit Sapa! The optimal months for trekking in Sapa are from March to May and September to November. During these periods, the weather is generally pleasant, and the landscapes are at their most beautiful. 


However, did you know that (if you don’t mind a little rain) off-season trekking in Sapa is a very rewarding experience with incredible views and minimal foot traffic on the trails! This means fewer crowds and a more intimate connection with nature along your trek.


Spring (March - May)


In Spring the weather is dry and sunny with moderate temperatures, perfect for hiking. The valleys are lush and green, and the local ethnic minorities can be seen planting rice.


Summer (June to August)


Despite being the rainy season, the countryside is lush and green in the summer season. The weather can be unpredictable, but it doesn’t rain all day, and you can still enjoy sunny intervals. Also when it does rain we think it only adds to the beauty of the landscapes.


Autumn (September - November)


The weather is typically dry throughout Autumn, and the rice fields turn golden as they become ready for harvest. As with the off-season, Autumn attracts fewer crowds compared to the peak Spring months.


Winter (December to February)


Winter in Sapa is cold, with temperatures ranging from 8-15°C, sometimes dropping to 0°C. You might even see snow in the higher peaks! The cold weather creates a serene and tranquil atmosphere, perfect for those seeking solitude, but make sure to wrap up warm if you’re attempting a winter walk!


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Bong Hostel's Trekking Tours


By booking a trekking tour with Bong Hostel you can trust us to expertly guide you through the best hiking trails in Sapa, in 2024 and many years to come! 


Our experienced guides will lead you through the most beautiful trails in this incredible northern region, ensuring a safe and memorable adventure.


Here are our top tour options:



This tour includes pick-up and drop-off from Hanoi, all fees, an English-speaking guide, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and insurance. The trekking difficulty is classed as 6/10 and will cover 12 km through Muong Hoa Valley, Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, and Ta Van village. 



This tour includes pick-up and drop-off from Hanoi, all fees, an English-speaking guide, spacious air-conditioned ensuite accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and insurance. The trekking difficulty is classed as 6/10 and will cover no more than 10 km per day.


Itinerary:


  • Day 1: Trek through Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, and Ta Van villages

  • Day 2: Visit Giang Ta Chai and Su Pan villages, and a beautiful waterfall



This tour includes pick-up and drop-off from Hanoi, all fees, an English-speaking guide, spacious air-conditioned ensuite accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and insurance. The trekking difficulty is classed as 6/10 and will cover no more than 10 km per day.


Itinerary:


  • Day 1: Trek through Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, and Ta Van villages

  • Day 2: Visit Giang Ta Chai and Su Pan villages, and stay overnight in Su Pan

  • Day 3: Trek through Hau Thao, Su Pan, Ban Lech, and Thanh Kim, and return to Sapa


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Essential Tips for Hiking in Sapa


To ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience in Sapa in 2024, it's essential to pack the right gear. For tips on what to bring, check out our blog post on What to Pack for Your Trekking Tour in Sapa.


Other essential tips include:


  • Prepare for Weather Changes: Sapa’s weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers and waterproof gear.

  • Stay Hydrated: Carry enough water, especially on longer hikes.

  • Respect Local Culture: Dress modestly and be respectful when visiting ethnic minority villages.

  • Hire a Local Guide: It doesn’t have to be us (although it should be!) but a local guide will always enhance your experience, providing insights on the customs of the villagers and ensuring your safety on the trails.

  • Pack Light: Bring only the essentials to make your hike more comfortable.


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Join Bong Hostel for the Best Hiking Trails in Sapa in 2024


Clearly we know all the best hiking trails in Sapa in 2024, so why not allow us to show you them… in person! 


What are you waiting for? Book your Sapa trekking adventure with Bong Hostel today and discover why this region is a must-visit for any hiker. 


Don't forget to keep an eye on our social media pages for potential discounts during the summer season!


We look forward to trekking with you!


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