CONQUERING NAM KANG HO TAO
Nam Kang Ho Tao – the mountain with a strange name, although not in the top 10 highest peaks in Vietnam, still holds the most danger among the mountains. The forest has a magical, yet peaceful beauty that lulls you from the lurking challenges: the steep cliffs full of slippery slopes, the dense jungle, the clear streams that seem innocent at first but not at all. This is one of the most difficult trekking route, but also a route that is full of experiences, connecting the two provinces of Lai Chau – Lao Cai.
Nam Kang Ho Tao Peak is at 2,881m high, located in Hoang Lien National Park. The peak belongs to sub-zone 303 A, Hoang Tha Thau mountain in Ta Trung Ho village, Ban Ho commune, Sa Pa district. This is one of the dream destinations of adventurous backpackers because of the mountain’s challenges and wild beauty.
- 22h30: Tour leader picks up the group at the bus office at My Dinh bus station
- 23h00: Get on a high-quality night sleeper bus to move to Sapa, the highway is very smooth, so those who are car sick shouldn’t be worried
- 05:00: Arrive at Sapa bus station. The leader will guide the group to the breakfast place, where the team can attend to your personal hygiene, enjoy some breakfast and store unnecessary items
- 07:00: Get on the transfer vehicle (16-seat car) to Pac Ta bridge, located in Than Uyen district, which is nearly 100km away from Sapa
- 10:00 am: Move to Thao A village, meet local porters, allocate the group’s supplies & drinks before the trek
With steep cliffs, dark, magical forests, etc., people may get lost easily. The members are required to always strictly follow the leader’s instructions, and closely follow the group during this time
- 18:00: Arrive at the campsite, set up a fire and camp, have dinner, socialize,…
- 05h00: Wake up early to have breakfast
- 06h00: Continue trekking to the top. We will pass through areas where only the footprints of hunters were left
- It is expected that we will arrive in the saddle area at 3h00 pm, where the area is divided into Lai Chau side, and Sapa – Lao Cai side
- Leave your backpack in the camping area (Saddle area). As we continue trekking to the top, the path is very dense since there have been only a few people walking through this route. We will reach the top at around 6:00, where the group can take photos and celebrate the victory before heading back to the campsite
- 19h30: The group returns to the campsite. Light up the fire, eat and rest
- The road back to Sapa today is very easy, passing through the ancient Pomu trees living deep in the Hoang Lien Son forest.
- 14h00: The group arrives at Den Thang village and the members will move to Ta Van commune by motorbike taxis. A 16-seat car will pick up everyone at Ta Van.
- 17h00: Arrive at Sapa. Soak in the herbal bath of the Dao people to restore health
- 19h00: The whole group enjoys a dinner party in Sapa with salmon hotpot to review the past journey
- 22h00: Get on the sleeper bus and arrive in Hanoi at about 4:00 am the next morning, say goodbye and may see each other later
(If you want to stay in Sapa before or after the tour, you can notify the leader in advance for better arrangements)
– We will arrive in Hanoi at around 4:00 am the next morning. Travel Up would like to say goodbye and see you on the nearest trip!
NAM KANG HO TAO: DIFFICULTY LEVEL 9/10 · VERY HARD
- NAM KANG HO TAO: 2881m high. The trek starts from Thao A village – Lai Chau, through Hoang Lien Son national forest, and ends at Seo Mi Ty – Sapa – Lao Cai
- Tour duration: 3 days and 4 nights
- Trekking through 40km of mountain and forest trail, of which the national park’s terrain involves many old forests, steep slopes and quite dangerous cliffs
- Sleep in tents
★ – INCLUDED SERVICES – ★
- A 45-seat sleeper bus traveling between Hanoi and Sapa
- All meals for 3 days, including the last day’s hot pot
- Food that provides enough nutrients and energy for trekking members
- Dedicated water purifier
- Drinking water: an 800ml water bottle to be given out from the beginning (Water is refillable on the trek)
- Porters who carry your group’s and personal belongings
- Rooms on the mountain.
- Travel Insurance (500,000,000 VND/person/case)
- Trekking equipment includes: Raincoat, gloves, trekking pole, 20L backpack, personal water bottle
★ – SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR – ★
- Tip for the tour guide and porters
- Other personal expenses
★ – WHAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE – ★
- A pair of trekking shoes (high-neck shoes are the best) that are comfortable, well-fitted, and have a non-slip outsole
- Clothes for 2 days and 1 nights on the mountain:
– 2 long pants (preferably quick-drying pants) and 1 long-sleeved jacket (preferably a thin windbreaker) to wear when trekking.
– 3-4 T-shirts
– Warm and thick coat for use in the evening while at the shack
– 1 super thin sweater or down jacket to wear to bed
– 1 pair of slippers for use at the shack
– Scarves: avoid wool scarves, we recommend the use of fabric scarves or bandanas as they are quick to dry in case of getting wet.
– 3-5 pairs of long, thick socks (do not use low-neck socks)
– Other personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, toiletries.
- Heating patches
- Personal medication
- Personal Identification