North of Sapa, the dramatic mountainous landscape which you can see (on a good day) from your Sapa hotel window, continues all the way to the Chinese border. Several small roads penetrate deep into steep, terraced valleys and climb high above ferocious rivers, swollen with cold mountain water, to remote minority villages, where a handful of homestays offer basic accommodation for a night. Creating a scenic loop, starting and ending in Sapa via the hilltop hamlet of Y Ty, this short, easily-navigable road trip is a great escape from the increasingly grim and touristy mountain town of Sapa. Either bathed in a warm, sharp highland light, shimmering over the ripe rice terraces like a halo, or covered in a cold.
Day1. Sapa – Silver Water Fall – Heaven Gate – Ban Khoang village – Ta Giang Phinh village – Muong Hum Village – Sang Ma Sao village – Y Ty village - 150km.
Our guide will pick up you at 08:00 at the Reception of the hotel for a short briefing. Then start your journey from the hotel by motorbike and head through Sapa Town for the main Sapa - Lai Chau road. The scenery is beautiful. We will stop at Silver Waterfall ( Best in rainy season) and take a short walk to middle of the Silver Water fall After crossing the waterfall and heading back down the steps, we head back to our transport and continue the journey to the pass.
From the summit there are stunning views of the valley on the other side of the pass and you can observe the road snaking around the mountains towards Binh Lu village and Lai Chau beyond. We spend enough time at the pass for guests to take photos and admire the views. After taking some beautiful photos of the Tram Ton Pass.
You will turn back to O Quy Ho town then turn left on road DT 155. Drive through Ban Khoang, a village of the Red Zao ethnic peoples who live their unique way of life and well maintain their traditional values. The village looks prosperous thanks to the combination of wet rice cultivation on the terraced fields with cardamom farming under the shade of trees in thick forest. Arrive Ta Giang Phinh village at Lunch time and you will enjoy your lucnch in Local family.
After lunch you will get on the bike and drive to Muong Hum village with the Black H’mong, Day, Ha Nhi people are living. After visit Muong Hum and take a short rest here you will continue to Y Ty. Along the way you will see The rice terraces are higher, steeper, more dramatic, and less crowded. Pass though the Jungle(Bat Xat National Park) you will arrive Y Ty in late affternoon.
Stay overnight in Y ty.
Day 2. Y Ty village – A Lu mountain pass – Lung Po junction – Trinh Tuong village – Lao Cai city – Sapa Town - 130km
After your breakfast we will start our tour at 8:00am
Get on the bike and start drive motorbike on the A Lu mountain pass the scenery on the way is fabulous the endless layers of rice terraces overwhelmed you with their glorious curving lines.
When you are 10km away from Y Ty, cool air fills your lungs and trees shade your way. A stopover is a perfect you meet more local people. Now you know that you will make it to Y Ty for sure and this is just the first step of a wonderful adventure, good things waiting in front of you and the only thing you have to do is to keep going.
Driving a long the border line between Viet Nam and China Red River is the boundary dividing Vietnam and China. Both sides are visible to each other so we could clearly see a high way running through forests of the China side and sometimes big red mandarin characters on the mountains. The road was getting more and more remote, nothing on our way but sunshine, rocks, big rocks, mountain walls, trees, grasses on a side; and cliffs on another. On the far horizon, green mountain after a green mountain with clouds under a blazing sky made a whole panoramic scene
+ 12:30 Arrive Trinh Tuong village at lunch time, you will stop here and have luch in one of the local restaurant.
After luch, you will get on the bike and continue riding 40km to Lao Cai city, arrive Lao Cai city where you turn to the road 4D and drive back to Sapa