Top 3 Must-Visit Trekking Destinations in Northern Vietnam 

Hey there, adventurers! I’m Navie, your companion for exploring the stunning landscapes of northern Vietnam. If it’s hiking and trekking you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Let me take you on a journey through some of the most breathtaking trails this region has to offer.

Sapa: The Iconic Destination

Sapa is often the first place that comes to mind when people think of trekking in Vietnam, and for good reason. The scenery here is nothing short of spectacular. Picture plunging mountains, hillsides dotted with tiny villages, and luminous green rice terraces carved into the landscape, stretching as far as the eye can see. Spending a few days here, you’ll feel on top of the world. However, it’s important to note that Sapa has become quite popular in recent years, attracting many culturally curious travelers. But don’t let that deter you! There are still plenty of trails to explore, well-marked paths to follow, and comfortable accommodations to rest in after a long day of trekking.

Stunning landscape of Sapa with rice terraces and mountains

Ha Giang: The Hidden Gem

For those seeking a more off-the-beaten-path experience, let me share a secret with you: Ha Giang. This northernmost province of Vietnam remains relatively undiscovered and untouched by mass tourism. The scenery rivals that of Sapa, with jagged mountains, lush forests, and traditional villages that offer a glimpse into local culture. Although it’s a bit of a trek from Hanoi, with options like a long private car transfer or an overnight train, the journey is worth it. The views in Ha Giang are absolutely breathtaking. Short walks here offer a chance to stroll through picturesque landscapes and meet friendly locals, while the gentle paths and undulating hills make for a perfect leisurely hike.

Beautiful landscape of Ha Giang with mountains and terraced fields

Bac Ha: For the Serious Trekkers

If you’re looking for a more challenging trek, Bac Ha in Lao Cai province is your destination. Despite being under the radar for many tourists, Bac Ha offers some of the best trekking routes in Vietnam. The town itself might not seem like much, but it’s the gateway to incredible multi-day treks that take you through vibrant rice terraces and thick green forests. On these treks, you’ll pass through remote villages where you’ll stay overnight, embracing the simplicity of homestay accommodations and the warmth of local hospitality. After a long day of hiking, there’s nothing better than sharing a cup of rice wine with your hosts and sleeping soundly in the heart of nature.

Trekking through rice terraces in Bac Ha, Vietnam

When to Trek

The best time to trek in northern Vietnam is right after the green season, around late September or October, when the rains have passed and the scenery is at its peak beauty. The weather is cool and perfect for hiking. If you prefer cooler temperatures, aim for December or January, but be sure to pack warm clothing. Avoid the summer months as they can be very wet and hot, making trekking less enjoyable.

Ideal trekking season in northern Vietnam with clear skies

Ready to Embark on Your Adventure?

After trekking through the stunning landscapes of northern Vietnam, why not continue your exploration with a unique countryside adventure? Join Vespa Adventures on the Hanoi Countryside Adventures Vespa Tour. This exciting journey takes you from Hanoi’s bustling streets to the tranquil countryside, stopping at Long Bien Bridge, local cottage industries, and the historic city of Co Loa. Experience local crafts, traditions, and breathtaking landscapes, and conclude with a visit to a local family and a refreshing drink at a charming, scenic cafe.

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