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Ha Giang trekking tour: The best way to get off-the-beaten-track

Ha Giang trekking tour: The best way to get off-the-beaten-track

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Ha Giang trekking tour: The best way to get off-the-beaten-track

Are you seeking a trekking tour? Ha Giang is definitely an ideal destination for you to take a break from your busy life. As a northwestern mountainous province, Ha Giang has its own beauty with majestic scenery, unique culture, and friendly people. Ha Giang is gorgeous and distinct from elsewhere, hiding many miraculous things that require travelers’ sense of adventure to explore. Therefore, the Ha Giang trekking tour is surely worth planning for your Vietnam tours.

Ha Giang trekking tour
Hiding many miraculous things, Ha Giang requires travelers’ sense of adventure to explore

What do you know about Ha Giang trekking tour?

Ha Giang is home to spectacular outdoor activities that attract many youngsters. Travelers can enjoy a lot of experiences, such as camping outdoors overnight, exploring the pristine caves, crossing the Nho Que River by raft, etc. However, trekking is an activity that is listed on the top list of things to do in Ha Giang

The rugged terrain is the typical type of Ha Giang, which is mainly steep hills and winding roads that go through many ethnic villages. Moreover, the cool and fresh Ha Giang weather prevails all year round. Especially during the summer months, it is perfectly suitable for outdoor activities like trekking or hiking.

Ha Giang trekking tour is the best way for you to explore Ha Giang’s off-the-beaten-path places and experience the local customs and traditions of several ethnic groups living in this marvelous land. Additionally, you can admire countless beautiful landscapes along the way, namely terraced fields, forests, and buckwheat flower fields. 

Suggested itinerary for a perfect Ha Giang trekking tour 5 days 4 nights


  • After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up for an unforgettable journey to Ha Giang, the northernmost region of Vietnam. As we leave behind the vibrant city of Hanoi, be prepared to be captivated by the stunning landscapes that unfold before you.
  • Throughout the drive, we will make stops at scenic spots, allowing you to capture the beauty of the surroundings through photographs. A delicious lunch awaits at a local restaurant, providing a taste of authentic flavors.
  • Continuing our drive, we will reach Ha Giang and check into your hotel, ensuring a comfortable stay throughout your adventure. Take some time to relax and recharge before exploring the charms of Ha Giang at your own pace.


Quan Ba ​​

Quan Ba ​​is a high mountainous district located in the northern part of Ha Giang province. From Ha Giang City to Quan Ba, it is ​​about 50km. Quan Ba is famous for its buckwheat flower fields and majestic natural landscapes such as Quan Ba Fairy Mountain, ​​Quan Ba Heaven Gate, etc. 

Also, you can experience the local culture, daily life, and customs of the Dao Cham people.  For a glimpse into local life, you can visit Quyet Tien market every Saturday morning, or pay a visit to the cultural village of Nam Dam village.

Quan Ba
Twin Mountain in Quan Ba

Tay Con Linh mountain range

Tay Con Linh mountain range is one of the most challenging trekking places for trekkers coming to Ha Giang. With a height of 2419m, trekking in Tay Con Linh is a bit risky but leaves the most unforgettable memory. The range is characterized by its rugged terrain, with towering peaks, deep valleys, and dense forests. 

In Tay Con Linh, you can meet the people of the La Chi ethnic group, experience a unique culture with local fairs, and enjoy special cuisines. Besides, you can also have the opportunity to conquer Chieu Lau Thi, the second-highest peak of Ha Giang, with an altitude of 2402m.

Tay Con Linh Mountain
Tay Con Linh Mountain

Day 03: DONG VAN

Dong Van Plateau

Located 132km away from Ha Giang city, along the 4C road, Dong Van Plateau is well-known for being an impressive and spectacular rocky region. With an average height of 1,000 – 1,600m above sea level, it stretches across 4 districts: Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, and Dong Van.

On the trekking road, travelers will come across Dong Van Old Quarter, a UNESCO-recognized heritage site. Its narrow streets and traditional houses take us back in time, offering a glimpse into the region’s history and architectural charm. 

Don’t miss the chance to explore the renowned Lung Cu Flag Tower, the northernmost point of Vietnam. Climbing to the top, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and distant mountain ranges.

Ma Pi Leng pass

Ma Pi Leng Pass, with its high rocks and steep slopes, seems to be quite challenging for trekkers. With a length of about 20km, it is considered one of the most dangerous roads in Ha Giang but plays an important role in connecting Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Dong Van, and Meo Vac town.

However, Ma Pi Leng Pass is also known as one of the most beautiful passes in this pristine rocky plateau as well as in the entire North region. Along the Ma Pi Leng Pass, you can find the “Happiness Road,” spanning around 185km, which inspires many trekkers to take a snapshot. 

From the peak of the pass, the views are amazing and breathtaking. You can be impressed by the beauty of the Ma Pi Leng pass overlooking the Nho Que, a romantic, impressive, and charming river.

Ma Pi Leng pass
Ma Pi Leng Pass, one of the four great passes of Vietnam


Meo Vac

Meo Vac, a highland district in the north of Ha Giang province, is a paradise for nature lovers. As we trek through its stunning landscapes, we are greeted by towering mountains, deep valleys, and pristine rivers.

Meo Vac also includes vibrant local cultural identities, with many customs and festivals of the minority groups living together on this land. Coming here, you should visit Meo Vac central market, the cultural and tourism village of the H’Mong ethnic community in Pa Vi Ha village, the Giay ethnic cultural and tourism village in Tat Nga village, and Lo Lo ethnic cultural and tourism village.

Meo Vac Sunday market
Meo Vac Sunday market


After a local breakfast, we take a relaxing hike into a nearby village with a very lively market. You will have the chance to witness the Dao, Tay and H’mong people exchange their locally made arts and crafts and other daily life necessities. Saying goodbye to Quan Ba, we take our journey back to Hanoi and lunch will be served in a local restaurant along the way. Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon and check into your hotel.

When is the best time for the Ha Giang Trekking tour?

The best time for a Ha Giang trekking tour is from September to November and from March to May. During these months, the weather is pleasant, with mild temperatures and clear skies. The landscapes come alive with vibrant colors as the rice terraces glisten in green hues or golden harvests.

Avoid the rainy season from June to August, as trekking trails can become slippery and challenging.

Tips for Ha Giang Trekking tours

  • Choose the Right Season: Ha Giang experiences distinct seasons, each offering its own unique charm. Consider your preferences and the type of experience you desire.
  • Pack Wisely: Pack light, but don’t forget the essentials.  Bring along sporty clothes, a first-aid kit, and climbing tools.
  • Stay Hydrated: Trekking in Ha Giang can be physically demanding, so staying hydrated is crucial. Carry enough water with you and refill whenever possible.
  • Plan Your Itinerary: Ha Giang offers a variety of trekking routes, ranging from easy to challenging. Research and plan your itinerary based on your fitness level, time constraints, and personal preferences.

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Hope this travel guide will help you plan a perfect itinerary for your trip to Ha Giang. If you have any questions or require helpful assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Vietnam Travel Online; our team of travel experts will always welcome you warmly!

From Vietnam Travel Online Team, A brand of Indochina Voyages

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