Nam Kang Ho Tao Mount Trekking

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Nam Kang Ho Tao, located in Vietnam, is often regarded as one of the toughest mountains to climb in the country due to its intricate and rugged terrain. The path to the summit is not only long and steep, but it also presents numerous challenges, such as vertical rock walls and fallen trees that force climbers to crawl instead of walking straight, making it a risky and nerve-wracking experience. However, the more challenging the climb, the more alluring Nam Kang becomes to thrill-seeking mountaineers.

In addition to its challenging terrain, the ancient forest surrounding Nam Kang offers an opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of the area. The changing colors of maple leaves and the towering Pơ Mu forest, with its enormous trunks, provide a mesmerizing view. The path to the top of the mountain is surrounded by dense bamboo and thorny bushes. If you’re fortunate, you might even get to witness a sea of clouds floating by.

Conquering Nam Kang Ho Tao is no easy feat, but those who take on the challenge are sure to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment after overcoming its unforeseeable obstacles.

Reasons to book Nam Kang Ho Tao

01. Impressive Height: With an altitude of 2881 meters, it is the 14th highest mountain in Vietnam.

02. Challenging Trek: The mountain is considered one of the toughest to climb in Vietnam, making it a popular destination for experienced mountaineers.

03. Treacherous Terrain: The trek involves navigating through difficult terrain, including traversing along a large river and passing through many hazardous bamboo forests.

04. Unique Ladders: The trekking path is lined with ladders made of Pơ Mu wood, adding to the mountain’s distinctiveness.

05. Rhododendron Blooms: From February to April, the mountain is adorned with vibrant rhododendron flowers, creating a beautiful sight.

06. Natural Beauty: The mountain’s natural scenery, including the river and bamboo forests, makes it a breathtaking destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


Day 0: Hanoi – Sapa / Overnight Bus

Meals: None

Overnight: Overnight bus

Day 1: Sapa – Ban Den Thang

Route: Hanoi – Noi Bai Highway – Lao Cai – Sapa

Transportation: High-quality overnight bus

Guests can take the bus from the airport, so it’s recommended to book a flight to Noi Bai before 22:30. Daily departures allow guests to arrive in Sapa before or after the trekking ends.

  • At 04:00, guests will arrive in Sapa, check in at the hotel, rest, and freshen up.
  • At 06:00, guests will have breakfast at a restaurant in Sapa.
  • At 07:00, the bus will take the group to Ban Den Thang, the starting point of the trek, which is about 28km away from the center of Sapa.
  • At 09:00, guests will arrive at the trekking point, where they can hand over their luggage to the porter.
  • At 12:00, guests can take a rest and have lunch at the big stream.
  • At 13:00, the trek continues, and guests will climb the high slopes of Nam Kang.
  • At 17:30, the group will arrive at the campsite, a grassy clearing next to the stream, and rest after the first day’s trek.
  • At 18:30, guests will enjoy dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sleep in tents with sleeping bags and insulation mats.

Day 2: Summit of Nam Kang Ho Tao

  • At 05:00, guests will wake up, have breakfast with coffee or ginger tea, and prepare for the final leg of the journey to conquer the summit.
  • At 06:00, the trek to the summit of Nam Kang Ho Tao begins.
  • At 11:30, guests will reach the peak, rest, take photos, and check in.
  • At 12:00, lunch will be served on the summit, and the group will start moving back to the campsite.
  • At 17:00, the group will return to the campsite, rest, and have dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sleep in tents with sleeping bags and insulation mats.

Day 3: Return to Sapa – Hanoi

  • At 05:00, guests will wake up, have breakfast, and pack up.
  • At 06:00, the descent begins.
  • At 12:00, guests can take a rest and have lunch.
  • At 14:00, the bus will take guests back to Sapa.
  • At 16:00, guests can enjoy a Red Dao herbal bath.
  • At 19:00, guests will have dinner at a  restaurant in Sapa and celebrate successful journey.
  • At 23:00, the guests will board the overnight bus back to Hanoi.
  • At 04:30, you will arrive in Hanoi, the bus will drop you at the 5 Tran Nguyen Han, Hanoi. End of the trip..

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Overnight bus.

Difficulty 9/10

The difficulty of the tour to conquer Nam Kang Ho Tao is considered challenging. The trek requires participants to hike through high slopes and climb to the summit, which can be physically demanding. Participants should have a good level of fitness, endurance, and be prepared for long hours of trekking. It is recommended that participants have prior trekking experience and undertake some physical training before the tour.
Additionally, the tour includes camping in tents, which can be uncomfortable for some people. Overall, the tour requires participants to be in good physical and mental condition to successfully complete the journey.

Good to know

Price for A Group tour

2 - 3 Pax: $260/per person
4 - 5 Pax: $245/per person
6 - 7 Pax: $240/per person
8 - 10 Pax: $235/per person

In case you have 1 - 3 people

USD245/person: A group of 5 - 10 people
How it works?
* We will let you know 2 day before the tour starts about 'how many people will join you on the day.'
* You will need to pay extra or we will pay back for you some (it is depending on how many people of the group on the depart day)

Pick Up

Bus from Hanoi to Sapa

Drop Off


The tour will include

  • High-quality 45-seat sleeper bus, shuttle from Hanoi to Sapa.
  • All meals during the 3-day trip, including a full hot pot party on the last day of the day.
  • High-quality food, ensuring an adequate supply of nutrients and energy for members participating in climbing. 800ml bottled drinking water ready to serve from the beginning of the trip (Additional water on the trek)
  • An experienced porter team will carry your group and personal belongings.
  • Comfortable and comfortable rooms on the mountain to rest after a tiring day of climbing.
  • The typical medicinal leaf bath service of the Dao people in Sapa brings you a unique and interesting experience.
  • Climbing gear includes: raincoat, gloves, flashlight, snacks (to be collected at the end of the tour)
  • Souvenir medals for conquering the Lao Than mountain climbing tour to remember the memorable memories of the trip.

The tour will NOT include

  • Tip porter and tour guide.
  • Personal travel insurance

Things you should bring

  • Raincost
  • Trekking shoes (high-top ones are the best) provide a comfortable and snug fit with a good grip sole.
  • Clothing for the 3-day-2-night mountain trek:
    • 2 long pants (preferably quick-drying) and 1 long-sleeved shirt (preferably a thin windbreaker) to wear while trekking.
    • 3-4 T-shirts
    • A warm, thick jacket for the evenings in the camp.
    • A super-thin wool or down jacket to wear while sleeping.
    • A pair of beekeeper slippers to wear at the campsite.
    • A scarf (not a woolen one) to prevent cold and easy to dry when wet.
    • 3-5 pairs of long, thick socks (avoid low-cut ones).
    • Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, and personal hygiene items.
  • Heat retention patch, personal medication, and identification documents.

Our convenience & note

🔉*Bonuses: If you have a hotel in Sapa, I highly recommend you leave your luggage there, if you don't have a hotel in Sapa you can leave your luggage at our store room at 9 AM and the shower is available after the tour

How Private Tour Works

Personal Travel Specialist Dedicated travel specialist

Handpicked Accommodation (Homestay)
Best location & price

Flexible Meal Plan
Tickle your taste buds

Private Guide and Car
Hassle-free tour experience

Adjust the physical activity
We can adjust the difficulty of all of our hikes to your wishes and abilities.

Responsive Customer Service
24/7 care

How A Group Tour Works

It’s a great way to meet people The tour offers the chance to meet new friends and acquaintances, in some cases, from all over the globe

Lower price and FUNE
If you are looking to save money, a group tour is definitely the best way to do that

We make it FUN and SAFE
Travelling alone can be a little daunting. There are many people who feel the pull of last-minute solo holidays. With new friends, you will feel happier and time will pass faster.
All of the details are sorted out for you!
Whether you are travelling alone, or simply prefer the convenience of not having to spend an age online deciding where to stay and which route to take, group travel tours can be a complete lifesaver

Cancellation Policy

  • 7+ days prior tour start date: 100% reimbursement of the tour price (no cancellation charges)
  • 6 to 2-days prior tour start date: 25% reimbursement of the tour price
  • 1 day prior or same day of tour start date: no reimbursement

Why Us?

Trekking Tour Sapa owned by a team of Hmong ethnic minorities in Sapa. We use our local knowledge to create hiking, trekking, and motorbike tours for those wanting to discover the best and most beautiful areas of Sapa. We were born and raised in this region which helps us to show you places that many companies else may not be able to provide.

Locally & Minority Owned
Benefiting the local Black H’mong and neighboring ethnic tribal people.

Get the real Sa Pa Experience.

Ethical Tribal Visits
Preserving the culture of the H’mong and other ethnic minority peoples.

See the beauty of Sapa and help to preserve its beauty for generations to come.

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13 Reviews

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We did the six hour trekking tour with Xee through the stunning rice terraces in Sa Pa. An experience that we undoubtedly never forget. Xee is a very nice and good englisch-speaking guy who explained a lot and gave information about the region. We recommend the tour with Xee without limitations!
 Miho Tamura
Miho Tamura
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Trekking Through Rice Terraced Fields - 1Day​に参加しました。思っていたよりもがっつりトレッキングでしたが、山の中を歩くからこその素晴らしい景色でした。ガイドのシンさんはとてもジェントルマンで、トレッキング初心者の私にもとても親切にサポートしてくださいました。とても素晴らしい経験になりました。
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This was my favourite hike I have done so far in Sapa! It was amazingly unique. Sapa I’m unlike anywhere else I have seen in Vietnam. Sinh, our tour guide, spoke very good English. He was very knowledgeable in Sapa history and cultures. Bonus is that he was very kind and funny! I would recommend this tour for anybody who wants to see the unique sapa landscape! It is an excellent value for the price.
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After some easy and effective communication with Sinh to organise this trek, our local guide La met us at our hotel at 9am to get started. The trek was fantastic with La giving us insight into the local minorities, whilst taking us on the road less travelled and moving through the rice fields and villages. We came across very few other tourists as La wanted to take us on the quieter roads/paths. This meant that we saw small villages, families and the way of living. It felt very insightful and was very interesting. As we travelled further, taking in the beautiful scenery we stopped for lunch and enjoyed some fried noodles and vegetables. We finished the tour after crossing a river and visiting another local minority village which was a lot busier and seemed to be where a lot of the tourists went. However, La took as away from the main tracks and we took in the last of the beautiful views before being picked up and taken back to our hotel. This was a brilliant experience! Thank you to La!
Jp Sonny S
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We did a very nice 1 day rice field trekking tour with Sinh and his brother. Beginning of the tour was quite challeging but very fun. We got lot of information about the rice fields, area and the minority people. Lunch and sone water was included. Make sure you have good hiking shoes and some clothing for rain.
Jp F
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We enjoyed the trek with Sinh and his brother. We hiked through corn fields, went over barbed wire fences, crossed streams and balanced our way across muddy rice terraces. Our shoes were dirty compared to other tourists taking tours from other companies... and that's exactly what we were looking for. Thank you Sinh (and baby brother) for the fun experience. Tip: Wear trekking shoes with good grip!
John Doe
John Doe
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The trek was a challenging and an overall exciting experience. We went across a path that was least travelled.The guide was well informed and went a steady pleasant pace. Really loved every aspect of it.
James Brook
James Brook
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I was Invited to go to Sapa and enjoy the trip organized by Sinh. Expecting nothing as I had heard so many review on how Sapa is boring, I was shocked and amazed by the scenery of Sapa Sinh showed us through the tour. All the terraced rice field, the H’mong children smile, the sky, the cloud and much more than that totally rocks my mind. I am 100% sure that this is the Sapa I was looking for. Natural, untouched, beautiful and ... I guess you will have to discover that by yourself with Sinh (don’t wanna be a spoiler). Pls come and enjoy! Sinh is so far the best Sapa tour guide you need while staying in Sapa! Thank you Sinh, wish you and your family all the best wishes in the future!
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Great communication with agency. Guide was hands on, showed great knowledge of the area. Paid close attention to his customers and conditions during trekking. Spoke fairly good English. Would highly recommend!
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We hiked 2 days one night with Tzu, Sinh's sister. We traveled several villages and slept in a cottage in Ta Van. Tzu is an amazing guide. She answers all our questions in excellent English. We had a great time with him. Thank you for sharing your culture with so passion. We recommand this tour for sure. Isabelle et Michel
Paula E
Paula E
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Sometimes when traveling it is difficult to receive an authentic and true experience when going with a guide, but with Sinh it is truly going on an adventure with a long time friend. He was able to accommodate the trip and make it even more enjoyable than expected. I also loved how up front he was with everything and we did not have any surprises regarding trip details. We got to practice some Vietnamese, English and Spanish. He is very sweet and knowledgeable about Sapa and the surrounding areas and he really enjoyed sharing his culture with us. Thank you Sinh for making our experience in Sapa better than we could have hoped. Thank you!
Mathieu R
Mathieu R
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Trekking with Sinh was by far the highlight of our stay in Sapa. Sinh is a Hmong guide and while you walk, he will teach you the culture of the different indigenous people of the Sapa valley. As guide he is always trying to give you the best experience and make sure you are safe (rocks are often slippery) Sinh will adapt to all kind of needs. You can do a small trek or, like us, a one day 20km trek. You can even do homestay in a village. You can't go wrong with Sinh
Shenay R
Shenay R
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We had a great 6 hour village trek. He is very friendly & helpful, also good English. Great adventure & learned many things! 🙂 He even ran back to the village to buy us raincoats when it rained, thank you!

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