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Nhiu Co San, also called Sung Trau, is a natural wonder in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province. The terrain is perfect for adventurers and nature enthusiasts, but the trek to the mountain’s foot is challenging, particularly during the rainy season. The hike starts with low hills, shrubs, grasslands, and rocky cliffs, and as you ascend, the terrain transforms into a pristine forest with tall and robust trunks. The maple leaves turning red add a touch of European charm.

The Ong Chua waterfall is the ultimate symbol of Nhiu Co San, cascading down like a giant silk ribbon. During the cold and windy season, the mountain is covered in a blanket of ice, creating a surreal experience. The forest has glass-like leaves, adding an element of mystery.

Nhiu Co San is the 9th highest peak in Vietnam, offering cloud-watching experiences and a goat grazing area. The maple leaves turn yellow from November to February, and the azalea flowers bloom from February to April, making it a beautiful destination.

Reasons to book Nhiu Co San

01. The 9th highest peak in Vietnam – Height: 2965m.

02. One of the most beautiful cloud-watching spots in Vietnam.

03. Majestic Ong Chua waterfall.

04. A goat grazing area on the mountain.

05. From November to February: The season of maple leaves turning yellow in the forest.

06. From February to April: The season of blooming azalea flowers.


Day 0: Hanoi – Sa Pa

  • At 9:30 PMThe sleeper bus will pick you up at 5 Tran Nguyen Han to Sapa, Lao Cai.
  • It takes about 6 hours to get in Sapa.
  • The bus will drop you at at 436 Đường Điện Biên Phủ, Sapa
  • The bus will pass through the Noi Bai airport area about 30-45 minutes after departure, so if you need pick up from Airport, please let us know.
  • Since the tour departs daily, you can arrive in Sa Pa earlier or stay after completing the trekking.

Meal: None.

Overnight: On the sleeper bus.

Day 1: Nhìu Cồ San – Base Camp

04:00: Arrive at the bus office, then you can take a walk to our office (09 Thac Bac Road)

06:00: Have breakfast in a  restaurant in Sapa (Vietnamese Pho)

07:00: Board the bus to Den Sang commune, which is about 60km from Sa Pa. Then, take a motorbike taxi to Nhìu Cồ San village.

09:30: Meet the H’Mong ethnic porters who will assist the group during the trekking journey at the foot of the mountain, and the journey begins.

10:15: Pass through Ong Chua Waterfall – one of the most beautiful check-in points on the journey.

12:00: Enjoy lunch.

16:30: Arrive at the base camp at sunset. While the porters prepare dinner, you can help or freely explore the base camp.

18:30: Have dinner, exchange, and share with other members of the group, and then continue to enjoy the quiet mountain forest. Overnight in a cozy wooden hut with warm blankets and a layer of thermal insulation.


Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Overnight: Wooden hut.

Day 2: Touching the summit of Nhìu Cồ San / Return to Hanoi via Sa Pa

04:00: Wake up, have breakfast, and enjoy warm coffee or ginger tea.

05:00: Begin the final ascent to touch the summit. Leave your belongings at the base camp and hike to the summit without carrying any luggage.

07:30: Arrive at the top of Nhìu Cồ San, relax, and admire the scenery on the mountaintop.

09:30: Return to the base camp, pack up personal belongings, and return to the starting point.

12:00: Have a light lunch on the way down the mountain.

14:30: Take a motorbike taxi to the shuttle bus stop back to Sa Pa.

15:30: Take the shuttle bus back to Sapa at our office.

17:30: Arrive in Sa Pa, take a shower, and relax before your next journey.

22:00: Sleeper bus from Sapa back to Hanoi.

5:00 AM: You will arrive in Hanoi in the next day, the bus will drop you at the 5 Tran Nguyen Han, Hanoi. End of the trip.


Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.

Overnight: None.

Difficulty 7/10

The trek to Nhiu Co San mountain's foot is pretty challenging, particularly during the rainy season. The hike starts with low hills, shrubs, grasslands, and rocky cliffs, and as you ascend, the terrain transforms into a pristine forest with tall and robust trunks. The tour is rated 7 out of 10 in difficulty, which is considered moderate. It requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance to complete the trekking journey, especially for the final ascent to the summit. However, with our professional guide and the assistance of experienced H'Mong ethnic porters, and proper preparation, the trek can be accomplished by most adventurers and nature enthusiasts.

Good to know

Price for a Group tour

1 Pax: $370/per person
2 - 3 Pax: $300/per person
4 - 5 Pax: $280/per person
6 - 7 Pax: $200/per person
8 - 10 Pax: $180/per person

Pick Up

Bus from Hanoi

Drop Off


The tour will include

  • 45-seat sleeper bus for transportation from Hanoi to Sapa
  • All meals during the 2-day trek, including a hotpot feast on the last day
  • Nutritious and energy-packed food for the mountain climbing team
  • Specialized water filtration system
  • Drinking water: 800ml bottle provided (additional water will be supplied during the trek)
  • Porter to carry the team and personal belongings
  • Mountain accommodations
  • Mountain climbing equipment including:
  • Gloves, flashlight, snacks
  • Dao herbal bath service in Sapa
  • Nhiu Co San Conqueror medal
  • Motorbike service.

The tour will NOT include

- Tip porter and tour guide.
- Personal travel insurance
- Additional drinks while hiking (e.g. bottled water or beer)

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

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Handpicked Accommodation (Homestay)
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Flexible Meal Plan
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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.
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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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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
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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!
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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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