Sapa rice fields
Sapa minorities
Sapa trekking Y Linh Ho village
Sapa homestay trekking

Sapa homestay trekking 2 days

  • The Sapa homestay trekking is the #1 thing to do in Sapa and its region
  • Take a trekking through the stunning terraced rice fields and authentic villages and go beyond the day trips.
  • Enjoy a unique experience with an overnight stay in a homestay of a local hill tribe
  • Learn about the local cultures
Destination: Sight:
Day 0
Hanoi - Sapa
Night train
Day 1
Sapa homestay trekking
Day 2
Sapa - Hanoi
Sapa homestay trekking - Night train

Day 0: Hanoi – Sapa

Sleeper train from Hanoi to Sapa


Your 2 day Sapa Homestay trekking tour starts the night before in Hanoi. To optimize your travel time you travel at night by sleeper train from Hanoi to Sapa. The Dream Train Express is a comfortable tourist train that offers a sleeper berth in a 4-berth cabin. Bedding is provided, and the cabin is air-conditioned and decorated in the local style of Sapa. You can also store your luggage conveniently under the berth during the journey.


SP3: Depart Hanoi – Lao Cai: (22:00 – 05:55)

  • The bunk berths are pretty comfortable, but if you’re over 6 foot (1.83cm) you won’t be able to fully stretch out, if you are over 6 foot or (1.85cm) you might pull your legs a bit, however the ride is comfortable but it can be noisy of the train track is a bit bumpy ride.
  • If you like to have a snack during the night, it is best to bring your own.

Alternative transfers Hanoi - Sapa

If you do not like to travel by sleeper train, we can offer the following alternative options.

Alternative 1. VIP sleeper bus

Travel by comfortable VIP sleeper bus from Hanoi to Sapa and arrive in Sapa by 5 AM.

Alternative 2. Limousine day bus + 1 extra night Sapa

If you prefer to avoid traveling at night, this is the best option for you. You will arrive in Sapa between 12 PM and 1 PM, allowing for some leisure time in the afternoon, and an extra night’s stay in Sapa.

Alternative 3. Private transfer or travel from other destinations

If you require a personalized transfer, for example, from a location other than Hanoi or a private transfer, kindly reach out to us, and we will gladly make arrangements to accommodate your needs.

Day 1: Sapa homestay trekking

Trekking through terraced rice fields & local village, overnight in homestay


Upon arriving at Lao Cai train station, a minibus will be waiting to transport you to Sapa. Additionally, we offer shower facilities and luggage storage services in Sapa, so you can freshen up and securely store your belongings before enjoying breakfast.

For the 2 day Sapa homestay trekking you have 2 choices:

Option 1: Standard Sapa Homestay Trekking (Private)

  • Route: Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai
  • Difficulty: Medium

This route takes you to several villages in the Muong Hoa valley, inhabited by different ethnic minority groups including: Black H’mong, Red Dao and Zay. If you are interested in learning more about these hill tribes this trip is probably the trip for you. We trek along the road, along local trails and through terraced rice paddies.

Overnight in a local homestay in Ta Van village of the Zay minority.

Option 2: Off The Beaten Track Sapa Homestay Trekking (Private)

  • Route: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Ban Ho
  • Difficulty: Medium

The main appeal of this trek is the fact that it explores an area further down the valley that does not receive many visitors. The route for this homestay tour takes you deeper into the Muong Hoa Valley to villages beyond, inhabited by various ethnic minority groups.

Overnight in a local homestay in Ban Ho village of the Tay minority.

Ban Ho Sapa rice fields
Rice fields near Ban Ho village
ethnic minority in Ta Van village near Sapa
Minorities at Ta Van village
Su Phan village
Bridge at Su Phan village
Sapa rice fields
Terraced rice fields in Muong Hoa Valley

Day 2: Sapa homestay trekking - Hanoi

Finish Sapa Homestay trekking


You will probably wake up to the sounds of the animals that live in the countryside. The low-hanging clouds in the mountains can often provide a beautiful sunrise.

After breakfast at the homestay you will continue with the last part of your Sapa trekking until about the beginning of the afternoon.

At the end point, a car will be waiting to take you back to Sapa. Eat lunch and take a rest.


You will be transferred to the train station for the train back to Hanoi.


  • VIP Sleeper bus
  • Limousine bus by day + 1 extra night in Sapa
  • Private transfer or alternative destination (ex. Ha Giang)

Booking information

Tour options

1) Transfers between Hanoi – Sapa

  • Sleeper train (Standard option’)
  • Sleeper train private cabin
  • VIP sleeper bus
  • Limousine bus by day + 1 extra night in Sapa
  • Private transfer

2) Extending your stay in Sapa


  • Add 1 or multiple nights including accommodation
  • Add activities


  • Start tour: Hanoi train station – 10 PM
  • End tour: Hanoi train station
  • Duration: 2 days and 3 nights


  • All accommodation described in the itinerary
  • All meals described in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Diner)
  • All transfers described in the itinerary


  • Meals and services not describer in the itinerary
  • Personal expanses

Additional information

  • Confirmation: You will receive a confirmation immediately after booking. You will receive a voucher by e-mail within 3 working hours. If you have not received your voucher, please check the Spam or notify us via email or chat.
  • Voucher: Save a digital voucher on your phone. As a sustainable company, we would like to ask you not to print the voucher..
  • Itinerary: The itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather and other conditions.
  • Pick-up: Please arrive at the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to departure. Please be patient on shared / group tours in case of unforeseen delays along the pick-up route.
  • Cancellation: View the cancellation conditions here.


The 2-day Sapa homestay trekking is of moderate difficulty, which means that you should be able to handle long walks without much trouble, but you do not need to be extremely fit. However, keep in mind that you will be trekking through the mountains, so if you have difficulty walking or have leg injuries, it may be better to consider another activity or opt for a 1-day trek instead.
Staying in a homestay of ethnic minorities is entirely for the unique experience. Do not expect too much comfort and luxury. The homestays are traditional and the people live very simple. However, there is always a western toilet, mosquito nets and a hot shower.
The lighter your luggage is, the easier you make it for yourself. For a two-day Sapa homestay trekking you probably have enough with 1 extra pair of clean clothes, together with your toiletries. Also take something against the rain and sun, such as a cap, sunscreen, sunglasses and jacket.

During the winter months you should bring some warmer clothes, but we recommend that you wear layers and no thick winter coats and sweaters. You naturally warm up while walking, so make sure you wear clothes that are easy to put on and take off.

For the trekking we recommend good walking shoes and no flip-flops.

You have 2 options to store your luggage. (1) We can store your luggage in Sapa. (2) If you choose to return to the same hotel in Hanoi after this Sapa homestay trekking tour, it is no problem at most hotels to leave your luggage there for free.
If you want to stay longer in Sapa after your trekking tour, we can arrange this for you. It is also possible to add other activities, such as visiting a local minority market or a sightseeing trip to waterfalls and the Tram Ton Pass near Sapa town.

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