Fabulous landscape on the trek to Bach Moc Luong Tu

Trekking Bach Moc Luong Tu - 5 Days

Trekking Bach Moc Luong Tu is a 5-day (4-night) extremely difficult and hard trek to the 4th highest mountain peak in Vietnam which is 3,046m above sea level. The mountain is located in Bat Xat District of Lao Cai Province and in Phong Tho District of Lai Chau Province. There are quite a few other highest mountains in Vietnam in close proximity to Bach Moc Luong Tu that can be viewed on the trek.

 

Starting our trek with this gradient going up and up
Starting our trek with this gradient going up and up

The distances we have to cover are 14km for the first day, 8km for the second day (up and down, 4km each way) and 14km back to the village on the last trekking day. The 14km-hike is along a tiny and uneven trail most of which travels through dense forests. The 8km-trek (4km/way) includes forest trails & vertiginous rock cliffs. On a pleasant day, trekking to the summit of Bach Moc Luong Tu is extremely hard; on a rainy day, this is mission impossible. Assess yourself objectively before booking with AdventureGreen. Any heath problems you may have must be informed before booking with us.

Fresh mountain scenery
Fresh mountain scenery on the trek

Accommodation on the trek is at a rudimentary guesthouse of which the walls and floor are made of wooden planks that the winds can blow through. Blankets are provided but it may be much better you bring along your sleeping bag. Bathrooms and toilets which are extremely simple are separated from the sleeping house. Showers are not available and hot water incurs extra charges.

A forest that we trek through
A forest that we trek through

Meals on the trek include picnic lunches and dinner cooked at the homestay. Dishes are limited to meat (pork, beef, chicken), eggs, steamed rice and rice balls, noodle soup, and vegetables (steamed or stirred fried), fruits. AdventureGreen also provides candies, sweets, biscuits… on the trek to help you recharge extra energy. If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, please let our staff know before departure for the adventure.

Mountains around Nui Muoi (2,100m)
Mountains around Nui Muoi (2,100m) we stay for 2 nights

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1 Overnight Train for Lao Cai from Hanoi (no included meals)
Day2 Lao Cai – Sang Ma Sao – Muoi Mountain (2,100m) (B/L/D)
Day3 Muoi Mountain – Bach Moc Luong Tu Peak (3,046m) – Muoi Mountain (B/L/D)
Day4 Muoi Mountain – Sang Ma Sao – Lao Cai/Overnight Train for Hanoi (B/L/D)
Day5 Arrive at Hanoi/End of service (no included meals)

Amazing nature around Nui Muoi
Amazing nature around Nui Muoi

The tour price includes
English speaking guide;
Local porters and cook;
Simple homestay accommodation as on the tour itinerary;
Soft sleepers train tickets for Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi as per itinerary;
All car transfers as on the tour itinerary;
All admission fees and permits for the tour;
Meals as on the tour itinerary: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner;
02 bottles of water/day/person on a trekking day;

The tour price doesn’t include
Insurance of any types;
Drinks or personal expenses;
Others not clearly mentioned as included above;

A view of Lao Than and Nhiu Co San from Nui Muoi
A view of Lao Than and Nhiu Co San from Nui Muoi

Detailed itinerary

Day1 Hanoi free day/Overnight Train for Lao Cai (no included meal)
Taxi from your hotel to Hanoi Railway Station. Take the train journey bound for Lao Cai. It's advisable that you get good sleep on the train. Tomorrow will be a long day with hard trek. Lack of sleep is more likely to cause troubles to your adventure ahead.
Overnight on board the train.

Note: 4-shared soft sleeper compartment with air-con.

Overnight train Hanoi - Lao Cai
Overnight train Hanoi - Lao Cai

 

Train Hanoi - Lao Cai
Train Hanoi - Lao Cai

Day2 Lao Cai – Sapa - Sang Ma Sao – Muoi Mountain (2,100m) (B/L/D)
Arriving at Lao Cai Train Station, get hot breakfast accompanied by hot coffee. Then take the road adventure heading northwest along the Chinese border to Sang Ma Sao. Meet our local team and get prepared before departing on the trek. This is a precious opportunity to assess your physical strength as well and mental stamina. This is also a once in a life time chance to train yourself to get fitter and grittier.

The trek today is a strenuous adventure that we hike for 14km on a tiny and slippery trails through forests, corn farms, streams… The last 2km is horrifying with steep gradients in a dense forest on a very uneven and treacherously slippery surface. On average you should complete the hike today in about 7 hours. And it is more likely that you'll have good sleep before dinner. But wake yourself up and get recharged. It'd be a hard day tomorrow, too.
Accommodation at Nui Muoi in rustic conditions.

Impressive mountains in the morning on the trek to Bach Moc Luong Tu
Impressive mountains in the morning on the trek to Bach Moc Luong Tu

 

 

Untouched nature near Bach Moc Luong Tu
Untouched nature near Bach Moc Luong Tu

Day3 Muoi Mountain – Bach Moc Luong Tu Peak (3,046m) – Muoi Mountain (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the guesthouse.
It is going to be a fun-filled day today. You'll hike, trek and rock-climb 4km to the summit of Bach Moc Luong Tu. The landscape is sensational and you'd better enjoy it as much as you can. Do not worry about the difficulties as you'll get through them all today anyway. Be sure to clamber up and down with extremely good care. Do remember that you are not in a race for a t-shirt, make it safe and sound.

When you face a vertical rock cliff, make sure you assess the leaning points, landing points… carefully before proceeding. Hiking shoes with good grips and spiked hand gloves are extremely helpful. If need be, ask your guide and porters to provide walking sticks and ropes to get up/down. If you complete the trek today in 9-10 hours then you should be content with yourself then.

In late afternoon, remember to get to the vantage point for adoring the magical sunset.
Overnight at Nui Muoi.

A forest on the Bach Moc Luong Tu trek
A forest on the Bach Moc Luong Tu trek

 

More forest on the trek
More forest on the trek

 

Landscape at 2,800m
Landscape at 2,800m in altitude

 

We are at the summit of 3.046m of Bach Moc Luong Tu
We are at the summit of 3.046m of Bach Moc Luong Tu

Day4 Muoi Mountain – Sang Ma Sao – Sapa – Lao Cai/Overnight Train for Hanoi (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the guesthouse.
Descend the mountain on the same trail back to Sang Ma Sao. You'll enjoy the scenery from a different angle and different sunlight conditions which makes it no less beautiful. Going down is normally easier but do not fool yourself that it is easy. Always do it with good care, make it safe and sound. You are not in a race for any trophy. It is normal you make it to Ky Quan San Village after a 6-hour trek. You can do it in longer or shorter time without any problem. Arriving at the village, have a hot lunch then road trip back to Lao Cai Train Station. Get refreshed by a hot shower and hot dinner before embarking for an overnight train journey for Hanoi.
Overnight on board the train.

Note: 4-shared soft sleeper compartment with air-con.

Adoring the sublime landscape around Bach Moc Luong Tu
Adoring the sublime landscape around Bach Moc Luong Tu

 

Ethereal nature at Bach Moc Luong Tu
Ethereal nature at Bach Moc Luong Tu

Day5 Arrive at Hanoi/End of service (no included meals)
Arrive back at Hanoi early in the morning. Take a taxi to your hotel (within the city center). End of service.