The Summit of Ta Chi Nhu (Phu Song Sung, 2,979m)

Trekking Tour Ta Chi Nhu (Phu Song Sung) – 3 Days

Trekking Ta Chi Nhu (or Phu Song Sung, 2,979m) is an extremely hard mountain climbing tour for 3 days, 2 nights. The mountain, which is the 6th highest mountain peak in Vietnam, is in Tram Tau District of Yen Bai Province, 240km North-West of Hanoi. The best time to do the trip is from December through March.

 Climbing Ta Chi Nhu – Phu Song Sung is rated among the most difficult of all in Vietnam, many even consider it harder than the highest peak of Fansipan. The mountain slopes where we trek are extremely steep and slippery even in the dry weather and there's no place for you to rest for feet fully! There are normally no trees an anything that you can grab to make your way up and down either! For a normal trekker, you'll trek 8 hours on Day2 and 3 hours on Day3.

Accommodations on the tour are at a simple hotel on the first night and in a tent in the mountain. Our local Hmong team will prepare necessary food and water for the meals on the trek. AdventureGreen also provides candies and biscuits… to get you with more energy. Important notes on what to bring and weather conditions are provided upon booking.

Splendid view from point where the trek starts
Splendid view from point where the trek starts

 

A lovely footpath where the adventure begins
A lovely footpath where the adventure begins

 

Then comes a patch of forest
Then comes a patch of forest

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1 Hanoi – Nghia Lo – Tram Tau (L/D)
Day2 Tram Tau – 9km motorbike transfer/Trekking (> 8 hours): Chung Chua Nha Mountain – Summit of Ta Chi Nhu (Phu Song Sung) – Campsite (B/L/D)
Day3 Campsite – Chung Chua Nha/9km motorbike transfer to Tram Tau Township/Return trip to Hanoi (B/L)

Accommodation:
Simple hotel at Tram Tau.
Tent in the mountain.

The tour price includes
English speaking guide;
Local porters and cook;
Simple hotel room for accommodation at Tram Tau;
Tent with sleeping bag for accommodation in the mountain as on the tour 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;

The wonderful landscape as a reward for the hard trek
The wonderful landscape as a reward for the hard trek

Detailed itinerary

Day1 Hanoi – Nghia Lo – Tram Tau (L/D)
0800 A.M : AdventureGreen team picks you up from the hotel in Hanoi and we travel via Route 32 heading north-west. In Phu Tho, we'll be amid lovely tea plantations and idyllic mountains.
Lunch at Thu Cuc.
Continue our adventure via Khe Pass (Deo Khe) and Ach Pass (Deo Ach) where the mountains get much higher, we'll be in the North-West of Vietnam. Then the road goes down leading us into the valley of Muong Lo at Nghia Lo, the second biggest valley in the north-western mountains of Vietnam. There are a lot of photography opportunities that we'll stop for them now and again.

Passing Muong Lo, the road gets smaller and goes higher the further we get close to Tram Tau Township. We won't miss the lovely possible photos of rice terraces and ethnic villages on the way.
Dinner and overnight at Tram Tau.

The summit is far behind the above mountain
The summit is far behind the above mountain

Day2 Tram Tau – 9km motorbike transfer/Trekking (> 8 hours): Chung Chua Nha Mountain – Summit of Ta Chi Nhu (Phu Song Sung) – Campsite (B/L/D)
0800 A.M After breakfast our local Hmong team will transfer you by motorbike to Chung Chua Nha Mountain in Xa Ho Commune where the trek starts. More splendid photos of rice terraces (if in the season) and ethnic villages in the backdrop of imposing mountains on the way.

0900 A.M Starts the trekking adventure to conquer the summit of Ta Chi Nhu Mountain (or Phu Song Sung Mountain). The terrain involves : about 1 hour on a more or less easy path, 3 hours 30 minutes on extremely steep slopes.

1330 If you are fit enough, we'll be at the campsite now. Unimportant luggage can be left behind as per instructions from our local team. Then take the lovely mountain slopes to the summit. Rewards are always breathtaking landscape of high mountains around. In the right season, the unreal Ocean of Clouds are seen. This is the most beautiful moments of the day!

1600 If you could make it with fairly good pace, we'll be at the summit and rewarded with heavenly nature all around us. Enjoy your achievement, then descend back to the campsite.
1700 You should be at the campsite and get relaxed with the lovely scenery around. Our team will proceed with cooking dinner.
Dinner and overnight at a camp.

View looking down the campsite
View looking down the campsite

 

A lovely meadow at over 2,400m above sea level
A lovely meadow at over 2,400m above sea level

 

The summit is just around the corner!
The summit is just around the corner! Only one more push!

Day3 Campsite – Chung Chua Nha/9km motorbike transfer to Tram Tau Township/Return trip to Hanoi (B/L)
0630 A.M Get up and enjoy the fresh morning amid the wilderness of Ta Chi Nhu. Lovely landscape is possible should it be a nice day.
0700 – 0800 Enjoy breakfast and break our tent.
0800 A.M Descend the mountain. The path is the same as yesterday but the landscape is not; you may like to get your camera ready for more gorgeous photos on the way. Exercise caution as it is not necessarily easier going down on the slippery and steep path.
1100 A.M If you are fit, we should be at the base of Chung Chua Nha Mountain where our local team transfers you back to Tram Tau by motorbike.
Lunch at Tram Tau.
1300 Get ready for our return journey back to Hanoi.
1800 Arrive back at your hotel where our adventure concludes. We trust you have got an adventure of a life time with AdventureGreen!