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TVF North Vietnam Trekking Challenge 4th - 13th November 2018


TVF's Trekking Challenge in Vietnam was a fantastic success - tough but a real achievement for all the team members and an amazing amount raised by the teams which will transform many more lives.

Vietnam, Pu Luong Trek  4th - 13th November 2018

Trek this mountainous untouched area of asia   - 6 days trekking for 5-7 hours a day    

Isolated from the world for years, Vietnam is slowly laying its war torn past to rest and emerging as one of the most interesting and diverse destinations in Asia. Our trekking challenge begins in the charming city of Hanoi before heading to the beautiful Hoa Binh Province located in the mountainous area of southeast Hanoi. This trek gives us an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty taking its first steps into the modern world.

We pass through some of the most untouched and lush scenery in Asia. This mountainous area  is home to many distinct hill tribes such as the Black and White H’Mong tribes, some still living as they have for generations. At night we will be guests in village homes and spend time learning about the local culture. 

Challenge Grade - Tough

Challenge cost 

The cost per person based on 8 participants is £1,015 excluding flights  plus TVF contributes an additional £350 per person - for a lower/higher number of participants the cost will increase/decrease as below 

  6 participants   £1,190 + TVF contributes an additional £350
  8  participants  £1,015 + TVF contributes an additional £350
10  participants  £   820 + TVF contributes an additional £350 

There is the opportunity to extend the trip before/after the challenge dates and to book alternative flights to those included in the cost. Full payment for the challenge must be received by 31st August 2018 at the latest. 

Fundraising Target excluding Gift Aid is £2,500 per person 

The Victoria Foundation will support your fundraising -  50% of the funds you raise can be forwarded to a medical charity of your choice approved by TVF when the challenge is complete. 

NB (Participants from TVF Brazil Challenges 2017 have a reduced fundraising target of £1,000 excluding gift aid)

Included:

•  Return international flights from London to Hanoi
•  Airport transfers upon arrival and local  transfers
•  Park fees
•  Full board (except lunch and dinner on departure day)
•  Celebratory dinner at the end of the trip
•  Professional qualified local guides
•  Shared accommodation (hotel in Hanoi, dorm style in local village houses on trek)
•   UK UTC Doctor

Not Included:

• Single supplement (approx. £65 pp– hotel nights only)
• Gratuities
• Personal expenses
• Lunch day 9
• Visas (if applicable)
• Personal travel insurance
• Optional tours and activities

If you would like to find out more email l.votier@thevictoriafoundation.org.uk or call 07533 166 552 

Full details of the challenge are below 

Day 1: Depart UK to Hanoi 

We depart London for Hanoi, Vietnam via Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2: Arrive Hanoi

On arrival we will meet our local guides and transfer to our hotel. In the afternoon we take a cyclo or electric car tour of the Old Quarter and through the streets of Old Ancient Hanoi. We will have the opportunity to visit the Hoan Kiem lake with Ngoc Son temple and explore the fascinating Dong Xuan market. In the evening, we will have a full trek briefing about the challenge ahead. 

Day 3: Hanoi to Mai Chau Valley, 3hrs trekking 

After breakfast we transfer by coach approx. four hours to beautiful Hoa Binh Province.  Hoa Binh is populated by Thai, Hmong, Muong and Dao ethnic people.  We will stop for lunch and will be served a traditional lunch by our host family. In the afternoon we will trek  through many

picturesque villages and lush paddy fields to the quaint  Thai village of Van. Our guides will be on-hand to explain about the rice harvesting and other local produce such as peanuts.  Overnight in Thai houses on stilts.

Day 4: Mai Chau to–Ban Buoc , 6-7hrs trekking 

After breakfast we  have a short  25 minutes  transfer to Nhot village. Our day starts  with a tough 300m uphill trek  to the villages of Na Mo and Na meo, home to white Thai minority people. We then descend into a beautiful valley and hike through Ban Te village. After lunch  we continue hiking on narrow trails alongside a river and across rice terraces, bamboo gardens and crossing a suspension bridge to our overnight Thai houses on stilts  in Buoc village.  

Day 5: Ban Bouc – Pu Luong Nature Reserve, 7-9hrs trekking 

After an early breakfast ,our trek this morning takes us along the valley for four hours and leads us to the Thai village of Van Mai. After an early lunch , we have a short transfer to Co Luong, where  we  have a short (approx 15min)  Ma river crossing aboard a local boat .  Once off the boat we continue our  hike to Trang Village . The scenery becomes more breathtaking and wild. From  the bridge at Sai  we have another short  transfer to Duom village to avoid paved road and  enter the Pu Luong  nature reserve, for our final  3km to our homestay. This section of Pu Luong valley is  narrow and steep with a beautiful  river running through it, with terraces  on either side.   

Day 6: Kho Muong village, 7-8 hrs trekking 

Another long day of hiking, 70% on village paths and 30% on the old disused unpaved Ho Chi Minh Trail  and  our guides will always be at hand to explain the fascinating history of the area. There are some steep climbs today and yet more stream crossings. The trekking becomes more remote, yet one is never far from a villager tending fields or walking back from early morning market. We will relax over lunch, away from the heat of the day in a local home at  Pa Ban village before continuing to our overnight village at Kho Muong, nestled between steep Karst Mountains.

Day 7:  Kho Muong to Hin village, 6-7hrs trekking 
We start uphill  to Lan Ngoai village.  After lunch we descend  to  the valley floor before climbing over a small mountain to Hin Village  and our final home-stay of our Vietnam adventure. The village is perfectly positioned close to a small river with opportunities to cool off with a swim after a long day. Explore the fascinating architecture and numerous hamlets that dot the valley of the surrounding area or just relax in a hammock and enjoy the serenity of this gorgeous region.

Day 8: Pu Luong Nature Reserve to Hanoi, 4-5hrs trekking

The last day of our challenge! Our morning trek leads us back through the valley and uphill back into the mountains. After lunch the trail levels  out to  Ban ton  where we will meet our vehicles and  transfer back to Hanoi to meet the cyclists. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a special gala dinner.

Day 9: Hanoi to UK

Transfer to the airport for our overnight fight back to the UK.

Day 10: Arrive UK

To book your place and for all enquiries contact Lorna Votier on 020 8332 1788 or by Email l.votier@thevictoriafoundation.org.uk

There are so many once in a lifetime challenges  to take part in: Trekking on the Great Wall of China,  Arctic Survival, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro  ..... the choice is yours! If you would like to take part in your own challenge in aid of The Victoria Foundation please get in touch.  

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