If tents are used on the trek, we stay overnight in 2 – persons tents with a fixed bottom, and mosquito net. 1 bigger tent is used for cooking and dining. The tents are raised, and put down, by the porters.
Staying overnight in a village-house is very exiting, but rather primitive with an earthen floor and an open fireplace. Therefore you always have the option of sleeping in a tent instead. The porters will then raise this.
Notes on the porters:
We use a Vietnamese tour-leader and local porters on the entire trek. The porters carry all the equipment and most of the personal baggage (in watertight Blue bags). This way we only need to carry a small rucksack with the things needed during the day and can concentrate on enjoying the trek and the beautiful scenery. Most of the porters are from the local Hmong tribe, and through the years we have established a close relationship with several of them.
Notes on the food:
We bring a cook along, all the way. It is amazing what he can produce over a small fire. You should expect good homemade Vietnamese dishes, where rice and noodles are the main ingredients, supplemented with meat, fresh chicken and vegetables. Lunch is mainly homemade soup, produced on the spot.
We attempt that all food is made of fresh ingredients, and as varied as possible. And in our opinion, a tablecloth and a bit of style does not spoil a good experience!
Notes on the environment:
We put an emphasis on protecting the local environment (nature, local traditions and values) as much as possible. This is to the benefit of all, including us and who follow, and can be epitomized in the concept of Minimum Impact Tourism.
Campfires and the use of wood as fuel, no matter how cozy it is, is thus avoided, and we use transportable field-kitchens. Likewise, by using ceramic water-filters we avoid the problem of empty drinking-water bottles left in nature. This way we get purified drinking water and protect nature at the same time. Naturally, no garbage is left anywhere.
Before the trek starts you will be handed not only a Blue bag but also a booklet, containing information on the nature in the area (plants, birds, wildlife), the different tribes (traditions, beliefs, languages), – and on how to behave properly in these not so usual circumstances.
It is our hope that you will join us in these important but very simple means of protecting the environment!
Notes on the equipment you should bring:
1. Sun Block
2. Wide brim hat
3. Camera + Film
4. Comfortable shoes
5. Rain gear
6. Warm clothes
7. Insect Repellent
8. Original Passport
Please feel free to contact us at anytime if further information is needed as below :
024 Dong Loi – Sapa – Lao Cai
S. R VIETNAM
Tel : (+84) 20 3871 245
Fax : (+84) 20 3871 844
Emails : firstname.lastname@example.org