Time  3 hours 10 minutes

Coordinates 531

Uploaded August 29, 2018

Recorded August 2018

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near Giàng Tả, Lào Cai (Vietnam)

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Second day of trekking through the Valley of Sa Pa! If the first day was exceptional, the second also promised similar sensations. Again with Mu as a guide for the area and a nice route ahead. We start!

START:

After the fun night we spent, it was time to get up and start the day. First, a very rich breakfast, prepared by the local people who accompanied us throughout the adventure. Then, preparing backpacks and starting the activity, together with the companions with whom we had spent the night, except Carlos and Amparo, who returned from a trip sooner and had to return to Sa Pa before. We will start the route in the Mao Lenh Family Homestay itself.

DESCRIPTION:

The first steps of the route we take along a narrow path between fields and rice fields.

The day promised hot. It's early and the sun is already strong, so maximum sun protection, water and a hat!

Following a detour, we reach a more populated area than the area where we sleep. It's Monday and the activity is noticed. There are many people in the streets and children scampering with their backpacks.

We leave the town behind and visit a small waterfall, very beautiful! We continue the route by comfortable path and in slight ascent.

We crossed a wooden bridge, carefully, and followed a detour to the left to continue on a good course. Mu is the first and the heat is noticeable ...

From here, the route becomes somewhat more demanding, gaining in beauty and tranquility. The wide path of the village gives way to a narrow path that will be strained in a beautiful bamboo forest. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful places that we will spend in our trekking through Sa Pa.

The forest is small and we leave it following several detours, in zig-zag mode. The height and the sunny day allows us to have a nice panoramic view of the valley!

We leave behind the bamboo forest and reach a populated area, where we find a small waterfall. They are places of great activity, small shops and many people on the street.

We continue another detour to leave the village and continue our route, now along a clear and dark path, without any difficulty.

We are at the highest point of today's route. We started the descent and followed another detour to continue. Every time we see more children with their backpacks!

Descending from the most populated area, we find a kind of school and nursery, at which time all children begin to leave. Seeing both Westerners catches their attention and they do not hesitate to leave all their things and come to greet us. Without a doubt, it was a unique moment! See how your hand collides, play with you, some showing how strong they are, laugh and enjoy your company, is something that has no price. We have the feeling that we are very fortunate, although we do not doubt that they are happy children, and that, even if they have little, is worth a lot! Several photos surrounded by children and with Raúl and Irene, with whom we had a good time of laughter, surrounded by children of all ages! Another moment to remember!

We continue the route joining the rest of our companions, while we find another waterfall again! The area is beautiful and we are enjoying it a lot!

Again in populated area, we followed two detours to start the descent towards the river, at the bottom of the valley. The path is very wide, full of curves and has no loss.

We have already driven about 4 kilometers and reached the height of the road that goes to Sa Pa. We followed a couple of detours to leave quickly and continue descending towards the valley. The breadth of the landscape allows us to have a panorama of scandal!

We continue descending, between rice fields. This part will be the most pindia, paying attention to these last meters. The road is muddy and has a steep slope. However, it is a short stretch, so we quickly complete it, without major problems.

We reach the height of the river, which we must cross along a curious suspension bridge! Another moment to remember! The river is wide and plentiful, and the bridge has its length meters. Here we go!

After crossing the bridge, we follow a detour to the right to continue along the left bank of the river. The path is wet and narrow, but it has no difficulty, so we are moving forward without problems.

We completed the first steps along the river and reached an area of rice fields, where we followed a detour to approach the waterfall Cau May Waterfall, very close now.

Several more meters and we arrived at Cau May Waterfall, waterfall that we accessed by crossing a somewhat improvised bridge. In the vicinity of the waterfall, there is a kind of shop and restaurant where you can eat or drink something. Cau May Waterfall is ideal for a swim, has several pools and a waterfall. We do not hesitate to take a break, some bathe, others put their feet in the water and others, simply, rest. The area is beautiful and the waterfall very beautiful, several meters high. It is noted that it is a place of passage for many tourists. Perhaps, Cau May Waterfall is one of the most frequented and visited places in the Valley of Sa Pa, and sure to stop all or almost all organized trekkings. To leave the area of the waterfall, we crossed another curious bridge!

We leave behind the Cau May Waterfall area and cross another beautiful bridge over the river, in order to continue our route. This area is very beautiful!

Already in the other margin of the river, we will go ascending, little by little, until arriving again at the height of the highway, where we would finalize the trekking. We passed through a more populated area and another waterfall.

We are facing the last section of the route. We continue gaining height, following a detour to the right and visiting another waterfall. The views towards Cau May Waterfall are beautiful!

Finally, after several more minutes of slight ascent, we arrive at Hầu Thào, at the height of the road that goes to Sa Pa. Here we finish the today's route and the trekking through Sa Pa. It will also be a refreshment point and a goodbye moment , since each one of us would have a different destiny. A van with several seats will take us back to Sa Pa, where we end our adventure in this beautiful valley. We said goodbye to all our colleagues, Álvaro and Andrea, Chilean travelers who are traveling around the world for a year and a half, and Raúl and Irene, with whom we would continue enjoying their company in Sa Pa, since we would spend one more night there .

CONCLUSION:

Another one of those days full of sensations! A second day of hot and demanding trekking, but full of moments to remember! Beautiful views of the Valley of Sa Pa, a beautiful bamboo forest, contact with local children full of unique moments, beautiful paths along the valley and Cau May Waterfall waterfall as a final climax. Spectacular!

MORE INFORMATION:

Sử Pán - Mao Lenh Family Homestay - Cau May Waterfall - Hầu Thào

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