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Fri 04 Mar - Mon 14 Mar 2016

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Day 1, Fri 04 Mar 2016

International departure from London Heathrow to Hanoi

Our journey begins at the airport where we’ll meet our teammates and Charity Challenge representative. Any last minute nerves will turn to excitement as we touch down in Hanoi after the overnight flight.

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Day 2, Sat 05 Mar 2016

Hanoi walking tour. Overnight train to Lao Cai

After transferring to our hotel through the maze of Vietnam’s capital city, we’ll have the day to explore. Particularly enchanting is the Old Quarter, which has a rich history of more than a thousand years and many well-preserved ancient architectural works to prove it. This evening we take the overnight train to Lao Cai. Overnight on board the train.

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Day 3, Sun 06 Mar 2016

Lao Cai: trekking into the remote mountain area (approximately 4-5 hours)

We arrive in Lao Cai at around 6am. From here it’s a transfer to Ta Thang, the starting point of our trek. The trek is mostly uphill, which means there’s stunning views as we overlook the Red River and contrasting valley. After lunch we continue toward the Red Dao village of Sin Chai, in the most remote part of Sapa. Overnight in a basic home stay

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Day 4, Mon 07 Mar 2016

Trek hillside villages to Nam Ngan (approximately 5-6 hours)

We leave Red Dao and take the flat trail to Nam Nhiu village, a small village inhabited by the Red Dao hill tribe. We will descend to Nam Cang Dam, from where we will trek among the rice fields. After an invigorating day’s trek, we reach the campsite near of the Nam Ngan village.

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Day 5, Tue 08 Mar 2016

Trek to Den Thang (approximately 7-8 hours)

Our trek today is steep and challenging, as we aim for the reach the hill top at 1,548m. From the top we are rewarded with phenomenal views of the cardamom and bamboo forest. On our gentle descent we’ll pass by the small remote Black H’mong village of Ta Trung Ho, until we reach our campsite at Ta Thang tonight.

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Day 6, Wed 09 Mar 2016

Trek to Topas Ecolodge (approximately 6-7 hours)

After the three-day trek into the wilderness, we now commence our way to the Ecolodge. After meeting our guides, the day kicks off with a trek uphill to Seo Mi Ty, from where we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the valley views and the rural lifestyle of the tribes that we will meet along the trail. In the afternoon, we will be transferred to the Topas Ecolodge, where you will enjoy of a well deserved shower and a team dinner.

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Day 7, Thu 10 Mar 2016

Trekking through hillside villages to the Topas Eco Lodge (approximately 3-4 hours)

After a challenging trekking days, today our day will be at a ease. We will be trekking around the Ecolodge. In the morning, we will be heading to the Lech Dao village enjoying of the mountain range, valleys and forest views. Your trekking will be along a trail and on a dirt road, on your way back to the Ecolodge in the early afternoon, where you will be enjoying of your lunch and some time to think about the big achievement you have made, or to get extra mileage discovering the eco lodge sourroundings.

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Day 8, Fri 11 Mar 2016

trek to Silver Mountain. Overnight train to Hanoi (approximately 4-5 hours)

We will start our day with a short but steep uphill trek to summit the Mount Silverstone. The breathtaking views of the Ban Ho and Thanh Kim valley will worth the effort of todays challenge. By noon, rice terraces will appear on the horizon as we bid farewell to the jungle and we will descend passing by two small black H'mong villages . We continue to Hau Thao where our vehicle awaits us. Then it’s back on the overnight train to Hanoi.

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Day 9, Sat 12 Mar 2016

Sightseeing tour of Hanoi

Arriving in Hanoi early in the morning, we transfer to a local hotel for breakfast before heading out to explore the city. Highlights will include a visit to the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (from outside), as well as Temple of Literature and the Old quarter. From here we head for a celebratory lunch in Hanoi.

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Day 10, Sun 13 Mar 2016

Free day in Hanoi- Flight back to UK

Today you will have a free morning in Hanoi. After an early lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Day 11, Mon 14 Mar 2016

Arrival in UK

We touch down on home turf, full of pride over our achievements. Saying goodbye to your new-found friends will be hard, so make sure to exchange contact details.

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Important information

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, the strength of the group and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your challenge leader will have the final say

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