Trek Vietnam

Join us on this unique challenge experience, and help raise vital funds for Rennie Grove Peace.

Trek Vietnam

When 15 - 25 March 2025

Where Trekking Vietnam

Who Anyone looking for a new challenge

How much £395 deposit + fundraising

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General information about Trek Vietnam

The trek is graded moderate to challenging. You will be trekking for 5 consecutive days, over varying and sometimes challenging terrain. You will cover approximately 15-20km per day which will take around 6-7 hours. 

The terrain will vary throughout the 5 days but in general, it is mostly flat and on established routes through villages and jungle, and occasionally along short sections of road. There are some steep sections to contend with, but your guides will support you all the way. The route offers an interesting variety of scenery as you pass through rice terraces, cross shallow rivers, ascend into cloudy forests and enter remote villages. Underfoot the terrain will vary each day but may be quite stony, on roads, grass, over large natural limestone slabs, and depending on the weather, potentially very muddy trails. The itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather and, particularly, rainfall. 

The food served throughout the trip will be traditional Vietnamese with some Western dishes too. The food is freshly prepared and plentiful. Vietnamese food isn’t spicy but if you like your food with a kick, chilli or chilli sauce is often available if you ask. You will have breakfast and dinner at the stilt house you are staying in or local restaurants when you are staying at hotels. Lunch will be eaten at local homes along the way.  

 

You must be 18+ to join this trek. It may be possible for you to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old if accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit. 

An ideal candidate for the trek would be someone who enjoys being out of their comfort zone and trying something new. 

You are strongly advised to train to a good fitness level before departure to ensure fast recovery from each day’s walk. The distances covered may not be great, but you must be prepared for, and be capable of, trekking for many hours a day on steep, rough terrain while carrying a daypack of around 6-8kg in weight. If you attempt to complete the trek without training, it will be unnecessarily challenging and will hinder your experience, and the experience of your teammates. 

We have partnered with the Different Travel Company to bring this trip of a lifetime. The Different Travel Company is an ATOL-bonded tour operator that specialises in overseas charity challenges and adventure holidays. They offer a full pre-departure package which includes specialist advice on what to pack for your trip, practical support such as visa tips and much more. They can also offer a range of post-trip extension options for those who wish to stay on and do some further exploring. As a licensed ATOL bonded travel tour operator, you can also rest assured that your booking will be protected.

Preparation

If you do not already regularly exercise it is advised that you start training (including plenty of hills) as soon as you book to ensure your best chance of enjoyment on the trip. This could include speed walking, hill walking, swimming, running, cycling, gym workouts, team sports, boot camps, yoga etc. You can download several free apps, which will help you train and track your progress. E.g. iMapMyRide (for cyclists), C25K (couch to 5k run), and MyFitnessPal (for a variety of sports).  

We have three options to choose from

  1. Charity Sponsorship: you pay a small registration fee (of £395) and do lots of fundraising (to raise a minimum of £3,995) and we cover the cost of your challenge place!
  2. Mixed Funding: You pay a small registration fee (of £395) and £500 of the challenge costs, fundraise a bit less (minimum of £3,495) and we cover the balance of your challenge place.
  3. Self Funding: You pay a small registration fee (of £395) and the full cost of the challenge (£1,995). You pledge to fundraise a minimum of £1,995 to help fund the services of Rennie Grove Peace.

We recommend that you set up an online donation page using Just Giving. It is easy to do, and if you need any help with this we can help you out. You can share your page link with friends, family and colleagues via email or social media, and the funds you raise come straight to Rennie Grove Peace. Over the coming months we will talk about ways to help you reach your pledged sponsorship and will always be on hand to help. If you would like a downloadable sponsor form we can also provide this for you.

Sign up/Get in touch

Fill in our short enquiry form and we’ll be in touch with more details of the trip and can answer any questions you might have before booking. We can then provide you with the sign-up link to reserve your place.

Fill in our enquiry form to share your contact details and we can give you a call back, send a WhatsApp or email you.

You can also use Calendly to book in a quick 30 mins Teams Call with Emma, our events manager. Click here to book a Teams call.

Join an amazing team of individuals, embark on a unique adventure and create memories to last a lifetime.

This is a once in a lifetime experience which also includes the opportunity to volunteer at a local hospice in Vietnam.

 

Day 1: Depart for an overnight flight to Hanoi.

Flying from a London airport

Get set for adventure!

Day 2: Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to a central hotel

Leisure day

Settle in and explore independently. Gather for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the evening

Day 3: Hanoi to Mai Chau

After breakfast you will depart Hanoi for Mai Chau (approx 4 hours)

The village and project site where you are staying is a further 25km from Mai Chau town and is our base for the next two nights.

In the afternoon you will have an introduction to the community project.

The local hospital in Mai Chau has a small palliative care unit where we will work alongside the local team to improve facilities. Tasks could include activities such as repainting, gardening, decorating and other hands-on refurbishment type tasks. After completing the day’s tasks we will enjoy a hearty dinner and spend the night in a local guesthouse.

Day 4: Mai Chau

You will continue with the project

Completing the tasks you started the day before

Celebratory evening with the villagers

After a hard day's work - you and your team will celebrate your achievements in the evening with the villagers.

Day 5: Mai Chau to Hang Village

After breakfast, depart for a short, scenic drive to Pu Luong Natural Reserve, where the trek starts.

Passing through local villages and farms, over undulating terrain.

You will stop for the night in Hang Village, home to a Thai ethnic minority

Spend the night with local Thai families in their traditional stilted houses and have the chance to stroll around the village before dinner.

Day 6: Hang Village to Kho Muong

6 hour jungle trek

You will trek for around 6 hours on a path which runs mostly through the jungle. Stopping for lunch in a small village along the way before setting off again this afternoon passing several Thai villages.

You will stay the night in Kho Muong village.

Kho Muong is a Muong minority village - you will stay overnight in a traditional stilt house.

Day 7: Kho Muong to Cao Hoong

Uphill trek into the Pù Luông range

You will trek uphill into the Pù Luông range, passing through several small hamlets and minority villages en route. After 3 hours of gentle ascent, you will then descend to the village of Cao Hoong, a village of Thai ethnic minority people where you will stay overnight in local homes.

Day 8: Cao Hoong to Cao

Trek through the countryside

Today’s will take around 6 hours. The trek path runs uphill and downhill through forest, rice terraces and scenic villages. On the trek, you'll see farmers working on rice paddies and children going to school. We spend the night in the Thai village of Cao in a traditional stilt house

Day 9: Pho Doan to Hanoi

Riverside trek

A 2-hour trek to Pho Doan, where you will visit the local market. Continuing along the Ma River, you'll enjoy lovely views of the river, paddies and a waterwheel.

Back to Hanoi

At the end of the day you will be picked up and transferred to Hanoi, to enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner.

Day 10: Hanoi to London

Final day in Hanoi

Explore Hanoi at your leisure before your flight back to London.

Arrive home

Touch back down in the UK with a heart that is full from the experience, culture and friendships that you’ve made!