Pu Luong trekking routes : Best trekking trails in Pu Luong

Pu Luong trekking guide


Pu Luong is known as the beaten-track destination for trekking in Vietnam, an alternative to touristy Sapa. A great place to do trekking in nature. This article is about Pu Luong trekking routes for those who planned on a guided tour or independent travelers. 

Things to pack for trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve

  • Walking sticks
  • Walking shoes
  • Cellphone with GPS
  • Waterproof bag
  • Cash in VND
    First aid kits
  • Water bottled 
  • Snacks
  • Sun cream
  • Sung glasses
  • Insect spray
  • Rain ponchos

The best time for trekking Pu Luong 

I do recommend trekking Pu Luong during the rice harvest season between May and June and between September to October. 

To me, anytime from September to May. If you are traveling during the summertime from May to August, it is hot trekking so you had better start early like 7 am finish the trip by noon, and rest in the afternoon, Cool off at a pool at your place. 

Of course, it also depends on the weather each day. So make sure that you check the weather forecast a week or 3 days before the departure date. 

Top Pu Luong trekking routes

These are the most common trekking routes in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. 

Don village to Hieu village

Pu Luong in the harvest season

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 12 kilometers

Level : Medium

This is a common trekking route for those who stay in Don village, Pu Luong. Start from Pu Luong Reatreat and trek downhill to the heart of Don village and follow the small trail to go up hill and half way is the flat road from villages to village. 

Pho Doan to Hieu village

Duration: 2 hours

Distance: 6 kilometers

Level: easy

This route is suitable for those who are seniors with easy flat roads. You should combine your visit at Pho Doan market on Sunday. Lots of things to see since this is the market day when ethnic people from nearby villages get together. 

Don village to Bang village

Duration: 1.5 hours

Distance: 5 kilometers

Level: easy

This is a nice trekking route where you can trek among rice paddy fields, the route is easy enough even for seniors, it’s flat and easy to walk 

I was trekking to the peak of Pu Luong: 1700 meters above sea level. 

Duration: 5-6 hours

Level: hard

This is the most challenging trekking route since you are hiking uphill to reach its summit. This trekking route is only for those who like adventure travel and have good health. 

You are trekking through jungles, passing rocky slopes.

There is an option of spending the night on the peak and watching the sunrise the next morning. 

Trekking Hang village to Eo Ken, Kho Muong

This 4-hour trekking route has a total length of 8 kilometers of awe-inspiring mountain landscapes, and lush green terraced paddy fields and you can also see bamboo forest along the way. 

This trekking route is recommended for those who want to travel off the beaten track on a guided tour. 

Note: There are a lot more trekking routes to choose from. I do think that the local guide knows better. Before taking the trip, you can discuss with the local guide in advance to find out what the trekking route is like, how long it will be and 

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