Trek Vietnam

10 days


6 days






A thrilling Adventure through Vietnam's rural heartlands

This remarkable trek in Vietnam provides an ideal blend of stunning landscapes and rich cultural experiences. Towering limestone and granite mountains soar from the remote jungle, where waterfalls cascade into secluded, steep-sided valleys amid numerous nature reserves. We journey from tranquil lakes and valleys filled with corn and rice fields, up through steep, jungle-clad hills to high ridges. This trek offers extraordinary, off-the-beaten-path hiking adventures in Vietnam. Led by experts, you will gain authentic insights into remote, local life, culture, and food, whilst also pushing yourself physically further on this challenge of a lifetime.

The Challenge

Stunning Scenery, Vibrant Vietnam

On this 10-day adventure, live your life to the fullest as you explore and discover the beauty of Vietnam on foot. You’ll be embarking on an adventure that perfectly combines the thrill of navigating across a wide range of terrains, whilst also admiring the tranquil scenery. Alongside expert guides and a full support team, this trip covers a large proportion of Vietnam including rivers, hills, and quaint villages, making it an unforgettable experience from start to finish.

The Experience

Life on the trek

On an Action Challenge trip, you’ll be part of a team which takes on an adventure together – and that’s what makes the experience so special. Getting to know others, supporting each other when the going gets tough, laughing together & the new friendships that will stay with you for many years. Led by a UK Leader and supported by a Medic overseeing the group’s wellbeing – you’ll be in safe hands, and our expert local logistics team & guides will ensure it all runs like clockwork. These are ‘fully inclusive’ trips – leaving you to focus on your challenge and enjoy it!

An Action Challenge trip is much more than a holiday! It brings like-minded people together in fantastic landscapes, provides the best support, and enables the group to take on a tough & unforgettable challenge which forges new friendships, broadens horizons, and leaves you wanting more of life’s adventures!

The blueprint for the Action Challenge trip is based on delivering a high-quality enjoyable experience – and doing it all safely. An experienced UK Leader ensures that all aspects of the challenge run to plan – and one of our UK Medics with an expedition med kit is on hand to look after the group’s wellbeing – enabling everyone to have the best chance of completing their challenge.

We go to great lengths to ensure that we only use the best local organisations to supply the all-important ground logistics and the on-challenge support, catering, and hospitality teams – with experienced guides leading the way on the trails guided by their deep local knowledge and authentic style.

We appeal to like-minded people with a similar sense of adventure – but often from very different backgrounds, and with a wide range of experience, ages, levels of fitness, and personal ambitions. Our trips are perfect for individuals, couples, and small groups of friends to join –to take on a unique challenge as part of a larger group which shapes & bonds as the adventure unfolds!

Whether it’s the hotels, restaurants & transfers before & after the main challenge – or the challenge accommodation & meals whilst out on the trails – our all-inclusive packages mean that you will get a top-quality experience at a great value price! Flights are generally included, but there’s a ‘land only’ option if you’d prefer to book your own – and single supplement accommodation upgrades are available.

VisasIf you are a ‘Flights
Included’ participant, we will be organising
this for you upon arrival into Amman airport.
If you are travelling as a land only challenger,
you must organise your own Visa. You can do
this upon arrival in Amman. The cost is 40
Jordanian Dinars. 

The group comes together – takes on a tough challenge together – and then celebrates its achievements in style on the final night of the trip in a local restaurant or hotel, with medals, awards, and a bit of a party! Many of our participants make new special friends on our trips – and quite a few come back together for another challenge in the following years!

A successful challenge starts with good preparation. The better prepared you are the more confident you’ll be, and the more you’ll enjoy it! Our ‘Challenge App’ will have all the info & details of what to expect on your challenge – and how to prepare for it – and we have optional training walks, training weekends, and a 50km place on one of our UK Ultra Challenge events to get out on the trails and test your fitness, kit, & equipment.

Itinerary & Route

Please note that some details of the itinerary may change, you will be provided with a detailed itinerary once you are signed up to the challenge.

We will meet our group and Action Challenge staff at the airport and check in together before boarding our overnight flight to Hanoi in northeast Vietnam.

Meals: D inflight Accom: Hotel

On arrival in Vietnam, we will transfer to our hotel in the centre of Hanoi. Once checked in, we will have a guided walk through the old quarter followed by a welcome meal and briefing by our guides who will be with us during our challenge. We will then get an early night before our trek begins tomorrow.

Meals: B, L, D Accom: Hotel

This morning following breakfast, we will leave early and transfer 4½ hrs to the Mai Chau area in the southwest of Hanoi. We will enjoy a packed lunch along the way. On arrival at Xa Linh, one of the most remote villages in the Hoa Binh province, we will start a 3-hour trek on great jungle paths to our accommodation at the village of Hang Kia. Our accommodation will be traditional family homestays where we sleep on comfortable mattresses together in shared rooms. The evening will conclude with an evening meal prepared by Action Challenge cooks in the home kitchen before the group gets some needed rest.

Meals: B, L, D Accom: TBC

Our day will begin with another fuelling breakfast before we embark on today’s trek. From the village of Hang Kia, we will trek along a mixture of paths, streambeds, and jungle hillsides before eventually arriving at Cun Pheo, a village of the White Thai minority. At this point, we will stop to enjoy lunch as a group and admire the stunning scenery. As we enter the afternoon, our trek will resume as we follow trek paths that wind through Van Villages and cultivated fields, with beautiful views of the Mai Chau valley. Here, small ethnic minority villages sit among a patchwork of paddy fields surrounded by green mountains. It is truly stunning and extremely serene. At around midday, we will stop to enjoy a packed lunch whilst soaking up the scenery. This afternoon, we will finally arrive at Buoc Village, where we settle at our family homestay and enjoy a traditional rice wine!

Meals: B, L, D Accom: TBC

Today will be a very exciting day which will commence after we enjoy a group breakfast. The day will start with a trek to the village of Xam Khoe followed by trails and rice paddies to Van Mai, the area’s main town. We will stop here to have lunch and then board a small longboat for a 4km journey along the old Vietnam War supply routes, down the fast-flowing river. We will pass green-topped limestone cliffs, the odd stilt house, and gardens, with the distant Laos mountains fading into blue. As the sun sets, we will disembark and continue through Sai and onto Hang Villages, an oasis in the middle of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Our route was part of the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War to supply the resistance. As evening approaches, we will arrive at our accommodation for the night. Here, we will enjoy an evening meal before getting some much-needed rest.

Following breakfast, trek day 4 will begin as we start our hike through the tranquil valley. Today will be tough, with some steep climbs, although it will be extremely rewarding. At midday, we will rest and find shade from the heat as we enjoy some lunch as a group. As we enter the afternoon, our trek will continue onto Kho Muong village nestled between the mountains. This is arguably one of the prettiest settings we come across in our challenge. For those with enough energy, there will be an additional trek to an incredible jaw-dropping cave, before finally enjoying an evening meal and getting some much-needed sleep at our homestay.

Meals: B, L, D Accom: TBC

Today will be another strenuous day, but the views will certainly be worth it. After breakfast, we will set out trekking uphill for three hours through a picturesque forest passing several villages along the way. We will stop and rest at an appropriate time to recuperate and enjoy some lunch in Pho Doan village. Our trek will recommence in the afternoon, and we will continue for another 2½ hours, predominately downhill to our final destination of Don village. This is another Thai community, and we can explore the fascinating architecture and the beauty of the surrounding area. Alternatively, if you just want to relax, there will be ample opportunity to simply rest in a hammock at our comfortable Pu Luong Retreat. As the sun sets, we will be treated to an authentic Vietnamese delight with a traditional dance and song performed by local hill tribe people as well as a delicious Vietnamese meal.

Meals: B, L                 Accom: TBC

Following our last trekking breakfast, we will leave Don village and trek 2 hours to Tan Lap suspension bridge over the Cham River, where we see the stunning water wheels. It’s fascinating to get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions. After a short break, we continue trekking for 3 hours on the other side of the Ma river past local Muong villages. At midday, we depart for Hanoi (5hrs transfer) along the old Ho Chi Minh Trail. We stop for lunch in a local restaurant and arrive in Hanoi late afternoon. Once back in Hanoi, we will have the evening as free time to visit this incredible and vibrant city.

Meals: B, L                   Accom: TBC

Today we have the full day free to discover the city, to eat in the markets, to see the incredible crafts that are being produced there or maybe you just want to grab yourselves a bargain of branded outdoor equipment much of which is produced in Vietnam. After an exhausting day walking the streets and jumping into rickshaws, this evening we get together once again and make our way to a restaurant, to celebrate our achievements on the Vietnam Challenge. The celebrations should go on well into the night.

Meals: B, D                     Accom: TBC

Subject to the time of our flights we will transfer to Hanoi Airport for our return flight leaves in the early hours of the morning and ensures that we are back in the UK with plenty of time to get home.

Meals: B

Costs & Fundraising

We’ve three payment & fundraising options for you to take on this challenge.

Self Funding

Sign up with a £395 online deposit & balance payment due 12 weeks before, with no fundraising target.

Fundraise for Charity

Sign up with a £395 online deposit & fundraise for a charity of your choice, with different target options.

Our Brochure

The Challenge brochure details the full itinerary, inclusions, and more – download for a full run down of the challenge details. 

Dates & Prices


Enquire with us below or if you want to speak to one of the team call on +44 (0)207 6695

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How it works...


It’s like paying for an all-inclusive holiday.

You pay the registration deposit. The final balance for the trip cost will be due no later than 10 weeks before your departure date

If you want to fundraise for charity, you may still do this separately – either on or offline. All fundraising will be a direct donation to your chosen charity. Please contact them for more information.

How it works...


Take on one of our challenges and support a charity of your choice. You can choose how much of the trip cost you want to pay, and support your charity by fundraising the rest.

You pay the registration deposit, then fundraise double the remaining trip cost for a charity of your choice.

Action Challenge will invoice your charity for your final balance 12 weeks before departure.

You must complete 80% of your fundraising by 12 weeks before departure, with the remaining 20% completed 4 weeks after departure.

Let us know what charity you want to support when registering so that we can set up your challenge agreement.