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Discover Vietnam in all its splendour as you trek through rice fields and lush valleys to support the prevention of youth homelessness.

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1-8 April 2025

Travel Dates

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$390 $240

Registration Fee

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$2,479

Trip Cost

Paid upfront or in instalments. Trip cost does not include flights.

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Challenge Grade

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$3,500

Fundraising Target

Early bird offer: sign up before 31 July 2024 and save $150 on your registration fee!

The Difference You'll Make

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Kids Under Cover is dedicated to preventing and ending youth homelessness through early intervention and prevention of the factors that put a young person at risk of leaving home before they’re ready to live independently. Their programs support vulnerable young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years old who are already homeless or are at risk of homelessness. The Kids Under Cover Studio and Scholarship Program empower young people to develop independent living skills by providing them with the necessary space to flourish, ensuring a brighter future for all.

On the Hike for Youth Homelessness: Sapa 2025 adventure, you’ll be raising funds for programs like the Studio and Scholarship Program. Every step you take will help Kids Under Cover to continue to provide at-risk young people with the foundations to strengthen connections to family, community and education and make a lasting difference in their lives.

Your fundraising could help by:

  • $25 could help a young person settle into their new Kids Under Cover studio.
  • $49 could help a young person stay connected to their education, peers and community via the Kids Under Cover Scholarship Program.
  • $150 could help provide a young person a stable and secure place to call home and reduce their risk of homelessness.
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How it works

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FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
For more details, see our FAQs.
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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target of $3,500 to help prevent youth homelessness.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.

Teamwork

Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and a representative from Kids Under Cover, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact on ending youth homelessness. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1,  Tuesday, 1st April 2025: Arrive in Hanoi

Day 1,  Tuesday, 1st April 2025: Arrive in Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi, make your own way to the hotel to get ready for our first team dinner at a local restaurant this evening. 

You can pre-book an airport transfer for an additional cost if you prefer. 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Meals: D

Day 2, Wednesday, 2nd April 2025: Hanoi to Sapa

Day 2, Wednesday, 2nd April 2025: Hanoi to Sapa

This morning we will transfer from Hanoi to the mountainous region of Sapa. Renowned for its breathtaking scenery, Sapa is surrounded by terraced rice fields, lush valleys, and towering peaks. Home to various ethnic minority groups, such as the Hmong, Dao, and Tay, Sapa offers a rich cultural tapestry with colourful markets, traditional villages, and vibrant festivals. En route to Sapa, we will experience the meeting point of cultures between China and Vietnam at the border before heading to lunch. Afterwards, we will set off for our first trek from Hang Da Village to Ban Sao Chua. Traverse a less-trodden trail as we descend through local villages, a lush valley and verdant hillsides, enveloped by the serene beauty of nature. 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Trekking distance: 7 km

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Thursday, 3rd April 2025: Sapa

Day 3, Thursday, 3rd April 2025: Sapa

Today we will embark on a walking adventure in Sapa to explore the picturesque route of local villages: Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van. We will Immerse ourselves in the cultural tapestry as we traverse these charming villages. Along the way we will see vast paddy fields nestled into the mountainside providing a stunning backdrop for the day's excursion. There is the chance to experience a herbal foot bath at the Black Mong village in Lao Chai, a therapeutic touch to rejuvenate our senses amid the scenic surroundings. After the invigorating walk, we will indulge in a well deserved lunch, savouring local flavours that complement the day’s exploration. 

Accommodation: 4-star hotel

Trekking distance: 9 km

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Friday, 4th April 2025: Sapa

Day 4, Friday, 4th April 2025: Sapa

After breakfast, we will set off to explore the rugged beauty of Vietnam with a trek along a buffalo trail to Ta Phin Village. This journey offers a genuine experience of Vietnam’s diverse terrain—dirt paths that tell tales of daily rural life, rocky streams that carve through the landscape, and sections of muddy buffalo trails. The trail occasionally steepens, presenting a rewarding challenge and should the weather hold up, views of Fanxipan from the top reward our climb. We will enjoy a picnic lunch before we head toward Ta Phin village for the afternoon.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel

Trekking distance: 11km

Meals: B L D

Day 5, Saturday, 5th April 2025: Sapa Fanxipan Expedition

Day 5, Saturday, 5th April 2025: Sapa Fanxipan Expedition

Today we embark on an exhilarating trek to conquer the summit of Fanxipan Mountain, standing proudly as the “Roof of Indochina'' at a towering height of 3,147 metres. As we ascend to the top, be prepared for an awe-inspiring journey through diverse landscapes, from lush forests to rocky terrains, each step bringing us closer to the breathtaking summit. This summiting experience of Fanxipan promises an extraordinary blend of adventure, natural beauty, and a sense of accomplishment, leaving us with memories that echo the majesty of Vietnam’s highest peak.

Accommodation: Rustic mountain lodge 

Trekking distance: 8 km

Meals: B L D

Day 6, Sunday, 6th April 2025: Sapa to Hanoi

Day 6, Sunday, 6th April 2025: Sapa to Hanoi

We will be up early this morning to conquer the summit. Upon reaching the peak, we will spend time revelling in the panoramic vistas that unfold before us, showcasing the unparalleled beauty of the surrounding landscapes. From the top, we will take the cable car down, providing a unique perspective of the terrain we conquered. Following this enriching experience, bid farewell to Sapa as we will transfer back to the Capital of Vietnam.

Please note that the cable car is subject to weather conditions.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel

Trekking distance: 1 km - 10km

Meals: B L D

Day 7, Monday, 7th April 2025: Halong Bay Cruise

Day 7, Monday, 7th April 2025: Halong Bay Cruise

After all of our picturesque walks, it is time to relax on an unforgettable day trip to the enchanting Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its breathtaking karst landscapes and emerald waters. Upon reaching Halong Bay, we will hop on a boat and set sail amidst the iconic limestone formations that gracefully emerge from the tranquil waters. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the bay as we cruise past the peaks and explore mysterious caves adorned with stunning stalactites. After our boat ride, we will head back to Hanoi for our final team dinner to celebrate our achievements.

Accommodation: 4- star hotel

Meals: B L D

Day 8, Tuesday, 8th April 2025: Depart Hanoi

Day 8, Tuesday, 8th April 2025: Depart Hanoi

This morning after breakfast we will check out of our hotel and say our goodbyes to our teammates and guides after a wonderful week. Make your way to the airport for your flights back home! 

Meals: B

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels based on twin-share and mountain lodge based on multi-share • Meals as per itinerary • Local English-speaking guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary • Porter service for Fanxipan peak (1 porter for every 4 pax – 1 porter can carry maximum of 15 kg of luggage)

Doesn’t include: International Flights • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities • Camera/video entrance fees

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Explore the breathtaking scenery of Sapa, Vietnam.
  • Discover a rich cultural tapestry with colourful markets, traditional villages, and vibrant festivals.
  • Trek the scenery by day and relax in nature at night.
  • Make friends with passionate people just like you, raising funds for Kids Under Cover to prevent youth homelessness.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. 

The Vietnam trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be well supported on the adventure by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks.

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we’ll connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we’ll happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You'll be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

Kids Under Cover has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $48 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Kids Under Cover, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines that build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels. While the hotels in Vietnam are good quality and comfortable, hotels aren’t always the same standard as they are in Australia or New Zealand so it’s best to prepare your expectations a little. Most will have air conditioning or fans and some even have swimming pools where you can unwind after a long day of hiking. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we’ll pair you together.

Fundraising

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You'll have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we’ll also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we’re looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we’ll review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you'll each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for Kids Under Cover are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $2,869 (this consists of a $390 registration fee plus a $2,479 travel cost, which is inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

This cost does not include flights, which you will need to book yourself.

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,500 (per person) for Kids Under Cover.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you'll need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa for entry into Vietnam. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website. If you are a citizen of another nationality, this information may differ.

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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