Day tour / Dalat trekking tour – 2 days
Trek the first day down from Dalat to Tuyen Lam Lake. The trail is moderate on the first day and goes over Pinhatt Mountain through pine forest and ends at a campsite on the shore of the lake. The second day puts you in the jungle for the whole day as you trek further south. This moderate trek involves about 4 to 5 hours of hiking each day.
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Day 1: Dalat to the Jungle (6 hours trekking)
This two day trip starts to the South of Dalat City. We drive along picturesque scenic roads to the Pinhatt Mountain Trailhead, where we start our journey. The first section of trail is through minority farms and pine forest. Don’t be alarmed if you meet an elephant along the way. They live at the lake and are tame.
We continue to walk through forest paths until we meet the base of Pinhatt. Here you can take a short rest to gain strength for the steep uphill climb (45 minutes) to the summit of Pinhatt.
You will be treated to a picnic lunch of fresh veggies and fruits, baguettes with an assortment of toppings and a French-style pastry to satisfy your sweet tooth.
After lunch and a rest on the mountain-top, we descend and you will notice a very dramatic difference in the flora and fauna. The valley you enter is no longer pine forest, but the jungle that Vietnam is so famous for. You will emerge on the other side, at a campsite where you can relax or take a swim until dinner.
Day 2: More trekking and back to Dalat (7 hours trekking)
On day two you start your walk through pine forest. Soon you will notice the dramatic change in scenery from pine to thick jungle. Walk the rolling hills among the vines, broad-leaf trees, and enjoy the cool jungle breeze. If you’re lucky, you may see a wild orchid in bloom or a troop of wild monkeys.
Upon exiting the thick jungle section, you will walk between Elephant Mountain and another area peak. Enjoy seeing the small minority farms that dot the valley floor.
After lunch and a rest you continue walking through the valley until you come to a ridgeline, which you follow to the famous Chicken Village, aptly named due to the large chicken statue in the center of the township. The women of this minority village are famous for weaving fabric in bright and interesting designs.