( Full Day Hike )
After a visit to this area, you will see firsthand how varied and wonderful the flora and fauna of Vietnam are: from pine forests to jungle to meadow in just one day!
This one day trip starts to the South of Dalat City. We drive along picturesque scenic roads to Tuyen Lam Lake. The ride along the bank of the lake to the far southern end to get to the trail head, where there is more of a broad leaf evergreen ecology and less pine forest. Don’t be alarmed if you meet an elephant along the way. They live at the lake and are tame.
The trek starts through pine forest and moves gradually uphill through a small meadow before crossing a stream and heading up into the thicker jungle canopy.
Soon you will notice a dramatic change in scenery 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 monkeys.
As we work our way uphill we eventually come to a rather steep section that heads up to the summit of temple peak. This 20 minute section takes us to our lunch spot where the views of the valley below are fantastic.
Dalat is known as the vegetable garden of Vietnam and lunch offers you a chance to try some of the areas tasty produce.
After lunch the trail goes downhill gradually along a ridgeline and the jungle canopy starts to thin out before we come to a clearing where the jungle ends. This flat section leads us down toward the valley below which is dotted with small farms growing vegetables and flowers. Numerous paddies also cover the valley below.
The trail can be steep and rocky in this section and finishes at the infamous Chicken Village where our vehicle meets us to transport back to Dalat. This trip can also be done the other way around depending on the season.
The Nitty Gritty Details
|Depart From||We’ll pick you up at your hotel|
|End At||We’ll drop you off at your hotel|
|Start Time||8:30 am|
|Finish Time||Between 3 and 4 pm|
|Duration||One Day - At least 5 hours hiking|
|Activities||Hiking, swimming (if desired)|
|Hiking Grade||7 or 8 – Moderate to Moderately Difficult|
|Transportation||Van or car to trailhead depending on group size|
|Meals||Fruit snack, purified drinking water, picnic lunch. Please note one day in advance if you have special dietary requirements.|
|What to Bring||Hat, sunscreen, repellent, swimsuit (if desired), camera, comfortable walking shoes such as sport shoes or hiking boots. Sandals are not recommended.|
|English speaking guide, all necessary forest and tourist permits, first aid kit, meal as listed above.|
|What’s Not||Personal major medical including evacuation insurance coverage is recommended. Tips for our guides are always appreciated|
|Price/Person||$37 - Can be paid in US$, Euro, VND.|