Mt. Fansipan at 3143m,
and on the border with China, is Vietnam's highest
mountain. It is only 9km from Sapa town but it takes
at least three days to get to the peak and back. Sapa,
at an elevation of 1600m, has been described as "Not
easily reached... Sees few tourists... Unbelievable
mountain scenery... Still retains many French cultural
and architectural influences... Has been under the
control of at least four countries over the centuries...
Unlike other Vietnamese hill towns, different ethnicities
cohabitate peacefully here." The region around Sapa
is indeed home to various colourful ethnic minorities,
wearing traditional attire.The climb is rough, wet
and cold, but the views are rewarding. The top is
accessible year-round to anyone who is in good shape.
As there are no mountain huts on the way, we will
be camping. No ropes or technical climbing skills
are needed, just endurance and plenty of energy. The
equipment and food will be carried by our porters.
Trekking time is 5 - 8 hours per day
1 : Friday: Arrive Hanoi - Lao Cai ( D ) (Train)
Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi. Catch an overnight train (about 9
hours) to Lao Cai, 346 km to the northwest. Lao Cai is the last station
in Vietnam on the French built train line toYunnan, China. Overnight
on the train.
Transfer hotel – railway station: AC vehicle
Accommodation: Soft sleeper in AC cabin
2 : Lao Cai - Sapa -Laochai -Tavan (1600m) (B,L,D).
Arrive early morning in Lao Cai and transfer by minibus to Sapa. All day
trekking to visit some minority villages. Lao Chai - TaVan - GiangTaChai.
You will meet some different minority people H’mong, Zay, Red Dzao,
you can see the different colorful dresses.Free time to visit Sapa
market. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Transfer Laocai – Sapa: 1 hr
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Activity: Free at leisure
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
3 : Start the climb to the first camp (BLD).
breakfast in the hotel we will meet our support crew, who will carry
all equipment, foods and our clothing. We will carry our day pack
with water, jacket and camera only. Today we will begin the first
part of our ascent with a trek through terraced rice paddies and some
of the hilltribe villages. Setting out from Sapa we descend into the
nearby village of Cat Cat and cross Muong Hoa River. Past the river
we start our upward trek to reach an elevation of 1,700m where we
will have lunch break.
In the afternoon
we will continue trek to the first base camp at an elevation of 2,300
m. The terrain in the afternoon becomes steeper and more difficult
as we trek through massive Arrowroot plantations and up steeper slopes
surrounded by bamboo. Our camp for the evening will be in a very small
clearing on the mountain enclosed by bamboo. Sleep in bamboo hut or
Today we set out
for a full day trek to the second base camp. As we continue on we
will pass through primary forest containing giant, century old pine
trees and expanses of bamboo. Our trek will take us to an altitude
of 2,900m from this elevation we have a spectacular view across to
the peak of Mt. Fansipan. After lunch we start climb down to an elevation
of 2,700m. Our decent will be over large boulders, down a fairly steep
slope. Our camp is on the mountain slope facing west, near a mountain
stream. Dinner and overnight at the base camp.
Trek to the summit and descend to the third base camp
Today is the summit
day, we climb to the roof of Indochina: the peak of Mt. Fansipan.
The final climb will takes around three hours though dense bamboo
forest . Once at the summit we will spend sometime soaking up the
best panorama in Vietnam. We then descend 2,700m for lunch.
In the afternoon
we will descend to the third base camp where we spend the last night
Today we trek
downhill all the way. We will reach Sapa around lunch time. In the
afternoon we will then be free to take shower and relax after the
climb, In the late afternoon we will be transferred to the railway
station for night train to back Hanoi.
Accommodation applying in this trip:
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Mountain view hotel
Tour Cost includes:
Train: (Soft-sleeper) Hanoi-Lao Cai - Hanoi.
Full transportation as tour program indicated.
Twin-share accommodation with daily breakfast;
1/2 day hotel on day 1.
Permission fee to visit Fansifand summit.
Full meals as indicated in the itinerary.
English- speaking guide
Porters, camps for trekking.
that you should bring
only thing you should bring yourself is a pair of good walking-boots,
or another kind of solid foot-wear. You should have tried them
out beforehand, and know that you can walk in them all through
the day !
2 pairs of thick socks ( for use in the walking-boots)
Sandals or light footwear ( for use in the evening )
Sun-cream (with a high factor ; 10-20 )
Hat or cap, with a shade
Medicine for your own use (fever, bad stomach etc.)
1 warm jacket (fleece-jacket etc.,- for the evenings)
1-2 pair of long trousers (loose,- for your comfort)
1 pair of short trousers ( for warm days)
2 3 shirts, or T-shirts
Socks (for use in the evenings, and against mosquitoes)
Underwear (for the women : also a Bra !)
: The personal baggage
you bring on the trek, should not exceed approx. 10-12 kg, and
should preferably be packed in ordinary plastic-bags that fit
easily into the soft, barrel-shaped, watertight Blue bag. This
bag will only contain your baggage and your sleeping-bag
your personal baggage in the Blue bag will be carried by the
porters. You shall only carry a small rucksack with the things
you need during the day (camera, water-bottle etc.)
we supply :
- Sleeping bag
- Sheet sleeping bag (silk)
- Sleeping mats
- Waterproof Blue bag (for your baggage)
- Plastic rain coat
- Torch / flashlight
- Water-filters (to purify drinking-water)
- Plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, and chop-sticks
- Tents (incl. Mosquito-net)
- First-aid kit
Tour Cost excludes:
- Airport taxes; Visas; travel insurance; tips; personal expenses,