At 3143m, Mount Fansipan is the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula. This adventure trekking offers a lot of things to explore, from the scattered rocks inscribed with drawings and designs of unknown origin to the French influenced hill retreat town of Sapa with its minority groups, beautiful villas, and cherry forests. When we ascend through the foot of Fansipan, we will pass terraced rice paddies and villages of the H’mong– one of Vietnam’s many ethnic minorities. Giant old pine trees and expanses of yellow bamboo mark the higher reaches of our climb and we may see the mountain goats and monkeys along the way. Our trek to the top of Mt. Fansipan is challenging and will be fully supported every step of the way by our guides, porters, and cooks who are locals. They have deep knowledge about the different hill-tribe cultures. We pass along the way will add to the uniqueness of this exhilarating journey.
Day 1: Sa Pa – Climb up Fansipan peak at 2800 metres (B/L/D)
5:00-5:30: Arrive at Lao Cai railway station early in the morning. Our staff pick you up here then transfer you to hotel in Sa Pa for breakfast.
8:00: Our driver transfers you to Tram Ton Pass to obtain permission to climb the Mountain.
9:00: Tour guide and Porter who will carry all equipment, foods and our clothing come to see you. We will carry our day pack with water, jacket and camera only. To day we will begin the first part of our ascent with a trek through terraced rice paddies and some of the hilltribe villages. Our car take you to Tram Ton Pass, the we start trekking to conquere Fanxinpan mountain. Past the river, we start our upward trek to reach an elevation of 2200m where we will have lunch break.
In the afternoon, we will continually trek to the first base camp at an elevation of 2800m. The terrain in the afternoon becomes steeper and more difficult as we trek through massive. Arrow root plantations and up steeper slopes surrounded by bamboo, taking the extraordinary views of scenery along the way. At that point we will set up the camp for overnight sleeping, dinner will be cooked by the local cook on the campfire. Ready to unwind after the long day trek, you will find yourself sleeping soundly, while nestled among the rugged beauty of the mountains. Our camp for the evening will be in a very small clearing on the moutain enclosed by bamboo. Sleep in bamboo hut or tent
Day 2: 2800 metres – Summit – Sa Pa
Today is the summit day, so we early wake up at 6:30 -7:00 am, have breakfast together before we climb to the roof of Indochina, the peak of Mt. Fansipan. Once at the summit we will spend sometime soaking up the best panorama in Vietnam. The final climb will takes around three hours though dense bamboo forest. Around 10.00-10.30am, we can celebrate the victorious achievement as we arrive at the mountain peak sitting at 3,143m above sea level. Take some time out, as you absorb the combination of the fresh crisp air, and beautiful views while overlooking Sapa town even Chinese border and surrounding area, admiring the green forestry landscape of the Hoang Lien Son national park. After enjoying the remarkable views, we then descend 2.700m for lunch, reach Sapa town in late afternoon. Free time to explore the town. When you finish your Fanxipan tour, we will drop off you at your hotel in Sa Pa. See you again, when we come back Lao Cai Station at 4:30-5:00pm
- Good Trekking shoes
- English or French speaking guide
- 2 sets of clothes & warm fleece (winter)
- Entrance fee & permits
- Water, fruit & personal medication
- Breakfast, Dinner & 2 Lunch
- Torch (flashlight)
- Tent & sleeping bag
- Tips & Personal expenses