At 3,143 metres Mt Fansipan is Vietnam’s highest mountain. Although only 9 km from Sapa town, it takes at least three days to get to the peak and back. The top is accessible year-round to anybody, so long as they are in good shape. As there are no mountain huts on the way, tents and sleeping bags are provided. Our porters carry the equipment and food. This trip offers very basic, roughing it conditions! No ropes or technical climbing skills are needed, just endurance and plenty of energy. The terrain is rugged, wet and often cold so wet weather gear and appropriate shoes are a must. During the summer months of June to August it can also be very hot so you need to plan in advance for a variety of possible conditions. Climbing Mt Fansipan in Vietnam is for active adventure seekers who are up for a challenge!
Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai
Our trip starts with an overnight train journey from Vietnam’s capital city to the border town of Lao Cai. The accommodation for tonight will be in soft sleeper berths on the express train (standard cabin includes 4 berths per cabin).
Day 2: Sapa
Upon arrival in Lao Cai , you will be met by your guide and they will accompany you on the 35km drive to Sapa. This morning our exercise involves climbing up Ham Rong Mountain for a panoramic view of Sapa and its environs. After lunch time we drive out of town and commence an hour-long walk to Ta Phin, home to the distinctive Dao (pronounced Zao) community.
Day 3: Sapa – Tram Ton – 2200m
Free morning in Sapa twon before transferring to Vietnam highest pass – Tram Ton at 2100m above the sea level. You will visit the Silver Waterfall where you will be able to take a short walk to the waterfall. Then, you will start the strenous trek to the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views. The trek will be relatively soft until lunchtime. After a couple of hours of hiking, you will have a break at a nice spot in the forest and enjoy a good lunch.
With new energy you start ascending as well as descending towards the campsite. En route you have many opportunities to enjoy the scenery and magnificent views to Sapa area and beautiful landscape of Lai Chau province. You will arrive to the campsite at 2200m ASL in the late afternoon. Now it is time to relax and enjoy a well prepared dinner.
Approx: 0,5 hour driving/ 5 hours trekking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 4: The top of Fansipan – 2200m
After having breakfast, you climb to the top (after 4 hours), where you can celebrate your victory. From there, you can enjoy the best view to beautiful sceneries. You will then trek through rainforest to go back to the campsite for lunch.
After lunch, you start your journey back. You follow the trail down to the same point for second night in the mountain. Dinner is served at the tents.
Approx: 0,5 hour driving/ 7 hours trekking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 5: 2200 m – Sapa
After your breakfast in the mountain, take another way to down as well as stone steeps built by Hoang Lien National Park until you meet your car, which is there to take you back to Sapa. From here you will return by road to Lao Cai for the overnight return train journey to Hanoi.
Day 6: Arrive Hanoi