Conquer Fansipan Mountain Peak – 4 days 5 nights (2 nights on train)
Tucked high in Vietnam 's remote northern mountains, close to the Chinese border, the former French military outpost of Sapa offers some of Vietnam 's most colourful experiences. The views are breath taking. Vietnam 's highest peak, the 3,143-metre Mount Fansipan , looms overhead, while the surrounding valleys feature terraced rice paddies and blazing green fields cut by fast-flowing streams. Layer upon layer of green ridges fade into the distance, edged by sharp, rocky peaks. The region is home to several ethnic minority groups all wearing their traditional and colourful attire.
Mt. Fansipan is only 9 km from Sapa town but it takes at least three days to get to the peak and back. The top is accessible year-round to anyone, providing you are in good shape. As there are no mountain huts on the way, we will be camping. Our porters carry the equipment and food. No ropes or technical climbing skills are needed, just endurance and plenty of energy. The terrain is rugged, wet and often cold.
Destinations: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat village - Fansipan Mountain - Tram Ton
- - Conquering Fansipan Peak – the roof of Indochina.
- - Enjoying fresh air and taking an overview of the whole town from the highest point.
- - Camping in the forest.
Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai (overnight train)
- - Transfer to Hanoi station for night train to Lao Cai.
- - Train leaves Hanoi at 22:00 and arrive at Lao Cai at 7 am.
- - Overnight on train.
Day 2: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat - 2300 m (B, L, D)
- - On arrival Laocai. Warmly welcome by local guide at the station.
- - Transfer to Sapa for a show, breakfast and morning coffee.
- - You will travel by car mostly downhill toward Cat Cat village of Black Hmong minority, which locates right at the foot of Hoang Lien mountain range.
- - Here you start heading up the mountain. After a couple of hours of hiking, you stop for lunch nearby a river.
- - After lunch, you climb toward the campsite at 2300m.
- - Here you spend a night in tents.
- - You can stretch your leg by taking a short walk around while your guide will be cooking dinner.
Approx: 6 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 3: 2300m - 2700m - 2900m - 2600m (B, L, D)
- - Trek will continue as soon as you finish breakfast.
- - You trek deep into the mountains and wild nature.
- - By noon, you spend some times for lunch.
- - In the afternoon, you ascend toward the peak of 2900m before descending to the campsite, which locates at 2600m.
- - Here you spend another night in tent before climbing to the top of Fansipan.
Approx: 8 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 4: 2006 m - Fansipan Peak (3,143 m) - 2900 m (B, L, D)
- - Today you head to the top of Fasipan, which is the highest peak of Indochina.
- - You get to the top after a couple of hours of ascending. Here you can enjoy the best view to beautiful sceneries and celebrate your victory.
- - You will then descend to a nice spot for lunch.
- - After having lunch, you descend again until you arrive in the campsite, which locates at 2900 m.
- - Here your last night in the mountain will be spent in tents.
Approx: 6,5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Day 5: 2900m - Tram Ton - Sapa - Hanoi (B, L)
- - Today’s trek will be soft compaired to the others.
- - After putting down the tents, you start descending the mountains.
- - You will follow trail and steps built of stone by Hoang Lien National Park.
- - You stop for lunch before heading out the mountains.
- - You arrive in Tram Ton in the early afternoon. Here you get on the car on the journey back to Sapa after the big loop in the mountains.
Approx: 30 minutes driving/ 4,5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
- - Then be free to explore the charms of Sapa town and take over night train back to Hanoi.
- - Train departs at 21:15 and arrives in Hanoi at 5 am.
Day 6: Hanoi arrival
- - Early arrive in Hanoi Railway Station at 5 am. The trip ends.
- All transfer as per tour
- Train ticket Hanoi/Lao Cai / Hanoi. Shared in 4-berth cabin
- Local English or French speaking guide
- Black Hmong porters (to carry food and luggage)
- Cook (from group sizes of 6 clients)
- All indicated meals, plus snacks (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
- Water on the whole trip
- Sleeping bag and mattresses
- Waterproof bluebag for luggage
- Tents if needed
- Mosquito net
- All entrance fees and permit
- Overnight in local house or tent
- International airfares
- International departure tax
- Vietnam visa fee and visa stamp fee.
- Pre and Post trip accommodation in Hanoi
- Travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 45 & 02 passport photos per person)
- Other services not mentioned above.