Hanoi – Sapa – Fanxian Summit – Sapa – Hanoi 6 days

Fansipan - VietNam

Fansipan – VietNam

Better known as Roof of Indochina, Fanxipan Mt. is 3,143m above the sea level. Although only 9 km as far as the crow flies from Sapa townlet, it takes tough trekkers at least 2 days to conquer the summit and back.
The area, as part of Hoang Lien Son, nature reserve, is to be approved as one of the few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species. The summit is accessible all year round, but the best time to make the ascent is from mid-October to mid-November, and again in March. As there are no mountain huts along the trails, trekkers often need to stay in camps. No ropes or technical climbing skills are needed, just endurance and plenty of energy. The terrain is rugged, wet and often cold.

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa
Our trip starts with an overnight train journey from Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi to the border town of Lao Cai. The train departs at 21:30 pm. (No meal included – take your own way to get to the Rails way station in Hanoi)

Day 2: Sapa
Arrive early in Lao cai at 06 00 am, we start our drive up the spectacular Sapa pass, which is 1300 m high, 33 km long.  Arrive Sapa in the morning; we have some free time to wander around, exploring this beautiful multi-ethnic town. In the afternoon, we take a bus ride to Taphin Village of the Red Dzao. Dao women are particularly striking as they wear a large red turban often covered with old coins or jewelry. Drive back to Sapa. Optional activity: visit Ham Rong Mt. for some good panoramic views of Sapa town and the surrounding valleys. (No meal included)

Day 3: Sapa – first camp (2,500 m)
Today the real climb starts from Cat Cat village. Cat Cat village is a home to the Black Hmongs in a valley at 1,100 m, the name comes from the French word “Cascade”, which is connected to the Waterfall close to the village. From here you will cross a river and hike uphill on narrow trails and through small spectacular passes with subtropical forest. Once we reach an elevation of 1,700 m we stop for lunch and an energy boost before climbing up to an elevation of approximately 2,500. Here we set up our camp for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included)

Day 4: Trek to summit and return to first camp (2,500m)
Today is summit day, so after an early breakfast we leave our base camp around 7.00 am and start climbing upwards. As we continue on we pass through primary forest containing giant, centuries old pine trees and expanses of yellow bamboo. Our continuing trek will take us to an altitude of over 3,000m as we arrive at the roof of Vietnam: Fansipan Peak 3,143m. The duration of our stay at the summit depends on the weather conditions. If the weather is clear, once at the summit we will have time to savour the best panorama in Vietnam. From here, you can see all the way to China and Lao. Trek back to our camp, and have a little celebration. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included)

Day 5: First camp – Sapa
Today it’s downhill just about all the way. Following breakfast we begin our descent and reach Sapa by around lunchtime. The afternoon will 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. (Breakfast, Lunch are included)

Day 6: Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi Railway Station you will get pick up and transferred to your hotel. (No meal included)

* Note: Prices may subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation – USD applied
Surcharged 4USD/ person for each train ticket in the weekend

PRE-TRIP INFORMATION
Depart from: Hanoi
Return to: Hanoi
Activities: Trekking, mountain hiking
Grade: Challenging
Trip highlights: Sapa, Fanxipan Mt., nature discovery

BEST TIME TO VISIT
The summit of Fansipan is accessible all year round, but the best time to make the ascent is from mid-October to mid-November, and again in March. However, the best time for the trek to the mountain is from the end of February to the start of March, when the flowers all flourish and the climbers may behold the carpets of brilliant blossoms, violets and orchids, rhododendrons and aglaias.

What to bring:
• Good trekking boots
• Rainwear
• 2 sets of clothes
• A warm fleece in the winter
• Camera and film
• Flash light
• Medicine for personal use

Inclusions
English speaking guide
All transportation and transfers by A.C bus, A.C soft sleeper train
Hotel accommodation in Sapa as mention of Price above
Tents, sleeping bags on mountains
Meals as indicated in itinerary (B, L, D)
All admission fees and permits
Drinking water during the trek
Local supporting team during the trekking (porter, cook …)

Exclusions
Pre/post trip arrangement
Meals not indicated (allowUSD5-6/meal/person)
Travel insurance
Other personal expenses

Special note:
Maximum group size is 9 people.
The temperature can drop down to freezing or below during the months of December and January.
The tour might be cancelled without notice if the weather is not permitted or local authority abandoned

Hanoi – Sapa – Fanxian Summit – Sapa – Hanoi 6 days
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