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mu cang chai- fansipan

Trekking Fansipan and Mu Cang Chai Tour 5 Days

(5 Reviews)
  • 5 DaysHigh season: Sep-Oct
  • Private/group tour : 2-10 People
  • Sleep: Homestay/Hotel/Hut
  • Difficulty : Fansipan (3/5)+ Mu Cang Chai (2/5) Elevation: 1000-3000m; terrain: Jungle, muddy,rocky, local trail
  • Pickup: from Hanoi
  • Min Age : 15+

As Southeast Asia’s highest peak, Mountain Fansipan (3,143 m) providing the perfect trekking routes. With 2 days Fansipan trek offers all of the challenges and rewards of any hike. It’s a must climb if you are the type of person that likes to see the beautiful and different landscape along hiking trails.

And with 3 days Hiking Mu Cang Chai Tour gives you the best chance to discover the mountainous beauty, the amazing Rice Terraces, as well as the local life of different ethnic groups in the rural tribe: Mu Cang Chai – where the charming essence of these lands remains unchanged. Exploring these lands by hiking around unparalleled routes, meeting locals and rural villages will be the unforgettable memories in your Vietnam trips.

Combine Trekking Fansipan and Hiking Mu Cang Chai trip 5 days, you will have the time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and unforgettable trip in North Vietnam. 

Our program has a well organized and flexible itinerary depends on the weather and rice status, so to have a smooth program, let book with Zonitrip – local Tour operator Expert.  

Recommended Airport

Noi Bai International Airport (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Your hotel in Hanoi

Price Includes

  • All transportation mentioned in program: prviate car from your hotel to Mu Cang Chai- Sapa and train come back to Hanoi
  • English speaking guide & Porter ( 3 guests/porter) for Fansipan trip
  • Meal as in itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and signseeing fees
  • Water: 1 little/day/person
  • Successful Certificate & Medal

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Personal items: Clothes, rain-gear, foot wears
  • Beverage: Extra drinks
  • International Travel Insurance


  • Comfortable walking/trekking shoes
  • ClothingLight comfortable clothes and warm clothes in winter time ( from Oct to Feb)
  • Take a small day backpack for hiking
  • Insect/mosquito repellent, sun cream, sun hat, light raincoat
  • Medicine (fever, bad stomach etc.) + First aid kit (aspirin, anti-biotic, salon pas, healing tape, energy pills...)
  • Snack, nut, candy, energy gel, drink
  • Candle and head light
  • Sleeping bagWe also provide for you, however, you could bring more one, especially in winter
What to Expect
  • Spetacular beauty of Rice Terraces fields - with best spots for photography
  • Fantastic mountain scenry, amazing views and sunsire on the Fansipan peak
  • Interesting and unique hiking journey
  • Explore the true rural life and interesting traditional culture of ethnic people
  • Experience staying at traditional homestay & enjoy the tasty Vietnamese food
  • Less touristic, avoid the crowed in tourism area, merge with nature
  • Well organization and flexible program with best price


7:30 am: Our guide will pick-up you at hotel. We also pass Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people – one of the main ethnic people in Yen Bai. Around 2-3pm, arrive Tu Le town, you will walk around the rice fields, spring and villages, explore the life, the house, the culture…of Thai and Mong people.

Ups on your health and time, we will go farther, through Nam Co – Nam Pang to homestay in Bung Som village, around 10km in 3,5hrs. Or shorter route 6-7 km in 2hrs. You will follow the rice field, narrow muddy local path, cross the stream. If you want, you can join to swim with children in the stream. The Hiking road is quite flat, not too much difficult, but cross the field and stream is one of interesting activity.

Overnight at the homestay wooden stilt house of Thai people in Tu Le. ( if you want a private room, we can arrange the room in a hotel)

Sum up
Hiking difficulty: Easy ( 1/5) ~5 -10 Km in 2-3,5 hrs

Driving: 250 Km – 5hrs 


8 am: After breakfast, we will move to Mu Cang Chai. We will drive over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam, connecting Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai. These scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picture-taking as it is the viewpoint to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass.

When we arrive in Mu Cang Chai, we will spend around 3 hrs Hiking from La Pan Tan village to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famous destinations in the country with round shape follow the mountain shape. La Pan Tan village is well-known with large and high rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai. Everything was built by the human hand of the H’ mong people over the past hundreds of years. The simple lunch will be served after go down to the main road, or if you want to try to experience the life of Hmong people, you can visit their house, cook and eat lunch with local.

After lunch, you will continue to take the Hiking from Che Cu Nha to Kim Noi village in around ~9-10 km in 3 -3,5hrs. On the way, we will go up a high mountain, pass the H’ mong village and a waterfall in a remote area. Besides seeing the beauty of rice fields, you’ll be guided how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover the farm working of locals. We can visit some houses or schools to explore local life and culture if that interests you.

At the end of the Hiking route leads to homestay of Thai people in Mu Cang Chai center. Enjoy dinner, warmly & hospitality of Thai people.

Option 2: Depends on your fitness and health, if you want to more time to rest, in the afternoon, we can choose the option, Hiking to see the sunset in Sang Nhu village. If the weather is good and the status of rice field, we will make a Hiking trip to Sang Nhu village ( in Mu Cang Chai) – where have the beautiful rice terrace field with Horse feed shape and amazing sunset. However, this Hiking trip is quite steep.
Overnight at the stilt house homestay of Thai or Mong people. ( P/s: If you want to experience sleep in the homestay of Hmong people, we will arrange a night in Hello Mu Cang Chai homestay in La Pan Tan village.)

Sum up

  • Hiking level: Moderate (3/5) with ~15-17 Km in 5-6hrs
  • Driving: 50 Km 

Day 3MU CANG CHAI - SAPA (160km driving and 2hrs hiking)

After our breakfast, depending on the season, we can spend 2-2,5hrs Hike up to Sang Nhu or Lao Chai village, where has beautiful rice terraces (attractive many photographers), Hiking through the pine forests, the hidden path.  

After that, we will be transferred to Sapa. The road connects Mu Cang Chai to Sapa is one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Vietnam with fantastic scenery. Cross Tan Uyen district, where you can see the majestic Green TEA Hills.  Our guide will take you to visit the tea plantation, a demonstration of the tea making process, and about a dozen cups of the local green tea! You will have an experience, how to tell when tea leaves and buds are ready to be picked and how to tell its quality grade.

We’ll cross over O Quy Ho pass, one of the four greatest passes in Vietnam where you’ll see the highest peak of Indochina: Mt Fansipan. You can enjoy fresh and cool air and nice landscapes. It will be an unforgettable experience.

Arrive Sapa in the afternoon, check-in hotel, eat dinner and relax to prepare for the challenging Fansipan Trip next morning.

Sum up

Hiking level: Easy (1/5) ~5-7 Km in 2-2,5hrs

Driving: 160 Km 

Sapa – Tram Ton Pass – Base camp 2800m (B, L, D)

After breakfast at hotel, you will check out and leave your luggage at the reception store. 

Around 8:00 – 8:30 am, our guide and driver with local coordinator pick you up at your hotel in Sapa. You will be transferred by car to Tram Ton pass, the starting point for hiking. The journey from here to first camp is nice. The forest and small rivers running at the side of the mountain are refreshing.
Around 12h00: You will have a break at the first camp and enjoy a good lunch.
With new energy, you start a new windy journey. The track is more open and uphill. You will use more power, using both hands and legs to go up and down through the rock cliff, climbing the ladder and go through the jungle. You can see many stunning views when reaching any peak then merge between the natural forest and animals.
~16-17h00: Arrive at the campsite at 2800m in the late afternoon. Now it is time to relax and enjoy a well-prepared dinner.

Sum up:
Trekking time: 6hrs
Altitude: from 1.900m-2.800m

Day 5Base camp – the top of Fansipan – cable car- Sapa- train to Hanoi (B,L,-)

If you want to see the sunrise, you have to wake up and start from 3:30-4.00 am and reach the top at 6:30 am. You will experience pitch black trail and can’t see well around you, so you have to use your light because it’s very dark in the early morning. The ladder and steps will help your ascent easier. In the lucky day and the sky is clear, you can see the amazing sunrise with a fantastic view from the top of Fansipan. It’s also the time with fewer tourists from the cable car stations, so you can enjoy the scenery and take a break before descending.

Book the cable car on the way back sounds more reasonable because after a quite long trek to the summit and now you are a bit (or a lot) exhausted.

Once you leave the station, you’ll immediately start to float high above the rocky cliffs below. From the cabin, the huge windows, you can enjoy the beauty of Sa Pa town, stunning view and spectacular terrace fields, as you ascend gradually to this towering tip above the clouds.

Come back Sapa town, take a shower, relaxing at  hotel and wait until 17:00, our shuttle bus transfer you to the Lao Cai train station. You will have your own choice for dinner at a restaurant near the station while waiting for train. The departure is at 20:30 on train. 

Arrive Hanoi at 5:30am the next morning. Finish the great Trekking Fansipan and Hiking Mu Cang Chai 5Days. 

Arrive in Hanoi early morning. Tour ends.

Sum up:

Hiking time: 3hrs

Altitude: 2800m->3140m


Hiking Mu Cang Chai map




I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Solo travel is taking off. More and more adventurers are forging their own path and travelling alone as part of a group tour. And it’s no wonder. With the confidence you gain from seeing the world on your terms, solo travel gives you a sense of freedom like nothing else.

If you want to travel to your own tune, you’ll be in good company with Zonitrip. Lots of our travellers arrive alone and leave with lifelong friends. With shared authentic experiences in far-flung destinations, our tours are the perfect chance to create lasting friendships.

We’ll match you with the group having suit your departure time, so you can share the tour cost. About single supplements like accommodation, most of our homestay have a single mattress so it’s very convenient for solo travel. If you want to upgrade a private room, the small surcharge can be accepted.
If at the departure time you want, we haven’t had any other group, you can book in advance or deposit to keep a sit. We will inform you of the update or customized suitable or better options.

You can also find many travel ideas and tours here in the best solo travel destinations. Don’t worry, let contact with us.
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How about accommodation?

After a long day with a lot of activities, we know a comfortable place to rest overnight is a special concern. A relaxed and enjoyable accommodation is not only to state the quality of the tour but also to get the energy back for the possibly hard days after.

However, the Trekking and Motorbike tours of Zonitrip are almost at remote regions where accommodations are not like other big towns, so we’ll stay mostly at the standard hotels or home-stay. But don’t’ worry, they’re surely safe and the equipment is comfortable enough for you:

  • Home-stay:

Mostly 90% of Zonitrip’s customers are pleased with staying at homestays. 

All the families we choose to stay have special permits and are certificated from the local government. Most of the homestays are nice wood and clean houses on stilts, are owned by warm hosts, who are local knowing well area. Below is the equipment you can expect to have at the homestay: private mats, blankets, mosquito nets, fans, clean toilets, hot water. 

  • The base camp – Hut/tent

With the trekking mountain tour from 2-4 days, we provide a tent or hut and sleeping bag to sleep. You will share sleeping space with other guests.

There isn’t electricity, internet or phone wireless, no hot water, no shower and a very simple toilet.

How's about the food?

We would like to say the food on tours is one of the most important reasons to make our clients come back for more.
We serve almost local Vietnamese food on the tour. Generally, Vietnamese food is light but it’s surely not boring and so healthy. We can be sure all food is fresh with a lot of vegetables, especially for vegetarians.
We sometimes choose a basic roadside restaurant for meals or eating at the homestay but the food is always fresh, tasty and plenty to choose.
Such as famous PHO (rice noodle soup), BUN CHA (special noodle with grilled pork), NEM (Spring rolls)…The local people have different methods to cook so we can be sure you can have different food for each meal during the long adventure tours in Vietnam. 


How do I book and pay?

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Once you have agreed on an itinerary or service we will ask for a 30% deposit and start making reservations for you. Once all reservations have been made we will confirm back to you. The final balance is due on your arrival in our area or before your tour departs.

What is cancellation policy?

  • Once you have paid 30% non-refundable deposit your trip is confirmed.
  • Any cancellation of a booking must be in writing and shall only be effective upon its acknowledged receipt by ZONITRIP
  • For cancellations made within 7 days and 48 hrs before the day of the service, we reserve the right to retain 25% of the due amount.
  • For cancellations made within 48 hrs of the tour, we reserve the right to retain the full fee.
  • No refunds are given in case of force majeure
  • No refunds are given if the client leaves the program after it has begun for any reasons whatsoever or miss any scheduled sightseeing or visit or no show up
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Thu Phuong- Vietnam

Group Traveller

I started my journey with my friends in a group of five people with a saying repeated in my mind that “Get lost in nature and you will find yourself”. Well, it was our very first and adventurous trip ever with two days of hiking in Fansipan and one day in Sapa. We all miss our steps through the mountain with a lot of amazing views and little things along the ways, especially two helpful and friendly posters of Zonitrip. They are Seng and Cau. Thanks to their support, our journey has become memorable. I always remember the image of two posters with two heavy dossiers on their backs to bring things to support us. They are two people who talked with us as our friends, always supervised us but not forgot to let us enjoy ourselves sometimes… Finally, thank you Zonitrip for all and special thanks to Mrs. Nghia – she is so caring and helpful. Thank you for “getting lost” with us!


Thomas - France

Group Traveller

“Very great Fansipan climb trip !”
Thanks, Zonitrip for this great experience! We climbed the mount Fansipan, the highest point in Vietnam. We were in Yen Bai which is 3hours from Hanoi by bus. Nghia organized everything for us, as dropped us on the Highway at midnight to catch the bus to Sapa!
We were only four in our group, and we started to hike the first day and we slept in the base camp (2800m). Good atmosphere and good people over there! The guide cooked a great meal for us and we spent good time drinking some local alcohol and beers (you can find beers in the hut but you have to bring your own alcohol ????
The day after we started to hike around 6.30 am for 2 hours until the top of the Fansipan.
Unfortunately, it was really cloudy, like almost every day so no regrets!
We decided to go down by the cable car (600 000 dong) cause of the rain. We had time to visit Sapa and to meet some locals before to take the bus. The city is really nice even if it’s extremely touristy…
Then, we went back to Yen Bai around 8 pm and Nghia was waiting for us with her husband to drop us at home.
That was 2 really nice days! Thank you so much for everything! I highly recommend Zonitrip!



Group Traveller

This trek was the best part of our trip to Vietnam. A welcome alternative to the busy, dirty asian cities. The views were unbelievable, the guide very nice and helpful, the accomodation clean, the food amazing… I highly recommend it


Ander - USA

Couple Traveller

We did the 5 day trekking Fansipan and Mu Cang Chai. Ngia was the perfect ambassador and made sure everything was adapted to our likings: meeting the locals, explanations about the culture, trying new food, getting to the best views.. after 23 days in Vietnam and many tours this was the best of them. Absolutely recommended.



Group Traveller

What an experience!
A friend and I did a private tour with Nghia and loved every part of the experience.
Nghia asked that Sueng (I hope the spelling is correct!) join us as she was in training and she was adorable. The trek through the H’mong tiny valley and mountain village tribes was far more moving and beautiful that words and pictures can capture.

Nghia has such a grace to her, introducing herself and us along the way. It was very enjoyable to watch how she engaged with the H’mong people. She is curious and respectful. During one such experience she saw a women sitting in her yard hand paining fabric for a piece of clothing she was making. Nghia asked if we could watch her to which she agreed. She later invited us to try, which proved very difficult for us to do as it was freehand. We were invited to stay for lunch with them which was so kind. We asked to see her other wares. She has a few pieces that she hand sews to sell at market so we were able to purchase them from her directly. Very special moments here.

We stayed at homestays with families along the way. They were wonderful and warm hosts. The accommodations were very comfortable, clean and safe. The meals our hosts served were delusions and very plentiful. I know it was a lot of effort to make our meals vegetarian, which was much appreciated!!!

Our driver Anh was awesome. He was a very safe and experienced driver…. although a very harrowing drive through the MANY switchbacks. He did slow down for us as the ride lift us very queezy. Be sure to bring Gravol and ginger candy!

We were able to experience planting rice, picking tea leaves, shooing cows and chickens from roads and rice field paths, ethic life, breathtaking landscapes and had lots of fun along the way with Nghia, Seung and Anh.

We learned a great sea from Nghia, she truly is remarkable!

Nghia, thank you so much for an experience if a lifetime. If we could give you 10 stars for your hospitality, knowledge and genuine nature we would!

Juanita and I will miss you and your infectious laugh!

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