Known as the ‘Roof of Indochina,’ Mountain Fansipan (3.143m) is the highest mountain in Vietnam.
Located in the country’s north-west region just 17 miles from the Chinese border, it is the Hoàng Liên Son range’s highest peak, rising from a photogenic valley of rice terraces. Sapa, the French colonial outpost turned tourism boomtown, is the main gateway to the remote Hoàng Liên National Park in South-East Asia where Mountain Fansipan is located. The park is renowned for its biodiversity, towering bamboo and colorful hill tribes. Guided climbing Fansipan started in earnest in the 1990s, typically taking at least three or four days, but shorter, more challenging hiking trails in Vietnam have since become just as common.
Added to that was some tips for your CLIMBING FANSIPAN mountain trip. It was clear on two things:
– All but the very fit should be able to do the trek in three or four days.
– For safety, you should never go one-on-one with a guide
October and November are the best months as you’ll avoid the hot and very wet subtropical summers (the heaviest rainfall is in July and August), as well as the winters, when temperatures can plummet to below zero at night.
Head north-west on the train from Vietnamese capital Hanoi to Lao Cai, which takes 8 to 9 hours. From there, it’s a 24-mile bus or taxi ride to Sapa.
Or you can choose catch the bus which takes only 5 hours as there is highway from Hanoi – Lao Cai.
Tourists need to arrange a 30-day visa in advance. This can be done through a Vietnamese embassy, or it’s generally easier and cheaper to organize a Visa On Arrival (VOA) through a Vietnam-based travel agent.
It will most likely be steamy, but there might be enough mud to devour your trail shoes, meaning a pair of sturdy hiking boots Opt for breathable quick-dry kit, plus a warmer layer for the night.
– Good hiking shoes (should be soft, well fitted and anti-slippery)
– 2 pairs of thick socks ( for use in the walking-boots)Sandals or light footwear ( for use in the evening )
– Sun-cream (with a high factor ; 10-20 )
-Hat or cap, with a shade
-Medicine for your own use (fever, bad stomach etc.) + First aid kit (aspirin, anti-biotic, salon pas, healing tape, energy pills…)
– Warm jacket and pullover (expected to be very cold), preferable with head cover
– Rain coat (big enough to cover you backpack as well), cap, glasses
– Flash light
– Well-fitted gloves to help grab while trekking.
– Personal hygiene stuffs
– Sleeping bag (We also provide for you, however, you could bring more one)
– Protectors for knees and ankles- Whistle (to alert in case of emergencies)
– All belongings should be compact, light and just sufficient for the trek and to avoid unnecessary burden
– Clothing should be loose to make it easy for long treks
– Always stick to the group or local porters in case of assistance, don’t deviate.
– Keep a good stable pace, no need to rush in any case. If you are ahead of the group,
slow down and wait for the company.
– Always provide yourself enough energy from the meals, particularly breakfast.
Some images about Trekking Mountain Fansipan Trips
References or useful help
Zonitrip in Hanoi was a great help to us when it came to planning our Climbing Fansipan adventure tour. They gave us useful tips and advice and without asking for anything in return. We definitely recommend stopping by to talk with them before you trekking to Sapa, and trek Fansipan… or anywhere else in Northern Vietnam.
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