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.
Day 1: Hanoi Orientation – Lao Cai (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historical presidential relics and then the Temple of Literature nearby. Afterwards you will head to Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake and dates back to the 13th century. The lake itself is a picturesque focal point of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike. In the afternoon, you will visit Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country which houses a display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority peoples. Then you will take 1 hour by cyclo ride through Hanoi's Old Quarters to experience daily life of people who are living in the oldest parts of the city. After that, you will be transferred back to your hotel for refreshment. You will be free until a car arrives to take you to Hanoi railway station in time to board the 21.10 p.m. overnight sleeper to Lao Cai.
The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed every Monday and Friday (outside grounds and garden area will be open on these days) and normally closed from September 4 through November 5 for preservation and maintenance of the building.
On Mondays, the Museum of Ethnology is closed. If our tour of Hanoi is on a Monday, our visit to the Museum of Ethnology will be replaced by a visit to Hanoi's History Museum or Fine Arts Museum.
Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat – 2300m (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) - Approx: 6 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning where your car and guide are waiting for you to take you to Sapa town to refresh and enjoy breakfast and morning coffee. You will then 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 will start heading up the mountain. After a couple of hours of hiking, you will stop for lunch nearby a river. After lunch, you climb toward the campsite at 2300m. Here you will spend a night in tents. You can stretch your leg by taking a short walk around while your guide will be cooking dinner.
Day 3: Climb up 2300m - 2700m - 2900m - 2600m (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) - Approx: 8 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Today’s trek will continue as soon as you finish breakfast. You will 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.
Day 4: 2006m – Fansipan Peak (3,143 m)– 2900m (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) - Approx: 6,5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
Today you head to the top of Fasipan, which is the highest peak of Indochina. You will 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 2900m. Here your last night in the mountain will be spent in tents.
Day 5: 2900m – Tram Ton – Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) - Approx: 30 minutes driving/ 4,5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.
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.
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 (Breakfast, Driver pickup)
You’ll arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. A car will be waiting to take you to your hotel to check in for refreshment and relaxation until you’re picked up for your departure flight. Tour ends!
In view of the prevailing weather conditions, this adventure tour should only be undertaken from October to mid-December and from March to April. Please note that the climb up Fan Si Pan is long, strenuous and requires fitness and good health. Anyone in doubt should consult his or her doctor about the advisability of this challenge. No specialist skills or technical equipment are needed – just plenty of stamina and a good head for heights. All camping and cooking equipment can be provided, or you can bring your own. Porters are available to carry equipment, if required.
To enjoy the best of the ethnic markets of this area, the adventure tour should commence on a Friday, as indicated. However, if it is not possible for you to start your holiday on that day, we will reschedule the itinerary to make best use of the dates you have available.
- Free Vietnam Visa Intivation letter.
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
- Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- The services of a porter (or porters) for climbing Fan Si Pan.
- Bottled drinking water during the trip and snacks for climbing Fan Si Pan.
- Return train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai (air-conditioned soft four-berth cabin, good local standard in Fanxipan Train carriage or similar)
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
- Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants
- All sightseeing tickets.
- VAT and other taxes
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Travel insurance
- Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee
- Other services not mentioned above.