Climb the Roof of Fansipan Mountain

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Tackle the challenges of an ascent on Mount Fansipan, Indochina’s highest mountain; it is an adventure climb through wilderness, past isolated hill tribe villages and spectacular rice terracing.

A steep two and a half day climb takes you to the roof of Indochina, affording views over spectacular mountains in both China and Laos. Sleep in the forest high up on the side of the mountain and eat excellent food cooked over an open fire.

Climb the Roof of Fansipan Mountain

Tour code: TRE 01

Tackle the challenges of an ascent on Mount Fansipan, Indochina’s highest mountain; it is an adventure climb through wilderness, past isolated hill tribe villages and spectacular rice terracing.

A steep two and a half day climb takes you to the roof of Indochina, affording views over spectacular mountains in both China and Laos. Sleep in the forest high up on the side of the mountain and eat excellent food cooked over an open fire.

DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL (D)

Arrival Noi Bai aiport, you will be met by the tour guide and transferred to Hanoi hotel for check in. You have free time to discover Hanoi - the unique city tree-line boulevard, French colonial architectures, peaceful lakes and oriental temples…        

You will have dinner in local restaurant before transfer to Hanoi’s railway station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight in 4 berth sleeping cabin.

DAY 02 (JAN 25, 2010): LAOCAI - SAPA - CLIMBING UPWARDS (B/ L/ D)

Arrive at Lao Cai railway station at 6.30 am, then transfer by bus to Sapa. After  breakfast at our office in Sapa, meet our guide and H'mong porters, pick up our baggage and start ahead, along with the cook. From our altitude of 1500 m, we pass through the Sapa day market and leave Sapa, heading for the bottom of the valley. After a short while we pass the H'mong village of Cat Cat, where pigs are scuffling around freely among the wooden houses, and the children look curiously at these strange people. At the bottom of the valley (1200 m) we pass the river of Linh Ho, carefully keeping our balance on the fragile bamboo bridge. We start the long climb upwards, and later in the day reach the rainforest, which softens our steps and blocks our view for a while. Before nightfall, we pick a spot in the jungle and put up our camp in 2200 m altitude. Enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the forest is a perfect background for the smell of a good evening meal, being prepared by the cook...

DAY 03 : CLIMBING TO THE FANSIPAN ROOF - CAMPING (B/ L/ D)

After an early breakfast, we start slowly with a minor descend, before we again move upwards. If we are lucky, we might see some of the giant butterflies living around here, reaching a size of 25 cm. At around 2400 m the rainforest gradually gives way to huge, succulent bamboo, passing which we reach a ridge at 2900 m, and now have a magnificent view down through the long Sapa valley, over the area we have just passed, to the mountain range on the other side. We prepare our lunch at an elevation of 3100 m. Then we set out on the final ascend. A few steep stretches must be passed, but nothing insurmountable and we reach the summit at 3.143 m. We now stand at the highest point in Vietnam, the view is stunning, to the north into China as well as to the south and Laos, and the mountainous area with Dien Bien Phuin between. Time for a good long break, before we return to our base camp at 2200m.

DAY 04: SAPA IN THE MIST OF CLOUD - NIGHT TRAI BACK TO HANOI (B/L/D)

Enjoy breakfast at our spectacular balcony. Then whole day is free for shopping or just to relax or visit the day market in Sapa or make a trek with our guide to villages of Lao Chai, Ta Van and Giang Ta Chai of Black H'mong, Zay and Red Zao people. We return to Sapa at 2.pm then at 4pmtransfer by bus to Lao Cai railway station and take the overnight train back to Hanoi.

DAY 05: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)

Arrive at Hanoi early in the morning. Transfer to the hotel to have shower and relax then order for the breakfast. Free shopping till the departure time of your own flight. Transfer to the airport for flight to your home “home sweet home”.

 

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