At 3143m Mt. Fansipan is the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula. This remote trek provides plenty to see and absorb, from the scattered rocks inscribed with drawings and designs of unknown origin, to the French influenced hill retreat town of Sapa with its minority groups, beautiful villas and cherry forests. The trek to the top of Mt. Fansipan is challenging and will be fully supported every step of the way by tour guides, porters and cooks who’s local knowledge and understanding of the different hill-tribe cultures, then pass along the way will add to the uniqueness of this exhilarating journey.
Great view from the summit
Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai.
Transfer from your hotel to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight in AC soft sleeper cabin.
Transfer hotel – railway station: AC vehicle
Accommodation: Soft sleeper in AC cabin
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat Village
Arrive in Lao Cai around 5.30 am. Travelers will take 1hr bus ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride give you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Upon arrival in Sapa Town, travelers have breakfast in local restaurant. Free time for the rest of the day to explore the town.
Optional walking tour begins at 1 pm to Lao Chai Village, home to Black H’mong people. Overnight in Sapa
Transfer Lao Cai – Sapa: 1 hr
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Activity: Free at leisure
Day 2: Sapa – Heavens Gate – 2900m
Travelers travel by car toward the Silver Waterfall where Travelers will be able to take a short walk to the waterfall. Travelers will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there, travelers can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning view of Binh Lu valley. The trek will be relatively soft until lunchtime. After a couple of hours of hiking, travelers will have a break at a nice spot in the forest and enjoy a good lunch. With new energy travelers start ascending as well as descending towards the campsite. En route travelers have opportunity to enjoy the scenery and magnificent views to Sapa area and beautiful landscape of Lai Chau province. It will be arrived to the campsite at 2900m ASL in the late afternoon. Now it is time to relax and enjoy a well prepared dinner.
Trekking: 5 hrs/ascend 2,900 m from 1,600 m (Sapa)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: 2900m – the top of Fansipan – 2700m
After having breakfast, it is climbed to the top, where travelers can celebrate your victory. From there, travelers can enjoy the best view to beautiful sceneries. Travelers will then start descending. Travelers stop on the way at a nice spot for lunch.
After lunch, travelers start the tough trek, which is all the way downhill through rainforest. This part requires a great concentration to step on steep trail until Travelers meet the campsite at 2700m ASL. Here travelers spend another night in tent.
Trekking: 6 hrs/ascend 3,143 m and descend to 2,700m
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: 2700m – Sin Chai – Sapa
Travelers wake up in the fresh and pure morning in wild nature, before heading back to civilization. Travelers trek downhill through well protected forest and after a couple of hours of hiking, Travelers stop for lunch. Travelers will then continue descending toward Sin Chai village of Back H’mong minority. On the way travelers will be able to enjoy valley views and beautiful surrounding. Travelers stop at the village for a while before we go by car back to Sapa, where travelers can celebrate our achievement, taking shower and relax until transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for the night train back to Hanoi.
Trekking: 6 hrs/descend to 1,600m
Accommodation: Night train back to Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Back to Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi early morning. Tour ends
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