Conquer Fansipan - Hard Trekking

As we ascend through the lower reaches of Fansipan, we will pass terraced rice paddies and villages of the H’mong, one of Vietnam’s many ethnic minorities. Giant, centuries old pine trees and expanses of yellow bamboo mark the higher reaches of our climb, we may sight mountain goats and langur monkeys along the way.
Departure date: Flexible Travel Date
Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
TravelStyle: Adventure & Discovery
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Destinations

  • Cat Cat Village, Muong Hoa Valley
  • Such a challenging route to Fansipan 

Highlights

This adventure tour takes you to the top of Mount Fansipan, a 3.143 meter tall mountain that is considered the "Rooftop of Indochina". It's indeed a great experience for those who love nature as well as discovering ethnic cultures, and anyone in good physical shape can make the trek to the top.     

Brief Itinerary

Day Destinations Accommodation
Day 1 Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Muong Hoa Valley - Altitude of 2,300m Overnight camping
Day 2 Altitude of 2,300m - Altitude of 2,900m - Altitude of 2,700m Overnight camping
Day 3 Altitude of 2,700m - Hiking to the peak - Altitude of 2,000m Overnight camping
Day 4 Altitude of 2,000m - Sapa  

What to bring?

Essentials

- Good hiking shoes (should be soft, well fitted and anti-slippery), thick socks.
- Warm jacket and pullover (air 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.
- First aid kit (aspirin, anti-biotic, salon pas, healing tape, energy pills...)
- Personal hygiene stuffs

Optionals

- Sleeping bag (otherwise will be provided on spot)
- Insect spray (not really necessary in this season)
- Protectors for knees and ankles- Whistle (to alert in case of emergencies)

Additional tips

- All belongings should be compact, light and just sufficient for the trek, avoid getting yourself suffering from the unnecessary burden
- Trousers dressing 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 get yourself enough energy from the meals, particularly breakfast.

Day 1 : Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Muong Hoa Valley - Altitude of 2,300m (L/D)

Our tour gudie will come to pick you up at your hotel in Sapa. 

Today we will begin the first part of our ascent with a trek through terraced rice paddies and some of the hilltribe villages. Setting out from Sapa we descend into the nearby village of Cat Cat and cross Muong Hoa River. Past the river we start our upward trek to reach an elevation of 1,700m where we will have lunch break.

In the afternoon we will continue trek to the first base camp at an elevation of 2,300 m. The terrain in the afternoon becomes steeper and more difficult as we trek through massive Arrowroot plantations and up steeper slopes surrounded by bamboo. Our camp for the evening will be in a very small clearing on the mountain enclosed by bamboo. Sleep in bamboo hut or tent. 

Estimated trekking time: 7 hours

Stay overnight at campsite.

Day 2 : Altitude of 2,300m - Altitude of 2,900m - Altitude of 2,700m (B/L/D)

Today we set out for a full day trek to the second base camp. As we continue on we will pass through primary forest containing giant, century old pine trees and expanses of bamboo. Our trek will take us to an altitude of 2,900m from this elevation we have a spectacular view across to the peak of Mt. Fansipan. After lunch we start climb down to an elevation of 2,700m. Our decent will be over large boulders, down a fairly steep slope. Our camp is on the mountain slope facing west, near a mountain stream. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Estimated trekking time: 7 hours

Day 3 : Altitude of 2,700m - Hiking to the peak - Altitude of 2,000m (B/L/D)

Today is the summit day, we climb to the roof of Indochina: the peak of Mt. Fansipan. The final climb will takes around three hours though dense bamboo forest . Once at the summit we will spend sometime soaking up the best panorama in Vietnam. We then descend 2,700m for lunch.

In the afternoon we will descend to the third base camp where we spend the last night on mountain.

Estimated trekking time: 7 hours

Day 4 : Altitude of 2,000m - Sapa (B/L)

Today we trek downhill all the way. We will reach Sapa around lunch time. In the afternoon we will then be free to take shower and relax after the climb.

Estimated trekking time: 4 hours

This itinerary is private and customized for a small group. Of course it's available join-in tour for some itineraries if you don't want to go over budget. For more details please contact us at anytime.

The price below is US$ per person:

Quantity of group 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax
  US$ US$ US$ US$ US$ US$

Service Inclusion:

  • English speaking guide
  • Porter (food carrying)
  • Transportation upon the itinerary
  • Sleeping bag and mattress
  • Shower after the trip (upon request)
  • Two (02) bottles of mineral water for each person per day.
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

 Service Exclusions:

  • International flights & departure taxes
  • Domestic flights & departure taxes
  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees & permits not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone call..), tips and gratuities
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$45 & 02 passport photos per person)
  • Others not mentioned above.

Notes:

  • As we've mentioned above, this tour is private and could be customized in order to meet your requirements.
  • More people is equal to Lower cost.
  • Please be aware this itinerary or other trekking itineraries in general are not highly recommended to children, people with history of high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
  • Itinerary is subject to change under certain circumstances such as: uncontrolled weather condition.
  • The selected hotel might be changed to another one because of fully booking or renovation. We will surely let you know before decide to book and guarantee that the hotel is the same level to the first one.
  • High Season surchage will be applied if your travel date is on Nov, Dec, Mar, Apr.
  • Public Holiday dates surchage will be applied if your travel date is on 1 Jan, Lunar New Year, from 27 Apr to 1 May, from 27 Aug to 2 Sep, 24 Dec, 31 Dec.