Trek to the roof of Indochina to witness the rugged beauty of Mount Fansipan. At 3143m tall, Mount Fansipan is the tallest mountain in Vietnam and accessible year-round. The climb is steep with much undulation in the terrain which one has to tackle over the 2D1N trek in sometimes adverse weather conditions. Are you game to take up the challenge?
HANOI – LAO CAI
Take the 940pm Orient Express overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai.
Overnight: Train (Sleeping Berth)
LAO CAI – PARK RANGER’S STATION (2000M) – MOUNTAIN CAMP (2800M)
After a good night’s rest on the train, arrive at Lao Cai Station at around 535am in the morning. Our friendly local representative will be there to pick you by private transport to Sapa (1 hour drive). In Sapa, you will deposit you main luggage for safe-keeping and have your breakfast. After that, you will meet your mountain guide and together take a short drive (15km) to Park Rangers’ Station at Tram Ton Pass to start your Mount Fansipan adventure.
Throughout the climb, you can observe and learn about the local cardamom plants. Depending on the season and time of the year, you will get to see local birds and other animals. As you trek up to the height of 2200m, you will stop for a picnic lunch. You then keep on trekking up to the height of 2800m where you will camp for the night. As you unwind from the day’s hike, dinner will be served. Have an early night rest.
Overnight: Sheltered huts on the mountain
MOUNTAIN CAMP (2800M) – FANSIPAN SUMMIT (3143M) – SAPA – LAO CAI
Rising early at 630-700am, you will have breakfast before undertaking the final ascent to the very top of Mount Fansipan. Around 1000-1030am, it is time to celebrate the victorious moment of reaching the summit of Mount Fansipan – a height of 3143m above sea level. Take some time to absorb the fresh crisp air and beautiful views while overlooking Sapa town, admiring its thick green forestry landscape. After enjoying the remarkable views, we commence the descent to 2800m and enjoy a picnic lunch. You then continue the trek back down to Tram Ton Pass at 2000m where you will receive your certificate of achievement and medal. Your driver will drive you back to Sapa town to wash up, have your dinner and collect your luggage before transferring you to Lao Cai for your 835pm Orient Express train back to Hanoi.
Overnight: Train (Sleeping Berth)
LAO CAI – HANOI
Arrive at Hanoi train station at around 445am.
- Return train tickets (sleeper, 4 in a cabin) between Hanoi and Laocai
- Private transfer between Lao Cai train station and Sapa town
- 2D1N guided Mt Fansipan trek – breakfast, 2 x lunch, dinner, mountain guide (able to speak basic English), transport, village entrance fees, snack, soft drink, camping equipments including tent, sleeping bag, mat (only needed if sheltered huts are full), 1.5L water/day (to be carried by yourself), porters to carry for communal items such as food and camping equipment, standard national park levy, Fansipan certificate and medal
- Return international air tickets
- Travel insurance*
- Vietnamese VISA (ASEAN citizens are VISA-free up to 30 days)
- All meals not indicated
- Tips for guides
- All expenses of a personal nature
*AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.
Climbing Season: During the dry months from March, April, May, September and October
Rainy Season: June to August
Temperature: It can get very cold and it rains frequently even during the climbing season. Warm clothing and rain gears are necessary.
Difficulty Level: Climbing Fansipan is tough but anyone with good fitness and hiking experience should be able to cope. Since it is only a 2D 1N climb, you should bring along only essential items (warm clothing, change of dry clothing for the night, headlight and trekking stick) for the climb. Normal trekking throughout except for some light scrambling. No rock climbing or technical climbing skills needed.
The itinerary provided above is the base itinerary. We highly recommend that you extend your trip to spend more days in Hanoi and Sapa. There are lots to see and experience in this part of Vietnam. Specifically, we recommend the 2D1N Halong Bay Cruise.
For trekkers who wish to hike Mount Fansipan in one day, we can arrange that as well. For customers who require airport pickup from Hanoi and hotel stays in Hanoi/Sapa, we will be able arrange them.
As the cable car at Fanispan has started operations since February 2016, it is now possible to hike to Mt Fansipan summit and descend via cable car.
For customers who would like to do an easier hike, we can also arrange a trek through the villages in Sapa.
Our adventure through bustling Hanoi, breathtaking (figuratively & literally) Sapa and unbelievably stunning Halong Bay was an absolute blast. iwannatravel could not have arranged it any better. This was all done up in two days as we made a very last minute decision to fly out to Vietnam instead of our original plan (Surabaya, Indonesia). Despite the last minute change, iwannatravel went the extra mile to ensure that our Vietnam adventure well planned. Through the entire trip, iwannatravel also touched base with us to ensure that we were doing ok. If you are looking for hassle-free and fun-filled adventure, look no further already!
– Shawn & Tricia (Group of 2 on a 5D4N trip to Sapa & Halong Bay in Oct 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone’s safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT’s first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mount Fansipan & Halong Bay in Mar 2016)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Guide and driver were very nice people. Caring, considerate, conscientious, patient, nice and fun people. Car was driven with care so that we were comfortable and did not feel car sick during the long rides. I enjoyed the trips to ijen, bromo and the waterfall at batu. Views were very scenic. Our guide Vinda and the local guides which she got along the way brought us to scenic spots (esp @ the waterfalls) and helped to take great pictures.
– Alexia (Group of 3 on a 5D4N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in Sep 2016)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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