SUMMIT - North Vietnam
-Sapa Fansipan Discovery Tour ( 8days/7nights)
Mt. Fansipan at 3143m, and on the border with China, is Vietnam's
highest mountain. It is only 9km
from Sapa town but it takes at least three days to get to the
peak and back. Sapa, at an elevation of 1600m, has been described
as "Not easily reached... Sees few tourists... Unbelievable
mountain scenery... Still retains many French cultural and architectural
influences... Has been under the control of at least four countries
over the centuries... Unlike other Vietnamese hill towns, different
ethnicities cohabitate peacefully here." The region around Sapa
is indeed home to various colourful ethnic minorities, wearing
traditional attire.The climb is rough, wet and cold, but the
views are rewarding. The top is accessible year-round to anyone
who is in good shape. As there are no mountain huts on the way,
we will be camping. No ropes or technical climbing skills are
needed, just endurance and plenty of energy. The equipment and
food will be carried by our porters. Trekking time is 5 - 8
hours per day.
Day 1 : Friday: Arrive Hanoi - Lao Cai (Train)
Pick up at the airport. Welcome dinner, catch an overnight train
(about 9 hours) to Lao Cai, 346
to the northwest. Lao Cai is the last station in Vietnam on the
French built train line toYunnan, China. (D)
Day 2 : Lao Cai (Ride/trek) - Sapa (1600m) (BLD).
Arrive early morning in Lao Cai and transfer by minibus to Sapa.
Free time to visit Sapa market. Overnight at Royal hotel.
Day 3 : Start the climb(BLD).
Commence the ascent of Mt. Fansipan by trekking through terraced
rice fields and a hill tribe village of the H'mong. You will
follow buffalo paths, crossing streams, until an elevation of
1700m, where break for lunch. In the afternoon, continue to
ascend for another 500m where a suitable camping ground is reached.
This is the first peak, at 2200m elevation.
Day 4 : Camp 1 - Camp 2 (2700m) (BLD).
Breakfast. Trekking through a primary forest of giant, centuries-old
pine expanses of yellow bamboo. Continue climbing to a second
peak at 2900m where stop for lunch. After lunch, leave the gear
in Camp 2 and push for the summit with just our cameras and
water. After taking in the scenery and atmosphere on Vietnam's
highest point, roll back down to Camp 2 for dinner and Overnight
Day 5 : Camp 2- Sapa - Hanoi (B,L,D).
After breakfast, break camp for the last time and descend to
Sapa in time for a hot shower, dinner. Free time. Overnight
at Royal hotel.
Day 6 : Sapa -Hanoi (B,L,D).
8h30 Depart to Hanoi by morning train.Arrive Hanoi at 20h00.Overnight
Day 7: Hanoi (B,L,D).
Arrive in the early morning and transfer to our hotel. The rest
of the day is for our own exploration. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi ( B,L)
After a week of breathtaking adventure in North Vietnam, goodbye
with fond memories. Transfer to the airport for your departure.
- Number of Persons -
| 2 stars
Accommodation applying in this trip:
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Tour Cost includes:
- Train: (Soft-sleeper) Hanoi-Lao Cai - Hanoi.
- Full transportation as tour program indicated.
- Twin-share accommodation with daily breakfast;
- 1/2 day hotel on day 1.
- Permission fee to visit Fansifand summit.
- Full meals as indicated in the itinerary.
- English- speaking guide
- Sightseeing fees
- Porters, camps for trekking.
that you should bring
only thing you should bring yourself is a pair of good walking-boots,
or another kind of solid foot-wear. You should have tried them
out beforehand, and know that you can walk in them all through
the day !
- 2 pairs of thick socks ( for use in the walking-boots)
- Sandals or light footwear ( for use in the evening )
- Sun-cream (with a high factor ; 10-20 )
- Mosquito repellent
- Hat or cap, with a shade
- Bathing suit
- Medicine for your own use (fever, bad stomach etc.)
- 1 warm jacket (fleece-jacket etc.,- for the evenings)
- 1 sweat-shirt
- 1-2 pair of long trousers (loose,- for your comfort)
- 1 pair of short trousers ( for warm days)
- 2 3 shirts, or T-shirts
- Socks (for use in the evenings, and against mosquitoes)
- Underwear (for the women : also a Bra !)
- Toilet requisites
: The personal baggage
you bring on the trek, should not exceed approx. 10-12 kg, and
should preferably be packed in ordinary plastic-bags that fit
easily into the soft, barrel-shaped, watertight Blue bag. This
bag will only contain your baggage and your sleeping-bag
your personal baggage in the Blue bag will be carried by the
porters. You shall only carry a small rucksack with the things
you need during the day (camera, water-bottle etc.)
we supply :
- Sleeping bag
- Sheet sleeping bag (silk)
- Sleeping mats
- Waterproof Blue bag (for your baggage)
- Plastic rain coat
- Torch / flashlight
- Water-filters (to purify drinking-water)
- Plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, and chop-sticks
- Tents (incl. Mosquito-net)
- First-aid kit
Tour Cost excludes:
Airport taxes; Visas; travel insurance; tips; personal expenses,
starts and ends in Hanoi;
car or bus, motor-cycle,