Explorer Sapa and Mount Fansipan (Roof of Indochina) – 5D5N

Fansipan is branded “the Roof of Indochina” at a height of 3,143m; Fansipan is also to be approved as one of the very few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species. Fansipan Mountain is located 9km south-west of Sapa in the Hoang Lien Mountain Range.

Sapa is located near the Chinese border at 1650 m above sea level in Vietnam’s remote northwest mountains, known as the “Tonkinese Alps”. It is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. Sapa is an incredibly picturesque town and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes.

DESTINATIONS

  • Sapa
  • Fansipan – the Roof of Indochina

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk to tribal villages with ethnic minority groups in Sapa area
  • 2D/1N Climb of Mount Fansipan, the highest mountain in Vietnam
  • Visit Sapa
  • A tailor-made program just for you!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Transfer to Railway Station for overnight train to Laocai

O/A transfer to Hanoi Railways Station.

Overnight on Standard train (Sharing 4 pax in cabin)

Day 2: Laocai-Sapa (B,L,D)

Early morning arrival in Lao Cai and transfer to Sapa by Shuttle bus (SIC) where breakfast is provided for your convenience.

Then take full day walking to YLinhho-Laochai-Tavan:

Overview:

You will have a trek through beautiful landscape surrounded by rice paddy terraces and mountains covered by rain forest under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park. During the trip, you will learn more about the life style and tradition of Back H’mong and Giay minorities.

Itinerary:

This trip commences with a short walk through the town of Sapa before turning on a footpath running through vegetable gardens. You then descend down the valley on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces, enjoying the spectacular scenery on the way. Once reaching the narrow river running on the bottom of the valley, you will walk along its bank for a while and eventually arrive at Y Linh Ho village of Black H’mong minority. Here you take a rest and have lunch nearby the river.

After lunch, the walk takes you deeper into Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black H’mong minority and then Ta Van village of Giay minority by following a popular trekking route. At Ta Van, you walk up to the main road and have a transfer back to Sapa.

O/N at hotel 2* in Sapa

Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 30 minutes driving/ 5 hours walking

Note: be aware that in rainy time the trail is muddy and slippery.

Day 3: Fansipan climb 2D1N (B,L,D)

Take Fansipan climb with 2D1N

Sapa – Heavens Gate – 2900m

You commence the trip from Sapa together with your guide and Black H’mong Porter team. During the transfer to Heaven Gate, where the ascend start, you may glimpse the top of Fansipan putting the forthcoming trek into perspective. Once you are underway it is not long before the jungle closes in around you. After a couple of hours of relatively soft walk, you will have a break at a nice spot in the forest and enjoy your lunch. With new energy, you start ascending as well as descending towards the campsite. En route you have many opportunities to enjoy the scenery and magnificent views to Sapa area and beautiful landscape of Lai Chau province. You will arrive at the campsite at 2900m ASL in the late afternoon. Now it is time to relax and enjoy a well prepared dinner.

O/N in tent

Approx: Grade 3 of 5/ 0.5 hour driving/ 5 hours walking

Day 4: Continue Fansipan climb (B,L,D)

2900m – the summit of Fansipan – Sin Chai route – Sapa

Today is ‘summit day’ and after an early breakfast you begin your ascent. Fansipan is on the Hoang Lien Son range which has the status of a nature reserve. This protects the great diversity of animal and plant life including over 100 hundred varieties of orchid that flourish in this unique ecosystem. You can watch the vegetation change as you go higher culminating in a forest of dwarf bamboo near the top. If all goes to plan you should reach the top after 2.5 hours trekking and can celebrate your victory pack with a view over to Laos and China. 2 hours’ descent brings you back to your camp and a well earned lunch. After lunch, you continue your descent to Sin Chai route. From here you take a transfer back to Sapa, where you can celebrate your achievement and relax.

O/N hotel 2* in Sapa

Approx: Grade 4 of 5/ 0,5 hour driving/ 8 hours walking

Note: Climbing a 3413m ASL Mountain in just two days requires some effort, endurance and plenty of high spirit. The night will be spent in tent with toilet tent provided. The trip is not recommended in bad weather for safety reason.

Day 5: Sapa-local market-Ham Rong Mountain – Laocai (B,L,D)

After breakfast, explore local market in Sapa. Then climb to visit Ham Rong Mountain.

Lunch in local Resto

Free at leisure till transfer to Laocai taking night train back to Hanoi (SIC).

Dinner in Laocai

Standard train (Sharing 4 pax in cabin)