Sapa, Vietnam’s northern hill station is trang chủ to the tallest mountain in Vietnam. Mount Fansipan is part of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain range and is often referred lớn as the rooftop of the Indochina peninsula, watching over the terraced rice fields and ethnic villages from a height of 10,312 feet (3,143 meters). Conquering this mountain is a beast, but here’s how to bởi vì it.

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Sapa goes through more seasons than the rest of Vietnam does, và it can get really cold up there. There has even been snow. Sapa also has a rainy season like the rest of Vietnam, & you’ll mostly want to lớn avoid visiting then.

The best time khổng lồ visit is during September to April, when the conditions are ideal. The kết thúc of February is when all the flowers along the mountain are in full bloom, creating an even more spectacular picture for you to lớn be a part of. The snowcapped mountains around the end of December và January are also a beautiful sight. It’s up to lớn you to lớn decide if you wish to lớn conquer the mountain during cold weather.

If you are in no mood to lớn take the arduous journey trekking up the mountain, are physically unable to, or if you are strapped for time, you can opt khổng lồ take the newly built cable car. A two-day journey will be compressed into a matter of 20 minutes. As the cables run from Muong Hoa Valley up to lớn the final station on the mountain, you can enjoy sweeping views of the poetic Sapa town, the gorgeous valleys, & the terraced rice fields without trying to lớn catch your breath. From the last station, there are 600 stairs you have to lớn climb, or again to make it easy, there is a tram system khổng lồ take you up—ideal for little children, the elderly, and the disabled. Tickets will only cost you about 600,000 VND (26 USD) for both ways for the cable car, và an additional 100,000 VND (4 USD) for the tram.

There are a few route options to lớn consider when reaching the summit. Bear in mind, parts of these routes have been cleared for tourists—you may come across paved steps, ladders, and clear paths, but in the more difficult routes, there are sometimes extremely dangerous steep climbs. Choose depending on your desired cấp độ of adventure, fitness, và time.

The easy route begins at Tram Tron, & will take you about 10 hours khổng lồ reach the summit. The walking distance is about seven miles (11 kilometers), & you can do this in one day if you are as fit as you are optimistic. This route is mostly used by tourists, so you will probably come across others on the same journey, especially at pit stops. We recommend you take over a day khổng lồ fully enjoy the path.

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The medium route begins at San Sa, and reaches the summit through Ban Sin Chai. This trail is actually shorter—about six miles (nine kilometers) in total—but it is a harder route to lớn take. Adventure seekers will love this one, as there are plenty of opportunities lớn get lost—and this has happened more than a few times!

To take the most difficult route, you need khổng lồ start at mèo Cat Village. This is the longest trail of the three, but you will also be rewarded with much better views. The distance between the beginning to the summit is around 12 miles (20 kilometers), & we recommend you spend at least three days fully savoring the journey. You will also feel the most accomplished taking the most difficult trail.


We advise that you vì not tackle either of these trails on your own, as there have been unfortunate deaths. The best option is lớn take a guide with you, who is very knowledgeable about the route and an experienced trekker. Most guides will take you through the easy route, but there are some that know the harder routes like the back of their hands.


Finding a guide is not hard. Many locals in the area will offer to guide you themselves or act as agents và hook you up with a guide. If you opt for this option, instead of an organized tour, remember that despite some inconveniences, your money will go towards a family that needs it, rather than an agency. Most guides speak great English, having done this plenty of times before.

The best Fansipan tour is done by Vietnam Discovery. The tour lasts four days, và in addition to lớn conquering Fansipan, there are other treks you will do, such as ham mê Rong Mountain, or exploring other parts of Sapa, such as the town and Lao Chai Village. The route is a mix of the easy & medium, including Tam Tron và Sin Chai. The price includes everything: transport to and from Hanoi, accommodation, guide fees, tents, sleeping bag, gloves, jackets, meals, water, & admission tickets.

If you are looking for other tours in Sapa, please kiểm tra out Sapa O’Chau. They are a social enterprise organizing responsible treks throughout the region, and your money will go towards a good cause.

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Make sure you are well fed during the trek. Try not to take part in any unique diet. You need to be fit khổng lồ handle all that walking. Take some snacks lớn replenish your lost energy levels, và of course, bring some extra water. You bởi vì not want lớn get dehydrated.Do not leave your group or stray away from your guide. If you are falling behind, let someone know.Please do not litter. Carry a small bag for garbage. If you are a smoker, don’t throw cigarette butts everywhere. You can drop them into a water bottle that you have finished using.Wear appropriate clothes. Waterproof trekking shoes are recommended. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes. At night, it will get cold, so wear warm clothes and also extra socks!Don’t forget your toiletries—and nhà wc paper, unless you are okay with using leaves to lớn wipe. But you don’t want lớn get a rash, so a pack of tissues will make your life easier.Taking a small first aid kit is a great idea.Bring only the essentials. Bởi vì not carry too much.Lastly, bring a camera, portable charger, your phone, và a book or a notebook lớn take notes or khổng lồ write down your memories.Lastly, pack everything in Ziploc bags khổng lồ prevent your items from getting wet.

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