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How To Conquer Fansipan Mountain?

How To Conquer Fansipan Mountain?
With a height of 3143 meters, Mt. Fansipan is considered the tallest peak in Vietnam as well as the rooftop of Indochina peninsula. Adventurous and energetic souls like conquering this peak through going trekking. They are surely rewarded with a lot of memorable experiences, ranging from the large scattered rocks to the remote town of Sapa, with its beautiful villages, eye-catching scenery and minority groups.

Why should you hike Phansipang Mountain?

    Mount Fansipan is the highest peak in Vietnam, towering above the Hoang Lien Son mountain range in the far north of the country. The hike will take you through misty bamboo forests and over golden rice terraces, all the way up and above the clouds. If you choose to climb Fansipan you’ll spend time in beautiful Sapa, mingling with diverse hill tribe members and experiencing some truly incredible mountain scenery.

What to prepare and carry?

  • Food and drink

As one of the most important parts during the trekking, you should choose food that easy-to-bring and provides energy, like cheese, bread, chocolate, boiled eggs, etc. Preparing some fruits is also a good idea. Try to carry orange, mango, and so on to eat, which can give you necessary vitamin.
Each person in the team should have about 3 to 4 bottles of water. The best way to keep your energy is to drink a little for many times. If you feel tired, it is best to breathe in by nose and breathe out by mouth.

  • Sleeping bags and tents

You can experience one or two nights before reaching the top of Mt. Fansipan. Thus, make sure to bring sleeping bags and tents with you to have a deep sleep and regain energy after a long day of hiking!

  • Backpacks

To be sure, backpacks are indispensable during the journey. You should carry a backpack that weighs from 3 to 5 kg. This helps you move easily and conveniently. Furthermore, the backpack should also have strong straps that tightly tie with the chest and belly.

  • Clothes

There is nothing wiser than bringing soft and light clothes that make you comfortable during the trip. Don’t forget to prepare some sweaters and thick jacket since the weather can become cold in the evening.

  • Shoes

It is better to select the shoes that are particularly designed for trekking. In fact, their friction can help you avoid falling off during the hike. Furthermore, your shoes should also be waterproof as there may be a little rain or streams on the road.

  • Other belongings

Flashlight, phone, camera, raincoat, rope, medicine, notebook, binoculars, snacks, backup charger, multifunction knife, ribbon, etc.

Three routes options in climbing Phansipang:
There are also three trails that reach the summit, all with different levels of difficulty and distance:
  • Tram Ton: This is a gradual trail that is most used by tourists, therefore it has the most people. The distance between the beginning point, at about 1,500 meters, and the summit is 11 kilometers. This trail can be accomplished in one day or two days. Keep in mind that while this is the most used trail, it is still physically demanding. Many travelers report taking the tram down because they are too tired to make the trek back. This can also save you some time on your itinerary.
  • Sin Chai: This trail is shorter but it’s mainly for adventure seekers. It’s treacherous and hikers often report losing the correct path. The distance from beginning to end is about nine kilometers but different guiding groups take different paths. You may need two or three days to complete this trail.
  • Cat Cat: This is the longest trail but it has the best scenery. The distance from the beginning to the summit is around 20 kilometers. This trail usually takes around three or four days to complete.
Cable Car
If you don’t like hiking or your budget or body inhibits your adventure level, there is always the cable car option. To some of you, this Fansipan Legend Cable Car may also seem like an adventure since it spans 6,292.5 meters, making it the longest three-rope and non-stop cable car out there. Not only that, it also holds the record for highest elevation gain with 1,410 meters for three-rope cable cars. It sweeps through clouds with views over Muong Hoa Valley, and through the magnificent peaks of Hoang Lien Son Range.


You still have to summit Mount Fansipan by walking about 600 stairs to the very peak after you exit the car. A roundtrip ticket costs 600,000 VND. For those of you who can’t decide whether to trek or ride through the clouds, consider both! Hike to the top and then ride the cable car down. Although this is a new modern car, it still provides sleek transportation to a place that used to be accessible only to those who could make the trek. Now every traveler can feel the true grandeur of this Sapa peak.
                                                                                                               Source: Internet


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