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Fansipan mountain

Climbing Fansipan Mountain is a new, challenging but no less interesting experience that anyone coming to Sapa is looking forward to conquering. Known as the roof of Indochina, with its ideal height. Fansipan mountain peak is definitely a trekking destination worth exploring when you travel to Sapa, Lao Cai.

1. Where is Fansipan peak?

Fansipan peak is about 9 km southwest of Sapa town center. Fansipan peak is the highest mountain in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It’s located adjacent to Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces, in the Northwest, Vietnam. About 34 km southwest of Lao Cai city and about 316 km northwest of Hanoi capital.


2. How is Fansipan peak unique?

At an altitude of 3,147.3 meters, Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam, as well as in the Indochina region, including Laos and Cambodia. Dubbed the “Roof of Indochina”, Fansipan is a challenging conquering goal for adventurers and tourists who are passionate about exploring nature with its diverse and fertile mountain terrain.

With a length of about 280 km from Phong Tho to Hoa Binh, the width of the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain is 75 km at its widest and about 45 km at its narrowest. The structure includes three blocks: Bach Moc Luong Tu, Fansipan, Pu Luong. These peaks still contain many miracles, among which the peak of Fansipan is the peak that attracts the desire to conquer many climbers.

With an altitude of over 3000m, when climbing or exploring this roof, you will experience many types of weather from low to high. Right at the foot of the mountain are jackfruit trees, roi trees, and rice trees with quite dense density, thereby creating places. Such as Coc Leu or Coc San,…

Hoang Lien Son mountain range

Is worth a visiting Fansipan mountain?

When reaching an altitude of 700m, it is a tropical forest with dense patches of primeval forest and a tangled system of vines. At an altitude of 700m are layers of gymnosperm trees. Such as ba tree and po mu tree (known as the gold mine of Lao Cai province) that are as big as three or four people can hug.

Besides, there are many types of precious wood trees. Such as ironwood, fir, red pine, needlewood… These tree species grow interspersed with small, bare, bare wood trees, their trunks are always soggy. Because as they climb higher, the weather is more rainy. There are times when Fansipan rains for a whole month.

Here, azaleas, primroses, and orchids grow mixed with coniferous forests. In almost four seasons of the year, the whole of Sapa is filled with a variety of flowers: dahlias, gladiolus, azalea,…

During the upcoming journey to explore Fansipan, you will admire the road up the mountain called the azalea road. At this point, if you choose to take the train from the cable car station to the top of the mountain, you will be able to see this entire flower forest.

Nice sunrise in fansipan mountain

3. When is the best time to conquer Fansipan peak?

Choosing the time to climb Fansipan is very important for a trekker. If climbing Fansipan in the rain, the path will be slippery and extremely difficult. Climbing Fansipan when the weather is foggy and cold is also a huge obstacle for you. Below are some suggestions on the right time to climb Fansipan:

  • February – March of the solar calendar: This is when Fansipan is in spring, the rainy season has not yet arrived. People often say: “Spring is nowhere as beautiful as the Northwest.” Indeed, this is the time when the Northwest is very welcoming to tourists. Flowers bloom all over the mountains and forests, the weather is extremely cool and pleasant,…
  • In the summer, the weather here is quite cool, suitable for those who climb Fansipan mountain. Because of this weather, it is quite easy for overtaking and crossing the road to become dangerous. In addition, you can also see the flowers of the dock, roses, sunflowers, and hydrangeas competing with the forest mist. However, summer is also the rainy season, so visitors need to consider and monitor the weather situation here closely before deciding to depart for the trip.
  • October – November of the solar calendar: This is the most beautiful time, the rainy season has ended, the weather is a bit cold and very convenient. This is also the season of ripe rice in Northwest Vietnam, you can see the poetic golden terraced fields.
  • Winter is the season when many tourists come to admire the snowy scenery on Fansipan peak. This is a special point that many young people want to experience the most when visiting and traveling in Sapa.

Therefore, the ideal time to conquer Fansipan peak is from late September to April next year.

Conquering Fansipan Mountain

4. How to get to Fansipan peak?

4.1 Traveling to Fansipan by cable car

Fansipan cable car was built at the foot of Fansipan mountain. There are 2 ways to get to Fansipan cable car station:

  • Method 1: Go by road from Sapa town to the cable car station, in the Sun World Fansipan Legend tourist area, about 1.7 km from Lao Cai center.
  • Method 2: Take the Muong Hoa mountain climbing train. When you come here, you must try this beautiful train ride because on the way, under the train is a vast, colorful flower valley. Traveling on the Muong Hoa train will shorten the time to 4 minutes instead of traveling by car on bumpy mountain roads.

During the cable car ride, you are free to admire the beautiful natural landscape in Sapa. To reach the top, the 600-step staircase will increase the excitement of exploring so you can officially touch the Fansipan landmark and “check-in” at the roof of this famous Indochina roof.

4.2 Climbing to the top of Fansipan

The ability to climb the 3,147m high Fansipan peak is very difficult for those who have never climbed mountains or have poor health conditions.

Because many people have failed because of it, but when they reach the top of the mountain and touch the milestone, a feeling of satisfaction, pride in themselves, an indescribable feeling of joy arises in their hearts. successfully climbed Fansipan peak, the highest in Vietnam.

It can take 2 to 3 days to climb the peak of Fansipan mountain to explore on your own. The road is full of difficulties and bumps, with night temperatures around 1 degree Celsius. But in return, you will have moments Looking directly at the panoramic view is breathtakingly beautiful. The closer you get to the top of the mountain, the clearer and more vivid the scenery becomes.

Sapa Fansipan Mountain

5. Fansipan Climbing Experience

Since the cable car, trekking in Fansipan is no longer as popular as it used to be. However, for those who are adventurous and passionate about traveling, this fun has never seemed to ease. Note for those who want to make this journey need to equip themselves with full protective gear, climbing techniques, essential equipment and professional porters to master the terrain and the ability to handle agile.

The journey to Fansipan can last from 2 to 7 days depending on the condition of each person, but the majority of people in good health take only 2-3 days. From the beginning until going into the forest at an altitude of 2,000m, the road is not too difficult to go, you just need to pay attention to some slippery high slopes.

When reaching the height of 2,000 m is the most difficult, rugged road but offset the beautiful scenery to the heart. Mountains stand majestically in the wind despite floating clouds drifting like caresses and pats. About 300m from the top of the mountain – the most wonderful route in the journey when before your eyes is the roof of Indochina, is the achievement of your efforts.

Although the journey is arduous and dangerous, in return, the moments are full of satisfaction when conquering the “holy land”.

6. Specialties when conquering Fansipan peak

During the trekking process, visitors mainly enjoy the dishes brought by the porters. It is not too sophisticated and not too difficult to prepare but still ensures enough nutrition and energy for you. In addition, on the first and last days of the journey, visitors can also enjoy the specialties of this land at local restaurants.

6.1 Con Sui

The top famous Sapa specialties certainly cannot lack Con Sui – a dish prepared similar to Hanoi pho, with a characteristic thick sauce, seasoned to taste and with an attractive aroma. The top of the bowl will be sprinkled with a layer of crispy seaweed or sweet potatoes, combined with pork, shredded beef, ½ boiled egg, pepper and peanuts. From there, it brings a harmonious and very attractive combination to the dish.

6.2 Grilled stream fish

Fish are usually as small as a knife handle, live in schools and are used to make very attractive grilled dishes. When eating fish, it will have a naturally sweet flavor, firm meat and not fishy at all. Enjoying this Sapa specialty while sipping a glass of San Lung wine from the Northwest will definitely leave you with an unforgettable impression.

If you have the opportunity, experience catching fish and grilling it yourself on the spot. Not only is it an interesting discovery, but it will also bring a feeling of harmony with nature and the scenery of the foggy land.

6.3 Black chicken

This is another name for evil chicken, raised freely by the H’Mong ethnic people and used in many daily dishes. Eating black chicken will bring many good effects to the body. This is considered a very nutritious folk medicine for people who have just recovered from illness or the elderly.

The black chicken meat is grilled with honey, helping the chicken retain its characteristic aroma. Combined with the chewy, sweet skin, there is nothing better than eating it with a little salt, pepper, and lemon.

6.4 Thang Co

Exploring love markets or fairs, visitors can easily find a Sapa specialty with a rather strange name, Thang Co. This is a traditional dish of the H’Mong people and is more than a hundred years old.

This is a soup made from horse meat, organs and bones. Most visitors are quite surprised and a bit frightened when they learn about the origin of this dish. However, when you enjoy it, you will find it captivating and will never forget the flavor it brings.

6.5 Sapa Salmon

With the advantage of possessing a temperate climate, Sapa is an ideal land for raising salmon. Unlike other types of salmon from other regions or imported, salmon in Sapa has firm flesh, is fresh and sweet, the fish has no fat, and has a unique soft and fatty taste.

Here, salmon is prepared in a variety of ways, from steaming, making salad, to deep-frying, making sashimi or dipping into hot pot with all kinds of fresh Northwest vegetables, creating a flavor that is said to be “one bite you will never forget” .

7. Accommodation when conquering Fansipan peak

When conquering Fansipan peak by trekking, visitors will spend the night in tents or shacks set up by people. As for tourists who go to admire Fansipan peak by cable car, they can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below.

7.1 Resorts:

  • Topas Ecolodge Sapa. Address: Thanh Kim, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • Victoria resort. Address: Hoang Dieu Street, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • Sapa Garden Resort. Address: Thac Bac, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.

7.2 Hotels:

  • Sapa Horizon Hotel. Address: 18 Pham Xuan Huan, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • Sapa Elite Hotel. Address: 8 Hoang Dieu, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • H’mong Sapa Hotel. Address: 27 Thac Bac, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • BB Sapa Hotel. Address: 8 Cau May Lane, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • Sapa Eden Hotel. Address: 60 Fansipan, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.

7.3 Guesthouses:

  • Hoa Phat Guesthouse. Address: Pham Xuan Huan Street, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • Cau May Guesthouse. Address: Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • Hoa Sen Guesthouse. Address: Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • Tung Lam Guesthouse. Address: Xuan Vien Street, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
  • Duc Tu Guesthouse. Address: Pham Xuan Huan Street, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.

8. Fansipan Trekking Routes

To climb Fansipan mountain, you need to get a passport. It’s only suitable for people with good health because the journey can take up to 2 days of continuous travel.

In fact, when climbing Fansipan mountain, you only climb less than half because you will need to take a car to Tram Ton at an altitude of 1,900m. That’s why you don’t have to conquer Fansipan peak, you have to complete the whole distance higher than 3,000m, so don’t worry too much.

Currently, you can challenge yourself in climbing Fansipan mountain through 3 main routes: Tram Ton, Sin Chai – Tram Ton and finally from Cat Cat village.

8.1 Easiest Arc From Tram Ton:

At an altitude of 1,900m, you will go straight to the top and only stop at the station at 2,200m and 2,800m.

8.2 Sin Chai – Tram Ton Road With The Second Difficulty Level:

Those who climb this route will take more effort to pass, but in return the scenery is also very beautiful.

8.3 The Most Dangerous And Most Beautiful Route Comes From Cat Cat Village:

This route is considered to be the arc with the highest slope and dangerous shutters, not suitable for those who intend to climb the mountain without a guide. But this is also the palace with the most beautiful scenery.

9. Some instructions on how to climb Mount Fansipan safely

Climbing Fansipan peak is quite difficult due to the high mountain slope, very bumpy and easy to slip due to cold and foggy weather. Climbing requires good health and flexibility. If you are not careful, you can lose your footing, causing an accident and possibly future injury.

Therefore, to reach the top of Fansipan mountain safely and with less danger to your life, you should note the following steps:

9.1 Preparation

  • Hat: Wide-brimmed and lightweight to help protect from the sun.
  • Jacket: Can warm the body and is waterproof, preventing rain or night dew from penetrating the body.
  • Gloves: Have rubber pads for good grip and climbing.
  • Pants: Should be loose, stretchable and sturdy to make climbing easier. Avoid wearing tight pants and avoid tearing.
  • Shoes: Shoes specifically for mountain climbing because they have serrated teeth, avoid wearing flat shoes that easily slip.
  • Cane: For walking and push-ups when you need to go up a difficult section.
  • Food and drinks: You should bring snacks and drinks when climbing. In case you cannot bring your own, you should hire a local or tour guide who is familiar with the terrain to both lead the way and bring food and water to help.
  • Extra backup in your backpack: Also pay attention to bring a backup charger, phone, binoculars, raincoat, multi-purpose knife, lighter, flashlight, medicine. Sleeping bags or tents also need to be prepared if you go on your own.

9.2 Some important notes when climbing Mount Fansipan

To conquer Fansipan mountain smoothly, you should know these important notes that will help you a lot:

  • Understand basic skills when walking in the forest: It will help you a lot. If you get lost, try to find shoe footprints or broken tree branches left by previous people, orient in the direction of the sun and the direction of the mountain peak.
  • Do not arbitrarily eat fruits and leaves in the forest: There are poisonous and non-toxic fruits in the forest. You must know for sure about its use. Fruit trees often come with insects such as ants, mosquitoes, worms… so when climbing mountains you must have insect repellent.
  • Don’t bring a lot of food: Because then you will have to deal with that food and will waste more effort. You should bring some energy-boosting food and only bring filtered water. Especially soft drinks and carbonated drinks make you feel nauseous and more tired when climbing.
  • You should hire local people or experienced tour guides to go with you: Because it will help you carry some luggage for the journey. And you should not rely on the person you hire for everything.
  • Always follow the instructor: Be careful when giving out things, do not arbitrarily separate from the group or not follow instructions.
  • Environmental protection: When climbing Mount Fansipan, make sure to preserve the clean. And beautiful natural environment and beautiful flower fields along the way. Do not cut flowers and grass and throw trash in the right place.

10. Some famous tourist attractions on the journey to conquer Mount Fansipan

In addition to climbing Fansipan Mountain with an exciting and lively experience. Fansipan Mountain is also known as an entertainment paradise and attracts many tourists because of many famous landmarks:

10.1 Sapa Heaven Gate

Perhaps once in your life, you should go to Sapa Heaven’s Gate. It’s a tourist destination that many domestic and foreign people come to when they first set foot on this land of Sapa.

Heaven’s Gate is about 18 km north of Sapa town. The path to reach Heaven’s Gate is quite winding and you need to pay careful attention. Crossing the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It’s only takes 30 – 40 minutes to reach the top of O Quy Ho Pass. You can rent a car to go or if you travel with a group or group, you can rent a taxi or book a tour in Sapa to get to the tourist destination.

At Sapa Heaven’s Gate, the landscape of mountains, forests and fields is colorful. The yellow of the terraced fields is starting to bloom, the blue of the endless sky, the green of the Hoang Lien Son mountain ranges, one after another. All combined together create a romantic and vivid picture, full of lyricism.

10.2 Sun World Fansipan Legend

Sun World Fansipan Legend is a project implemented with modern technology by two world-famous cable car companies Doppelmayr and Garaventa, located in the southwest of Sa Pa town.

With a long-term vision of tourism and discovery needs. Sun Group has built a complex of works serving tourism and cultural discovery including:

  • Cable car service: To serve the needs of moving to the top.
  • Entertainment area: Serving games and entertainment for visitors.
  • Resort hotels: With high-class accommodation hotels for staying and exploring the surrounding area, they are all located in the majestic natural scenery that has become legendary – Fansipan peak.

After being put into use, Sun World Fansipan Legend was recognized by Guinness as the highest, longest and most modern three-wire cable car system in the world, installed for the first time in Asia, a pride of Vietnamese people when mentioning Sun World Fansipan Legend.

10.3 Van Son Tea shop

Van Son Tea Shop is a tea shop located at Fansipan peak. Here, you will enjoy cups of tea and admire the beauty of the clouds and sky, the vast primeval forest of the Hoang Lien Son range.

Van Son Tea Shop brings you a quiet, peaceful space and a feeling of relaxation thanks to the wonderful combination of ancient architecture, delicious tea, soft music and natural scenery like a fairyland….

10.4 Thanh Phong Thien Tu Pagoda

Thanh Phong Thien Tu Pagoda (also known as Ha Pagoda). It is a place for people to visit the pagoda to pray for peace and fortune for themselves and their families. Therefore, Thanh Phong Thien Tu Pagoda is very famous in Sapa.

The pagoda is located right near Fansipan station so it is very convenient for tourists to visit. The stillness, solemnity, incense smoke and the echoing sound of the meditation bell can easily take you into the Buddha realm full of peace and purity.

Above is the experience of Sapa tours trekking and climbing Mount Fansipan that Origin Vietnam has compiled. We hope this article will bring you a lot of useful and necessary information.

If you are planning your trip to conquer the Fansipan peak, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional Vietnam tour operator. Please drop an email to or call directly to +84829098686. For all things you need to know before traveling to Sapa. Fansipan mountain is a must try adventure in a Vietnam tour. Let’s contact Origin Travel and prepare for the great holiday in Sapa. Take your bag, prepare your feet, and be on your way.

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