How to get the most perfect Fansipan journey?

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Come to Vietnam's beautiful countryside for a remarkable mountain adventure. It's a two-day journey through the natural wonder known as Fansipan while enjoying the uninterrupted views of the landscapes. After taking in the sights, put on your hiking gear and explore Fansipan's picturesque forests. There are a few challenges along the way, making the trip even more exciting. When you reach the top, celebrate your victorious climb with more panoramic views. The peaceful atmosphere will also regain your energy.
How to get the most perfect Fansipan journey?
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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

Of course, the exhilarating journey to the top of Fansipan is always challenging but interesting, and it should be led and supported by expert guides and locals. If conquering the mountain is one of your favorite things during the trip to Northwest region, below are some essential information we provide so that you can refer to before embarking on a journey of discovery.

1. Best time to visit

The best months to climb the Fansipan summit are March, April, October and November. However, it will be more wonderful if you start your trekking at the end of February since it is when the flowers along the mountain are in full bloom. Keep in mind that the weather here is unusual! You can feel hot at the foot of the mountain but may feel foggy and cold on higher level!

2. How to conquer Fansipan?

By trekking: Of course, it is highly advised to begin your journey with an excellent guide who can show you where to go, give advice and let you know what should not be missed. Most of the treks often last a few days! Then, be prepared for food and camping, too! Based on your time and skill level, there are 3 main route options as follow.

- The route from Tram Ton Pass:

This route at the height of 1900 meters is selected by most of the tourists because it is the easiest way. It will take two days and one night for this route, even just one day for those who are familiar to mountain roads.

- The route from Sin Chai Village:

At the height of 1260 meters is the shortest way but the most adventurous, with dangerous cliffs, requiring climbers to sometimes use ropes or other special facilities. It will take two days or more for this route.

- The route from Cat Cat:

At the height of 1245 meters is the longest way, mixes some challenging climbs with great scenery. It will take three days and two nights or more to reach Fansipan.

By cable car system & train system: Officially open in February 2016, Fansipan cable car is an another wise choice for visitors to reach the “Roof of Indochina” in only 20 minutes, instead of 2 days and 1 night as before. To be sure, experiencing cable car does give them unforgettable memories. Discover Sapa & conquer Fansipan by cable car, tourists are able to contemplate the poetic town of Sa Pa, gorgeous scenery and spectacular terrace fields with ease.

Remember that tickets for Fansipan cable car are only used throughout the day. So, don’t book in advance if you don’t have time to join in the system on time.

3. 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.

Special notes for hikers

Never leave away from your team. Instead, always follow your groups as it is possible to get lost suddenly. If possible, it is recommended to take notice of some realizable signs on the path so as to avoid straying. If feeling tired, you should ask other fellows to wait for you within a few minutes. In general, a team of 10 to 15 people is fine. Don’t go trekking in a big group since it takes much time to prepare and organize.

Trekking to the top of Fansipan Mountain is feasible for most people, and even though we do everything possible to make the trek pleasant for you, you should be reasonably fit and unafraid of walking up to 8 hours a day. Some of it will be on steep slopes, and you should be able to deal with camping for several days. If so, a unique and satisfying experience awaits!

Standing on the peak of Fansipan is an amazing and victorious feeling. It is not the mountain you conquer but yourselves. Do not forget to take pictures from different directions because this might be an once-in-a-lifetime moment. Arduous and difficult, but that is the factor determining the attractiveness of the trip. . And Fansipan still majestically stands there as a challenge to anyone with desire to conquer. Never give up!

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