Adventures / Summit Fever

Conquer Mount Fansipan (3143m)

Climb Vietnam's highest mountain - the 'Roof of Indochina' - via forests and mountain huts. 2 days.

The simplicity of the route doesn’t take away from the achievement as you trek through forestry and rugged terrain to the very top of Mount Fansipan. Along the way you’ll camp in an authentic tin mountain hut and learn about the culture as you spend two days with your local guide.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 2 days hiking
  • 1-night camping
  • Local, certified English-speaking guide
  • Camping equipment
  • All meals during the trek (home-cooked)
  • Local transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for

Hikers looking for something a little different; although at over 3000m, this is a fairly easy trek suitable for beginners who fancy trying their hand at a few steep climbs and a great accomplishment.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:
- Flights
- Travel to/from Sapa
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for your guides
- Optional return via cable car

This trip will run with a maximum group size of 6.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host recommends to pack: - Strong and comfortable trekking shoes - Waterproof jacket
- Suitable clothing - Mosquito repellent

Sapa is known to be an area consisting of four seasons in one day, therefore the weather can change quite rapidly, altering from heavy mist and fog to warm sunny days. Clear views from the top of the mountain cannot be guaranteed. It can be muddy in wet weather, which makes the trek more difficult and longer to complete.

Your host suggests flying to Hanoi. From here you can either travel by train or bus, or ask you host to arrange a transfer.

Yes, children from the age of 16 are welcome to join this trip, if you’re booking as a private group.

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Your host can arrange train ticketing between Hanoi and Lao Cai ($28/ticket, per way for the King Express train; $35/deluxe ticket and $27/superior ticket, per way for the Chapa Express train. It is a soft sleeper berth in a 4 berth cabin).

Your host can also arrange transport on a sleeper bus between Hanoi and Sapa, which costs $12/person/one way.

Your host can arrange a bus transfers between Lao Cai train station and Sapa is $3/person, one way.

Your host can offer a securely locked room to leave your luggage in while you are out trekking, within their office in Hanoi or head office in Sapa.


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Sapa is a small, mountain town in Lao Cai Province, located 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. Here, you’ll find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains, including Mount Fansipan—the country’s highest peak and therefore nicknamed ‘The Roof of Indochina’.

This quiet Vietnamese town is home to many different ethnic tribal groups and welcomes a diverse range of visitors attracted by the highland tribes, iconic rice paddies and forest treks. The whole area is blessed with awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Start point

Sapa Center - 09:00
Your adventure begins at the centre of Sapa with a short 30-min transfer at 09:00. Sapa is over 300 km from Hanoi, however, it’s well connected via Lao Cai. Your host can arrange the following transfers to make your travels easy:

  • Hanoi to Lao Cai - King Express train ($28/ ticket; $35/deluxe ticket)
  • Hanoi to Lao Cai - Chapa Express train ($27/ superior ticket)
  • Hanoi to Sapa - Sleeper bus ($12/ticket)

Finish point

Sapa Center - 14:00
At the end of your adventure, you’ll be dropped off at Sapa Center around 14:00.

What to Expect

Day 1: Sapa Town to Camp at 2800m

Your trip will start at 09:00 when you’ll meet your guide and be transferred just 15km to the starting point of your trek.

Starting from the Park Rangers’ Station (2000m) you’ll begin the ascending hike; along the route observing the local bird life and learning about the local cardamom plants.

You’ll stop for a break at Tram Ton Pass (2200m). Enjoy a picnic lunch and recharge before continuing along a route of magnificent views to your camping spot for the night.

Tonight, you’ll camp in a tin mountain hut along the route (2800m); get settled and enjoy dinner cooked on the campfire. Get to know your fellow hikers before retiring for a good night’s rest nestled amongst the rugged landscape.

800m ascent, 9km hiking

Day 2: Summit Mount Fansipan

You’ll rise early this morning for the final ascent to the very top of Mt. Fansipan (3143m). You’ll leave camp at around 06:30 and arrive at the highest point of the Indochinese Peninsula by 10:30.

Take some time to absorb the achievement of reaching ‘The Roof of Indochina’ and your surroundings; the thick green forestry landscape and the aerial view of Sapa town.

You’ll then commence your trek back down to Tram Ton Pass (2200m), stopping for lunch along the way. When you arrive at the pass, your driver will be waiting to take you back to Sapa Town to mark the end of a remarkable journey with a complimentary soothing herbal medicine bath or foot massage.

Ascent 340m, descent 1340m, 14km

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You will camp in tin mountain hut on the route to the summit. Your host will provide your equipment and the hut will be ready for you when you arrive.

Please note that the hut is fairly basic but cosy for camping.

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