If Europe has The Alps, Vietnam has Mt. Fansipan. This “Tonkinese Alps” serves as the highlight of all the highlights in Sapa, the premier trekking base of Vietnam. Gaining its reputation as the Roof of Indochina, Mt. Fansipan is king of all hiking trails in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, intimidating all other peaks with its 3,143m-tall stature.
Sapa attracts numerous local and foreign visitors all wanting to taste a piece of its symphony of nature through the popular trekking tours. Everyone visits Sapa to trek the local villages and surrounding rice terraces or waterfalls. For adventurers longing for a non-touristy experience on an off-the-beaten track, scaling the highest mountain in Indochina is the answer.
Hiking Mt. Fansipan is not for everyone, since it will take you on a physical and mental challenge. Take the following into consideration before deciding to take the journey to the Roof of Indochina:
You will be traversing up and down the ridges, sometimes covered with vegetation, sometimes exposed to the sun. This trail is an everyday norm for locals as young as 15 years old to hunt for food, and gather woods and herbs for a living. Do you think you are fit enough to take on the challenge?
Disconnect to connect. Taking a 2 journey into Mt. Fansipan disconnects you from the hustles and bustles of the city while immersing you with the peaceful and serenity of nature. You’ll see different kinds of plants along the way, spot a variety of bird species and smell the crisp mountain scent. Are you a nature-lover willing to leave the comforts of the city?
Aside from satisfying your craving for adventure, you’ll surely get a glimpse of heaven at the summit, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains’ glorious peaks and the sea of seemingly infinite clouds. When visiting in winter, you’ll even get to chance upon a blanket of frost covering whatever you’ll find at the summit. When you have the chance, don’t miss to catch the sunrise at the summit, turning the clouds into a golden sea.
We can make your trip hassle-free though! The Terrible Tour Guide Travel organizes Fansipan Mountain Hiking Small Group and Private Tours to Fansipan Mountain. Instead of worrying about transportation, food, and travel permits, all you need to do is coordinate with us your desired tour dates, and be in Sapa or Hanoi where we can pick you up!
DAY 1: SAPA – TRAM TON – 2200M – 2800M (-/L/D)
If you already in Sapa, our driver & tour guide will pick you up at your hotel between 8:30 to 9:00. If you take a sleeper bus or overnight train from Hanoi the day before, please come to our meeting point at 09 Thac Bac Road, Sapa.
At 9.00, transfer to Tram Ton pass, the jump off point for the ascent of Mount Fansipan and get to know your guide/porter from the Black Mong people who will carry the food and stuffs up on the mountain. (Note: due to cost efficiency, the guide is also a porter if the group is smaller than 3)
Along the trail, you will pass through pine and bamboo forests, and tread beside streams in a cool climate. During the hike, you get a good opportunity to learn from your tour guide about the minority tribes of Black Mong, Red Dzao and Dzay. the indigenous people living in Sa Pa.
Around 12:00, you will stop over at 2,200 meters. Enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by the tour guide. After a rest, you will make your way to the sleeping quarters at 2,800 meters.
At around 16:00, you will reach the rest hut. You will have the time to rest or explore the surroundings while your dinner is being prepared.
At 18:30, enjoy your dinner and take advantage of an early night’s rest.
DAY 2: 2800M – SUMMIT – 2800M – TRAM TON – SAPA (B/L/-)
At 4:00, after having breakfast with a cup of hot tea or coffee, you will do the final assault to the summit, trekking through the bamboo forest and approaching the top of the mountain where vegetation becomes less.
At 6.30, you will have conquered The Roof of Indochina. Congratulations! Marvel at the sunrise and take pride standing on the highest peak in Vietnam. Great views over the valleys of Sa Pa and Lai Chai Province will reward you. Peaks of Yunan Province in China are sometimes visible.
Around 8.00, you’ll begin descending and enjoy a picnic lunch on the way down to the Tram Ton.
Around 12:00, you will be back in Tram Ton already, where your service vehicle back to Sa Pa awaits you.
|Fansipan Camp 2,800||Shared Rest Hut||1|
|Group Size||2 - 4 pax||5 - 7 pax||8 - 10 pax|
|Price per Person||120$||110$||100$|
*Note: A minimum of 2 pax is required for a group tour to depart.
*Note: Please do let us know in the enquiry if you prefer a Private Tour
*Rate: This rate is quoted in USD per person, valid from 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019
|Type||Overnight Train||Sleeper Bus|
|Price per Person per Way||30$||11$|
*Note: Free transfer to/from Sapa -Lao Cai if you book the overnight train
*Rate: This rate is quoted in USD per person, valid from 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019
– Please inform of dietary requirements such as allergies or vegetarian food requests.
– If you feel tired, you can ask your tour guide to buy a cable car ticket for the descent (additional $30 US per person)
– We partner with locals from the Black H’mong community to guide you during the hike. This doesn’t just reduce the cost of the tour, but more importantly, it helps their local community. Although they can speak little English to communicate with you, please don’t expect them to be as fluent as a professional and licensed tour guide. However, should you wish a fluent professional guide for your trip, just let us know during booking. You may hire one at $70 US per day.
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Had a fantastic time treking up the mountain, our guide and porter were very friendly. The food that was prepared for us was delicious, and the morning hike was pleasant despite the overcast weather. The cable car down is jaw dropping and great for seeing the landscape you just climbed.
I’m leaving 4 stars only because the sleeping arrangements were uncomfortable. You are truly roughing it, sleeping in old sleeping bags, on elevated platforms with no pillows and no electricity. IDK if I had expected electricity or not, but our overnight in the hut was bare bones. That being said, the trek itself was challenging but amazing, and the views are breathtaking. We enjoyed our time with our guide, porter, and the locals as well as some of the other groups we met along the way. Best advice: know that this is a very challenging hike with great rewards, and definitely bring a headlamp (and a small pillow).
The whole trip was very smooth thanks to Mr Joey and Mr Duc who were very responsive to our messages and calls when we were unsure about the location. Our tour guide was Mr Z who made our hiking experience a very memorable one. Food was more than adequate and tasty. We were even allowed to take a shower and a nap at their sapa office. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in trekking Mt. Fansipan.
Prior to our booking, Terribletour has promptly replies to our queries and made booking a pleasant process.
The hike to fansipan was amazing with wonderful tour guide Minh. He speaks English quite fluently and has a good sense of humour. He shares his interesting knowledge of the forest as we hike.
He is very caring and attentive to our needs. He noticed that me and wife are not as fit and gets tired easily, he initiated a lot of times if we need a short breaks throughout the whole hike.
He created pleasant surprise by plucking wild mushroom
during the hike so that we can have delicious mushroom soup for dinner.
Thank you Minh for taking care of us, and you are a great asset to the company.
We booked a 3D2N Fansipan trek under Joey The Terrible Tour Guide which will allow us to start our trek from Sin Chai route through the beautiful rice terrace and the traditional village before reaching the much anticipated summit on Fansipan.
Joey and his team were really professional, fast and efficient in terms of communicating and arranging the overnight sleeper bus from Hanoi to Sapa (which was really comfortable and enjoyable), arranging an English speaking Fansipan guide for us. The trek up to Fansipan was really enjoyable and our guide Z really put in a lot of effort in taking care of ourselves and cooking sumptuous meal for the 2 days.
Although there were some miscommunication and hiccups in terms of the trekking route up to fansipan, Joey and his team were extremely quick on their toes to tweak our 3 days itinerary to accommodate our plans. On top of that, to make up for the change of plans, he even offer us complimentary hotel stay in Sapa and a meal in one of the restaurants. On the final day, Joey and his team got us a guide for a half day tour to Cat Cat village and Lao Chai village which allows us to experience how the locals live.
Overall, i would give Joey and his team at The Terrible Tour 100/100 despite the hiccup regarding the change in route. Their ability to put customers in the priority seat and accommodate the change in plans within a short span of time was really professional and remarkable. I will definitely engage them for future tours in Vietnam.
We were recommended from a blogger in the Philippines and contact Joey from The Terrible Tour Guide. Everything went smoothly. Joey was always fast and gave us useful information what to expect from the hike. The hike itself was not easy but it was made better with a good guide (also our porter) who cooked us a really good foods. He know only basic English but he was really friendly and patient. He also gave some information about the forest and it was interesting to hear about his life in Lao Chai Village. The hut at 2,800 look quite clean but no electricity. We got really lucky as it was awesome clearing clouds when we nearly reach the top.
For those who love hiking and planning a trip to Fansipan, should try their service. We would not hesitate to recommend The Terrible Tour Guide Travel to anyone who wishes to go on an adventure trip in Vietnam.