Fansipan Mountain

Attraction Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, Sapa town, Lao Cao province, Vietnam Published on: 04-03-2016

8 hours
07:00 AM
03:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
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Fansipan mountain is the highest mountain in Vietnam and in Indo-chinese. Tourist can explore and climb on the mountain and have a extraordinary views.

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Why Fansipan Mountain is special ?

Fansipan mountain is the highest mountain in Vietnam and in Indo-chinese. Tourist can explore and climb on the mountain and have a extraordinary views.

At the height of 3,143m meters above sea level, Fansipan has been widely known as the highest mountain in Vietnam and “the Roof of Indochina”. Conquest of Fansipan is dream of many professional climbers as well as adventurous travelers when they come to Vietnam.

Located in the country’s north-west region just 17 miles from the Chinese border, it is the Hoàng Liên Son range’s tallest peak, rising from a photogenic valley of rice terraces. Sapa, the French colonial outpost turned tourism boomtown, is the main gateway to the remote Hoàng Liên National Park in South-East Asia where Fansipan is located. The park is renowned for its biodiversity, towering bamboo and colorful hill tribes. Guided treks up Fansipan started in earnest in the 1990s, typically taking at least three or four days, but shorter, more challenging hiking trails in Vietnam have since become just as common.


What to explore at Fansipan Mountain?

There are three popular routes to conquerFansipan, with the starting point is Tram Ton pass, Cat Cat ethnic village or Sin Chai; in which Sin Chai route is said to be the most beautiful but the most dangerous also. Almost all tourists choose Tram Ton pass as the starting point of the climb because it is the easiest way. It often takes two or three days to fulfill a conquest of Fansipan.

Trees & Plants

The flora in Fansipan is so diverse with 1,680 species of plants, some in which are rare and able to be found only here. Hence, the mountain is an appealing natural attraction for any tourists, especially the ones who are interested in botany.

Types of plants vary depending on altitude: the foot of the mountain is home to jackfruit tree, cotton tree (bombax ceiba), pterocarya; while the area lower than700m are covered by vast rainforest with tangled vines; from 700m to more than 2000m is the land of gymnosperms (seed-bearing plants) like fokienia, pine tree; and from 2,800m to the peak is home to short phyllostachy (25-30cm high), and some species of the genus rose, chrysanthemums and so on. Besides, climbers can see beautiful orchids, drodohendrons and wild flowers along the way to the peak, especially in spring.

Water fall

There are a number of waterfalls lying around the foot of the Mount Fansipan like Cat Cat, Thac Bac (Silver Waterfall), Thac Lanh (Cold Waterfall), Thac Ham Rong (Dragon Jaw Waterfall) or on the way to conquer the peak like Thac Tinh Yeu (Love Waterfall). These waterfalls are ideal resting places for climbers after a long journey as well as nice places for photo taking.

How to get to Fansipan Mountain?

The best way to get Fansipan Mountain is by walk. It takes 22 mins driving from City Center to the foot of Mountain.

Selling points

  • Spectacular mountain peak
  • Fansipan - An unforgettable experience
  • Beautiful, vast, diverse trek... But very challenging
  • Reach for the sky
  • Water proof and see the Heaven
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Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, Sapa town, Lao Cao province, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • You can go by the cable. it'll be a better views in the air.- You can set a camp and enjoy a night in the mountain.
  • The flora and animal are so diverse in the jungle along the way so you can see them.
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  • Bring a pair of gloves with good grips - climbing ladders and if raining grabbing rock edges
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  • Bring a hat, suntan and sun glass
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  • It's requested to bring the raincoat because no shelters along the road.
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  • It's advised to bring shoes and jackets because the weather is really cold.
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  • It will most likely be steamy, but there might be enough mud to devour your trail shoes, meaning a pair of sturdy hiking boots such as the Moab Peak Ventilator Waterproof could be your best bet. Opt for breathable quick-dry kit such as the M-Select WICK range during the day, plus a warmer layer for the night.
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  • Guides generally provide main meals and boiled water at camp stops, but it's worth taking a decent supply of your own water and snacks.
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  • The top of the mountain is the best places to take photo.
  • It's a good ideal to take photo in the foggy weather..
  • Sleeping is communal in a very poorly maintained 'hut' that sleeps around 40 people No privacy, heat of protection from rodents. You are fed in the area you sleep. There is no warm place to go at the end of the day. The kitchens are warm but the ceilings are coated in creosote from their fired and the air bad.
  • Guided treks range from 1 to 4 days, but a high level of fitness is required for the 1-day trip. Trail runners have been known to do it in about 4.5 hours. You should be able to do the trek in three or four days.
  • If the weather turns bad ensure you have made a deal with your guide to put you up a hotel if you don't want to stay on the mountain and decide to head back to Sapa and not spend another day in the rain.
  • You shouldn't go in the winter because the road condition is so slippery.
  • October and November are the best months as you'll avoid the hot and very wet subtropical summers (the heaviest rainfall is in July and August), as well as the winters, when temperatures can plummet to below zero at night.
  • There are three routes to the top but, unless you specify otherwise, you'll always take the standard (easiest) one.
  • Light rain gear do you don't get too hot
  • Enjoy and be safe. If you cAn ask to sleep in a private tent.
  • Watch out for the home made wine - sip end offer your share to the guides
  • There is a lot of litter.
  • Many obstacles exist along the road as the challenges you have to pass.
  • You should go with a group to avoid losing the way.
  • The street is no flag to climb.
  • You should never go one-on-one with a guide
  • There are valleys along the road for you to explore
    Things nearby
  • To avoid high-altitude sickness chewing hard candy, breathing through a face mask and drink plenty of water.


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It was a journey that was much anticipated and with a lot of preparation. The tour was organized for 2 days 1 night and the trekking towards the mountain terrain was very interesting and exciting. Up and down the mountains, through swaps, forests, streams, traverse through rock and up and down the breathtaking ridges we completed an exhaustive day 1 with lunch stop at one of the camping sites on our way up. Next day early morning was the accent to the top and then return back to the place where we spend the night for lunch. Soon after lunch we were on a hectic decent to reach the starting point before night fall. Overall it was a life time experience and few tips to follow. Go during the dry season. Take enough precaution to keep your cloths on backpack dry. take lighter but warmer cloths if you must. Camping in the night and sleeping bag was not my thing. Hence I was up the whole night. may help if you have ear plugs and sleeping pills as the camping site is noisy with people coming in and going out at all odd hours.

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I'm a 21 year old female who is relatively fit and strong, but I am nothing special in regards to this type of thing. I only had 1 day left to do the Mt Fansipan climb, so it wasn't an option to do 2 days, and I was ok with that because I love physical challenges and really wanted to do it! (Little did I know...) Just be aware that if it's extra cold, like it was the day I did it, which was definitely hitting the freezing mark, and had snowed just the day before, the tour places will be reluctant to take you out on the tour because they need to register your passport details to the Police in case you need rescuing. I asked about 5 tour places and they all said no it wasn't possible because it's too cold. But as I was determined, I kept asking and found one who would take my friend and I on the private 1 day tour with a guide. We met the driver who was also the guide at 5am. He drove us about 15km away to the start point (I think it's called Thuc Bac or something similar) and we started trekking at about 5:30am. It was so bloody cold, I had 3 layers on bottom and top. I also assumed they would give you some sort of breakfast but beware, they didn't and I quickly found out how exhausted I was with no fuel! So, my initial thoughts was this trail was going to be quite user friendly because it must be popular and made easy so more people can do it... But NO, I was very wrong! It was very hard! Harder than anything I'd done before physically and I've done half marathons, other steep jungle treks, and I'm in the Army... so take it in board that you WILL be exhausted and probably feel you want to die very early on. Maybe it was the higher altitude and lack of breakfast but I was very tired and stuffed only 2 hours in. My guide and my guy friend who was fitter than me, we're going very fast, and eventually they just went way ahead of me and I just went at my own pace. We hardly had any stops and the guide just kept charging ahead because he was some super human fit freak who does this climb twice a week at least. The entire trek is unpredictable and not linear at all. In my climb, there was creeks, ice on rocks, snow that had fallen, very muddy walkways, very steep rocks and tree roots to climb up etc! There was so many different variety of pathways and nature that if I wasn't in so much pain at this point I would've appreciated its beauty much more! Climbing up the many very steep sections of the climb using your arms to pull you up many times, I had to stop every couple of meters just to catch my breath and feel like not passing out. My heart wouldn't stop beating so fast and I couldn't believe how hard I found it... But like I said before I think it was the air! I was going so slow at points because my legs, which were now jelly like and completely wasted, would not take me any faster. The guide kept saying he didn't think I was going to make it to the top in time to get back down to catch the bus to Hanoi... But somewhere in the back of my mind, I was determined to get to the top no matter how hard because I had been climbing for HOURS already. Everytime you think you're close to the top, add another 30 minutes on because it's never as close as it seems. About 2 hours before you reach the top, you will start to see the construction workers working away and the different machinery. But to be honest it didn't really bother me because I was so brain dead and tired, any distraction was a welcoming one... and it was a change of scenery too. The only downside is that yes, there is quite a lot of rubbish up there near the construction, but it doesn't get in the way of your trek, it is just noticeable. I made it to the top at 12:10pm (it took about 6 hours and 40 minutes to reach the top) and boy was I stuffed! You should've seen my face. I was in so much pain and my legs and breathing were so laboured... I wasn't enjoying that side of things at all. But the view from up there was perfect! Crystal clear skies with the sun shining on the clouds below gave me the prefect view! Just before reaching the top, it had snowed a lot there and I got to sit it in and walk on it like real snow! (I have never seen snow before so this was a big deal). The lunch break up top was way too quick for my stomache to almost bare... I didn't know how to tell my body just after 15 minutes, that I now had to go down the same way I came up. It was SUCH A LONG WAY. My lunch was some sandwiches the guide made up there on the rocks by the way. Any food was good food for me at that point. So down we went. Let's just say anyone who says down is easier than up is mistaken on this climb. Yes, up is harder and more exhausting... But going down was much more painful. My knees (God my poor knees!) were so, so sore at this point. My legs were so jelly that I couldn't just jump down from rock to rock because I didn't trust them to catch me if I slipped, and since there was so much dangerous ice on the rocks, I really didn't want to break my neck or ankle! So down I went, sliding on my back side trying to be safe, and using my arms a lot for support. It was now not a point of getting down quickly, but a point of just keeping on moving safely before I stop and collapse from pain and exhaustion. You think it would be much quicker going down but no... it takes forever. Everytime you look up to see if you're going down... You're actually still WAY above the clouds. It's very mentally draining. Eventually when I was nearing what I thought was the end, I realized the first hour was in pitch black so everything was new again and it was a lot longer to go than I actually thought. My mind and body were so damaged at this point, I almost felt teary because I just wanted it to end. I wanted the pain to stop in my knees and my legs to start working properly again... to turn that corner and see another hill of rocks and boulders to climb that you didn't remember is very taxing on the soul. EVENTUALLY, to the tour guides and my friends surprise, we did make it back at 6:05pm, JUST in time to catch the drive back to the tour place, and 5 minutes later catch the bus. Any later and we would've missed it! To my surprise, we got a medal and certificate of completion when we finished, which was nice to show that I'd actually done it! Because I could hardly believe it myself! All in all, this climb to the top and back took about 12 and a half hours, including lunch and the mini stops on the way and on the way down. Despite being out of it in exhaustion most of the time, the scenery was VERY beautiful and almost Lord of the Rings like! It was like being in Fangorn Forest or Hobbiton at some points. Very lovely. It had all different types of challenges from rocks to tree roots and I do love that stuff! Another amazing thing you will appreciate, are the Vietnamese locals jogging (literally) up and down Fansipan with a sack of something heavy on their backs! Men and women, some as young as 14 and as old as 60 I'd say!) As I'm slowly and painfully waddling my way down the mountain, suddenly a small group out of no where just chatting away come jogging past jumping from rock to rock like rabbits as if it was nothing. I tell you these people are amazing and so, so fit! If you plan to climb this in the coldest time of year, just be prepared to quickly take off layers as you get hot and sweaty very quickly like I did and suddenly had a back pack full of jumpers I didn't need anymore. Definitely bring gloves because when you touch those rocks to support yourself when climbing up, you realise how darn cold it really is! I would recommend this climb to someone who loves a challenge and who is prepared to go through all this and still be motivated! You don't need to be the fittest person in the world, as I am not fit with running / trekking and I still made it despite going very slow at many points uphill. You do need to have perfectly working knees otherwise this will be your worst nightmare! I swear all the cartlidge has dissapeared from my knee joints after doing Fansipan, that's atleast what it felt like going downhill. So... I hope my review has been helpful and detailed for you, and that you do intend to climb Fansipan! Even if I felt like dying at the time, the view at the top was very rewarding and spectacular! I am glad I've achieved such a huge human feat with minimal training and a last minute decision to climb Mt Fansipan! I hope you enjoy your climb... As much as I did! :

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