7:30pm the HTS tour guide will pick you up from your Hanoi hotel and transfer you to Hanoi Railway Station. You will spend the night in a soft sleeper 4 berth cabin with air conditioning, on the way to Lao Cai, the closest station to Sapa.
Overnight on the train to Sapa
Day 2: Sapa – Sin Chai – 2300m (-,L,D)
You commence your exploration of “The roof of Indochina” – Mount Fansipan by a short transfer from Sapa town to Sin Chai village, located at the foot of said mountain, at an altitude of 1400m. Sin Chai is inhabited by Black H’mong ethnic minority people. After a short break to visit the village, you cross the suspension bridge and start ascending, firstly on hill sides with stunning views over the picturesque Muong Hoa Valley and the beautiful township of Sapa. You then move through dense forests, where you must put more concentration on the rougher trail. Your packed lunch will be taken by a stream, inside an old forest about 1900m above sea-level
In the afternoon, the trail, mostly though forest, takes you up and down some peaks to the 1st camp base site at over 2kms above sea level. On the way, you will discover a diversified system of flora and/or fauna, many of these have been put on the list of valuable and rare species of Vietnam. When you eventually arrive at the camp base in the late afternoon, take time for relaxing and enjoying your well deserved dinner. Tomorrow is the most exciting day, as you reach the summit of Mount Fansipan.
Aprrox: Grade 3 of 5/ 6-7 hours trekking.
Day 3: The Summit of Fansipan – 3143mts (B,L,D)
The trek today will be on a trail through cane and bamboo forests and although there are some parts which are quite steep and slippery on mossy stones, it will require your concentration. At mid-day you reach an altitude of 2900m, where you will break for lunch.
The afternoon is time for conquering the summit. Fansipan, with an altitude of 3143m is on the Hoang Lien Son range which has the status of a nature reserve.This protects the great diversity of animal and plant life including over 100 hundred varieties of orchid that flourish in this unique ecosystem. You can see the vegetation change as you go higher, culminating in a forest of dwarf bamboo near the peak. If all goes to plan you should reach the top after 2.5 hours trekking and can celebrate your victory pack with a commanding view over to Laos and China, then 2 hours’ descent brings you back to the altitude of 2900m, where your camp base is for tonight.
Aprrox: Grade 3 of 5/ 7-8 hours trekking.
Day 4: 2900m – 2200m – Heavens Gate (2000m)- Sapa
The trek today is rather short and mostly downhill. In the morning, it will take you around three hours to descend on a good trail, through bamboo and cane forests to the altitude of 2200m where you will have the last Fansipan trekking lunch. The afternoon trek is shorter but no less interesting. You first sneak through dense forest to a cardamom farm, then crossing some small streams several times, eventually, you arrive at the gate of Hoang Lien Mountain Park, where your vehicle is waiting for you, to take you back to Sapa. During the half an hour-drive, you can make a stop to visit the Silver Waterfall, which is one of the many places of interest in the Sapa area. You will transfer back to Lao Cai to board the night train back to Hanoi.
**Your tour can be extended, or added to any other of our tours, to spend more time in the mountainous area if required, just ask when booking your Fansipan experience with our staff.
Approx: Grade 3 of 5/ 4-5 hours trekking.
Day 5 : Arrive at Hanoi Station at about 5am, and you will take taxi yourself to your chosen hotel in Hanoi.
*Note: Climb a 3413m ASL Mountain in 3 days takes some effort, endurance and high spirit. The nights will be spent in a tent with toilet tent provided. The trip is not recommended in bad weather for safety reason. The campsite places are subjected to changes depending on group size and weather conditions, which will effect relatively to the grade level and hours of walking on some days. Porters are employed and will carry all food, bags etc.