The Fansipan Climbing Tour 4 days is the less challenging tour among our four options we arrange from Hanoi to mount Fansipan, the summit of Indochina. The 4 day trek not only take you to the summit of the mountain range, but also take you to hill tribe villages.
Day 1: Sapa – Fansipan Mountain.
Group meeting for regional information and tour briefing at 08.30am. Leaving Sapa at 09.00 for an hour road walk downhill to Cat Cat Village of the Hmong at the foot of Fansipan. Cross the river and trek along a trail for almost the whole morning through rain forest up and down hill to 2,200m peak. Lunch break for an hour. Afternoon trek gets tougher as the trail winds its way on steep mountain sides through bamboo forest. The plantation changes a lot as the trail reaches to higher elevation. Arrive to the campsite at 2,300m in late afternoon. Relax and free to explore the wild surrounding.
Day 2: Mt Fansipan Trekking.
Breakfast and leave the camp-site at 08.00am for conquering the 2,900m mount today. The trek gets though thick rain forest, winding on walled-up limestone cliffs which bring about real challenges for the whole morning. From the height of 2,500m, the plantation get smaller and shorter as it gets cooler and colder while the wind blows stronger. Reaching to the peak of the 2,900m at noon and having long lunch break. Afternoon trek mostly getting downhill for nearly three hours to the campsite at 2,600m high. Arriving to the camp at about 4.30pm, relax or free to explore the wild nature surrounding.
Day 3: Mount Fansipan Trekking.
Breakfast and get ready for the greatest challenging today. Leave the camp-site at 08.00am, the trail sneaks though the forest and later grass for an hour and then getting up very steep mountain side for nearly 1,5 hour to reach to the Peak. Congratulation! The roof on Indo-China at the height of 3143m has been conquered. Enjoy great view of a vast region westwards to Lai Chau, eastwards to Lao Cai…even further to China and Dien Bien Phu are all in your sight and under your feet. The trek in the afternoon is much easier downhill for about 3 hours and arriving to the 2,800m campsite at about 4.00pm. Relax and dinner.
Day 4: Mt Fansipan – Sapa.
It is an easy day today. Leaving the campsite at 09.00am for the 5 hours trekking mostly downhill heading to east. The trail winds its way under shades of big trees for nearly 3 hours to the Love Waterfall. Lunch break before continue the trek for 2 hours. Reaching to Tram Ton Pass at 03.00pm, picked up and transfer 18km to Sapa. Trip ends.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.