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Patrick and I had a wonderful time in Vietnam - a holiday to remember. We loved the whole experience from the beautiful scenery, the delicious food, the friendly people and all the different modes of transport! By the end of the holiday we'd travelled by plane, boat (stunning trip around Halong Bay), train, car, horse & cart!!! The tour was very well organized. Our guides were always on time to meet us (this was especially good when arriving at stations after long train journeys) and were well informed. A special mention must go to our guide for the central region around Hue & Hoi An, Mr Chun (can't remember the correct spelling). He was exceptional. He had an amazing knowledge of the history, people and area and really impressed us. All the guides were friendly and helpful, however Mr Chun stood out for us.
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At 3143m Mt. Fansipan is the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula. This remote trek provides plenty to see and absorb, from the scattered rocks inscribed with drawings and designs of unknown origin, to the French influenced hill retreat town of Sapa with its minority groups, beautiful villas and cherry forests. As we ascend through the lower reaches of Fansipan, we will pass terraced rice paddies and villages of the H'mong, one of Vietnam's many ethnic minorities. Giant, centuries old pine trees and expanses of yellow bamboo mark the higher reaches of our climb and we may sight mountain goats and langur monkeys along the way. Our trek to the top of Mt. Fansipan is challenging and will be fully supported every step of the way by our guides, porters and cooks who's local knowledge and understanding of the different hill-tribe cultures we pass along the way will add to the uniqueness of this exhilarating journey.

Highlights
Awesome scenery
Great view from the summit
Challenging trails
Fully supported

 
Highlights: Hanoi, Sapa, Fansipang Mount
Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights
Tour Type: Private Tour / Daily Departure
Cost from:
Start from: Hanoi.
 
 
BRIEF ITINERARY:

Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa – Tavan Village
Day 2: Trek to the first base camp
Day 3: Trek to the second base camp
Day 4: Trek to the summit and descend to the third base camp
Day 5: Back to Sapa. Night train to Hanoi
Day 6: Back to Hanoi
 
 

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai
Transfer from your hotel to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight in AC soft sleeper cabin.
Summary
Transfer hotel – railway station: AC vehicle
Accommodation: Soft sleeper in AC cabin

Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa – Tavan Village
Arrive in Lao Cai around 5.30 am. We will take 1hr bus ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride gives you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Upon arrival in Sapa Town we have breakfast in local restaurant. Free time for the rest of the day to explore the town.

Optional walking tour begins at 1 pm to Lao Chai Village, home to Black H’mong people. Overnight in Sapa
Summary
Transfer Laocai – Sapa: 1 hr
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Activity: Free at leisure
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Trek to the first base camp
After breakfast in the hotel we will meet our support crew, who will carry all equipment, foods and our clothing. We will carry our day pack with water, jacket and camera only. Today we will begin the first part of our ascent with a trek through terraced rice paddies and some of the hill tribe villages. Setting out from Sapa we descend into the nearby village of Cat Cat and cross Muong Hoa River. Past the river we start our upward trek to reach an elevation of 1,700m where we will have lunch break.
In the afternoon we will continue trek to the first base camp at an elevation of 2,300m. The terrain in the afternoon becomes steeper and more difficult as we trek through massive Arrowroot plantations and up steeper slopes surrounded by bamboo. Our camp for the evening will be in a very small clearing on the mountain enclosed by bamboo. Sleep in bamboo hut or tent.
Summary
Trekking: 7 hrs/ascend 2,300m from 1,600m (Sapa)
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trek to the second base camp
Today we set out for a full day trek to the second base camp. As we continue on we will pass through primary forest containing giant, century old pine trees and expanses of bamboo. Our trek will take us to an altitude of 2,900m from this elevation we have a spectacular view across to the peak of Mt. Fansipan. After lunch we start climb down to an elevation of 2,700m. Our decent will be over large boulders, down a fairly steep slope. Our camp is on the mountain slope facing west, near a mountain stream. Dinner and overnight at the base camp.
Summary
Trekking: 7 hrs/ascend 2,900m/descend to 2,700m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek to the summit and descend to the third base camp
Today is the summit day, we climb to the roof of Indochina: the peak of Mt. Fansipan. The final climb will take around three hours though dense bamboo forest. Once at the summit we will spend sometime soaking up the best panorama in Vietnam. We then descend 2,700m for lunch.
In the afternoon we will descend to the third base camp where we spend the last night on mountain.
Summary
Trekking: 7 hrs/ascend 3,143m/descend 2,000m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Back to Sapa. Night train to Hanoi
Today we trek downhill all the way. We will reach Sapa around lunch time. In the afternoon we will then be free to take shower and relax after the climb. In late afternoon we will be transferred to the railway station for night train to back Hanoi.
Summary
Trekking: 4 hrs/descend 1,600m (Sapa)
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Back to Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi early morning.


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TOUR COST:
The cost is quoted in US Dollars per Person (Pax) base on TWIN/DOUBLE share basic, and applied for private tour.
Peak season surcharge may be applied for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Tet Holiday.
For price query, please contact us.

Include:
Return train tickets: Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi (A/C soft sleeper cabin)
Twin shared room in Sapa
Camping on the trek
Transfer two ways in Lao Cai
Transfer one way in Hanoi
English speaking guide
Porters and Cook
First-aid kit
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Water and Snacks
Entrance fees and sightseeing fees

Exclude:
Meals that not mentioned in the program
Visa (upon request)
Insurance and International flights
Tipping and other personal expenses

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