Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai.
Note: Even though, there is Highway Express to connect Hanoi - Lao cai that shortens the road transfer down to 5.5 hours, we still offer railway transfer. The rail in Vietnam is very much different to those ones in your country then train ride itself is an experience worthy to take. If you dont like train transfer, contact our team to change to road transfer. If road transfer confirmed, the tour omits this night and starts from Day 01.
Otherwise, our Vietnam adventure tour to Sapa, where Fansipan is located, typically starts with a night train ride from Hanoi Railway Station (B Gate - Tran Quy Cap street). Before that, our guide and car transfer will collect you from your hotel or a pickup point. You will need to be at Railway station at least 45 minutes prior to departure. Our train often leaves at 20.30 - 21.50. Your cabin is sharing, 4 berths by default but you can request us to upgrade to private charter. Overnight in AC soft sleeper cabin.
Transfer hotel – railway station: AC vehicle
Accommodation: Soft sleeper in AC cabin
Day 1: Lao Cai arrival - transfer Sapa ~ no trekking
Arrive in Lao Cai Railway Station at around 5.30 am. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the Station then please pay attention to our "Welcome board". After a brief greeting, we will take 1-hour drive uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The road continuously twists and turns along the mountain and you will soon get into your eyes a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces while our tour guide is brief about our forehead challenge. Upon arrival in Sapa Town, we have a hot breakfast in a local restaurant. We spare this day at your own schedule to relax and enjoy the town. Sapa is a lovely and small town to discover on foot.
Otherwise, you can get involve yourself in some kinds of short hiking trips to warm up and make your muscle get acquaintance to physical activities. Some options we suggest are:
- Hiking and climbing to Ham Rong mountain. This is a small mountain in Sapa center, that offers a nice panoramic view of the town. About 1,5 hour climbing up and down.
- Short trek to Ta Phin - Red Dzao village. About 1,5 hour trekking.
- Longer trek to Ta Van village and homestay here. About 2.5 hours trekking
All prepare for the amazing challenge of next two days while we are about to trek up to the level of 3143m height. Overnight in Sapa.
Transfer Lao Cai – Sapa: 1 hr
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Activity: Free at leisure
Day 2: Sapa – Heavens Gate – trek to 2800m ~ 6hrs hiking up
In the morning, we travel by car for about 30 minutes toward the Silver Waterfall. You may stop there for photos of the sparkling silver color stream pouring down from mountains after heavy rains. In dry days, we will skip this because the waterfall is not that spectacular. We will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest road in Vietnam to the sea water level. Right from there, in clear weather, we can see Mt. Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy the stunning view of the Binh Lu valley. Get ready to take this peak down to our feet.
Start climbing here while the trek will be relatively moderate until lunchtime. You will cross some streams with cold, clear water. The trekking, water-proof boots are strongly recommended. After 2,5 hours hiking on rocky, dirt trails, we arrive the resting stop at 2200m. Enjoy picnic lunch. With new energy, we get into a harder adventure from here. The trail starts the real mountain hike with climbing up and up and up then finally descending towards the campsite for next 3,5 hours. The trek is truly breath-taking with its all meanings. Right at moments, you feel the exhaust, the magnificent views of Sapa and beautiful landscape of Lai Chau province show up and wipe it all. We will trek to Mt Fansipan's campsite at 2800m ASL in afternoon around 4 pm. Now it is time to relax and enjoy a well-prepared dinner by our support crew.
Trekking: 6 hrs/ascend 2,800 m from 1,900 m
Accommodation: in basic lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: 2800m – trek to Fansipan Peak – trek to 2200m ~ 7hrs hiking
We get up early today for breakfast and start to the peak to catch up the sunrise. Leaving the resting site, we take the last trek to Fansipan mountain peak at 3.143m, where we can celebrate your victory. The last trek, we climb mostly vertically up to the cliffs. The route will be up from 2800m to 2900m then we take down vertically again to 2800m before trekking up directly to 3.143m. This part requests your utmost focus on climbing skills.
After 2,5 hours hiking up, your awards are the speechless feeling of victory and breathtaking, stunning nature surrounding you that you hardly feel in your whole life. Take a picture here as a certificate of winning conqueror, we prepare for getting downhill back to the 2800m camp site for lunch.
After lunch, we start the tough trek, which is all the way downhill through the rain forest. This part requires a great concentration to step on the steep trail until we meet the campsite at 2200m ASL. Here we spend another night in basic lodge.
Trekking: 7hrs/ascend 3,143 m and descend to 2,200m
Accommodation: basic lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: 2200m – Sin Chai – Sapa ~ 6hrs hiking
We wake up in the fresh and pure morning in wild nature, before heading back to civilization. We take a hard hike downhill through the well protected forest and after a couple of hours of hiking, we stop for lunch. We will then continue the walk descending toward Sin Chai village of Black H’mong minority. On the way we will be able to enjoy valley views and beautiful surrounding. We stop at the village for a while before we go by car back to Sapa, where we can celebrate our achievement, taking shower and relax until transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for the night train back to Hanoi.
Trekking: 6 hrs/descend to 1,600m
Accommodation: Night train back to Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Back to Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi early morning. You may need our support for transfer to airport for next adventures in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar (Burma) with ActiveTravel.Asia.
Our challenging trekking to Mt Fansipan via Sin Chai route ends up the Railway station.
Note on client safety
- Hiking Fansipan without local guide/porter is not permitted due to safety reason
- We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.