Top picked trail to trek Fansipan, Sapa

Best Trekking to Fansipan - Heaven Gate Route

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4-day tour with 2-day climbing Mt. Fansipan
Trekking grade: Challenge. View grading definition here
Places to visit: Hanoi - Sapa - Heaven Gate - Fansipan Mt. - Sapa - Hanoi

Trekking to Fansipan in Sapa, 3143m high - the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula - is definitely the most desired target for adventure seekers to Vietnam. The Haven gate trek to Fansipan peak is best suit for trekkers with limited time while it still wraps inside all essentials of Sapa beauty and real adventure spirits.  Our Fansipan trek tour is challenging and fully supported on each single step by our guides, porters, and cooks who have local knowledge and understandings of the different hill-tribe cultures on the way. That feature will add to the uniqueness of this exhilarating journey.
Tour Highlights
  • Awesome scenery
  • Great view from the summit
  • Challenging trails
  • Fully supported

Best Trekking to Fansipan - Heaven Gate Route route map


Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa.
Day 2: Trek to the first base camp
Day 3: Trek to the summit and return Sapa
Day 4: Back to Hanoi

TOUR PRICE (Per person)
Valid to 31st Dec, 2017

Group of 1 trekker: US$ 500
Group of 2 trekkers: US$ 335
Group of 3-4 trekkers: US$ 290
Group of 5-6 trekkers: US$ 255
Group of 7 trekkers upon request
Single Supplement: US$ 25


- Sleeper cabin on train for two ways
- Twin shared room in Sapa
- Lodging on stopping site - shared with other trekkers
- Transfer  two ways in Lao Cai
- Transfer one way in Hanoi
- English speaking guide
- Porters & Cook
- First-aid kit
- Meals as indicated
- Water & Snacks
- Entrance fees & sightseeing fees
- Service charges & taxes


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- Visa
- Tips
- Personal expenses
- Others not mentioned



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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 Fasipan is located, typically starts with a night train 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 pick up point. You will need to be at Railway station at least 45 minute prior to departure. Our train often leaves at 20.30 - 21.50. Your cabin is air-conditioning, sharing, 4 berth 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 – Sapa Town ~ 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 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 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 is about to trek up to level of 3143m height. Overnight in Sapa.
Transfer Lao Cai – Sapa: 1 hr
Accommodation:  Hotel in Sapa
Activity:    Free at leisure
Meals:    Breakfast

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 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 truely breath-taking with its all meanings. Right at moments, you feel the exhaust, the magnificent views to 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 4pm. 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 Mt Fansipan 3143m– Sapa – train to Hanoi ~ 7.5hrs hiking up&down

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 rout 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.
You will take a trek back to the campsite for lunch. After lunch, you start your journey down back. You follow the trail as well as stone steps built by Hoang Lien National Park until meeting our driver again. Drive back to Sapa town. Arrive there in afternoon, take a shower, if time permits, we spare you some free time to celebrate your achievement in your very own way.  Transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for the night train back to Hanoi.
Trekking:   7.5 hrs/ascend 3,143 m and back to Heaven Gate for the transfer to Sapa
Accommodation:  Soft sleeper in AC cabin
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Back to Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi early morning. You may need to contact us to manage a transfer to the airport or connection with other adventures in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) with
Our top loved trekking to Mt Fansipan via Heaven Gate rout ends up 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.