Toughest trek to Fansipan and entire Sapa

Mt Fansipan Trek & Hike Hoang Lien National Park to Muong Hoa Valley

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10-day tour with 8-day trekking
Trekking grade: Challenge. View grading definition here
Places to visit: Hanoi - Sapa - 2800m - Mt Fansipan - 2200m - Y Linh Ho - Seo My Ty - Ta Trung Ho - Nam Toong - Thanh Phu - Sin Chai - Ben Den - Sapa - Hanoi

This is our toughest trek tour in Sapa as well as in our Vietnam adventure tour selection. 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. Our trek to 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.
The trip offers you an opportunity to explore the beautiful nature and challenge yourself. On this trip you will also be able to meet several different minorities, which cannot be found in other areas of Sapa, such as Tay and Xa Pho and explore their daily life.
Tour Highlights
  • Awesome scenery
  • Great view from the summit
  • Challenging trails
  • Fully supported

Mt Fansipan Trek & Hike Hoang Lien National Park to Muong Hoa Valley route map


Night 1:  Night train to Lao Cai.
Day 1:  Lao Cai – Sapa Town
Day 2: Sapa – Heavens Gate – 2800m
Day 3: 2800m – the top of Mt. Fansipan – 2200m
Day 4: 2200m – Y Linh Ho Village
Day 5: Y Linh Ho Village – Seomity Village
Day 6: Seomity Village – Den Thang Village – Ta Trung Ho Village
Day 7: Ta Trung Ho - Nam Toong – My Son – Thanh Phu
Day 8: Thanh Phu - Nam Cum – Sin Chai
Day 9: Sin Chai - Nam Ket –Ben Den – Lao Cai
Day 10: Back to Hanoi.

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

Group of 1 trekker: US$ 1070
Group of 2 trekkers: US$ 770 
Group of 3-4 trekkers: US$ 680 
Group of 5-6 trekkers: US$ 630 
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
- Homestay permission
- 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: 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 don't 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 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 air-conditioning, 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 – 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 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
Meals:    Breakfast

Day 2: Sapa – Heavens Gate – Mt Fansipan trek up 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 Mt. Fansipan 3143m – down to 2200m ~ 6hrs hiking

After having breakfast, we climb to Fansipan's peak at 3143m, where we can celebrate your victory. You can touch the stone flagged this is the highest place of Vietnam and Indochina as well. Don't forget to take a photo here. Standing on the top, we can enjoy the best views to beautiful scenery that none of the place in Vietnam can offer: cloud, mountains, valleys, jungles are all created an awesome picture.
Enjoying your victory for 30 minutes then we start descending. We stop on the way at a nice spot for lunch. In afternoon, we start the hard hiking trip today, which is all the way downhill through the rain forest. The climb up consumes much of your energy while the climb down requests you to stay very high focus. This part of our mountain conquering tour requires a great concentration to step on the steep trail until we meet the campsite at 2200m ASL. Here we spend another night in the basic lodge.
Trekking: 6 hrs/ascend 3,143 m and descend to 2,200m
Accommodation: in basic lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 2200m – trek to Y Linh Ho Village ~ 8hrs hiking

We wake up in the fresh and pure morning in wild nature, where we can take a deep breath before we start the another tough trekking day while keep hiking down to the slopes. We need you very concentrating and keep right space with our tour guide and porters. We descend through well-protected forest and after a couple of hours of hiking, we stop for lunch.
We will then continue our walk descending toward the valley. On the way, we will be able to enjoy valley views and beautiful surrounding. We arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority in the late afternoon. Here we spend the night at a campsite nearby Muong Hoa River.
Trekking: 8 hrs/descend to 1,600m
Accommodation: in homestay
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Y Linh Ho – Seo Mi Ty Village ~ 5hrs hiking

Today’s trek will be mostly uphill until lunchtime in a beautiful part of Hoang Lien National Park - this park includes a vast jungle covering Hoang Lien Son mountain range of which Fansipan is the top peak. On the way, we have many opportunities to enjoy valley views. After hiking for a couple of hours, we stop at a nice spot for lunch. The trekking part will be softer in the afternoon. But the scenery becomes even more beautiful. We pass by Seo Mi Ty village of Black Hmong minority before we arrive in a campsite, which locates nearby a river outside the village. While porters put up tents and cook dinner, we can take a walk to stretch the legs.
Trekking:   5 hrs
Accommodation: in homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Seo Mi Ty – Den Thang – Ta Trung Ho Village ~ 7hrs hiking

The hike today takes us through beautiful rice paddies and over old suspension bridges. We will trek on small trail sneaking through the rain forest. We arrive in Den Thang village of Black H’mong by noon. Here we stop for lunch either nearby a river or in a local school according to the weather. After lunch, the trek will become tough on tinny footpath going up and down, which requires a lot of concentration. We will reach to Ta Trung Ho village of Red Dao minority where we spend the night in local house. Both the valley and the village have just received few foreign visitors. The night will be even more interesting when we are in the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao ethnic group.
Trekking:   7 hrs
Accommodation:  Home-stay
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ta Trung Ho - Nam Toong – My Son – Thanh Phu ~ 7hrs hiking

You are now on the fringe of the rain forest by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina with its 3143 m, is located in this mountain range. You will start the trek today by ascending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Here your lunch will be prepared in a local school.
After lunchtime, you walk descend to the valley where locates My Son village of Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest groups ethnic in Northern Vietnam. From there you take a short walk to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you spend the night in the traditional house of the Tay. You can take a walk to explore local daily life while your dinner will be served with Vietnamese dishes.. 
Trekking: 7 hrs
Accommodation: Home-stay
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 8: Thanh Phu - Nam Cum – Sin Chai ~ 3.5hrs trekking

Today’s trek will be relatively short and soft. Once leaving Thanh Phu, you follow the trekking route built in the bottom of the valley, which offers the best view of the surrounding mountains. You stop at a nice spot for lunch. After lunchtime, you continue the walk toward Sin Chai village of Red Dao minority where the night will be spent in Red Dao family.
Trekking: 3.5 hrs
Accommodation:  Home-stay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Sin Chai - Nam Ket –Ben Den – Lao Cai ~ 7.5hrs hiking

You wake up for an early breakfast and repack your luggage for the long trek heading toward Lao Cai. Once you leave Sin Chai, the trip takes you into a fabulously mountainous area, the most remote part of Sapa. En route you meet children’ curious eyes as you are very first tourists passing by. Red Dao ethnic minority inhabits the entire area. You will enjoy the fresh of bamboo forest and jungle until you make a stop at Nam Ket for lunch.
After lunch, your trek will be mostly downhill. After about half an hour, you will have an opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of days over a green valley lying along the Red River. You eventually arrive in Ta Thang village of Tay minority. Here you will be transferred by car to Lao Cai.
Upon arrival Lao Cai, we can celebrate our achievement, taking shower and relax until transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for the night train back to Hanoi.. 
Trekking 7.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Night train back to Hanoi

Day 10: 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 very challenging trekking to Mt Fansipan and Hoang Lien Son National Park ends up at Station arrival.
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.