At the height of 3143m, Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and also known as “the Roof of Indochina”.

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It belongs to Hoang Lien Son mountain range, located in the northwest of Vietnam and lying in the border of two provinces: Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Its name which is pronounced roughly by local people as "Hua Xi Pan" means "the tottery giant rock". The mountain was formed about 100 million years ago. Fansipan which has varied topography is the home of about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species. Although it is just about 9km to the southwest of Sapa Town, it takes at least three days to get to the peak and back.

Views on Hoang Lien Son mountain

Views on Hoang Lien Son mountain

Conquest of Fansipan is dream of many professional climbers as well as adventurous travelers when they come to Vietnam. A successful conquest is very meaningful to every traveler. You will need to buy tickets at about VND 40000 to visit Hoang Lien National Park, where the Fansipan is located, and you can ask the rangers for instructions and advices before the climb. It is recommended to trek up Fansipan with your friends or a tour guide as make the trip seem shorter and give assistance in case of incidents.

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On way to Fansipan peak

On way to Fansipan peak

Have meal on way to Fansipan peak

Have meal on way to Fansipan peak

Tips before climbing Fansipan

  • BEST SEASON to climb is from May to August where the weather is warm and it's clear from the summit to see clouds floating around the mountain range.
  • WEAR shoes of course. You can also buy cheap rubber boot at Sapa's local market to avoid the muddy way on the climb and also for keeping the feet warm.
  • FOR TWO DAYS CLIMB. It's very very cold at night and the hut where you're going to rest for the night is freezing cold with wooden board to lie down and again freezing cold water. So if you think you can make it in one day, don't do the two days.