Conquer Mount Fansipan - Sinchai Route

Routing: Hanoi - Sapa - Fansipan Mt. - Sapa - Hanoi

Trip Duration:

5 days 4 nights


SightSeeing, Trekking, Nature Explore, Moutain Climbing,

Physical Grading:

Conquering to the top of Mt. Fansipan is always the most wanted expedition for climbers to Indochina area. This adventure is based on a longer trail in comparison to the rout from Heaven gate. The hardship is somehow not higher while you have more time to enjoy the natural pureness as well as your victory of footing on the Indochina’s roof. Our trek to the top of Mt. Fansipan is challenging and fully supported on each single step by our guides, porters and cooks with local knowledge and understanding of the different hill-tribe cultures on the way.

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

Day by Day Program:

Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa
Day 2: Trek to the first campsite
Day 3: Trek to the summit and to the second campsite
Day 4: Back to Sapa. Night train to Hanoi
Day 5: Arrive in Hanoi - Trip ends!

Services and Activities included:

• Sleeper Berth on AC cabin on the train for two ways
• Twin shared room in Sapa hotel
• Camping gears
• Private Transfer  two ways in Lao Cai
• Private Transfer one way in Hanoi
• Private English speaking guide
• Porters & Cook
• First-aid kit
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Water & Snacks
• Entrance fees & sightseeing fees

Tour Exclusions:

• Travel insurance
• Visa
• Tips
• Personal expenses


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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 adventure 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 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 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 arrival - transfer Sapa ~ no trekking

    Note: if you decided to travel via Highway Express. You will depart from Hanoi at 7.00AM this day morning and suppose to arrive to Sapa at 12.00PM. Then keep up with the rest part of this Mt. Fansipan trekking adventure
    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 – 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 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 – trekking up the top of Fansipan – trekking down 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 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 back to 2800m camp site for lunch.
    After lunch, we start the tough trek, which is all the way downhill through rain forest. This part requires a great concentration to step on 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 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.
    Group size Price guide (USD/person)
    • Trekking poles: manufactured by Coleman, USA. Telescoping pole extends from 27 to 53 inches. Contoured handle grip features adjustable nylon strap and compass. Aluminum pole has steel tip with removable cover and basket for various terrains
    • In the lodge: heat insulation panel, yoga-style mats and winter sleeping bags: Manufactured by Landus, France. Winter bag (for +5 -> -5 degree) 85cm x 215cm. Used for home stay and camping in cold weather. 
    • In case the lodge is over-booked, we will camp with tents: Manufactured by Wildebeast - Manyoli III, Germany. 4-season, water proof tent for 2 persons. Double tents, 4-persons tents or 6-persons tents are avail. depending on camping sites.
    • Camping gears such as rope, pin etc
    • Torch: Manufactured by Vietnam. Strong and focus light. Used at camping site and home stay in the evening
    • Fresh food, cook and cooking items such as stainless cups, bowls, chopsticks etc for preparing meals
    • Porter accompanying with you for carrying equipment
    • Radio: manufactured by Kenwood, Malaysia. 16-channel VHF FM Transceiver. Used for jungle trek with group from 5 passengers up. Help to manage group
    • ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip
    • Origin passports 
    • Mountain Hiking Boots, knee high, water proof 
    • String-back sandals/slippers
    • Hiking, comfortable shoes that you are familiar with. (new shoes are not recommended)
    • Head-torches
    • Backpack with rain cover
    • Clothes: trekking pants, rest and sleeping clothes, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirt, pajama/sleeping pants, underwear (what you’re comfortable with), pairs of socks
    • Thermal clothes, at least one
    • Hat, sunglasses, sun protection.
    • Waterproof long pants and jackets
    • Rain coats
    • Bottle of water
    • Anti-insect repellent
    • Toiletries
    • Common medicines in your personal first aid kits
    • Mobile, cameras with spare batteries.
    • This items are compulsory in this trip. You should bring them with you all the time of the trek.
    • Those items are strongly recommended in this trip. They will enhance your trekking experience while ensure your safety and health.

    Duration: 5 days, 5 nights
    Depart from: Hanoi - End at: Hanoi
    When:  Oct - Jun see more Vietnam weather
    Activities: Mountain trekking 
    Transport: Train, Bus, on foot
    Accommodation: 1 night hotel, 2 nights in basic lodge, 2 nights train
    Tour guide: English speaking guide
    Support crew: Porters & cook
    Trekking grade: Challenging Grade that means this trekking tour involve in active, physical required activities up to 06 – 08 hours per days in remote area, under variable weather conditions or quick attitude changes. You are going to get into remote areas where the support facilities are not always available or facing to passes or river crossing. You should be in very good level of fitness. For those biking or motorcycling adventure, experienced riders with good driving skills may be required.
    * Suggested preparation: 45 - 60 minutes of aerobic type exercises, 4-5 times per week for about 04 - 06 weeks before your adventure. Outdoor hill or stair walking is recommended. 
    Who suits: Recommended for fit travelers
    Activity: 6-8 hours most days 
    Distances: Hike up to 10 - 13 miles (or 16-22km), cycle 40 - 55 miles (or 65 – 88km) most days 
    Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails 
    Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day (about 1200m)
    Altitude: up to 12,000 ft. (about 3600m)

    Meals and food
    - Day 1: Breakfast
    - Day 2-3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. On the trek the support crew will cook meals for us. Since we are far away from the town, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious local produce. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirement.
    Train Travel
    On our tour, we use first class trains of King Express, Orient Express, Fanxipan Express or Sapaly Train. These trains all offer deluxe cabin with clean, comfortable, air – conditioned sleeper. All trains are designed with 4 soft berths in each cabin and individual reading light. For more information, please see our Quality Services.  
    The resting site/ camping ground
    On this trip, we will overnight at 2200m and 2800m in a lodge. The lodge is bricked walls, steel proof with very basic conditions. There are 2 lodges at each stop divided into small rooms. Each room is for 12 persons maximum. You may have to share the room with other climbers. Your bedding area is a wooden panel, we will prepare heat insulation, yoga-style mats and winter sleeping bags. There are some toilets, not en-suite in room. No electricity and no hot water running yet.
    In case the lodge overbooked, we will camp. Our camp for the evening will be in a very small clearing on the mountain enclosed by bamboo. You will be provided with twin shared tent, sleeping bag and yoga-style mats.
    Our tour guide
    The tour will be guided by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guided trekking tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.
    Our porters
    Our porters are local ethnic people who are absolutely familiar with the Mt. Fansipan trek as well as other trekking tours in Sapa. The porters carry the food, cooking items, sleeping accessories, water etc for your whole group. Each porter often carry the pack up to 40-50 kg. You will carry your own lugguage and so we highly suggest you should try to keep your bags under 5kg as an ideal weight.
    The transfers
    In Hanoi, one ATA staff will accompany you to the train to show you your cabin and tell you how to deal with night train traveling in Vietnam. Your car is private.
    In Lao Cai, our guide will meet you at Lao Cai Railway Station in the morning of the first day. He also sees you off at Lao Cai Railway Station on day 3. Your car is private, air-conditioning.
    When you get back to Hanoi on day 4 you can easily find a taxi at the train station.
    The trekking day
    A typical trekking day starts at about 8.00 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the terrain. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 pm. In the day trekking to the peak, we suppose to start earlier to catch up the sunrise, often around 05.30 - 06.00am. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.  
    Note on client safety
    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.

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