1 : Friday: Arrive Hanoi - Lao Cai (Train)
Day 2: Sapa -Level 2000m
7h00 Arrive Laocai. Pick up then transfer to Sapa. 10h00 the Hmong-porters pick up our baggage and start ahead, along with the cook. From our altitude of 1500 m, we pass through the market-place and leave SaPa, heading for the bottom of the valley. After a short while we pass the Hmong village of Cat Cat, where pigs are scuffling around freely among the wooden houses, and the children look curiously at these strange people. In the bottom of the valley (1200 m) we pass the river of Linh Ho, carefully keeping our balance on the bamboo bridge. We start the long climb upwards, and later in the day reach the rainforest, which softens our steps and blocks our view for a while.
Before nightfall, we pick a spot in the jungle and put up our camp in 2000 m altitude. Enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the forest is a perfect background for the smell of a good evening meal, being prepared by the cook.
Day 3: Level 2000 to Level 2400
start out slowly with a minor descend, before we again move upwards.
If we are lucky, we might see some of the giant butterflies living
around here, reaching a size of 25 cm. At around 2400 m the rainforest
gradually gives way to huge, succulent bamboo, passing which we reach
a ridge at 2900 m, and now have a magnificent view down through the
long SaPa valley, over the area we have just passed, to the mountain
range on the other side.
Day 4 : Level 2400 to the Top 3143m
an early breakfast, we set out on the final ascend. A few steep stretches
must be passed, but nothing insurmountable, and at lunchtime we reach
the summit at 3143 m. We now stand at the highest point in Vietnam,
and the view is stunning, to the north into China as well as to the
south and Laos, and the mountainous area with Dien Bien Phu in between.
Time for a good long break, before we return to our base camp at 2400
We enjoy our morning-coffee and the sounds of nature, while the porters take down the camp and move ahead down the mountain. Trekking back down across well-known country goes fairly quickly, and we will reach SaPa again in time for a good evening meal, a hot shower, a cold drink, and other modern conveniences. Overnight in Sapa.
6 : Sapa -Hanoi (B,L,D).
Note : Trekking to the top of Mt.Fan Si Pan is possible for most people. But even though we do everything possible to make the trek a true pleasure for you, you should be reasonably fit, not afraid of walking up to 8 hrs a day, some of it on steep slopes, and able to deal with rough-camping for several days. On the other hand you will be rewarded with a unique and satisfying experience.
Accommodation offering in this trip: ( click to see hotel )
Tour Cost includes:
Equipment that you should bring
The only thing you should bring yourself is a pair of good walking-boots, or another kind of solid foot-wear. You should have tried them out beforehand, and know that you can walk in them all through the day !
Recommended equipment :
NB : The personal baggage you bring on the trek, should not exceed approx. 10-12 kg, and should preferably be packed in ordinary plastic-bags that fit easily into the soft, barrel-shaped, watertight Blue bag. This bag will only contain your baggage and your sleeping-bag
All your personal baggage in the Blue bag will be carried by the porters. You shall only carry a small rucksack with the things you need during the day (camera, water-bottle etc.)
Equipment we supply :
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