Terrace rice filed - Sapa
FanSiFan Summit



ST TK 05: FanSiFan Climbs - 6 days - Leaving everyday by train from Hanoi

Day 1 : Friday: Arrive Hanoi - Lao Cai (Train) 
Pick up at the airport. Welcome dinner, catch an overnight train (about 9 hours) to Lao Cai, 346 km to the northwest. Lao Cai is the last station in Vietnam on the French built train line toYunnan, China. (D)


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

We 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.
At an altitude of 2400 m, the porters put up our camp for the next 2 nights. There is a fine view from here, and this will be our base camp, from which we start the final ascend the next morning.


Day 4 : Level 2400 to the Top 3143m

After 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 m.

Day 5 : Level 2400m down to Sapa town

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.


Day 6 : Sapa -Hanoi (B,L,D). 
8h30 Depart to Hanoi by morning train.Arrive Hanoi at 20h00.Overnight in Hanoi.


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.


Rate in USD per person

 - Number of Persons -






Single Sup

2 stars

197 159 145 125 18

3 stars

205 165 152 132 25

4 stars

265 209 195 179 85

Return by soft sleeper







Accommodation offering in this trip: ( click to see hotel )


2 stars

3 stars

4 stars





Tour Cost includes:

  • Full transportation by Jeep or Bus as tour program indicated.
    Train ticket 2 ways:

  • ( Soft sleeper : Hanoi -Laocai ) . [ Click to see]
  • ( Hard seat : Laocai -Hanoi )
  • A cook
  • Local porters (mainly from the Hmong-tribe)
  • All equipment mentioned above
  • All meals, plus tea/coffee during the day Trekking-fee
  • English- speaking guide
  • Entrance fees.
  • Accommodation

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 :

  • 2 pairs of thick socks ( for use in the walking-boots)

  • Sandals or light footwear ( for use in the evening )
  • Sun-cream (with a high factor ; 10-20 )
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hat or cap, with a shade
  • Bathing suit
  • Medicine for your own use (fever, bad stomach etc.)
  • 1 warm jacket (fleece-jacket etc.,- for the evenings)
  • 1 sweat-shirt
  • 1-2 pair of long trousers (loose,- for your comfort)
  • 1 pair of short trousers ( for warm days)
  • 2 –3 shirts, or T-shirts
  • Socks (for use in the evenings, and against mosquitoes)
  • Underwear (for the women : also a Bra !)
  • Towel
  • Toilet requisites

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 :

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sheet sleeping bag (silk)
  • Sleeping mats
  • Rucksack
  • Waterproof Blue bag (for your baggage)
  • Plastic rain coat
  • Torch / flashlight
  • Water-bottle
  • Water-filters (to purify drinking-water)
  • Cooking-gear
  • Plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, and chop-sticks
  • Tents (incl. Mosquito-net)
  • First-aid kit

Tour Cost excludes:
Airport taxes; Visas; travel insurance; tips; personal expenses, emergency transfers.

Trip Summary:


Trip starts and ends in Hanoi;


All year round;


Moderate to Strenous;


Tourist-class hotels (Standard);


Private car or bus, public train, etc.;


As indicated;
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)




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