Fansipan peak, located among Hoang Lien Son mountain range and Hoang Lien National Park, is known as the roof of the Indochina with the height of 3,143 meters above sea level. Conquering Fansipan peak is considered as one of the top goals of not only domestic but also international tourists in Vietnam.
Tips for conquering Fansipan
Located in the northwest Vietnam, climate on Mount Fansipan is affected directly by 4 separate seasons. Spring, lasting from February to April, is the most beautiful season of the year. Summer falls between May and Saptember with its typical climate of hot sunny days and rains. Autumn with cool weather and clear blue sky only lasts for 2 months, September and October. Winter comes from November to the next February with cold and dry weather.
With those typical climate features, the period between September and April of the next year, especially Oct and Nov, will be the best time for you to visit Mount Fansipan for it’s cool and not too rainy, which makes your adventure to the peak easier and safer. But remember, it’s always extremely cold on top.
There are many ways to conquer Fansipan peak. The longest way, but with most stunning view, is about 37 km from Cat Cat village at the height of 1,245 meters. The most sloping way is not too long with beautiful scenery, starting from Sin Chai village at the height of 1,260 meters. The shortest and easiest one but with least beautiful scenery starts from Tram Ton pass at the entrance of Hoang Lien National Park, at the height of 1,934 meters, which is the most common choice of amateur hikers, travelers and office workers.
Conquering Fansipan peak is full of nice surprises
The first stage of the journey from Tram Ton pass is quite easy with plain paths and not so many slopes. Both sides of the path lie many Rhododendron flowers, about-10-meter thousand-year-old trees and small streams, etc. After about 3 hours, you will reach a stop point at the height of 2200m, which is a large area with small huts for about 15 people. You can stay here either for a while or overnight.
The way to the next stop point at the height of 2800m will be really sloping and bumpy. Be careful with narrow paths by the cliffs and giant rocks. There are even some metal ladders built to help hikers to get over the rocks.
If the weather is beautiful, you can see clouds right above your head grabbing around the mountain. It’s so close that you can even reach to the clouds with your hand. So amazing, isn’t it?
Now is the last stage to reach to the top. You have to go around the mountainside till you face a huge mountain at 2900m. At this point, Fansipan peak is really close already. Nonetheless, it’s too soon to celebrate because you have to pass that mountain and climb on the next one.
This stage is really dangerous because of sloping paths and rolling rocks, and you have to use ropes to climb up. Lots of tourists will be jealous seeing how local people keep balance while carrying heavy papoose on their back.
At this final stage, you will definitely bump into other conquerors climbing down with their encouragement. After that, you can see a big rock with the word “Fansipan” on it. Congratulations! Here you are at Fansipan peak – the roof of the Indochina. It’s time to take tons of photos and enjoy stunning view with your friends.
Cable cars – Solution for those who have no much time
Instead of walking and climbing through a long dangerous way, tourist can save their time conquering Fansipan peak by sitting in cable cars for about 15 minutes and climbing up 600 stairs of rocks. This is a really time-saving and energy-saving solution, don’t you think? In addition, you can fully enjoy the majestic views of Hoang Lien Son mountain range as well as Muong Hoa valley from the cable cars.