Conquer Fansipan - The Roof of Indochina
If you’re keen to get your blood pumping during your trip, a trek to the top of Mount Fansipan is the very best way to do it which will take you through some of the most remote areas of the area while rewarding you with the spectacular view from the very top of the country.
Fansipan, which belongs to Hoang Lien Son mountain range and under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park, is the highest mountain in Vietnam. For young and brave people, climbing Fansipan Mount, also known as "the Roof of Indochina", is the symbol of personal struggle to achieve. The height of 3143 meters is a big challenge to many Vietnamese generations.
Best time to visit Fansipan
The rainy season is from May to the end of September, which can make the trip more difficult with slippery roads and dark sky. Travelers are recommended to trek in the dry season from October to April. Best time to visit Fansipan is from October to November when the rain stops and winter have not really arrived. Or, from February to April is the azalea flowers blooming season. At that time, you will be amazed by the picturesque scenery with splendid red azalea hiding in the lush green trees and the white clouds.
White clouds on Fansipan Mountain
Things to prepare to conquer Fansipan
To prepare for the trip, the number one prerequisite is to have good strength. You should start your physical training plan one or two months before the trip.
Though the peak is accessible all year round, you should prepare your luggage carefully and fit for the time when you travel. Bring a few things in your backpack as possible, only necessary stuff (such as warm clothes, socks, scarf, and flashlight in case you have to go in the dark), because it is not easy climbing up with a heavy backpack behind. As you go on a mountain road through the forest and stream, you should bring waterproof trekking shoes, a raincoat, insect repellent, a first aid kit, and some medicines for popular diseases such as flu, diarrhea, fever... Also bring food, drinks, and snacks for re-energizing on the way. Lemon is very good for your health that you can use a lemon per day. Eating a slice of lemon can help increase the water-holding capacity of the body. You do not need to bring a lot of electronic devices. If you have a camera or phone, put them in a plastic bag when not in use. In the winter, you may need some heating patches to keep warm.
Ready for climbing
Hiking routes to Fansipan
There are three popular routes to Fansipan, with different types of terrain and lengths. Depending on time, the Management Board of Hoang Lien National Park allows you to take the appropriate route.
- The route from Tram Ton Pass
This route at the height of 1900 meters is selected by most of the tourists because it is the easiest way. It will take two days and one night for this route, even just one day for those who are familiar to mountain roads.
- The route from Sin Chai Village
At the height of 1260 meters is the shortest way but the most adventurous, with dangerous cliffs, requiring climbers to sometimes use ropes or other special facilities. It will take two days or more for this route.
- The route from Cat Cat
At the height of 1245 meters is the longest way, mixes some challenging climbs with great scenery. It will take three days and two nights or more to reach Fansipan.
Many climbers had to give up halfway because of less preparation. But certainly, just with an unflinching determination, anyone can reach the top of the mountain.
Conquer the Fansipan Peak
Most of the climbers were emotionally torn when they set their feet on the Fansipan peak. Some people shouted out loud, some jumped up happily, some cried, some hugged and kissed the steel block carved with the words “Fansipan – 3.143m”. After a difficult climb, the climbers are rewarded with the magnificent wild green nature with the blue sky and a sea of clouds around the mountain. Standing on the peak of Fansipan is an amazing and victorious feeling. It is not because of the mountain you conquer but of yourselves. Do not forget to take pictures from different directions as it might be a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Arduous and difficult, but that is the factor determining the attractiveness of the trip. And Fansipan still majestically stands there as a challenge to anyone with the desire to conquer. Never give up!
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