Conquer The Roof of Indochina

Duration: 4 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Overnight train journey from Hanoi to Lao Cai
> Trek through Lao Chai and Ta Van with beautiful scenery
> Ascent of Fansipan with breathtaking sunrise

Sapa attracts numerous local and foreign visitors all wanting to taste a piece of nature through the popular trekking tours. Everyone visits Sapa to trek the local villages and surrounding rice terraces or waterfalls. For adventurers longing for a non-touristy experience on an off-the-beaten-track, scaling the highest mountain in Indochina is the answer. This 3-day-4-night tour includes trekking to the summit of Fansipan mountain. You will be led by a local H’mong guide whose knowledge and understanding of the different hill-tribe cultures will make for an unforgettable experience in Hoang Lien Son National Park.



Overnight train to Lao Cai

Your trip starts with an overnight train journey from Hanoi to the border town of Lao Cai which departs at 21.55.

Lao Cai

Lao Cai

Lao Cai - Trekking in Sapa

The train reaches Lao Cai in the early morning and you’ll be transported by a waiting vehicle to Sapa, this takes about 1hr 30 minutes. You will be dropped at your hotel in Sapa, where you’ll lodge and have breakfast in the hotel restaurant. You will head on a trek through villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. The hill tribe people resident to this area are some of the most amiable people you will encounter. The walk takes you through buffalo paths against a backdrop of the unique, beautiful and untamed scenery. You will have a picnic lunch stop along the way and then travel back to Sapa town.

Sapa Mountain View Hotel

Sapa Mountain View Hotel

Sapa - Hiking to Fansipan

At 9.00 AM, the driver will pick you up and bring you to the Tram Ton pass, the jump off point for the ascent of Mount Fansipan. Get to know your guide / porter from the Black Mong people, who will carry the food and your sleeping bag up the mountain. Along the trail, you will pass through pine and bamboo forests, and tread beside streams in a cool climate. During the hike, you get a good opportunity to learn from your tour guide about the minority tribes of Black Mong, Red Dzao and Dzay. the indigenous people living in Sa Pa.

Around 12 noon, you will stopover at 2200 meters. Enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by the tour guide. After a rest, you will make your way to the sleeping quarters at 2800 meters, which you will reach around 4.00 PM. You have the time to rest or explore the surroundings while your dinner is being prepared. Enjoy dinner at 6.30 PM and take advantage of an early night’s rest.

Shared Rest Hut

Shared Rest Hut
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  • Transfers

    All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, private transport, etc.) as described in the itinerary are included.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Meals

    This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Professional guide

    During your trek, you will at all times be accompanied by an English speaking guide.

  • Permits

    The cost of permits to enter the national park during your trek is included in the price.

  • Sleeping bag and liners

    Sleeping bags and liners are provided.

  • Overnight train from/to Hanoi to Lao Cai

    The overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai is included in this trip. This train has 4 and 2 person cabins ad is equipped with air-conditioning, beds, reading lights, storage containers, mineral water, and napkins. In each carriages have clean toilets, modern fully supply clean water in daily life.


  • Traveling to and from

    This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.

  • Tipping

    Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Accommodation before and after the trek

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.


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