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Conquer The Roof of Indochina

The Terrible Tour Guide - 4 days

  • Conquer The Roof of Indochina
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
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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.

Note. This trip is organized for private groups only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please send us an inquiry to get the price of your group and your travel date.


Detailed Itinerary


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


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.


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.


At 4:00 AM after having breakfast with a cup of hot tea or coffee, you will do the final assault to the summit, trekking through the bamboo forest and approaching the top of the mountain where the vegetation becomes less. At 6.30 AM, you will have conquered The Roof of Indochina. Congratulations!

Marvel at the sunrise and take pride standing on the highest peak in Vietnam. Great views over the valleys of Sa Pa and Lai Chai Province will reward you. Peaks of Yunan Province in China are sometimes visible.

Around 8.00 AM, you’ll begin descending and enjoy a picnic lunch on the way down to the Tram Ton. Between 11.30 – 13.30 PM you will be back in Tram Ton already, where your service vehicle back to Sa Pa awaits you. Take the opportunity for a warm shower at the office before taking the bus or train back to Hanoi.

You will arrive at Hanoi at around 5:30 AM next morning



√ Meals
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

√ Overnight train from/to Hanoi to Lao Cai
The overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai is included in this trip. From here you will be picked up and brought to the starting point of your trek in Sapa. 

√ Transport 
All transport as mentioned in the itinerary is included in the price. 

√ Accommodation 
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.

√ Sleeping Bags
Your sleeping bag will be provided by your trekking company. 

√ Local English speaking guide/porter
We partner with locals from the Black H’mong community to guide you for this Fansipan Mountain Trek Tour. This doesn’t just reduce the cost of the tour, but more importantly, it helps their local community. Although they can speak little English to communicate with you, please don’t expect them to be as fluent as a professional and licensed tour guide. 

√ Travel permits
All needed permits to climb the Fansipan Mountain are included in the price. 


× Accommodation in Hanoi
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× 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.

× Personal Clothing
Personal trekking clothing such as trekking boots, pants, and jacket are not included in the price of the trek.

× Tipping
Tipps for the guide is not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.



Overnight Train King Express
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.

Sapa Mountain View Hotel 
In Sapa you will stay in the three-star Sapa Moutain View Hotel. Based on a stay in a double room. 

Shared Rest Hut
During the trek, you will spend one night in the mountain, at 2800 meters above sea level. During that night you will sleep in the Shared Rest Hut. Your trekking company will provide all the necessary equipment, including sleeping bags. Your guide and porters will prepare typical Vietnamese meals for you. That way you will have enough energy to reach the top the next morning!

The Terrible Tour Guide

The Terrible Tour Guide

Joey (or Tung), the founder and a.k.a. The Terrible Tour Guide is a Vietnamese native who dreamt of meeting new people from different nations while traveling with them around the country. By working as a travel specialist and licensed tour guide for reputable travel companies in Hanoi, he learned the trades of responsible tourism; and by hosting backpackers through CouchSurfing, he understood what tourists are looking for: flexible adventures off the beaten paths.

One time during a fun adventure in Ban Gioc Waterfalls, his Australian guests jokingly called him as The Terrible Tour Guide. He loved the sarcastic idea and got inspired to establish such a brand.

Building the business step-by-step, The Terrible Tour Guide Travel now has a team of 20 people who design and run the most distinctive products on the market. Today, The Terrible Tour Guide Travel has already brought over 3,000 international travelers around Vietnam, not just taking people to the best spots, but also allowing tourists to indirectly help Vietnamese communities, by creating jobs for locals and participating in social charities.


Where is Sapa?
Sapa is a border town located at 1600 m of altitude, in the mountainous zone bordering with China. Famous for its rich landscape and mix of ethnic groups that inhabit the area, Sapa is the ideal destination in Vietnam for those looking for mountains and activities such as trekking or hiking. 

How to get to Sapa
A common question when visiting Vietnam is how to get from Hanoi to Sapa. There are 2 ways to get to Sapa for your trek: by train or by bus.

By Train
This is the easiest and most popular way to get to Sapa. If you choose this way of transport, you will have to take the 8-hour train from Hanoi to Lao Cai Railway Station. From the train station, you will need to take a shuttle to get to Sapa. We advise you to book your train ticket in advance since it can get very busy, especially during the weekends.

By Bus
The bus journey from Hanoi directly to Sapa takes 6 hours approximately and the prices vary depending on the level of comfort. Buses depart at all times of day from Hanoi. The only detail about choosing buses instead of trains are the roads, which can get quite windy and sometimes dangerous.

If you need help arranging your transfer from Hanoi to Sapa, your trekking company can arrange it for you. They are always happy to help!

Best season
The weather in Vietnam can be quite unpredictable, and this applies to all the seasons. However, there are some months that are more advisable than others when it comes to visiting this unique country. The best month to trek in Sapa is in August when the rice fields are the greenest. This month, however, belongs to the rainy season, so, if you choose August, make sure you bring a good pair of trekking boots because it will get muddy.

March to May and September to November are the most recommended months to visit the region. During these months it doesn't rain as much and the landscapes are clearer.

During winter, from November to February, the temperatures can get as low as 0°C. Although it doesn't rain much during winter, thick fog is common, which makes it difficult to enjoy the beautiful landscapes typical of this region.

Tipping is not customary in Vietnam though it is highly appreciated. Remember that tourism is an important activity in the region and it helps boost the local economy. Of course, there is no fixed sum when it comes to tipping. However, if you had a good trek, you can thank you guide with a generous tip. USD 5-10 per day of trek is a good estimate as to how much to tip your guide.

Packing List

Packing List

In order to enjoy your Sapa trek to the fullest, having the right gear is essential. Of course, the clothing items you bring depend mostly on the season that you choose, but there are some basics that you cannot miss:

- Good trekking shoes
- Raincoat
- 2 sets of clothes
- Extra pair of socks
- Sandals or soft shoes for the camp
- Warm fleece (for winter)
- Camera
- Water
- Fruit and snacks
- Personal medication
- Torch



Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

How to book

How does it work?

On you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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