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Sunrise Fansipan Mountain Trek

The Terrible Tour Guide - 2 days

  • Sunrise Fansipan Mountain Trek
  • 2 days / 1 night
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's included
Accommodation
The Terrible Tour Guide
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
How to book

Overview

WHY FANSIPAN MOUNTAIN TREK?

If Europe has The Alps, Vietnam has Mt. Fansipan. This “Tonkinese Alps” serves as the highlight of all the highlights in Sapa, the premier trekking base of Vietnam. Gaining its reputation as the Roof of Indochina, Mt. Fansipan is king of all hiking trails in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, intimidating all other peaks with its 3,143m-tall stature. Sapa attracts numerous local and foreign visitors all wanting to taste a piece of its symphony 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, taking our Fansipan Mountain Trek is the answer.

Route

DAY 1: SAPA – TRAM TON – 2200M – 2800M (-/L/D)

If you already in Sapa, our driver & tour guide will pick you up at your hotel between 8:30 to 9:00. If you take a sleeper bus or overnight train from Hanoi the day before, please come to our meeting point at 09 Thac Bac Road, Sapa. 

At 9.00, begin our Fansipan Mountain Trek, transfer to Tram Ton pass, the jump off point for the ascent of Mount Fansipan and get to know your guide/porter from the Black Mong people who will carry the food and stuffs up on the mountain. (Note: due to cost efficiency, the guide is also a porter if the group is smaller than 3)

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 12:00, you will stop over at 2,200 meters. Enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by the tour guide. After a rest, you will make your way to the sleeping quarters at 2,800 meters.

At around 16:00, you will reach the rest hut. You will have the time to rest or explore the surroundings while your dinner is being prepared.

At 18:30, enjoy your dinner and take advantage of an early night’s rest.

DAY 2: 2800M – SUMMIT – 2800M – TRAM TON – SAPA (B/L/-)

At 4:00, 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 vegetation becomes less.

At 6.30, 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, you’ll begin descending and enjoy a picnic lunch on the way down to the Tram Ton.

Around 12:00, you will be back in Tram Ton already, where your service vehicle back to Sa Pa awaits you. Your Fansipan Mountain Trek ends here!

What's included

Included:

√ Hotel Pick up & drop-off service in Sapa Town
You will be picked up from your hotel in Sapa by our guide and driver. 

√ Transfer service fo/from Spa - Tram Ton
The transfer to Tram Ton, the start and ending point of your trek, is included. 

√ Meals
1x breakfast, 2x lunches, 1x dinner.

√ Accommodation at 2800m
You will stay overnight at the Rest Hut on an altitude of 2800 meters. Shared accommodation. 

√ Sleeping Bags
You 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 Fanispan Mountain are included in the price. 

Excluded:

× Transporation from/to Hanoi
You have to make your way to Hanoi. We can book a night train or bus for you on request. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
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.

Accommodation

Accommodation

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.

FAQ

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
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

Safety

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 Bookatrekking.com 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 Bookatrekking.com 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.

Bookatrekking.com 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 support@bookatrekking.com

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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