Real Sapa Adventure + Climb Mount Fansipan | 6 Days | from HANOI, VIETNAM

$399.00

  • Epic 6-day, 5-night adventure with a local indigenous guide.
  • Conquer Vietnam’s highest peak, Mount Fansipan.
  • 1-Day Mountain Biking. 3 Days Challenging Trekking.
  • Homestays with local hill tribe communities.
  • All Food + Accommodation Included.
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A Sapa experience like no other!

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam (3,243 metres) often referred to as the ‘Rooftop of Indochina’. Located in the northern province of  Lao Cai, near the mountain hill town of Sapa, conquering the mighty mountain is the perfect challenge for adventurous backpackers! The mountain can be climbed in one day from Sapa and along the way, you will experience a variety of different landscapes, flora and fauna as you ascend into the clouds. The view at the top of the surrounding green and blue peaks rising through the mist is unforgettable.

After conquering Fansipan, we will then head to lower ground to trek the lush green rice paddies of Sapa and walk amongst the hill tribe villages. You will come across ethnic minority tribes such as the Hmong, Dzay, Dzao, Tay or Xa Pho and you’ll stay with a local Hmong family. As part of your homestay, you will learn how to prepare a local meal and have a herbal bath!

You must have a high level of fitness to take this trip.

No ropes or technical climbing skills are needed, just endurance and plenty of energy. The terrain is rugged, wet and often cold so wet weather gear and appropriate shoes are a must. During the summer months of June to August, it can also be very hot so you need to plan in advance for a variety of possible conditions. Climbing Mt Fansipan in Vietnam is for active adventure seekers who are up for a challenge! It is required for you to be of a high level of fitness.

Sapa is known to be an area consisting of four seasons in one day, therefore the weather can change quite rapidly, altering from heavy mist and fog to warm sunny days. Hence, we cannot guarantee clear views from the top of this mountain.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa

Overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai – Sapa.

Day 2: Sapa – Fansipan + Camping/Homestay (Climbing Day)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

We’ll arrive in Sapa in the early morning at around 7.30 am. First, we will head to a local hotel to have a refreshing shower and enjoy a lovely breakfast on the rooftop enjoying stunning views of Sapa town and the surrounding Muong Huo Valley. Once you’re feeling refreshed and full of energy, you will meet your local private guide, from the Hmong Indigenous Community. He will drive you up the Park Rangers Station where the adventure really begins!

We’ll begin our climb of Mount Fansipan at the height of 2000 metres and climb further into the clouds. Along the way, you’ll enjoy amazing views and incredible flora and fauna. After stopping for lunch, we’ll continue the climb until we reach the ‘rooftop of Indochina’. Important: Please do not pack too much in your backpack for day two! It’s a hard climb!

We will descend this incredible mountain by cable car. You will then be driven back to the homestay where you can celebrate the victory of having conquered Fansipan!

Day 3: Fansipan – Giang Thai Chai + Homestay (Mountain Biking Day)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Today, we are taking an epic 27-kilometre mountain bike trip off the beaten path, far away from the tourists. In the evening, we will stay at a local homestay where you will learn more about local indigenous cultures and traditions.

Day 4: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Tavan + Homestay (Trekking Day)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

This part of the tour now follows our extremely wonderful ‘Real Sapa Experience’ where we follow the non-touristic local trails to discover a different side of Sapa than the average tourist. Today’s 12km trek will take us through bamboo forest, waterfalls and rice terraces. Lunch will be eaten with a local family and in the evening, we’ll spend the night at a local homestay where you’ll enjoy a cooking class to learn traditional Hmong style cooking, as well as the extra special treat of a 30-minute massage! Your legs will be ready for more trekking tomorrow!

Day 5: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa – Hanoi (Trekking Day)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

On your last day of trekking in Sapa, we will pay a visit to the Red Dao people to see how they make their own clothes from old-fashioned weaving techniques. We’ll pass through more beautiful lush green rice paddies and more indigenous local villages before we eventually cross the Hoa River. After that, we’ll head back to Sapa town to have dinner and get ready for you to catch the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Day 6: Return to Hanoi (Travel Day)

Breakfast included

We will arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Breakfast will be served at our office before we say goodbye!

Solo Travellers, Families & Dietary Requirements

  • Solo travellers – The price above is based on two people taking the tour. If you want to do the Real Sapa + Climb Mount Fansipan adventure alone, there will be a single supplement (extra cost) of $75 US. If you book this adventure as a solo traveller through this website, we will do our best to team you up with other travellers to avoid this cost. This may mean that we propose to you an alternative date where there is already a small group doing the trek. We will inform you by email about the situation when booking.
  • Families with children – We are very happy to arrange a trek for you and your family. However, due to the difficulty level of the adventure, children under 9 years are not advised to join.
  • Dietary requirements – Are you vegetarian, vegan or have an allergy? Please let us know when booking if you have any special dietary requirements and we will try our best to accommodate.

What to bring?

  • Strong and comfortable trekking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Suitable clothing during different seasons.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sleeping bag or silk sleeping bag
  • For Fansipan base camp, it might be advisable to take an inflatable or roll matress/mat

What's Included?

  • All transport
  • All entrance fees
  • All meals as stated on the itinerary
  • Use of Mountain Bike
  • Guides & Porter
  • All Accommodation

What’s Not Included?

Should you tip your guide, porter, trekking crew?

Tipping is at your own discretion and we must stress that we pay our guides well and they do not rely on the tips from tourists in order to earn their living.

However, with the influx of tourism to Sapa, and the different nationalities who come to Sapa to trek, in particular, those nations for whom tips are the norm, tips are becoming more and more expected.

If you feel like you have experienced excellent service from your guide and trekking crew then a tip is an accepted form of saying ‘thank you’ – no doubt it will be greatly appreciated.

Sometimes, you may find that giving a tip is difficult as in Vietnamese culture, it’s common for people to get embarrassed when being thanked or praised. One idea is to gently put the tip in someone’s pocket and walk away giving them a nice surprise!

How much should you tip?

We suggest that you tip 50,000 VND – 100,000 VND per person. This is based on suggestions, local considerations and feedback for a 2-day, 1-night trek.

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.

Operator

Friends Travel Vietnam

The South East Asia Backpacker Community have tried and tested adventures across the region and handpicked a selection of only the BEST companies to work with.

Why we chose Friends Travel Vietnam?

We chose Friends Travel Vietnam because they provide experiences beyond the norm. Their trips take you off the beaten track, away from the tourist crowds and their respect for local cultures and the environment can be 100% relied on. The owners Sidney (Dutch) & Thao (Vietnamese) his wife and their team do everything they can to make sure that travellers (since 2013) have the best experience possible and we consistently hear glowing reports. Here are some reasons why we love Friends Travel Vietnam and why we think you will too:

  • They think small – They take the care and attention to ensure that even the smallest of details is well thought out.
  • They think local – They go to great lengths to ensure that the encounter between the traveller and the local community is beneficial to all.
  • They think about the planet – An aspect of travel which is often sadly overlooked. Friends Travel Vietnam ensure that the tours they organise have a positive effect on the planet.
  • They only provide tours that they would truly like to go on themselves – This carries through every aspect of the tour, the guide, the accommodation, the transport, food etc. Everything has to meet the high standards that the company themselves would demand when travelling.
  • They are honest – This can refer to a number of situations. For instance, if bad weather is expected during the time that a customer has booked a tour, Friends Travel will inform them of this and make suggestions as to the ideal clothes for them to bring with them. Sometimes the accommodation provided on a certain tour is basic, in a shared room, or simple mattresses on the floor. In each of these situations, the accommodation will be good and highly appropriate for the trip in question. However, it is very important that the traveller knows what to expect.
  • They only offer a small collection of tours, but they are awesome – Here at South East Asia Backpacker we are guided too by this exact philosophy. There is too much choice in this world of travel. Both we and Friends Travel Vietnam believe that by offering only the very best activities and doing them as well as humanly possible, we can ensure an amazing experience for the traveller.
  • Their support continues after the tour – When you come to the end of your time with Friends Travel, they will be very happy to help you with the next stage of your journey, whatever you may need!

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