Fansipan Mountain - the highest peak in Indochina
Fansipan Mountain (3,143m) is the highest peak in Indochina. Here is a report made by a TTer (sorry again, I didn't take note the author name):
I did the Fansipan last year and it was certainly the highlight of my trip to Vietnam.
The trek itself is usually done in 3 days. We started off from Sapa, took a jeep to the starting point (half - 1 hour drive).
We were 3 guys and a local guide. The trek is entirely in the forest-jungle and there are no villages on the way. The only men that we met were construction guys building a new route, so I guess its better to travel now before they'll build the new road that will bring hoards of tourists.
The scenery is amazing, we've seen wild horses on the way. The first day is relatively easy and you arrive in the afternoon to the base camp. The second day that you climb to the summit is really hard, you simply climb and climb without stop, most of the way its just vertical or just climbing rocks. When we almost reached the top, there's no tree, it was raining and blowing hard. Just when I thought that I can't go on any more the guide said 15 minutes to the top. So I gathered all my strengths and did the final steps to the top. When we reached the top it was all fogy but we got some nice pics by the Vietnamese flag. I heard that on nice day you get really great views. Then its just going downwards vertically until you go back to base camp. I was completely exhausted afterwards. The 3rd day we had a nice weather and we could see sometimes when the fog cleared Sapa and some other villages from far away. The walking is fairly easy compared to the second day and you end up in some village from where the jeep took us back to Sapa.
I strongly recommend on this, especially if you like trekking. I don't remember exactly the prices but I think it was about 50US$ for the whole 3 days including everything. I suggest not to book this trip before you come to Sapa, because prices are much higher, We met some guys that went a day before us, booked in Hanoi and paid twice as much. So the best is to arrive to Sapa, and arrange it through one of the guest houses or travel agencies. I warmly recommend the Mountain View Hotel, the stuff is very efficient and helpful and my guide name was Ding which was very professional and gave many interesting explanations on the way.
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