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SP 09: Fansipan Discovery Tour

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Duration: 4 days Transportation: Hanoi

Route: Hanoi

Languages: English Tiếng Việt (View map)
us$ 219
(per person)

Mt. Fansipan at 3143m, and on the border with China, is Vietnam's highest mountain. It is only 9km from Sapa town but it takes at least three days to get to the peak and back. Sapa, at an elevation of 1600m, has been described as "Not easily reached... Sees few tourists... Unbelievable mountain scenery... Still retains many French cultural and architectural influences... Has been under the control of at least four countries over the centuries... Unlike other Vietnamese hill towns, different ethnicities cohabitate peacefully here." The region around Sapa is indeed home to various colorful ethnic minorities, wearing traditional attire. The climb is rough, wet and cold, but the views are rewarding. The top is accessible year-round to anyone who is in good shape. As there are no mountain huts on the way, we will be camping. No ropes or technical climbing skills are needed, just endurance and plenty of energy. The equipment and food will be carried by our porters. Trekking time is 5 - 8 hours per day.

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Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa
Hanoi - Lao Cai by Train
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby by our representative at 20h00 for a short transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Lao Cai by Express Train at 21h10.
Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).

Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - Tram Ton Pass - Camp 1 (2,200m) (B, L, D)
Sapa | Silver Waterfall | Tram Ton Pass

6h00 AM - Arrive to Lao Cai train station. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Take a drive of 40km for over an hour drive uphill the Hoang Lien Son mountains to Sapa. Great views of valleys and terraced rice fields! After freshen up and Breakfast in a local restaurant start the trip to conquer the roof of Vietnam and Indochina - Fansipan peak. 
At about 9h30 AM, you will be transferred of 18 km via Silver Waterfall to the highest pass in Vietnam - Tram Ton Pass located at 2100m above the sea level. Visit Silver Waterfall before reaching the pass. Spend your time enjoying marvelous nature and then start the strenuous trek to the peak. After roughly 8 hours through the primitive rain jungles, many small streams and bamboo forests… we reach to the top of a mountain at 2,200m where our camp will be set for staying overnight. Make tents, prepare for dinner and spend the first night in the mountain.
This is the 1st night for travelers, guide and porters to seat friendly close to each others beside the fire to enjoy the tasty moment that all have once in the life of experience.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Accommodation: Overnight in tent

Day 2: Camp 1 (2,200m) to the Summit of Fansipan (3143m) - Camp 2 (2,700m) (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the camp and then continue climbing to the summit by way of pine and yellow bamboo forests. After 4 hours, you will successfully conquer the roof of Vietnam and Indochina - Fansipan peak. Congratulation! 
Staying here to enjoy your success as well as great view of a ever green scenery stretching under your feet. Spend 1/2 or 1 hour enjoying the splendid landscapes from around the mountain, at this virginal roof of Vietnam and Indochina is a specious chance for you to enjoy watching the surroundings: to the North-West is small village areas belonging to Lai Chau province, the splendid rolling mountains; to the North East is the overall picture of Sapa town which is only seen from here.
The way back, of course less hard but still dangerous. Arriving back to the 2,900m camp at noon, we have long break for Lunch and recovery. Most of the trail in the afternoon takes you downhill but very dangerous because many part of the trail is just a narrow track on the steep side of the mountains. Late afternoon, we station at a nice sport on the top of a 2,700m mount, put up our camp, cook our Dinner and stay overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Accommodation: Overnight in tent

Day 3: Camp 2 (2,700m) to Sapa (B, L, -)
Sin Chai Village | Sapa

Wake up in the freshness and pureness of wild nature, enjoy breakfast. The trail today is less tough and go through a well protected area of the Hoang Lien Son nature reservation, one of the wildest part, rich in plantation and wildlife. After Lunch at a nice sport, we continue down hill to Sin Chai Village where we spend an hour visiting this pretty Black H’mong village and get understandings of the lifestyles, the traditional customs of the local people here.
We then take transfer back to Sapa. Check in hotel. Dinner will be on your own.
In the evening you have free time to explore Sapa town at night.

Breakfast, Lunch included and Dinner on your own
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town

Day 4: Sapa free day - Lao Cai - Night train to Hanoi (B, -)
Breakfast at Hotel. Today is set free for your own plan to explore Sapa town. Our recommendation is to take a walk to Sapa market, where you can meet tribal ethnic peoples such as Black H’mong, Red Zao, Zay… from nearby villages come every day selling their farming, gathering products: Vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom… and of course handicrafts for souvenir. Continue walking the steps from the market to the church and then onto the top of Ham Rong Mountain where you can visit an orchid garden and a small museum about ethnic peoples of the Northwest.
Check out hotel room is on or before 12h00 (noon). You will be picked up from your hotel lobby in the afternoon at about 16h00 by private car for a transfer downhill to Lao Cai station to catch the overnight train back to Hanoi leaving at 20h15. 
Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request). 

Breakfast included. Lunch and Dinner on your own

Accommodation: Overnight on train

Arrival in Hanoi around 5h00 AM next day. You will be picked up at Hanoi station and walk to our Hotel - Hanoi View 2 Hotel (5 minutes walking) for breakfast and short rest. Check out time is on or before 12h00 (noon)

Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Fansipan

What's Included:
- Transportation by air conditioned vehicle as tour program indicated.

- Return train ticket basing on first class 4 berth shared cabin with air-conditioner (Soft sleeper wooden cabin).
- Sightseeing fees and permits. 
- Local English speaking guide (French speaking guide on request at additional cost US$ 15.00/day per group).
- Meals as mentioned in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
- Permission fee to visit Fansipan Summit.
- Porters (Only carry the food, tent, sleeping bag), Tent, Canvas, Sleeping bag.
- Accommodation as program: 2 nights in tent, 1 night at hotel in Sapa town.

What's Not Included:

- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned.

- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Mineral water and chilled tissue served on trip.
- Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips and emergency transfers.

Good to Know:

- Prices are per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02).
- For additional hotel night cost to the packages, please contact us for the rates.
- If one person prefers to stay in one room, the single room supplement must be paid as follows:

Hotel category Price per person for 01 night stay at hotel
02/5/2013-30/9/2013 01/10/2013-31/12/2013
Economy (2 star hotel) US$ 12 US$ 12
Standard (3 star hotel) US$ 22 US$ 22
Deluxe (4 star hotel) US$ 24
US$ 38
Luxury (5 star hotel) US$ 77
US$ 82

- 2 bed cabin on the night train at extra cost US$ 98 per person on request.
- The private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.
- Joining group tours are only applicable for maximum 3 paying persons.
- Itinerary of joining group tours may be changed.
- This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your Sapa travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.
- Keep your luggage and money by yourself.
- Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
- Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, torches, sun scream, towels, rain gear and extra warm clothes. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.

Very important notice from TUN Travel:

- Child definition: from age of 3 to 9 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact us for the actual discount for your case). 9 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
- All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact us for new quotations. 
- Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Tun Travel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.
- Transportation and Restaurants: The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.

Equipment that you should bring: 

The only thing you should bring yourself is a pair of good walking-boots, or another kind of solid foot-wear. You should have tried them out beforehand, and know that you can walk in them all through the day!
The personal baggage you bring on the trek, should not exceed approx. 10-12 kg, and should preferably be packed in ordinary plastic-bags that fit easily into the soft, barrel-shaped, watertight Blue bag. This bag will only contain your baggage and your sleeping-bag. All your personal baggage in the Blue bag will be carried by the porters. You shall only carry a small rucksack with the things you need during the day (camera, water-bottle etc.).

Equipment we supply:
Sleeping bag, Sheet sleeping bag (silk), Sleeping mats, Rucksack, Waterproof Blue bag (for your baggage), Plastic rain coat, Torch / flashlight, Water-bottle, Water-filters (to purify drinking-water), Cooking-gear, Plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, and chop-sticks, Tents (incl. Mosquito-net), First-aid kit.

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