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Conquering Mount Fansipan

Climbing Mount Fansipan in the northern province of Lao Cai can be attempted all-year round but experienced hands suggest that the period from October to early December is the best time to conquer the “Roof of Indochina.”

Situated 3,143 meters above sea level, astonishing things lie along the path to Fansipan. Mild climate in the period is certainly a great support for travelers’ endeavors to reach the highest peak in Indochina. Adding in the atmospheric blankets of cloud and mist covering trees and mountains as well as beautiful flowers, including the pink and white do quyen in blossom, it is the perfect time to give it a go.


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Conquerors cannot find this color and beauty in summer when scorching sunshine or rain may knock them down half way. The skin-cutting cold weather may shatter their peak dreams during winter.

There are different routes leading to Mount Fansipan with the popular option is to depart and finish the grueling journey at Tram Ton pass, which has an altitude of 1,900 meters. Another route often chosen by tourists is to begin at the pass and climb down the other side of the mountain which ends with a route through a distinctive village of ethnic minority people. The second is more thrilling but more danger lurks on the way down.

Tour operators always advise travelers to select an itinerary appropriate to their health and durability. They are also consulted to carry light backpacks with clothes, water and necessary food whilst leaving tents, bags and ingredients for meals behind.

Normally journeys take two to three days, depending on the health of participants, to Fansipan where tourists will have the experience of their lives. This eco-tourist area of Vietnam, southwest of Sapa, is home to some 2,100 floral and faunal species.