Vietnam’s highest mountain, Fan Si Pan lies less than 5km as the crow flies from Sa Pa, but it’s an arduous three to five day round trip on foot. Than usual route starts by descending 300m to cross the Muong Hoa River, and then climbs almost 2000m on overgrown paths through pine forest and bamboo thickets, before emerging on the southern ridge. The reward is a panorama encompassing the mountain ranges of northwest Vietnam, south to Son La province and north to the peaks of Yunnan in China. Although it’s a hard climb, the most difficult aspect of Pan Si Pan is its climate: even in the most favorable months of November and December it’s difficult to predict a stretch of settled clear weather and many people are forced back by cloud, rain and cold. A guide is essential to trace indistinct paths, hack through bamboo and locate water source; Hmong guides are said to know the mountain best. Sapa hotels and tour agents can arrange guides and porters as repaired.What to prepare ?
The peak is accessible all year to those in a good shape and properly equipped but don't doubt about the difficulty. It is wet, cold and needs a good preparation.
The summit of Fansipan is 19km from Sapa and only can be reached on foot. The terrain is rough and adverse weather is frequent. Normally, it would take three or four days to conquer the Fansipan Mount. We will go through different valleys, lush jungle, rivers and a beautiful hill tribe village at the bottom. No ropes, no technical climbing skills are required but endurance of climbers.
Besides, mountaineers need to prepare a sleeping bag, waterproof tent, food, stove, raincoat and other miscellaneous survival gear that you may think of.
When to go ?
Fansipan's summit is accessible year round though the best time for making the ascent is from mid October to mid December as well as in March, when wild flowers are in bloom.
Unless you are a well‚experienced mountaineer, hiring a trained guide is vital. You also can have a porter to carry your gear. Prepare a sleeping bag that is rated to at least 40 degrees as it gets a bit cold at night and a good camera for incredible scenery.