Fansipan Mountain, Trekking in Sapa & Halong bay (3143M)
Halong Bay Photo
Location: Fansipan Mountain is located 9km south-west
of Sapa Townlet in the Hoang Lien Mountain Range.
Highlights: Fansipan is branded "the Roof of Indochina" at the height of 3,143m; Fansipan is to be approved as one of the very few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species. The climb is rough, wet and cold, but the views are rewarding if the weather is good. The top is accessible year-round to anyone who is in good shape and properly equipped. No ropes or technical climbing skills are needed, just endurance.
The Ha Long bay, dotted with 3000 limestone islets rising from emerald waters, is the best known natural wonder of Vietnam. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest. The islands feature endless numbers of beaches, grottoes, and caves. Ha Long means "where the dragon goes into the sea". According to a legend, as a great dragon who lived in the mountains ran towards the sea, its tail gouged out valleys which later filled out with water, leaving only bits of land over the surface, the many tiny islets. Because the distances are actually quite large, it is preferable to hire a fast boat for the tour. Of the two gateway towns, Bai Chay's development is due mostly to tourism's, while Hon Gai has kept its where mining activity and fishing boats. Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
| Day 1 : Arrive Hanoi - Lao Cai ) (Train)
Pick up at the airport. Welcome dinner, catch an overnight train (about 9 hours) to Lao Cai, 346 km to the northwest. Lao Cai is the last station in Vietnam on the French built train line toYunnan, China. Overnight on the train.
|Day 2 : Lao Cai - Sapa -Laochai -Tavan (1600m).
Arrive early morning in Lao Cai and transfer by minibus to Sapa. All day trekking to visit some minority villages. Lao Chai - TaVan - GiangTaChai. You will meet some different minority people H’mong, Zay, Red Dzao, you can see the different colorful dresses.Free time to visit Sapa market. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
|Day 3 : Start the climb.
After breakfast, we meet our local guide and porters, and then we’ll start our trip. A bus will bring us up to Tram Ton at 1945 m where our adventure starts with a trek through a beautiful forest. Our first day is just enough activity to warm up our muscles. After lunch break, we’ll continue to our first peak at an elevation of 2,200 m where we have a little stream for a shower and flatland to set up camps for the night.
|Day 4 : Camp 1 - Camp 2 (2700m) .
Breakfast. Trekking through a primary forest of giant, centuries-old pine expanses of yellow bamboo. Continue climbing to a second peak at 2900m where stop for lunch. After lunch, leave the gear in Camp 2 and push for the summit with just our cameras and water. After taking in the scenery and atmosphere on Vietnam's highest point, roll back down to Camp site for dinner and Overnight there.
|Day 5 : Camp 2- Sapa.
Today it’s downhill just about all the way. After lunch, we’ll arrive at the base around 2.00 pm and head back to Sapa to for a beer or a massage or a nap – you deserved it! We will have a celebratory dinner at 5.00pm, before transferring to Lao Cai station for our overnight train back to Hanoi.
|Day 6: Hanoi
Arrive in the early morning and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is for our own exploration. Overnight in Hanoi.
|Day 7 : Halong Bay
We pick you up from hotel at 8.00am ;depart to Halong city – the capital of Quang Ninh province. We stop haft way for short break in Hai Duong province. Arrive in Halong city about 12.00 noon, Have lunch on boat. After noon enjoy a cruise on Halong bay , visit Sung Sot cave and will take a look at floating market village of the fisherman. Keep go to Catba island. Arrive Catba. Continue boat to trip to Lan Ha bay. Free to swim, have dinner on boat . Overnight on boat.
|Day 8: Home sweet home.
Have breakfast, then take a half-day cruise to visit Halong bay. Come back to Halong city. Have lunch in restaurant and take coach trip back to Hanoi. Transfer to the airport for your departure.
The Cost includes:
• Train: Hanoi- Lao Cai - Hanoi.
• Full transportation as tour program indicated.
• Twin-share accommodation.
• Permission fee to visit Fansipan summit.
• Full meals as indicated in the itinerary all during jungle trekking trip.
• English- speaking guide
• Sightseeing fees
• Porters, camps for trekking.
• 2 pairs of thick socks ( for use in the walking-boots)
• Sandals or light footwear ( for use in the evening )
• Sun-block (with a high factor ; 10-20 )
• Mosquito repellent
• Hat or cap, with a shade
• Bathing suit
• Medicine for your own use (fever, bad stomach etc.)
• 1 warm jacket (fleece-jacket etc.,- for the evenings)
• 1 sweat-shirt
• 1-2 pair of long trousers (loose,- for your comfort)
• 1 pair of short trousers ( for warm days)
• 2 –3 shirts, or T-shirts
• Socks (for use in the evenings, and against mosquitoes)
• Toilet requisites