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Conquer Mount Fansipan - Cat Cat Route - A Challenge for REAL Trekkers


As we ascend through the lower reaches of Fansipan, we will pass terraced rice paddies and villages of the H’mong, one of Vietnam’s many ethnic minorities. Giant, centuries old pine trees and expanses of yellow bamboo mark the higher reaches of our climb, we may sight mountain goats and langur monkeys along the way.

SPT-FSP04 / From USD284

Tour Overview

Tour code: OPT14 - 4D
 4 days/ 5 nights
Departure: Every evening from Hanoi
Pick up: At your hotel in Hanoi
Grade: Hard trek

Night 1: Hanoi to Lao Cai by the night train 4 berth soft sleeper cabin with AC

Transfer from your hotel to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight in AC soft sleeper 4 berth sharing cabin.

Transfer hotel railway station: AC vehicle
Accommodation:   Soft sleeper in AC 4 berth sharing cabin

Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - Trek to the first campsite (B, L, D)

Arrive in Lao Cai around 5.30 am. We will take 1hr bus ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride give you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Upon arrival in Sapa Town we have breakfast in local restaurant. After breakfast in the hotel we will meet our support crew, who will carry all equipment, foods and all the needed thing we provide for the trip. We will carry our day pack with water, jacket and camera only. Today we will begin the first part of our ascent with a trek through terraced rice paddies and some of the hilltribe villages. Setting out from Sapa we descend into the nearby village of Cat Cat and cross Muong Hoa River. Past the river we start our upward trek to reach an elevation of 1,700m where we will have lunch break.

In the afternoon we will continue trek to the first base camp at an elevation of 2,300 m. The terrain in the afternoon becomes steeper and more difficult as we trek through massive Arrowroot plantations and up steeper slopes surrounded by bamboo. Our camp for the evening will be in a very small clearing on the mountain enclosed by bamboo. Sleep in bamboo hut or tent.

Trekking:   7 hrs/ascend 2,300m from 1,600m (Sapa)
Accommodation: Camping
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Trek to the second campsite

Today we set out for a full day trek to the second base camp. As we continue on we will pass through primary forest containing giant, century old pine trees and expanses of bamboo. Our trek will take us to an altitude of 2,900m from this elevation we have a spectacular view across to the peak of Mt. Fansipan. After lunch we start climb down to an elevation of 2,700m. Our decent will be over large boulders, down a fairly steep slope. Our camp is on the mountain slope facing west, near a mountain stream. Dinner and overnight at the base camp.

Trekking: 7 hrs/ascend 2,900m/descend to 2,700m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trek to the summit and descend to the third campsite

Today is the summit day, we climb to the roof of Indochina: the peak of Mt. Fansipan. The final climb will takes around three hours though dense bamboo forest . Once at the summit we will spend sometime soaking up the best panorama in Vietnam. We then descend 2,700m for lunch.

In the afternoon we will descend to the third base camp where we spend the last night on mountain.

Trekking: 7 hrs/ascend 3,143m/descend 2,000m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Back to Sapa. Night train to Hanoi

Today we trek downhill all the way. We will reach Sapa around lunch time. In the afternoon we will then be free to take shower and relax after the climb.

Trekking: 4 hrs/descend 1,600m (Sapa)
Accommodation: Camping
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Night 5: Lao Cai to Hanoi by 4 berth soft sleeper tourist sharing cabin

At 6:00 pm, you will be transfered by car/van to Laocai train station, then take the night train back to Hanoi. End of the trip.

Note: This trip can be optional for 1 more night in Fansipan View Hotel ( At $28 for double or twin share) to take part in BacHa Sunday market group tour at $15 (No meals), or to have 1 free day in Sapa romantic town. 

Rate: USD/person


2-3 pax

4-6 pax


Private car/van from/to Laocai

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  • Pick up at the hotel you stay in Hanoi, transfer by a private car to Hanoi train station, we take you to the train cabin.
  • Soft sleeper 4 berth cabin on Livitrans or Ratraco to/from Laocai.
  • All needed things for camping on the mountain.
  • Fluent English speaking tour guide
  • Porter and Cook
  • Transfer by car/van to/from Laocai train station.
  • Meals as specified (4 breafasts, 4 picnic lunches, 4 dinners).
  • Admission fees for all sightseeing places.
  • Services charges and all taxes.


  • Personal expenses.
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities.
  • Services not clearly mentioned above.

Map of this Tour


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- Good hiking shoes (should be soft, well fitted and anti-slippery), thick socks.
- Warm jacket and pullover (air expected to be very cold), preferable with head cover
- Rain coat (big enough to cover you backpack as well), cap, glasses
- Flash light
- Well-fitted gloves to help grab while trekking.
- First aid kit (aspirin, anti-biotic, salon pas, healing tape, energy pills...)
- Personal hygiene stuffs 

Sleeping bag (otherwise will be provided on spot). Insect spray (not really necessary in this season). Protectors for knees and ankles- Whistle (to alert in case of emergencies)

Additional tips:

All belongings should be compact, light and just sufficient for the trek, avoid getting yourself suffering from the unnecessary burden. Trousers dressing should be loose to make it easy for long treks. Always stick to the group or local porters in case of assistance, don't deviate. Keep a good stable pace, no need to rush in any case. If you are ahead of the group, slow down and wait for the company. Always get yourself enough energy from the meals, particularly breakfast


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