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For those who are just chasing for great views from the top of Mt Fansipan, I'd say take the cable car ($30) if the weather is favorable, if not don't go as you won't see anything when there's no clearing. However, if you're up for...More
We went to Mount Fansipan and bought tickets from Sun plaza, Sapa.
Total cost - VND900,000
This includes a 10mins train ride from Sun plaza to the base of Fansipan, a 25mins cable car ride to the mountain and a tram ride that brings you...More
We were there in December - off tourist season and it was wonderful! It really is a wonderful mountain to see from the top and from the cable car (6.3km!).
We are so pleased we all got there - the weather was poor for a...More
I don't usually leave TripAdvisor reviews, but since almost being discouraged from doing this hike due to online reviews (and booking agencies) I thought I'd leave one. I've read reviews saying that Fansipan is wet, cold, very slippery, and dangerous in winter months. Aside from...More
Very nice place to try with spectacular view of Sapa.
Staffs are friendly to assist at the station.
Drinks and foods are available on the peak.
Prepare for long stairs climbing and not advisable to bring pram/walking stick.
We went up by E-tram at Sapa...More
We didn't know what to expect but several people told us we had to go up the cable car to the mountain. We were totally surprised at the over the top commercialism. We went on a rainy day (the only day we had available) so...More
We loved this outing. The cable car is amazing! The engineering and the views of Sapa incredible. Easy day. The weather wasn’t great but even in the most it was magic. The kids were in awe. We climbed to the top - slowly but surely...More
Try contacting a guide directly instead of going through a company as it's cheaper.
We went earlier this month and our guide was Chu(Trekking Chu on Facebook). He's young, friendly and can speak relatively good English.
We are frequent hikers and our hiking speed was moderate, in total less than 4.5h for the way up including regular photo stops. It’s a well beaten path all the way to the top and pretty much impossible to get... More
We are frequent hikers and our hiking speed was moderate, in total less than 4.5h for the way up including regular photo stops. It’s a well beaten path all the way to the top and pretty much impossible to get lost, an easy hike mostly on well prepared stone steps or even metal ladders at steeper sections. It might get a bit slippery and muddy when it rains but shouldn’t be a major problem if you’ve done some mountain hiking before.
Everyone in town will tell you that you must hire a guide and going independently is strictly prohibited. Apparently hikers got lost in the past and that’s why these new rules have been introduced. However, we were not able to verify the facts. At the Tram Ton Pass trailhead is the “Ranger Station” where our guide made us sign in with the rangers. There are no more checkpoints along the trail and once you top out at the final 200 or so stone steps onto the main tourist complex you’ll get swallowed by an ocean of selfie-sticks.
52 U$ pp, book your trip at one of the agencies / hotels in Sapa by 3pm the day before your hike so your permit papers can be prepared. This includes taxi pick-up from your hotel in Sapa + drive to trailhead, park entrance ticket, guide + basic lunch along the hike. If you decide to take the cable car down you have to pay for it yourself.
If organized independently: taxi from Sapa to trailhead costs VND 200k (one way) and the National Park Entrance Fee / Fansipan Permit is VND 350k per person.
Our guide gets paid 400k (about 18 U$) for a one day and VND 600k for a 2 day / 1 night trip, no matter how many people take part. So I highly recommend hiring a guide directly and pay him decent money for his work and to cut out the middleman. He’ll be happy to organize the permit, transport, etc. for you. Our guide was an incredible gentle & motivated young chap called “Chu”. His English is pretty good and you can contact him through FB under “Treking Muotain Chứ” or +841239010255.
30min car ride from Sapa to Tram Ton Pass trailhead
7:30am start Tram Ton Pass (1950m)
1h 15min hike to 1st camp (2200m), 8:45am - 9:00am break, basic shelter huts and water, sodas and red bull for sale
1h 40min hike to 2nd camp (2750m), 10:40am - 11:25am lunch break, basic shelter huts and water, sodas and red bull for sale
1h 20min hike to Summit Fansipan (3143m), 12:45am
“Sun World Fansipan Legend Cable Car”: VND 700k per person - no matter if you go only one way or return