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One of our objectives during our trip to Vietnam and adventure in our stay in Sa Pa was the highest mountain in Indochina, the Phan Xi Păng (Fansipan), 3,143 m high above sea level. A demanding route and located in one of the zones with the most variant climate in Vietnam. Even so, our intention was to crown their summit and we did! To her!

START:

To start the route, we will see you in Sa Pa with our local guide and a taxi that will take us to the port of Trạm Tôn, where we will start the route. In Sa Pa, the day was relatively clear. However, as we got closer to the port, the day was getting worse ... When we arrived at Trạm Tôn, a cloudy day with light drizzle awaited us! We start with good temperature, without excessive heat and high humidity.

DESCRIPTION:

After reading and reading all the information we found on the internet, we were not clear to what extent the difficulty of the route or the climate could be decisive. We decided not to hire anything in advance for our stay during that day in Sa Pa, just the hotel night. Once there, in Sa Pa, the day before, we informed ourselves of the possibilities we would have to ascend the Phan Xi Păng (Fansipan). We knew that it would not be a mountain that offered us many difficulties, but without knowing it, we did not venture much, and more in a place completely unknown to us. It seemed that the route was clear and its access relatively comfortable, so our idea was to take a taxi that would take us to Trạm Tôn, starting point of the route, and from there, start the journey on our own. After informing us there in Sa Pa, everyone advised us to hire a local guide, logically. Perhaps they take advantage of the ignorance of mountaineers who seek information, claiming that they are complicated routes, that if something happens to us, nobody would take over, that the weather is very hard, etc. Given this and with the idea of not complicating our lives, we hired a local guide. Still, from here, tell you that if the day accompanies, the weather is good, you are in shape and have experience, it is completely unnecessary to hire a guide, because the path is very visible and does not offer any loss. The only and biggest problem could be the intense fogs that form in this area, so maximum care if you find a changing climate or go in the rainy season.

The first part of the route passes through a very nice path, between vegetation and trees, and in slight descent. Each time the path lost level, we asked ourselves: "Why, if you have to climb up to 3,143 meters!". Our guide is the first and moves at a fairly demanding pace, I was in a hurry! Luckily we like to enjoy everything we do and quickly realized that it should not move like this, it would stay up only!

At the height of the river, the humidity was very remarkable. We cross a nice bridge of stones to follow the correct path and continue, now in a slight ascent.

The route is beautiful and the day was still ugly ... Our only concern was to think that we were not going to see anything during the route and when we reached the summit. We cross again another kind of bridge, this time of wooden planks, and start a stretch along an installed walkway. Throughout this first section, we realize that the route is well equipped.

We continue in slight rise and we are adding kilometers to the legs. We crossed a couple more bridges, both on perfectly placed wooden planks. The route advances the false plain and does not have any complications.

After 300 meters of accumulated altitude and 3 and a half kilometers, we reach the first of the two camps offered by the route as a possibility to stay, eat and drink. Even so, when we passed, we did not notice any movement, so it is easy to be a camp that can be used only on guided or hired tours.

We continue the route to the Phan Xi Păng (Fansipan) without major complications and through well-marked terrain, sometimes somewhat muddy. We continue in slight rise and the day is giving us some truce. The drizzle has stopped and they appear clear in the sky!

At 5 kilometers of route, we began to ascend with greater physical demand. We have half the course completed, but not too much accumulated unevenness. Most of the climb remains and here we will begin to gain height more quickly.

We arrived at the height of another couple of Vietnamese and their corresponding guide, the latter in flip flops, and so pancho! The Vietnamese boy suffered at every step, it was his first trekking ... It is incredible the lack of professionalism of the local guides, who care very little about anything other than going up, down and opening the bag. They ignored every step we took. Our guide did not worry about anything, although he did not have to either. But the guide of the Vietnamese couple progressed in the same way, even when their boys had a bad time and really were tired. On one occasion we told him that his children were tired, that he looked back ... Anyway ... Another fact that made us know that hiring a guide only serves to accompany you and make your sandwich ...

The day was clearing and we began to enjoy spectacular views of the valley! We share a good time of ascension with the Vietnamese boys, always at a calm pace and without hurry.

As we go up, we are completing this demanding section, which in many cases was as if it were a stone staircase. The path advances through the highest part of the cordal that we are following, but it does not offer any sensation of vertigo, because the vegetation is dense and covers the path very well.

We continue the route between stone steps and path, always without major complications. We overcome a metal staircase, the first of many we will find!

After overcoming the first demanding part of the route, we reached the most complicated area, not only because of the unevenness to overcome in a few meters, but also technically speaking. Without being of any other world for people accustomed to the mountain, we will overcome a section of continuous metal stairs, ladders and climbs, many of them equipped with nailed trunks and planks placed as steps. It is noted that the route is adapted to the intense rains and the variant climate of the area. We appreciate all this help, because, otherwise, we would be stepping on a large part of the ascent. With some skill, we are going over this fun section!

The day advances and, despite gaining height, the temperature goes up. The clouds run from side to side and we can enjoy a scandalous view towards the whole environment that surrounds us. We are more than 2,700 meters high.

After 6 and a half kilometers of ascent, we reach the second and last camp. Another place where we can enjoy some service, although we find it the same as the first, without any activity. Brief rest to allow time for the other ascension companions, somewhat behind in the most complicated section. Our pace was higher, so we decided to continue the route with our guide, before making the stop for lunch.

We leave the camp behind and continue on comfortable terrain. Soon we found a nice waterfall!

We follow the route and the clouds give us a view on the top of the Phan Xi Păng (Fansipan)! It seems that there is atmosphere!

We continued on a slight ascent, calmer than during the previous part, fixing our objective on a kind of hill we saw in the distance. In this hill we will eat. One last effort while countless insects fly close to us!

We take almost 8 kilometers and arrive at the pass, where we will stop to eat. The food is brought to us by the friendly guide, who immediately set out to prepare a good snack! A good sandwich that did not lack anything: tomato, cucumber, pork, butter, a pretty tasty spice and some more sauce. We really enjoyed the place, because the hill offers sublime views. The clouds move quickly! As soon we are in the fog as enjoying a view of scandal! In a while the other guide arrives with his Vietnamese couple, who are ready to eat too. A good time resting and ready to face the last part of the ascent!

There is little left and, from the hill, we will face the section that can most discourage ... A descent of 50 meters that forces us to gain altitude again! It is not difficult or demanding, but putea! During the descent, a metal ladder helps us overcome some step.

With the height lost, it is time to go back again to the lost meters. We will do it along several metal stairs, following a pindio course and without loss. We already hear the sound of the cable car that is close to the top, although it is not very visible because of the great cloudiness that surrounds us.

After passing the flight of stairs, we arrive at Sun World Fansipan Legend, the cable car's upper station. We knew that there was a cable car that climbed to 3,000 meters of altitude and a temple, but we did not imagine that there was almost a city there assembled! Amazing! A cable car, a shop, a restaurant, several temples, viewpoints, a rack railway, marble statues, staircases and a long etcetera! A very touristy place, due to its access by cable car, of course ...

Ahead, just over 100 meters to reach the top! We leave behind the upper station of the cable car and arrive at the temple area, where we find an informative sign about the place. The views are impressive, although the day is quite cloudy ...

Among tourists, we go up along the stairs that are enabled to access the summit, always at a quiet pace. Most of the tourists were oriental and enjoyed a morning of leisure in the highest part of Vietnam. There's little left, last stairs!

After almost 10 kilometers and more than 1,300 meters of altitude, we reached the summit of Phan Xi Păng (Fansipan) (3,143 m). More than 6 hours up, at a calm pace and enjoying exceptional views. Upstairs, the view was incredible. The height is noticeable, despite the large amount of clouds there. The luck is that they move a lot, leaving clear and beautiful perspectives of the mountains and the deep and beautiful valleys that surround us. When we get to the top, we make the typical pictures of rigor, in order to immortalize the moment, moment in which a good group of orientals begin to take us by the arm to take pictures. The attire and our faces of having climbed walking called their attention, and they did not hesitate to want to be photographed next to us. They moved us from side to side, now to here, now to there ... We looked like two Hollywood actors! How funny! They are crazy ... Without doubt, great moments at the end of the climb to Phan Xi Păng (Fansipan), the highest mountain in Indochina: Phan Xi Păng.

After tasting everything that the summit offered us, we said goodbye to our guide, since we would go down by cable car and he would walk next to his companion. Here we end the route!

CONCLUSION:

Tremendous, demanding and beautiful route through the roof of Indochina, the Phan Xi Păng (Fansipan) (3,143 m). Dream trails, very adapted to complete the trekking. It only takes some skill in the mountain to overcome some climbing, but without major complications. Of course, almost 10 kilometers and more than 1,300 meters of altitude are noticed, being a physically hard day. The beautiful views that we get throughout the tour and the fantastic view from the summit make up for the effort made! A mountain that we will always remember! Highly recommended!

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Trạm Tôn - Phan Xi Păng (Fansipan) (3,143 m)

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12 comments

  • Photo of Jakub W

    Jakub W Aug 31, 2018

    My bonito y impresionnante!

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    RubAlvarez Aug 31, 2018

    Jakub W, muchas gracias! Es espectacular! Saludos!

  • piedrecillas Mar 5, 2019

    Mil gracias!! Es casi imposible perderse en un camino de escaleras pero aun asi ni me hubiera atrevido a ir sin tu gpx (y es muy tranquilizador sabe "ok, estoy aqui, esto es x altura, y ademas prueba qje no me he equivocado de camino).


    PERO, como soy yo me las arregle pa despistarme un momento (en algun punto entre en segundo campamento y el collado) y acabar yendo por un camino paralelo que en TEMPORADA SECA es practicable y acaba en el templo son nhac sin cruzarse antes de eso no con nadie del teleferico (pero involucra trepar por una cascadita).
    No baje a patita sino a en teleferico asi que no se pero lo cierto es que me parecio que podia estar cerrado tu camino, estaba bloqueada con bancos la bajada en esa direccion y no supe ver otra pero tal vez fue cosa de la niebla

    Mañana vuelvo a subir a ver que tal.

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    RubAlvarez Mar 5, 2019

    piedrecitas, muchas gracias por tu comentario. Cuando fuimos nosotros, la verdad es que no había mucha alternativa. Camino bien marcado y con pocas opciones de perderse. Aún así, es un lugar en el que la niebla casi siempre está presente, por la alta nubosidad, y conviene ir muy atento! Saludos!

  • piedrecillas Mar 6, 2019

    Segundo intento segunda perdida... Creo...Edta vez llegue al cable car justo por su ultima torre y rodee el edificio hasta saltar el muro (ni la primera ni la ultima wue lo hace...hay apoyada una escala) de un templo altisimo cerrado al publico y de ahi sali por los baños...

    Ese no ers el camino tampoco verdad?

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    RubAlvarez Mar 6, 2019

    piedrecillas, el camino oficial pasa muy cerca de una de las torres del teleférico. Justo después, hay que adentrarse en el complejo Sun World Fansipan Legend, pasando por la estación superior, la tienda, el restaurante, etc., y abandonarlo hacia la zona de templos, por donde se accede al punto más alto, ya sin perdida. Saludos!

  • piedrecillas Mar 7, 2019

    Pues que feucho de repente el camino oficial! Km de escaleras con barandilla y de repente parece que te estes colando destrangis, jajaja

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    RubAlvarez Mar 7, 2019

    piedrecillas, estoy de acuerdo. El ambiente y la ciudad que hay montada arriba estropea un poco el punto de aventura de la ruta! Saludos!

  • manuel.dperez Aug 12, 2019

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    El camino se sigue sin complicaciones siendo prácticamente imposible perderse.

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    RubAlvarez Aug 12, 2019

    manuel.dperez, muchas gracias por tu comentario y valoración! Saludos!

  • Casablanca76 Sep 24, 2019

    Hola, estamos pensando en seguir la ruta, tenemos una pregunta porque en Sapa nos dicen que es obligatorio subir con guíaporque es parque natural y se necesita un permiso, es esto así?
    Nos podéis decir como lo habéis hecho vosotros?

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    RubAlvarez Sep 24, 2019

    Casablanca76, cierto, es Parque Natural, pero desconozco si se necesita un permiso especial para acceder a la cumbre. Nosotros nos informamos todo lo que pudimos, pero apenas encontramos información. Cuando llegamos allí, al preguntar en el hotel, nos dijeron que podíamos acceder sólos, pero que era muy aconsejable ir con guía, por el camino, para no perderse o por si pasa algo (si pueden sacar dinero, pues mejor...). Aparte, la niebla y la nubosidad es muy frecuente allí. Por otro lado, la ruta no tiene ninguna pérdida, y más aún yendo con track. Sólo hay que fijarse en un par de puntos de la ruta, llegando al final. Si estás acostumbrad@ a la montaña, no tendrás problema en llegar arriba. Nosotros no nos complicamos porque no teníamos mucho tiempo y, siguiendo los consejos del hotel, decidimos contratar un guía, o más bien un chaval que iba delante de nosotros y que nos preparó un bocadillo vegetal, porque de guía no tiene nada... Si tenemos que volver a tomar la decisión ahora, no contrataríamos guía y subiríamos a nuestro aire. Otra cosa es que sea "obligatorio", aunque eso puede ser una estrategia local para conseguir dinero, porque es bastante caro.

    Conclusión: si no quieres complicarte, contrata guía; y si eres de montaña y te aseguras que puedes acceder sin guía, pues adelante, porque no tendrás problema ninguno. Lo único, mucho ojo con el clima porque el desnivel que se gana es mucho, y el tiempo cambia considerablemente.

    Espero haberte ayudado! Y si necesitas alguna aclaración más, no dudes en ponerte en contacto nuevamente.

    Saludos!

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