Tips to visit Fansipan mountain sapa

Traveling to Sapa is always an enticing destination for both domestic and international tourists. Fansipan, known as the “roof of Indochina,” continues to attract travelers eager to conquer its summit. Renowned as the highest peak in the region, Fansipan in Sapa is a place that everyone desires to conquer and behold the stunning scenery of Fansipan Mountain and the panoramic view of Sapa. In this article, Jackfruit Adventure aims to share with you the experience of conquering Fansipan – a never-ending hot spot in the Northwest mountainous region.

When is the best time to visit Fansipan?

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When to visit Fansipan is a question often asked by travelers planning a trip to Sapa. Typically, people choose to visit during September and October. During this time, the weather is not too cold, making it ideal for enjoying panoramic views of Sapa from the summit and experiencing the famous “cloud hunting” activity.

Additionally, mornings in Sapa are usually slightly chilly with moderate fog. As the day progresses into noon, the weather becomes warmer due to the golden sunshine, allowing travelers to engage in various outdoor activities and entertainment.

However, it’s essential to note that the weather in Sapa can be quite unpredictable. Therefore, it’s important to prepare for potential weather changes. Consider carefully when planning your trip to Fansipan to ensure the most suitable conditions for your visit!

What do you need to prepare for a trip to Fansipan mountain? 

For those using the cable car service, there’s no need to prepare too much. Just keep your body warm and remember to bring some water and snacks to fend off hunger. However, for those challenging themselves with mountain climbing and conquering Fansipan peak, much more meticulous preparation is required:

  • Backpack: Ensure your backpack contains all the necessary items but doesn’t exceed 5kg.
  • Shoes: Bring along specialized hiking shoes, commonly athletic walking shoes. The quality of a good pair of shoes will greatly support you during the trek, protect your feet, and avoid unexpected incidents. A little tip is to prepare a walking stick to reduce fatigue on steep slopes.
  • Socks, Gloves: These items not only keep you warm but also reduce friction during mountain climbing.
  • Clothing: Choose soft, sweat-absorbing, and breathable clothing. Be prepared for colder weather by bringing a warm jacket.

In addition to the basic items mentioned above, remember to bring a phone, binoculars, raincoat, power bank, lighter, flashlight, multi-tool knife, and necessary medical supplies. If you’re traveling independently, consider bringing a sleeping bag or tent for contingency, while if you’re joining a tour, the organizing team will provide assistance.

One thing you must not forget to prepare for is your health. You need to have good health to easily adapt to the climate, weather, and altitude on such a high mountain peak. The best way to maintain good health while trekking is by adjusting your breathing and heart rate. Prior to the trip, you can practice yoga, jogging, or home workouts to keep your spirits up, always cheerful, and optimistic.

How to move to the top of Fansipan mountain

Traveling to the summit of Fansipan mountain can be done through two popular methods: taking the cable car or hiking. Both options offer extremely interesting and memorable experiences.

For those who love sports, adventure, and want to conquer challenges, hiking is the ideal choice. While this option has been restricted for safety reasons, it remains a thrilling experience for enthusiasts of mountain climbing and adventure. However, for individuals lacking experience in mountain climbing or with health issues, taking the cable car is a safe and suitable way to reach the summit of Fansipan.      

Choosing the cable car doesn’t mean missing out on excitement; it provides a safe journey while offering stunning views from above. You’ll have the opportunity to admire the majestic mountains, lush forests, and countless other fascinating sights, ensuring a memorable experience.

Traveling by cable car

Conquering the peak of Fansipan has become easier with the operation of the cable car system.

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There are 2 ways to reach the Fansipan cable car station:

  • Travel by common means of transportation in Sapa such as motorcycles, taxis, buses, etc.
  • Travel by the Muong Thanh mountain railway from the center of Sapa town. The Muong Thanh railway is the longest mountain railway in the world. With its European-style nostalgic charm, it offers you wonderful experiences and saves travel time.

After stopping at the cable car station, you can try climbing the 600 gentle steps to the top. Alternatively, you can continue your journey on the Fansipan mountain railway to enjoy the scenery of the Northwest mountains through the window frame.

Climbing to the top of Fansipan    

For adventurous travelers, conquering the summit of Fansipan is an unforgettable milestone. Climbing Fansipan requires good health and proper safety equipment.

There are 3 routes that many adventurers choose:

  • Tram Ton Route: This is the easiest route, starting from Tram Ton at an altitude of 1900 meters. Depending on your fitness level, the duration of this route may vary.
  • Sin Chai – Tram Ton Route: This route is quite dangerous, but you’ll have more time to explore the forest, making it an exciting journey.
  • Cat Cat Route: This route challenges the most adventurous climbers. It takes longer and is more strenuous, requiring excellent physical fitness. However, the magnificent scenery in the deep forest will make you forget about the fatigue along the way.

Some captivating check-in spots at Fansipan

  • Buddhist structures:

Traveling to Sapa and conquering Fansipan not only mesmerizes tourists with the natural scenery of the Northwest mountains but also with impressive Buddhist landmarks.

  • Chua Trinh – Bao An Zen Monastery
  • Bich Van Zen Monastery
  • Vong Linh Cao Dai Temple – Dai Hong Chung
  • Bao Thap
  • Dai Tuong Phat – The largest Buddha statue in Vietnam


  • Flagpole – Witnessing the national flag flying atop the summit:

The flagpole stands 25 meters tall, with a 135cm flag representing the cultural diversity of the homeland: Northwest stilt houses, Central Highlands gongs, etc.

Flag raising ceremonies at the Fansipan summit are held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. You can arrange your schedule accordingly and don’t miss out on this special flag-raising moment.

  • Touching the Fansipan milestone 

This is the moment everyone desires. Fansipan mountain appears before you, above the mist and clouds, marking the “roof of Indochina.” Enjoy this amazing feeling and don’t forget to check-in to capture this special moment.

Experience visiting Fansipan mountain with Jackfruit Adventure!

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