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Mount Fanispan Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Vietnam that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 4,376 ft Route type Point to Point
Hiking Nature trips Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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You can opt to hike up to Mount Fansipan or take the cable car.

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Andrew Chambers
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Hiking

We started at 6am and reached the summit at 10:15am with a 15 min break at the second hut. The path is well paved but we had a guide to organize pick-up/drop-off and to show us the trailhead etc. We were happy to support the local guides. Quite steep in some sections but the trek was most enjoyable. The views were breathtaking as well. Highly recommended to those who make it out to Sapa which we enjoyed immensely with our wonderful home stay at the Pomu House.

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Samuel Dwyer
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We tried every means available; “by the book,” “under the table,” and “complete circumvention.” We were unable to get a permit to hike alone in town, but went to the trail anyway. Then we were unable to access that trail alone without getting stopped by guards, extortion attempts, more guards, more extortion. Whether a legitimate concern for people’s safety or simply a desire to make as much money as possible off hikers, the system is impossibly frustrating.

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charles Venouil
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Nous avons tenté de la faire ce matin, un échec. Nous voulions bien entendu la faire sans guide et avons décidé de nous rendre sur place pour un départ à 5h30. Notre première erreur fût de franchir l'arche pour nous garer sur la droite là ou de nombreux scooters étaient parkés. Les "rangers" du poste de garde étant très à l'affût, nous avions beau avoir éteint le moteur et chuchoter, ils ne mirent pas longtemps avant de surgir pour nous demander de nous garer ailleurs. Nous avons coopérer et sommes revenus vers l'arche à pied une fois la moto garée. Malgré notre détermination et nos quelques foulées pour rejoindre le début de la randonnée, nous avons été poursuivis par des rangers hurlant et menaçant (matraque à la main, on ne peut pas dire que leur carrure ait quoi que ce soit de menaçant). Après 1h30 de parlementation, les rangers ne voulaient rien savoir. Nous sommes donc partis à la recherche d'un chemin qui nous mène à celui de la randonnée et nous avons trouvé !!! Voici comment s'y prendre pour les têtes de mule comme nous : - lorsque le bâtiment (poste de garde situé à droite de l'arche) se trouve sur votre gauche, continuez à marcher le long de la route en direction de la montée sur environ 50m - un petit chemin se dessine dans la jungle. Il faut franchir un petit mur de pierre instable. En le suivant vous arriverez à une antenne (cette dernière est visible depuis la route) - en suivant le chemin, vous tomberez sur le chemin officiel (en dalle) qui mène aux Love Waterfall (l'impasse figurant en blanc sur googlemap). - quand vous arrivez au chemin en dalle, prenez à gauche, c'est à dire, comme si vous reveniez vers le poste de garde. - marchez jusqu'à l'entrée du chemin de randonnée qui se situera sur votre droite, n'allez pas trop loin au risque detre à nouveau en visue des rangers (ce lien vous aidera à connaitre l'entrée : http://roadbeneathmyfeet.com/climbing-fansipan-mountain/ ) (Egalement, sachez qu'une caméra figure sous l'arche qui peut expliquer la vivacité des rangers envers les intrus qui franchissent l'arche à 5h du matin) - vous êtes sur le sentier de randonnée, vous avez échappé aux rangers rageux qui passent la nuit à guetter les malheureux courageux désireux de gravir le sommet, nous vous souhaitons bien du plaisir et n'hésitez pas à partager votre expérience, nous serons très heureux de savoir que cela ait pu servir. Dans notre cas, le ranger le plus "roquet" des deux s'était caché et à nouveau nous avons du déguerpir... définitivement.

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Ben Lalande
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HikingRockyScramble

great trail and amazing experience. we managed to make it under 5 hours. which was an unbelievable feet for ourselves. it was exhausting getting to the top but so worth it.

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Veronica Sparks
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Truly stunning!!

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Hanno Stamm
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I am on Fansipan Trail almost every week but I am amazed at the number of people that go through huge efforts to avoid the VND 70,000 entrance fee (USD 3.00) and a few Dollars for a guide. First of all, this is stealing revenue from the local communities. Secondly, people have died on this trail. The weather can turn in minutes and people have been lost. Where it becomes ridiculous is when I find a group of hikers lost near the beginning of the trail heading to the top with no water, food, or spare clothing. Do yourselves a favour: pay the entrance fee and get a guide.

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Morgan D
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Ended up hiking with a late start (11 AM). I DO NOT ADVISE THIS TIME TO START ESPECIALLY IF YOU PLAN ON BUSHWHACKING. The plan was to hike up and take the cable car down. I would have been fine on time if not for the 1.5 hour I spent bushwhacking through the jungle in order to avoid the people at camps and avoid going through the entrance to the hike (I started on the love waterfall trail and made my way to the Fansipan trail). Following my trace on this app is how I hiked Fansipan without a guide. I ran into a few people on the trail and a group of 5 but they didn’t ask me any questions thankfully but I was prepared to make up a story. The trail itself is easy to follow but it is a ton of elevation and a ton of up and down. Don’t underestimate it. If I had gotten to the trailhead around 8 or 9 I would have made it to the very top and would have been way less stressed on making it to the top before the cables closed down (they close at 5.30). I made it to the cables with 20 minutes to spare. I was so out of breath and obviously did not have time for the last 600 steps to the true summit. A year ago I was in great hiking shape and could have knocked this out but today I was ill-prepared and probably less than moderately out of shape. I just felt lucky enough to make it before the cables closed so I didn’t have to hike down.

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Kieran Coscia
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Hiking

We did it it one day. Started at 630 and finished around 345. We stopped for lunch on the way down. Pretty tough hike overall so I wouldn’t try to do it in one day unless your in really good shape. Also some people say you can go without a guide. I don’t think this is true. We were basically extorted when we tried to go without a guide, so we just went with a cheap guide at Sapa Original Trek for ~70 bucks

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sandra gendera
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Hiking
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We took a guide that was ok but he wasn’t very helpful. So next time I’d do the trail without a guide. The path is easy to find. There are a few blogs that explain how to go about it on your own. There’s only one path so it’s close to impossible to get lost. The walk is strenuous but worthwhile. If you like a challenge. You will likely not see that much if you’re here in April or May because there mountains are very misty and covered in fog. We got rained on, on the way there and took the cable car back to town. We departed the parking lot around 6.30 and arrived at the peak at 1pm.

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Andrew Chambers
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Becksa Ward
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Arielle Powers
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Alexander Mayer
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Rick Vd S
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Jonathan Tam
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Katya Geltser
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Chris Turner
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Chris Arnold
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Carol Conroy
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Matthias E.
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Chanton Phan
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Nicolas Viau
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Braden Mann
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Dany Labbe
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