Trekking Vietnam Mt. Fansipan in February
Located in Lao Cai province in Northwest Vietnam, 9 km southwest of Sa Pa Township in the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam as well as in the Indochina Peninsula. Hence, it is branded as "the Roof of Indochina" with 3143m summit.
To successfully conquer the highest peak, mountaineers need to be in good shape and properly equipped with such things as sleeping bags, waterproof tents, food, stove, raincoat, compass and other miscellaneous survival gear.
Trekking to the Fansipan mountain can be arranged in two days, three days, four days or even longer since the trek can be arranged based on your trip length and budget. There are some local people who can climb to the summit and get back to Sapa town in the same day.
The overnight trek starts with a car transfer from Sapa town up to the Tram Ton, the Heaven’s Gate. The uphill drive takes about one hour before you get into the Hoang Lien Nature Reserve. From there you follow a small hiking trail, hiking in the jungle until you arrive at the height of 2900m altitude where you stop for overnight. The second day, you continue hiking up to the summit of Fansipan where you will spend some time to celebrate the victory before taking the same hiking trail to get back to the entrance of the Hoang Lien National park. There you will be picked up by your vehicle and transferred back to Sapa town.
The second Fansipan trek is also the most popular Fansipan trekking tour takes 3 days. This trek is more challenging. You begin your adventure from Sapa town, hiking through H’mong villages before entering the Hoang Lien National Park. You will reach the summit on the second day. After reaching the top, you trek back towards Sapa town taking another hiking trail. You arrive back Sapa town on third day. There is no support vehicle for this option.
The four-day tour is less challenging than the three-day trek as you take another hiking trails where there is less up and downhill climbs. Taking this option, you firstly sneak through local Black H’mong and Red Dzao villages, spend two night in camping tent before you get to the summit of the Indochina, Fansipan mountain. You take another hiking trail to get back to Sapa town.
February may not be a very good time to climb to Mt. Fansipan since it is still very cool and foggy especially in the early month. The average temperature is around 7 – 10 degree C. It can be lower when the monsoon comes. Each time there is a monsoon, the temperature becomes lower and there is little rain. The temperature can be chilly cold when it is really humid in the northern Vietnam. It gets warmer towards the end of the month. The rainfall is around 80mm.
If you already plan your trip to Fansipan in February, we highly recommend either the overnight trek or the three-day treks, the tours which include a car transfer from Sapa town the entrance of the Hoang Lien National park. You will only spend one or two days to trek to the summit and one more day for the return. Please not the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, the TET festival usually falls into February. During this period most of tourist sites, hotels, restaurants, tourist companies are closed during this period.
At Lotussia Travel all Fansipan trekking tours are provided with English-speaking tour guide, camping tents, food, drinking water, sleeping bags, waterproof blue bags and the trek permit. You just need to bring your personal luggage during the hike.
Trekking Fansipan mountain is not a easy activity. The Fansipan trekking tours are not designed for everyone. Trekkers are required to have a good health. Some pre training is encouraged. People who have heart problems are not encouraged to take part in the tour. When you book the Fansipan trekking tours, please do ask your doctor in advance if a such activity is appropriated.
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