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Fansipan Mountain Cable Car to Sponsor Bac Ha Horse Racing Festival

posted May 21, 2018, 7:36 PM by Mai Hoa NGUYEN   [ updated May 21, 2018, 7:37 PM ]

The traditional Horse racing festival held on June 4th and 5th in Bac Ha – Lao Cai has been successfully organized. Fansipan Cable car Sapa Ltd. (Fansipan Sapa company) is announced as the Gold sponsor for the 3rd time for this authentic culturally significant horse race.

The Horse race this year has attracted 54 jockeys from the villages in Bac Ha and Si Ma Cai district. Jockeys are basically farmers and the racehorses are those who carry merchandises for their living. Though the horse race is not professional but still make an unparalleled signature culture of the Northwest people . The race festival has successfully captivate the tourist’s interest in Bac Ha tourism in particular and Lao Cai in general.

Wishing to contribute to the construction and preservation of local culture, Sun Group has invested, along with Fansipan Sapa company has funded the race tournament with VND 200,000,000. This is the 3rd time the company is announced as the Gold Sponsor of the race.

Fansipan Mount and Hoang Lien Son National Park

posted May 21, 2018, 2:05 AM by Mai Hoa NGUYEN   [ updated May 21, 2018, 2:05 AM ]

Sapa top attractions, what's to see around Sapa, Fansipan mountain, Mt Fansipan, Fansipan mount and Hoang Lien national park are must-see destinations.

You've probably heard a lot about Fansipan Mountain at an altitude of 3143m was dubbed the roof of Indochina?  But, have you ever heard about Hoang Lien Son National Park? I bet we will have more interesting things to talk when you go there and try trekking there!

Hoang Lien National Park is located in the Hoang Lien mountain range belonging to Sapa district (Lao Cai Province) and Than Uyen districts (Lai Chau Province) and includes Vietnam’s highest peak, Mount Fansipan (3,143 m).

The park is a huge house of a wide variety of habitat types: elevations below 1,800m support lower montane evergreen forest; elevations between 1,800 and 2,500m support upper montane evergreen forest, elevations between 2,500 and 2,800m support sub-alpine forest, while the vegetation above 2,800m is dominated by stands of dwarf bamboo with scattered, stunted trees. Below 1,000m, the forest has been almost entirely cleared and replaced with anthropogenic habitats, including secondary grassland, scrub and cultivation.

The park is also the house of 347 bird species which have been recorded in and around the nature reserve, including 49 species that are restricted in Viet Nam to north-west Tonkin. There are approximately one third of Viet Nam’s known amphibian species, the highest recorded amphibian species richness of any protected area in Viet Nam. Hoang Lien Son national park are currently known house of around 10% of the amphibian species are globally threatened. Many species of invertebrate discovered at the park are known from nowhere else in the world.

If you are a favorite adventure travel and you love to discover Vietnam, you should not have to hesitate even more to conquer Fansipan. It’s the highest in Indochina. Covered by the ocean of clouds on Hoang Lien Son range, Fansipan majestically rises to the sky, which seems to challenge the determination and passion of people. People come to Fansipan do not only desire to achieve the dream of conquering the Fansipan peak at 3.143m high, the highest mountain in Indochina but also to take the delight of breathtakingly picturesque nature scenes of North West region.

Through the thick and cold fog to reach the Fansipan peak, you will be amazed by the splendid red azalea hiding in the lush green trees and the white clouds. The delicate azalea petals are blown with the wind and drop down on ground, which creates the vividly red carpet of flowers. Not only azalea, the road to Fansipan in the spring will bring you to the stunning beautiful world of Hoang Lien Son mountain range’s beauty with impressively green bamboo and pine forest, the purely white plum flowers and pinkish peach blossom slightly shaking in the wind. In spite of the challenge and drawbacks on the road, the beauty of spring flowers is the precious gift for those determine to conquer Fansipan. At the moment you set your foot on the highest peak of Vietnam, you seem to hold the sky full of clouds in your arms, an unforgettable experience in your life.

I’m sure that besides conquer Fansipan, discover Hoang Lien Son National Park certainly will not disappoint you.

Conquer Fansipan Tour Ranked in Top 5 Amazing Adventures

posted May 21, 2018, 2:01 AM by Mai Hoa NGUYEN   [ updated May 21, 2018, 2:02 AM ]

Recently, The Huffington post (US) has announced list of 5 Must-Do Adventures in Southeast Asia. According to the US, Fansipan Mountain and Ham Rong Mountain is not to be missed in the journey to explore Vietnam.

Here are some suggestions about Fansipan Mountain that US Reported Huffington Post give travelers.

“If you like mountains and challenging hikes, then this is a must-do while in Sapa. Most tourist will go for the 2 days tour, with one night spent on the mountain… You’ll have to arrange a guide while in Sapa town… Your guide will pick you up in the morning and drive to Tram Ton pass, where the hike begins. The first 3rd relatively easy rolling uphill and flat through a forested area. But soon after that you’ll start climbing, climbing and climbing. The trial ascends up to the ridge via steep and rocky steps and occasionally ladders. The views from ridgeline are fantastic. Don’t be fooled by the false summit at 3000m, because you’ll curse the descent that follows, and the final ascent up to the top of Fansipan at 3143m... You’ll be able to see an incredible 360 view of northern Vietnam and even into China.”

The US also suggests about a sunset trip on Ham Rong Mount.

“ Dawn on  the mountain was a unforgettable experience in the heart of each visitor to the Ham Rong, Sa Pa, Lao Cai. This is essentially a small hiking tour to the top of Ham Rong, a town not far from Sa Pa…”

Ham Rong mount is place where grows many kinds of flowers such as orchid species, hydranges, Japanese cheey,… particularly old orchards which is 30-40 years old.

“ You’ll have to pay about 70.000VND ($3.25) for access to the mountain park, but it’s worth doing it once while you’re in Sapa… Take some time to explore around the park but make sure you make it to the overlook in time for sunset. The sun sets over the mountain range across the valley, and the fading light paints the town and surrounding area with an array of color.”

Spiritual and Cultural Complex on Fansipan Peak

posted May 21, 2018, 1:53 AM by Mai Hoa NGUYEN   [ updated May 21, 2018, 1:54 AM ]

The Central Committee of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) on January 30 held a requiem for national peace and people’s prosperity in 2018, and an inauguration ceremony of a spiritual and cultural complex on Fansipan Peak in Sa Pa Town, the northern Lao Cai Province.

The spiritual and cultural complex which was built in the end of 2015 features two impressive works, Kim Son Bao Thang Pagoda and a giant statue of Amitabha Buddha.

According to project’s designer, professor Hoang Dao Kinh, tens of thousands of cubic meters of rock; thousands of cubic meters of wood and tiles were used to build pagodas, bell tower and temples in the harsh weather condition on the summit of Mount Fansipan.

The 21.5m high statue of Amitabha Buddha is made of tens of thousands of 5mm bronze flat bars

The spiritual and cultural complex is now officially open for pilgrims from across the country to pray for peace prosperity and happiness.

Conquering Fansipan Mountain by Cable Car

posted May 21, 2018, 1:49 AM by Mai Hoa NGUYEN   [ updated May 21, 2018, 1:50 AM ]

With the altitude of 3,143m, Fansipan Mount in Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range is the highest mount in Indochina and known as the “Roof of Indochina”. Conquering Fansipan Peak is always a longing for those who love nature and exploring new things. But the journey to Fansipan Peak is extremely arduous and requires health and endurance.

Since 2 February 2016 with the appearance of Fansipan cable car, visitors only take 30 minutes to reach the “Roof of Indochina”, instead of 2 days and 1 night as before.

Being the three-rope cable car with the length of 6,292.5m, the Fansipan cable car system consists of 33 cabins with a capacity of 2,000 people per hour. Each cabin can carry from 30 to 35 people. This cable car system is able to withstand the strong winds and severe weather conditions to ensure obsolutely safety for visitors.

The auxiliary works such as departure station, terminal station, restaurant, souvenir shop, etc are elaborately designed with architectural features and decorative details inspired from brocade patterns of Northwest ethnic people. All create the architectural complex in harmony combination with nature.

From Sa Pa Town, according to National Road 4D about 2.5km, visitors arrive in Sa Pa Cable Car Station. Experience of cable car brings visitors unforgotten feelings. From cabin, visitors can see the poetic town of Sa Pa with Western style houses hidden under clouds.

Putting in operation of Fansipan cable car makes the dream of conquering the “Roof of Indochina” of numerous visitors come true at the same time contributes to tourism development of Sapa Town and also Lao Cai Province.

A Trip to Fansipan Mountain Vietnam

posted May 21, 2018, 1:25 AM by Mai Hoa NGUYEN   [ updated May 21, 2018, 1:25 AM ]

Since my student days, I’d cherished a dream of climbing the 3,143 meters Mount Fansipan in Lao Cai in Vietnam’s far northwest. Yet it took me several years to muster the courage and build up the confidence I would need to tackle Indochina’s tallest peak.

Leaving Hanoi on a hot summer’s day, I caught a train to Lao Cai. From there it was nearly one hour by bus to Sapa, where I arrived at seven o’clock on a typically cold and misty morning. By nine I’d reached Tram Ton, eager and determined to conquer Fansipan, whose name means “precarious giant rock” in the local language.

With only two days to climb the mountain, we’d opted for the easiest route, departing from Tram Ton at an altitude of 1,900 meters above sea level. We ignored the inviting calls of a more treacherous route starting from Cat Cat at an altitude of 1,245 meters with plenty of leeches and a quite different route from Sin Chao at an altitude of 1,260, meters, where most sections of the road run along the top of sheer cliffs.

Though reckoned to be the easiest way, the journey from Tram Ton made office workers like me pant and tremble in fear from the start of the road that took more than a dozen kilometers to climb over 1,200 meters in altitude.

There were 16 of us in the group along with seven native porters and a tour guide. Despite carrying heavy rucksacks on their backs, the porters kept running up the steep mountainside. Our guide Tinh said that sometimes there would be 400 people in the tour party, too many for the number of tents to go around. On those occasions the porters rolled out large canvas groundsheets in the open for the trekkers to lie and sleep on.

The first day of climbing was the harder and more challenging, especially the first 500 meters as our unaccustomed hands and feet had great difficulty climbing on and clinging to uneven, slippery rocks that made some people give up, though not for a lack of trying.

It was drizzling and freezing cold at Sapa, so we felt fortunate when the air got warmer and drier as we proceeded into the forest, and by noon the sun was shining. Having hidden itself in the morning mist, the Hoang Lien Forest began to appear and show its fantastic features like the typically northwestern plants and flowers. In the Hoang Lien Son Range alone there are more than 30 species of azalea native to these mountains. Indeed, the azaleas and their stunning display are a major part of what draws tourists to the region.

After half a day, we reached the first stop of the ascent at an altitude of 2,200 meters. Panting and almost out of breath, it was no comfort to us when the guide said it was the easiest part of the journey. A few years ago, that stop was simply a place to put up a tent, have lunch and rest awhile. Not so nowadays, not with all the H’mong women and girls, their cheeks rosy from the cold and dry air of the mountains, selling soft drink to the growing hordes of visitors.

They help the amateur climbers in many ways. In some villages, more than half of the inhabitants work as porters, and even women do it too. The season for climbing Mount Fansipan lasts from February until the end of summer.

A noticeable feature of the route is the dense bamboo stretching for miles. Until a few years back, many climbers would get lost in the bamboo as it was too thick and tall to get one’s bearings. Because of the increased traffic along the route, a path has been worn that is easy to follow so it is much harder to stray these days.

As we emerged from the first bamboo forest, we saw our destination in the failing light. We were worn out, and moving our legs was a real challenge.

It was much colder at night than during the day on the Hoang Lien Son Range. I wore warm clothes and crawled into a sleeping bag but I still shivered with cold while the wind gusted outside. Our porters, who doubled as our cooks, collected dead sticks to use as firewood. Around 11 o’clock, I felt thirsty and left the tent for a drink. Frost was building up and I saw the porters huddling around their campfires to keep warm.

I felt sore all over the many times I awoke from a fitful sleep, and thought of giving up the remaining part, but when morning came I was raring to go again. As we journeyed upward, we passed through more bamboo shrouded in early morning mist and tackled some formidable terrain that took all the porters’ encouragement and support to get us through.

The higher we climbed, the more difficult it was, but the forest and views were even more stunning and distracted us somewhat from our travail.

Eventually we surmounted yet another steep slope that opened onto a level area with a panoramic view and somebody yelled “we’ve made it to the top”, much to our surprise. It was just a rock, but it jutted out proudly and proclaimed itself the summit of Fansipan, higher than anything else. One by one we touched it and yelled and waved the Vietnamese flag in delight. We were so excited to be there. And we were sure to get our pictures taken as mementos of the effort and victory over ourselves.

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