How To Reach The Peak of Fansipan Mountain, the roof of Indochina

Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and it is also one of the most popular tourist destinations well known as the roof of Vietnam and Indochina. Fansipan attracts mainly those who like climbing and conquering heights.

Fansipan is the highest mountain of the Indochinese Peninsula (3,143 m), located in the heart of Hoang Lien Son Range, 9 km to the southwest of Sapa town. To conquer the peak of Fansipan, in the past, you had to take 5 to 6 days, but now, this time is shortened to only about 2 to 3 days. In order to participate in this journey you need to have a good health, prepare the necessary items and one more essential element is you have to go with a local guide.


Conquering Fansipan has become a burning desire for all those who love adventure. On the way to conquer Fansipan peak, tourists also have the opportunity to discover the wonderful nature of the Hoang Lien range. 

You can witness many amazing waterfalls located near or at the foot and on the way to the peak of the Fansipan Mountain such as Dragon Jaw, Cat Cat, Silver, Cold, and Love Waterfalls. They are considered as the ideal places for visitor to rest after a long adventure journey of climbing and great places to take photos also.

According to Sapa travel experience, from the mountain foot to the height of 700m is the tropical belt of dense primary forest and interlaced vines. From 700m upwards is a layer of seed-bearing plants such as hundred year Pomu and pine trees with very big trunks and 50-60m height which draw the attention of tourists a lot to take many impressive pictures. Pomu is known as the gold mine of Lao Cai. Beside Pomu, there are many kinds of rare wood. 

To the height of 2,400m, you will feel like the wind of clouds mixed with forest trees. It can be seen as if you could catch the cloud by hand. From the height of 2.800m, cloud suddenly disappear, the sky is so clear and blue. Only the wind blowing makes the vegetation stick to the stone. Continue climbing up, you will see a huge stone block propped by small stones like a table. This is Fansipan peak! People call it "Hua Si Pan", meaning a large rock. So you have finished the adventure then.

Leaving behind all the sadness and anxiety, you will feel very light in the victory in the middle of green forests. That would be an unforgettable experience in life. Fansipan is still there as a challenge for those who love adventure tourism.

If you are not strong enough to climb to the peak of this mountain, the cable car will help you. Fansipan cable inaugurated makes the journey to the roof of Indochina greatly reduced. Previously, it took 2 to 4 days to conquer the mountain, now, just 15 minutes only. What do you know about this fantastic Fansipan cable car? Let's explore it!


The most complicated cable car system in the world

Fansipan cable is the first and only cable system in the world to operate without the need for a conventional rescue system because, when encountering any problems, the cable car is sure to bring tourists down to the foot of the mountain safely.

Especially, Fansipan cable car is constructed by the world famous cable car manufacturer Doppelmayr with a unique 3-rope with the strictest technical requirements to ensure the safety of tourists.

In February 2016, when Fansipan cable car inaugurated, the Fansipan cable car was honored to be recognized by the Guinness World Record for:

- The longest cable car of 1,410 meters length.

- The world's highest cable car.

This is the happiness of the big team of designers and constructors who make a great contribution on building the cable car. It is the new pride of Sapa people for a new work of international standards. The Fansipan cable car will be one of the most talked about phrases about Sapa.

The Fansipan cable car is located at the altitude of 3,143 meters above the sea level, starting from the Muong Hoa valley to the peak of Fansipan, which is dubbed as the roof of Indochina.

Each cabin on the cable car has a maximum capacity of 30 - 35 passengers. The capacity of the whole system is 2,000 passengers per hour. 

Still need to conquer the last steps if you want to touch the mountain top. After getting out of the cabin at the station, visitors will have to climb 600 steps to reach Fansipan peak.

At the height of 3,143m above sea level, previously, Fansipan was only for those who are healthy, and persistent, now the road to this peak become very short. The opportunity to experience great sensation on the summit to admire the majestic nature will come to more people.

Sapa is one of the most favourite destination of riders and during the Vietnam motorcycle tours, some groups did expand the tour length to get the peak and got the wonderful memory in their holiday. If you want to do the same, please contact us at to get the best advices before the trip.

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