Fansipan is a peak of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, as well as the highest peak of Vietnam. This is also the highest peak of three Indochina countries – Roof of Indochina. The mount is one of famous attractions in Sapa.
The roof of Indochina
Being dubbed as the roof of Indochina, Fansipan Peak is more well-known by its spectacular landscapes in the northwest mountainous region with hazardous passes, appealing attention of travelers all over the world. Along with Halong Bay, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, the “roof of Indochina” is named in voting list of natural world wonders. The Fansipan, in local language, is also known as “Hua Xi Pang” which means giant protruding rocks. Fansipan Peak is 3,143 meter high, located in Lao Cai province. The mountain is about 9km far from Sapa Town to the southwest. It is the connection of Lao Cai province and Lai Chau province in the Northwest mountainous region. The entire massive roof is an interesting destination in Vietnam tour packages for visitors from everywhere to explore. Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range hides many strange things, but the most exotic and mysterious side found in Fansipan peak.
Fansipan variety of flora and fauna system
Located in Hoang Lien Son Heritage site, also recognized as ASEAN Heritage Park as well as one of the most stunning attractions in Sapa, Fansipan has a variety of flora and fauna system. According to evaluation of scientists, Fansipan peak was formed over 100 million years ago. Floral system in Fasipan is diverse and precious with over 1000 species. Up unitl now, Fansipan has been a “meeting place” of climbers who desire to conquer the “roof of Indochina” and explore the nature. The appropriate time for climbing Fansipan is from September to March annually. Yet the most fascinating time to trekking Fansipan as one of experience in Vietnam tours is in late February when the flora system at its best in the mountain.
Trekking to Fansipan
To have a smooth Sapa trekking tour to Fansipan, travelers often come to Cat Cat Village to learn “trekking technique” from Mong and Dao ethnic groups. Twisting winding roads will lead you to the peak of Fansipan. On the way, Silver Waterfall is one of the most marvelous landscapes at the bottom of the mountain. When trekking to the mountain, you will have a chance to admire many overwhelming scenes immersing in white clouds. The shining sunlight in the morning makes surrounding scenery more stunning. The higher you reach, the more you discover the heaven-like scenery. Fansipan emerges amid the sea of clouds, which looks like an island amid the immense sea. On reaching the peak, travelers as climbers will have an opportunity to contemplate many unique species of flower and other plants.
During steeping routes near 60km long, climbers face fierce insects, cold, and dense bamboo forests, which may make climbers get lost, even cause accidents by moss on rocks. Road to Fansipan peak is so towering and unpredictable. Especially, such high steeping slopes almost exhaust the strength and will of climbers. On reaching to the height of 2,100 meters, climbers have to pass an extremely dangerous down-way route. Climbers have to hold each other to overcome. When climbing to the height of 2,900 meters, many winding twisty route appear with one side of towering cliffs, and another is the deep abyss. Looking down from here, climbers just see the below scenery coated a “blue jacket” of immense terraced fields. It is more wonderful, if climbers stand at the mountainside, admire vast white clouds flying around, and quickly allure in the majestic and grandeur beauty of Pomu, Van Sam Hoang Lien, Thiet Sam tops. Throughout the journey, you can admire a variety of vegetation, beetles, and taste sweet and sour raspberry… If coming here in winter, climbers have a chance to witness snow ice on trees, which is one of the unique “phenomenons” in the tropical-climate country.
Whether coming to endless Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range for the first time or not, travelers all want to conquer the towering Fansipan Mount. So far, Fansipan is still a mysterious destination for those who have the will and passion to conquer and explore. Let’s come here to experience, to contemplate, to explore the nature and yourself with the footages through bamboo forest, cardamom, chilling sound of gibbons, and steep slopes. Conquering Fansipan Mount will be definitely one of your most unforgettable memories in Vietnam travel. This explains why the climbing journey to Fansipan Mount is the passion of so many foreign travelers and explorers.
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