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Dream of conquering Fansipan - Roof of Indochina at the height of 3147.3m to immerse in the beautiful beauty and enjoy the scenery of the country waking up.

Where is Fansipan?

Fansipan is a mountain of the Hoang Lien Son range and is situated 9 kilometers (9 mi) to the southwest of Sapa Town, on the border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces in the Northwest of our nation. Its name, Noc nha Dong Duong, or "The Rooftop of Indochine House," refers to the mountain's absolute height of 3147.3 meters (the length is the result of measurements made by the French in 1909), making it the highest mountain in Vietnam and three other Indochina countries.

The name Fansipan is also known as Hua Xi Pan in the H'mong language, which means Rhododendron mountain because azaleas bloom throughout the forest. In a 1964 letter to To Hoai, author Nguyen Tuan written: "Hoai. I took 5 days to climb and return Hoang Lien Son. The knee hurts a lot and the person is exhausted. I was on the highest mountain to witness the stunning azalea blooms. I have never seen so many clouds and flowers in one spring in my life. Have a bottle of strong wine nearby at all times to combat the brisk mountain air because it's cold up here, it's raining, and it's blowing like a hurricane."

Who was the first person to step foot on Fansipan's summit is a mystery. However, the forefathers' footprints have opened a lovely route that many conquest fans fall in love with now because to the alcoholic yeast.

Soviet engineers created and placed the stele that marks the pinnacle of Fansipan's highest point in 1985.

Tropical Trekking would like to share with readers some valuable information. According to Lao Dong Newspaper No. 28/01/2020, the article reads, "110 years ago, the French measured the height of Fansipan peak by the Barometer method, using a micrometer placed at the top of the mountain and the foot of the mountain to measure the pressure difference. capacity. From the pressure difference value, the French made a mathematical model to calculate the height. Two possible reasons for the height of Fansipan to change is that 110 years ago, measuring technology was still limited, so there was an error compared to modern measurement methods. In addition, Hoang Lien Son range is a continuation of the Himalayas, each year this range is 2-3cm higher, so Fansipan peak can be higher. Replica of today's Fansipan tower." (Source of article at here)

Trekking Fansipan need to prepare and note what?

Bring lots of warm things. 

With an altitude of 3000m above sea level, the weather on the top of Fansipan is very cold, especially in the winter months, it can drop to 0 degrees Celsius. Depending on when you go trekking, bring appropriate clothes. Note, in the summer months the weather can be sunny and warmer, but generally at night the temperature is low and very cold. 

You should prepare:

  • 1 warm coat, life jacket to keep heat
  • 2-3 pairs of turtleneck socks
  • Thermal bras/pants
  • Sleeping bag. Usually at the 2,800m camping site, a sleeping bag is available. However, if your sleeping bag keeps warm better, it's okay to prepare extra. They help you keep your body temperature better at night.
  • Glove. They help you keep your hands warm while creating friction to help you grip the cliffs more firmly

Drink enough water even if you are not thirsty and bring energy bars, sweets, soft drinks

Cold weather makes us forget we need to drink water. Climbing is quite tiring and requires the body to exercise continuously, if you do not provide enough water for your body, you will be exhausted immediately. Remember to drink enough 1.5l / day even if you are not thirsty. Sweets help you regain sugar, energy immediately.

Watch out for altitude sickness

Be cautious of altitude sickness if Fansipan marks your first ascent of one of the country's northern trekking arcs. If you are not acclimated to it, it is simple to become lightheaded and faint at higher altitudes because the air is cooler, more humid, and less oxygenated. Our bodies require some time to adjust; if yours does so fast, the symptoms should go away in about 1-2 hours, but if it takes longer, you may experience nausea and vomiting.

Don't worry too much, though; if you plan ahead and breathe evenly and deeply throughout the trip, it can be avoided.

Be physically ready

Fansipan is not a particularly challenging mountain to scale. There are support ladders for steep slopes. But it isn't the reason it's subjective. In order to get ready for an adventure filled of fantastic experiences, you need also work out.

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