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Guides to conquer “the roof of Indochina”

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Dubbed as “The roof of Indochina,” majestic Fansipan is always the desire to conquer of many young people. The preparation of climbing Fansipan – one of Vietnam off the beaten track tours is very necessary. Therefore, don’t miss the following tips:

Autumn – winter time, late September to late April next year is the best time to travel to northern Vietnam, during which the ideal time is in October, November. You can admire the beauty of the ripe golden terraced field and enjoy the cool atmosphere here. Depending on your health you can choose to tour 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

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Fansipan peak

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The ideal time is in October, November

From Sa Pa town, there are 3 ways to conquer the legendary Fansipan peak.

First, if you don’t know where to go in northern Vietnam, the shortest way and of course the most chosen is from Trạm Tôn (the entrance to Hoang Lien Son National Park, 14 km from Sa Pa Town) with the road: Trạm Ton – Fansipan – Trạm Ton.

The second route is from Cat Cat mountain village, it comes near Sapa town so this is the farthest route.

And the third one, the most beautiful, the hardest to conquer and the most dangerous route is from Sin Chai mountain village.

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Cat Cat mountain village

However, you should come from Tram Ton- Hoang Lien Son National Park to buy tickets and pay environmental fees, insurance premiums easily if you want to have a tailor-made tour in mountain area in Vietnam.

You should travel with a group of five or more people. During the journey, all members must respect the discipline of the group, ignoring the concept of personal expression, your own safety. In particular, according to the experience of the precursor, when climbing Fansipan, each group necessarily hire the porter to have a guide and a help in carrying the team members’ item.

Preparation:

Before going to Fansipan, you should walk in the morning and evening for at least 10 minutes each day.

Food

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Snacks used when climbing

Eat cooked foods, bring snacks but rich in nutrients like vegetables grown in Sapa. Bring snacks that are often used (like gum, cigarettes, … but must be lightweight). Food supply: Snick Bar, cheeses (dry, easy to eat), fresh milk.

Drinks

Each person brings about 3 – 4 small filtered water bottles. Water should be sipped on several times to not make full stomach that will be difficult to move

Backpack

A backpack should not exceed 4.5 kg. The backpack has a strap around your waist and on your chest to keep your backpack firmly while moving, avoid baring or pulling you rearwards.

Sleeping tent

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Sleeping tent

Prepare the tent to sleep because there are two overnight stops. The first one is at an altitude of 2.200m, at this point, the temperature is usually about 8-10 ºC in the winter and about 12-15ºC in the summer. The rest is at an altitude of 2.800 m, that is about 1-5ºC in the winter and about 10-15ºC in the summer.

Climbing stick

There are many types, for example, light metal sticks that have the elastic spring, adjustable lengths varying according to your height, this type is expensive. To reduce costs, you can rent in Sapa. The other type is the old bamboo stick in the forest that is certainly not elastic, you can ask the poster to cut on the way.

Shoes

You should choose a pair of climbing shoes with slight friction. The best shoes are trekking shoes, which have a neck through the ankle to keep the joints from spraining.

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Climbing shoes

You should also bring 2 to 3 pairs of socks. When climbing, you should wear 2 pairs of socks: a thin one inside (should not be nylon sock, it should be soft to absorbent sweat), and a pair of long socks to cover the pants to avoid leeches. That is also beneficial to reduce the brushiness of shoes and legs, avoid blistering foot skin.

Gloves

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Climbing gloves

Lightweight climbing gloves. Good gloves are thick protective gloves with dots on the palm. Have gloves, you are more confident to stick to the roots, trunk when climbing … Do not use wool gloves or leather gloves to avoid slippery hands when you sweat..

Clothes

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Climbing clothes

Bring neat and tidy costumes for mountain climbing. A jacket that is thin but relatively warm, does not absorb moisture. Choose soft cotton clothing that is easy to move. Should not: wear tight jeans or too thin pants or too thick, that’s difficult to take off.

You should bring 2 sets of clothes. if possible, carry a set of sleep clothing.

Hat

It is very important to choose soft hats with wide rims, and straps because the wind is relatively strong at the 2,500m height.Wear a wool cap to cover your ears, keep warm and that’s good for your health.

Scarf

To ensure your health, you should carry a scarf. When you sleep in the high mountain, the weather will be very cold, the scarf will warm your neck to avoid a cold in the forest. It can also be used to dress the wound.

Medicine

Take some medications that you often use for your illness (if any). In addition, cold flu medicine, intestinal medicine… Bring a Salonpas gel to prevent cramps, an ambulance bag for 10 people.

Lighting equipment

Bring a small flashlight, use when it’s dark to find the way to WC, find the way to the camp.

Communication equipment

You should bring your phone (almost along the way there are phone waves, especially Viettel).

Bring a whistle if any, 1 whistle/group of 3 people (when walking should be divided into groups to go together and look after each other). If you’re tired and can’t call each other, blow the whistle.

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A group of 3 to 5 people

In addition, don’t forget to bring a small notebook, pen, and camera for convenient recording, keeping a memorable moment.

Be on time and follow directions from tour guides and your porter.

For people who have a history of blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke … should not join the tour.

With all the guides above, you can be quiet to take your backpack up and go to find your own experience in Vietnam off the beaten track tour.

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