There are basically 2 ways to conquer Fansipan Mountain from Sapa town. Option 1: Trekking through the forest or trekking and cable car trip You can go trekking through the forest to the peak, normally enjoy lunch at 2200m after 4-5 hour trekking then sleep a 2800m point and cook dinner there, sleep in a house on mountain or tent if you like … Day 2, you can wake up in the morning then go to the peak of 3143m… Relax and take some photos then go down in the same way … or you can go down by cable car, walking down 600 steps to Cable car station then take an other 15 minutes to Cable car station in Sapa where transfer to your hotel in a 15 minute-driving. Option 2: Cable car system travel Go up and go down by cable car easily, totally 90 minutes enable you to complete your Fansipan trip quickly. You arrive in Hanoi Capital then want to trek Fansipan mountain? You would travel to Lao Cai train station by sleeping coach or normally by overnight train travel to lao Cai town then you travel to Sapa town by bus about 1 hour. Arrive in Sapa, normally, you take a breakfast, quick shower at the hotel, meeting with tour guide and support crew team then start the climb after all the things checked well by Climb Fansipan team. There are three popular routes to climb Fansipan peak, with the starting toint is Tram Ton pass, Cat Cat village or Sin Chai route is said to be the most beautiful but the hardest way also. Almost all tourists choose Tram Ton pass as the starting point of the climb because it is the easiest way. It often takes two or three days to complete the Fansipan conquest. The most popular journey is a 3 day 2 night trip or 2 day 1 night trip. In 2016, cable car system is operating, it takes only 15 minutes to goup, plus walking 15 minutes to walk through 600 steps to the Peak 3143m then return in the same way. Firstday, we transfer to Tram Ton pass by car where we start the climb up to the height of 2800m. After some hours of climbing, we stop over at a stream for camping, cooking the dinner and staying overnight in house. Second day, keep on climbing up to the roof of Indochina at the altitude of 3143m. As scheduled, we enjoy lunch, take photos and then rest on the peak. After that we trek down the mountain on another path, and are taken back to Sapa town by car. A mountain climbers would be in a good health and should do an exercise, or take a training course several days before the climb. Prepare the climbing shoes, raincoat, medical bag, water, sleeping bag, camp, and some sweet candies (help raising blood sugar level, and enhancing breathing when climbing too high) are indispensable things. A tip to avoid high-altitude sickness chewing hard candy, breathing through a face mask and drink plenty of water. The Trail: You start going through several different valleys with a lot of lush jungle. The first day entails 2-4 hours of hiking. There is typically a lot of mud so come prepared. You might have the option of moving up to a high camp but the camp right by the river is beautiful. Enjoy the river to clean off. From the camp you pretty much go straight up the mountain side. It is a mixture of light 3rd class rock, root and free climbing. The trail drops off. If you have trouble with heights you might not want to consider this hike. From the camp it takes 2-5 hours to reach the summit. Going up is not bad but if it rained recently the trail can be very slick. Coming down is where you want to be careful. From Noi Bai, Hanoi Airport If you arrive at Noi Bai Airport, you take a transfer to the train Hanoi station at 120 Le Duan Street, hanoi Capital about 1 hour 15 mins normally where you board a train to the Lao Cai. The taxi firms doing the airport transfer: Noi Bai airport taxi. It is not bad idea to take a private transfer with c-vietnam.com. From the hotel in Hanoi City: You can take taxi from you hotel in the old quarter streets, it is about 7 mins to drive to the train station then board a night train to Lao Cai – Sapa. You can ask your hotel receptionist to call Mai Linh taxi, or Hanoi taxi. From Lao Cai train station to Sapa: It take 1 hours to drive up to Sapa town where you will relax and meet up with the crew to conquer Fansipan Mountain. As your agent or hotel in Sapa arrange the pick up service. Don’t forget to check with the train timetable, train ticket to return Hanoi. From Sapa: Simple, contact good team to arrange the trip for you. They pick and drop you off from Sapa hotel. Who can help you climb Fansipan smoothly: Any travel service office in Sapa can do for you, you can see many hotels, many angents selling many tours but they will send you to Fansipan Management board.