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Fansipan

Fansipan or Fan Si Pan  is a mountain in Vietnam, the highest in Indochina, at 3 143 m. It is located in the Lao Cai province in Northwest Vietnam, 9 km southwest of Sa Pa Township in the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. Fansipan is dubbed "the Roof of Indochina"; it is to be approved as one of the very few ecotourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species.

The topography of Fansipan is varied. Muong Hoa Valley, at the lowest altitude (950 to 1 000m), is created by a narrow strip of land at the base on the east side of the mountain. It can be climbed in a steep and fairly strenuous hike.

Fansipan is Vietnam's highest peak located in the far north just outside of Sapa. Fansipan a very steep mountain that gets a lot of moisture. Those looking to climb it should be in good shape and prepared to to have muddy wet feet The scenery is incredible remember to bring a camera. For most of Vietnam having a rain coat is a little excessive because it is so warm. On the mountain having a rain coat is not a bad idea especially at night.

The prime time to climb the mountain is between October and April. During the summer it is very rainy but is still climbable if the weather holds. If you have your own tent and sleeping bags you can arrange to camp on the mountain. Tents and Sleeping bags can be hired for the Royal Hotel. If you are going to rent the gear you might as well hire the guide because the price difference is minimal. You should hire a guide because there are trails that go off everywhere. The hut on the mountain is for guests of the hired guides. If you can bring a sleeping bag that is rated to at least 40 degrees. It can get a bit cold at night.