Known as the “Roof of Indochina,” Fansipan Mountain is a spot in Sapa where the earth meets the sky. This attraction stands at 3,123 metres, the highest peak in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
Fansipan Mountain was once a sought-after challenge for trekkers — it takes 3 days, and a test of muscular power to reach the top, but it’s all worth it once you see the stunning view from the top. In 2016, cable cars were introduced to allow tourists to conquer Fansipan Mountain without exerting too much effort — a move that deeply hurt the hiking and trekking industry at Sapa. Fansipan Mountain no longer is the sacred place for eager trekkers — you’ll see hundreds of tourists flock here every day — but you can still include this in your “mountains to conquer” list. There’s still a different kind of fulfilment that comes with knowing you’ve conquered Fansipan through pure grit and toll.
Fansipan Mountain is located in Sapa, Lao Cai Province.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily, 24 hours.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Price for cable car rides is at VND 600,000 (USD 26). Permit to hike Fansipan Mountain costs VND 400,000 (USD 17).
How to Get There
- Board a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai.
- Board a bus to Sapa.
- Board a motorbike to Fansipan Mountain’s entrance.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
The trek can last up to three days. However, if you’re visiting Fansipan Mountain via cable car, you can allow 1 o 2 hours.
Small restaurants are located near Fansipan Mountain. Some options include Aira Sapa Mountain, Moment Romantic Restaurant, Good Morning View Restaurant, Little Vietnam Restaurant, and Sapa 24 Restaurant.
- Fansipan Mountain
- Silver Waterfalls
- Sapa Museum
- Cable Car Sapa
Guests who choose to stay in Sapa Valley can find accommodations from nearby Sapa Hotels such as Sapa Panorama Hotel, Sapa Center Hotel, Phoung Nam Hotel, Sapa Vista Hotel, Sapa Elite Hotel, and BB Sapa Hotel. Rates range from USD 20 to USD 60.