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									Triumphal Ascent

A sense of achievement stays forever with those who reach the peak of Fansipan, the highest
mountain in Vietnam at 3143 meters and dubbed the “Roof if Indochina”.

A long with Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha – Ke Bang caves, Mount Fansipan is considered one
of Vietnam’s greatest natural wonders. With its dizzying height and stunning scenery, Fansipan
is a treasure trove of nature and remains a challenge for hikers and adventures of all stripes.

Fansipan is home to Vietnam’s most comprehensive biodiversity systems, with 2,000 species of
flora, of with 16 species are endangered. Its fauna includes 447 species, including 74 animals,
253 birds and 123 reptiles and amphibians.

The flora at Fansipan is spread out in different layers. At the foot of the mountain are rows of
cotton trees, wing nut and jackfruit. From the base to 700 meters is the tropical belt, consisting of
layers of primary forest with a network of lianas. Above 700 meters are immense numbers of
fokienia trees in addition to other types if pine trees.

The area’s mild weather conditions allow many of species and plants to grow and blossom.
Fansipan also intrigues visitors with its diverse range of fruit, such as peaches and plums with a
distinct fresh and sweet taste.
Reaching the peak of Fansipan has long been a goal for mountaineers. Most prefer February to
set off for the summit when flowers blossom amid cool spring air. The hike generally takes two
or three days, but those familiar with the terrain need only a day.

Most hiking groups hire a guide. All must be equipped with indispensable tools such as trekking
boots, raincoats, sleeping bags, medicines, tents and even candy (to increase the level of glucose
in the blood and prevent breathing and chest problems as they ascend in altitude).
Most set off on road from nearly Sa Pa to Tram Ton Pass. After reaching a height of
approximately 1,900 meters above sea level, hikers camp out near the enjoy a meal over an open
fire. Temperatures can dip substantially at night, though, and it often rains.

After resting for the night, the trek continues. This has proven to be one of the toughest in
conquering Fansipan, with near the river – vertical jagged cliffs and strong buffeting winds. But
this soon passes and at the peak – 3143 meters above sea level – it’s much brighter.

The trek is not easy and hikers must be in good shape. Reaching the summit, though, is a
triumphant moment.

This article written by Lanh Nguyen from Vietnam Heritage Travel
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