Fansipan mountain trekking experience
would be a pity if you
travel Sapa without
mountain. Famous as the highest peak in south east Asia at
3143m, Fansipan is considered as the roof of Indochina, active
travelers who love trekking find an ideal place to conquer the
challenge of one of the most spectacular landscapes in Vietnam.
The very first thing you travelers need to study before planning a trip to Sapa and Fansipan mountain is weather. It would be difficult to do the trek to Fansipan if it is raining or foggy, you won't be able take good photos, there will be also mosquitoes and leeches...So it is quite important to study weather of Sapa and northwest Vietnam before making decision.
It would be a good idea to practise and do some exercise about 1 week before the trip, such as walking, yoga, taichi, jogging and stop smoking so that you feel comfortable, healthy and well prepared. If you have some other friends to do the trek with you it will make a very good team spirit. You are recommended to bring medicines and first aids, sunscreen...
The trek is very hard and you should not be subjective that you have good health. It's all right at first however after a couple of hours trekking you start feeling sore and tired that it seems impossible to continue, this time the most important thing is your spirit, it must be good to persuade yourself that you will get to the top of the mountain and you can take only 5 minutes break to have your foot massaged, don't stay too long or you will be lazy, you need to take care of yourself, should not be discouraged and rely on other people in the group. In case you cannot keep going anymore you can go back to the camp for rest and wait for people to return, remember to have some food with you. People with cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or pregnant women should not do Fansipan trek. A few days before the trip you should provide the body enough nutritious Vitamin C, drink much water, restrict alcohol and most importantly sleep at least 7 hours a day.
Food need to be well prepared, trekkers should bring simple and light food with rich nutrition such as vegetables grown in Sapa, breakfast should be instant noodle packed in plastic bowl, available at the supermarkets. Coffee and ginger tea is the best. For lunch you can have baguette bread with boiled eggs, cucumber pickles or tomato, cheese and butter. Dinner will be cooked at camp, you can bring along napkins toothpicks, toilet paper, knife...Remember to bring fruits with high nutrition such as orange, mandarin, mango...to eat along the way to regain strength.
Drinks: Each person should bring 3-4 small bottles of water. You should sip water little by little, don't feel your stomach as it makes you feel hard to move. When you feel tired you can breath in through the nose and exhale through the mouth, it is good for your lungs and keep better endurance.