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    The origin of the name "Roof of Indochina" and journey to conquer Fansipan mountain

    Located over Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Lao Cai province, Fansipan Mountain is regarded as the highest peak in Vietnam and the roof of Indochina. Your Sapa trekking travel would not be completed without conquering Fansipan, wouldn’t it? Especially, it can be sure that the mountain would be one of must-travel destinations in the wish list of truly adventurous travelers.

    And have you ever wondered: the origin of the name "Roof of Indochina" of Fansipan mountain in SaPa ?

    Roof of Indochina
    Fansipan belongs to Hoang Lien Son mountain range, located in the northwest of Vietnam and lying in the border of two provinces: Lao Cai and Lai Chau. The mountain was formed about 260-250 million years ago, the mountain is higher of 0.032m for each year.. Fansipan which has varied topography is the home of about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species. Although it is just about 9km to the southwest of Sapa Town, it takes at least three days to get to the peak and back.

    Its name which is pronounced roughly by local people as "Hua Xi Pan" means "the tottery giant rock". Phan Xi Phan (in Vietnamese), and Anglicised as Fansipan, does indeed protrude mightily above a horizon-wide ocean of cloud, and her pelt bristles with activity.

    In the past time, it was not easy to conquer Fansipan Mountain.The French came to Vietnam and in 1905 planted a landmark telling Fansipan’s height of 3, 143m and branded it “the Roof of Indochina”. Very few people climbed to the top of Fansipan at the time. Then came the long years of war and Fansipan was left deserted for hunting and savaging. The trail blazed by the French was quickly overgrown by the underbrush.

    Roof of Indochina

    In 1991, Nguyen Thien Hung, an army man returned to the district town and decided to conquer Fansipan. Only on the 13th attempt did Hung, with a H’Mong boy as his guide, conquer the high peak by following the foot steps of the mountain goats. Scaling the height was meant to satisfy his eager will and aspiration to conquer the mountain without expecting that his name would be put down in the travel guidebook. After that the Sapa Tourism Agency started a new package tour there. It seemed the Fansipan Tour was meant only for those who wished to test their muscular power.

    Nowadays, Fansipan Peak is a familiar name to many climbers. Conquering Fansipan peak can be implemented through Sapa tours provided by a reliable and professional tourism company or by the climbers themselves with the support of the natives. Conquer the Fansipan peak can easier, the time to reach up the top is 1 or 2 or 3 days, that belongs to the climber’s ability.

    And if you really want to explore Fansipan mountain in Sapa. Please contact us. VietNam Typical Tours  assure will accompany you during the trip to advise you the most useful advice


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