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Vietnam

Postby pomysi » Mon 11 Jan, 2010 6:39 pm

G’Day All,

Thought I’d post a trip report here for a recent stroll up Fansipan in Vietnam. Fansipan is the highest point in Indochina at 3143m. Walk was carried out on a 5 day stopover on my annual trip back to the motherland to see relatives. Itinerary is as follows:

Monday - Land Hanoi – Look around City
Monday - Night Train to Sappa
Tuesday - Day and Night in Sappa
Wednesday - Start walk from 1900m up to camp at 2800m
Thursday – Reach Summit and return to Sappa
Thursday – Night Train to Hanoi
Friday – Day and Night in Hanoi
Saturday – Fly to Australia

The walk was fantastic on a really good track. It would have been possible to reach the peak on the first day and then return to the camp as we reached the camp at 2.30pm after only 4 hrs. Decided however to leave it until the following morning due to cloud cover which by all accounts is very common. The track was steep in places and scrambling over steep rocks would have been extremely hazardous in the wet. We were blessed with good weather for the whole trip with temp around low 20’s and no rain. I also opted not too carry my own bag. It was my first time in Vietnam and the people, food and scenery were ace.

Thanks

Si.
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Fansipan from Sappa
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Fansipan from Sappa
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Steep Sections
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View on the Way Up
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Some Idea of the View from the Top
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Re: Vietnam

Postby Julafreak » Mon 11 Jan, 2010 8:11 pm

Nice one, Pomysi! Highest peak in southeast asia! I have just returned from doing the 2nd highest. Im sure you had fun! =)
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Re: Vietnam

Postby Michael_Kingston » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 8:11 am

Hi Julafreak - you are about 950m too low. Mt Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah (on Borneo) is the highest peak in SE Asia at 4095m (they used to claim 4101m).
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Re: Vietnam

Postby sthughes » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 10:24 am

Very cool Si, congrats on your first trip report to! Good to have ya back down under ;-)
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Re: Vietnam

Postby Penguin » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 12:07 pm

pomysi wrote:G’Day All,

I also opted not too carry my own bag.

Thanks

Si.


Did you bring a porter back with you?

Glad you had such a great time, envious.......

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Re: Vietnam

Postby Ent » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 2:25 pm

Hi Pomysi

Great to see the pictures and your first trip report. Sounds like a great place for an off state Strollers' walk. Now I will take two porters given what I carry, um? do they have elephants :lol: :lol: Welcome back to the land down under.

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Re: Vietnam

Postby corvus » Tue 12 Jan, 2010 8:39 pm

Hey you big Wuss using porters and you claim to be our Bulldozer!! shame on you :lol: can you carry my bag on the Frenchman's trip please :)
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Re: Vietnam

Postby Julafreak » Sat 16 Jan, 2010 4:32 pm

Michael_Kingston wrote:Hi Julafreak - you are about 950m too low. Mt Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah (on Borneo) is the highest peak in SE Asia at 4095m (they used to claim 4101m).


Oops my bad.. that darn bottle of heineken was messing up with my head while I was posting.. :D
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Re: Vietnam

Postby dplanet » Sat 14 Apr, 2012 10:27 am

pomysi wrote:G’Day All,

Thought I’d post a trip report here for a recent stroll up Fansipan in Vietnam. Fansipan is the highest point in Indochina at 3143m. Walk was carried out on a 5 day stopover on my annual trip back to the motherland to see relatives. Itinerary is as follows:

Monday - Land Hanoi – Look around City
Monday - Night Train to Sappa
Tuesday - Day and Night in Sappa
Wednesday - Start walk from 1900m up to camp at 2800m
Thursday – Reach Summit and return to Sappa
Thursday – Night Train to Hanoi
Friday – Day and Night in Hanoi
Saturday – Fly to Australia

The walk was fantastic on a really good track. It would have been possible to reach the peak on the first day and then return to the camp as we reached the camp at 2.30pm after only 4 hrs. Decided however to leave it until the following morning due to cloud cover which by all accounts is very common. The track was steep in places and scrambling over steep rocks would have been extremely hazardous in the wet. We were blessed with good weather for the whole trip with temp around low 20’s and no rain. I also opted not too carry my own bag. It was my first time in Vietnam and the people, food and scenery were ace.

Thanks

Si.

Nice photographs! Remind me of the loved ones. A big thank you.
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Re: Vietnam

Postby north-north-west » Sun 22 Apr, 2012 12:53 pm

Nice looking track. But tell the truth - you think of the place as Fancypants, don't you?
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Re: Vietnam

Postby paul8 » Sat 21 Dec, 2013 8:05 pm

Thanks for the photos. I recently came back from climbing Fansipan. It was a misty day, hence I couldn't see much. But your photos help me to re-live my walk.
By the way, Fansipan can be done in one-day. See my blog http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2013/11 ... sipan.html
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Re: Vietnam

Postby geoskid » Sat 21 Dec, 2013 9:03 pm

Geez, blast from the past, I miss ol' Pomysi - had a couple wonderful of walks with him - thoroughly decent bloke.
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