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The Roof of Vietnam 10 Days

Ten-day adventure tours in the northern mountains arranged by Vietnam travel agents including an ascent of Mt. Fansipan, Vietnam's tallest peak

This is an example of one of our classic tailor-made holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar Vietnam vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences.
Our tailor-made Vietnam adventure holidays include Hanoi, travelling by sleeper train, Vietnam's northwest mountains, spectacular scenery, ethnic minority villages and ethnic markets, and hard trekking and camping on the mountain

Our Roof of Vietnam adventure tours begin with ....
... time to recover, a night in Hanoi, a full day to explore the city and an overnight train journey. Once you've arrived and settled in, we'll meet you over dinner to say "hello" and talk about your tour. On the following day, we'll show you the sights of Hanoi and take you to the Ethnology Museum to prepare you for your excursion up into the mountains.

In the late evening, you'll board the overnight sleeper to Lao Cai, on the border with China.

Meals: one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner
Escort/guide: transfer from airport to hotel and evening, and the following day up to boarding the train

Three days among the ethnic minority communities
It'll probably be a bit of a shock when we rouse you at five in the morning, but breakfast and the crisp fresh air of the mountains will soon wake you up. Then it's off with an expert local guide to a remote, and therefore authentic, colourful ethnic market followed by a visit to a village and a night in Bac Ha.

An early night, then after a look at Bac Ha's ethnic market in the morning and lunch, it's off to Sapa - quite a drive, but the scenery makes it well worth the journey. There, you'll have time to wander around and try one of the local restaurants for dinner.
On the following morning, a brisk trek to a local H'mong villages and back will get your blood flowing, and a free afternoon will leave you with time to prepare for your ascent.

Meals: three breakfasts, three lunches and one dinner
Guide: all three days

Two days up, one day down, and a day to recover - climbing and camping on Mt. Fansipan
At 3,143m, Fansipan is hardly Everest, but it's not a pushover either. Climbing it doesn't need mountaineering skills - it's probably better described as a strenuous trek, but it does require high levels of fitness and stamina. You'll climb about 850m across the foothills on the first day (Sapa is 1,650m above sea level).

On the second day, the distance is far less - not much more than a kilometre or two, but the gradient is much steeper. After the ceremonial flag planting and photographs at the summit (spoilt somewhat by the mundane altitude marker providing unequivocal evidence that you are not the first to conquer the mountain), you can settle down to a celebratory dinner and a sound night's sleep in the knowledge that the descent is a lot easier!

After your heroic efforts, you have a free day to relax, explore the town, trek or whatever you want to do, until it's time to drive back to the station in time to board the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Meals: four breakfasts, seven lunches and three dinners
Guide: three days

Time to leave!
You'll be free until your car arrives to take you to Hanoi's Noi Bai airport.

Meals: one breakfast

Prices (per person in US dollars):

The prices below are based on the hotels on the Vietnam Sonata 'Accommodation' page. If you would prefer a different hotel, or hotels, choose your preference on the relevant 'Hotels' page, tell us, and we'll send you a modified price within 24 hrs at the latest.

Number in group
*Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*










At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

These prices are valid until October 31, 2018. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

*For safety reasons, we limit the climb up Fan Si Pan to eight people. However, we can make special arrangements to enable more people to climb safely without diminishing the experience by using different routes. We'll provide a quotation if you're interested .

** ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room and camping services on the Fan Si Pan Mountain .
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • Return train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai
  • The services of a porter (or porters) for climbing Fan Si Pan.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests' return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Our prices do not include:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Dinners except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Insurance.

NB* Our acceptance of your booking is contingent upon your notification that your travel and/or health insurance indemnifies you for participation in hazardous activities such as mountain climbing.




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