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Phan Xi Păng
Fansipan Summit.jpg
Monument at summit of Fansipan
Highest point
Elevation 3,143 m (10,312 ft) [1]
Prominence 1,613 m (5,292 ft) [1]
Listing Country high point
Coordinates 22°18′12″N 103°46′30″E / 22.30333°N 103.77500°E / 22.30333; 103.77500Coordinates: 22°18′12″N 103°46′30″E / 22.30333°N 103.77500°E / 22.30333; 103.77500[1]

Fansipan (Vietnamese: Phan Xi Păng, About this sound listen) is a mountain in Vietnam, the highest in Indochina (comprising Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), at 3,143 metres (10,312 ft). It is located in the Lào Cai Province of the Northwest region of Vietnam, 9 km southwest of Sa Pa Township in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.

Fansipan is dubbed "the Roof of Indochina" and has about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species.[citation needed]

Phan Xi Păng

The topography of Fansipan is varied. Muong Hoa Valley, at the lowest altitude (950-1000 m), is created by a narrow strip of land at the base on the east side of the mountain. It can be climbed in a steep and fairly strenuous hike.

Summit mark[edit]

The initial metal pyramid was made and installed here by Soviet engineers from Hòa Bình in 1985. Amateur mountaineering expedition was the first one since the end of the colonial period and was officially timed to the 40th anniversary of the Victory Day of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany.


Tour companies in the area will arrange hikes to the summit taking from one to three days. Most will recommend taking the two- or three-day options and few guides will take tourists on the round trip in a single day.[2]

A very small village is located at around 1,500 m (4,920 ft) where accommodation and food is offered. Further up, at 2,800 m (9,190 ft), is an overnight camp. Most booked trips will include the use of these facilities in their price should they be required.

As of February 2016, it is possible to take a cable car most of the way to the summit.[3]

Fansipan Cable Car

As of May 11, 2013, cable car to the top of Fansipan was inaugurated on the morning of February 2. This is a modern three-wire cable, the first in Asia presence. The ttal investment in the first phase of the project is 4,400 billion VND. The distance from the Muong Hoa peaked go through 6 main pillars, each pillar being 1 km.

The Guinness Book of World Records has awarded two Guinness certification for the Fansipan Sapa, including a three-wire cable car station and the difference between the world's largest arrivals (1,410 m) cable cars and the world's longest three-wire (6292.5 m).

Each cable car cabin can accommodate up to 35 guests, with a transport capacity of up to 2,000 people per hour. The time to go to the gas station to just 15 minutes.

2-level cable car tickets: adults (27$), children from 1-1.3 m in height (17$). Children under 1 m tall go free.[1]

See also[edit]