Must-conquer mountains in Vietnam (Part 1)

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As one of the most attractive destinations in the Southeast Asia, Vietnam offers a lot of interesting places for tourists to experience, especially for nature lovers. These are the top mountains that are worth yo conquer.

>> The most amazing trails for hiking that you should not miss in Vietnam

Mount Fansipan

What better way to kick off our best mountains in Vietnam list than with the highest of them all, Mount Fansipan. This gigantic beauty stands at an impressive 3,143m tall just outside the center of the stunning Sapa area. Known to the locals as “Hua Si Pan” (aka Huge Rock), this majestic mountain is also labeled the rooftop of Indochina! If you want to take on this beast, the trek will take you approximately 2-3 days if you’re fit and have an experienced guide.

Unfortunately, they have recently opened up a cable car that can take you to the top of the mountain in 20 minutes. As you can imagine, the number of people cueing up the area ruins a bit of the climb. For those that decide to trek on, you will be surrounded by the remarkable nature of the Hoang Lien Ranges, as you walk upwards on the ever-steepening trail (that is potentially muddy from the rain). Despite modern commercialism creeping in, Fansipan is a favorite of the mountains in Vietnam and a true adventure playground.

  • Height: 3,143 meters
  • Time to Summit: Trekking tours are 2-3 days
  • Difficulty: Difficult

How to get there: Take a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, and then a minibus to the town of Sapa.

Pu Ta Leng Mountain (via trulyvietnamtour.com)

Pu Ta Leng Mountain

One for the adventurous travelers, for those who love a challenge and relish in the undiscovered destinations that aren’t on the tourist radar. Pu Ta Leng is the mountain you’ve been looking for! Located in the Lai Chau Province, the green paradise of Northern Vietnam, stands this beast that can only be conquered with the support of a local leader in Pho Village. The trail starts off misleadingly easy, with flat easy trekking and a little climbing over big rocks along the streams. Soon, however, the trails become less trail-like and more like rock obstacles through a dense forest that gets steeper and steeper, exhausting you as they go. Although it might sound quite mad, many travelers do refer to this hike as the “Fair Route,” due to the many small poetic streams along the way that make recovery periods all the more relaxing. Sound like your kind of challenge?

  • Height: 3,049 meters
  • Time to Summit: Approximately 4 days
  • Difficulty: Very Hard

How to get there: Take the overnight bus from Hanoi at My Dinh bus station (departs at 9:00 PM). It will arrive at Tam Duong the next day at about 7.00 AM. You can then take a motor-taxi to Ta Leng village.

Tay Con Linh Mountain (via vietravel.com)

Tay Con Linh

This mountain had to make our best mountains in Vietnam list purely because of where it is: the Ha Giang Province. One of the most secluded areas in Vietnam, Ha Giang is an absolutely stunning scene of rolling green mountains, with winding roads and some of the most breathtaking mountain views. Hiking in Ha Giang is as much a cultural experience as it is activity, with one of the best times to climb being during the Lunar New Year, when several unique festivals and rituals will take place. The hike up the Tay Con Linh mountain is doable for anyone with a good fitness level, so trust us when we say the limestone rocks, blooming flowers, and incredible mountain views will make it all worth your while.

  • Height: 2,419 meters
  • Time to Summit: Approximately 3-4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

How to get there: Take an overnight bus from My Dinh bus station in Hanoi. They depart at 8:00 PM and arrive at Ha Giang at roughly 5:00 AM. You can also get day buses from Gia Lam bus station which departs at 8: 00 AM.

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