Mt Fansipan Trek
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What you should know
From Hanoi you will need to take either a bus or a train to get to Sapa Town. Trains don't go all the way to Sapa Town, you will need to catch a bus transfer from Lao Cai (where the train terminates) to Sapa Town. From there it's not a very long car ride to get to the base of Mt. Fansipan. The guide you go with will be able to provide this.
It is mandated by the government that all climbers are accompanied by a guide while treking Mt. Fansipan. Although the trek is not too difficult you likely will want a guide anyway, to make sure you are keeping to the right trail as well as get a bit more insight into the significance of the mountain to the people that live in its shadow.
You should definitely be comfortable with steep vertical climbs. If you work out regularly you shouldn't have a problem. If you don't, you might want to consider spending a month or so actively preparing. The trails can also be more uneven than more established mountain trails that you might be used to, which makes it a little more difficult to navigate.
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- Good weather