As announced by Lao Cai provincial people’s committee, an international contest to conquer Fansipan Mountain entitled “Conquering Fansipan” will be held in mid November this year.
Over 60 amateur mountaineers from home and abroad will participate in the event. The contest includes three stages: the first stage is from Nui Xe station to the 2,200-metre station, the second stage is from the 2,200-metre station to the 2,800-metre station and the final stage is from 2,800-metres to the top of the mountain.
The event, which is part of the National Tourism Year 2012, aims to promote the natural landscape of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Hoang Lien National Park, and the 3143-metre Fansipan Mountain. It also promotes tourism in eight northwestern provinces and raises people’s awareness of preserving and protecting the natural environment.
Lao Cai is a province of northwestern in the mountainous region of Vietnam. It is home to Sapa, a hill station famous for tourism and Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina and one of the very few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam. In the first 6 months of 2012, the number of arrivals in Lao Cai reaches 600,000, an increase of 8.9% over the same period last year.