After the death of British tourist, Aiden Shaw Webb who alone conquered Fansipan mountain, many experts and backpackers give advice for those who like adventure travel in general and Discover Sapa by trekking in particular to avoid risk.
Selection of the weather:
This is an important choice by deciding to your trip: avoid to go at low temperatures or rain because the fog will affect the movement and the steep terrain. There are two overnight races, one point at a height of 2.200m with summer temperatures around 12-15 degrees Celsius, winter is about 8-10 ° C, the other at an altitude of 2,800 m with the temperature in summer about 10-15 degrees C and 1-5 ° C in winter.
Preparation of health:
Regular exercise, jogging or climbing stairs for a workout before the trip. You should eat enough quality, enough vitamin C. Those with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease should not climb.
Items to bring:
Depending on when you choose to bring appropriate clothing, usually in the summer, all kinds of airy cotton soft, in the winter, waterproof winter jacket for wind resistant. The specialized climbing shoes, waterproof backpack, certainly, rubber gloves with spikes for easy sticking to the slopes, trees are the logical choices.
There are also items for wrapping ankle, knee fixed effects to tendons, ligaments, muscle sprains for precautions; wide-brimmed floppy hat, with straps or hooded wool hat for warm nights sleep. A scarf or shirt against light winds is also very convenient in any weather.
You should carry a medical supplies, bandages, diarrhea medication and medicated oil … and convenience foods with high nutrient content such as chocolate, champagne, sweets, bread, butter, shrimp paste, boiled eggs, cheese, fruits … and water.
If you travel alone you should choose a local guide in Sapa Trekking And Homestay Group. Best to go in groups and bring a sleeping bag type for 2 people, 3 people … depending on the number of people in the convoy as well as knives and lighters.
Slight metal hiking sticks with springs or elastic bamboo sticks that you can find along the way.
Small flashlight, good lighting, capable of highly charged; jungle knives, GPS navigation devices and maps, smartphone, camera battery charger, phone and a list of phone numbers of local authorities. Must be calculated in advance to unfortunate circumstances happen to have an emergency when necessary..
Should bring mini cameras because it is very easy to impinge on the rocks and the trees. Should bring small plastic bags for packaging of electronic equipment in case it rains.
What to do when lost in forest:
According to Dr. Phan Quoc Viet, Chairman Board of Directors Tam Viet Group, before extreme circumstances, the most difficult thing to overcome is the mental.
In case of lost in the woods you must have faith, optimism to escape. You must know how to sustain life by what is available as choosing water, the edible plants, dealing with wildlife encounter case or how to make the signal … All must actual trained, must be experience learning about life skills, survival skills.
In many cases which is not too dangerous to their lives, but because there is no trust, there is no sense of panic that led to the death. As proven fact, when people are scared, their unnecessary movements lead to loss of power.