Day 4 – Base Camp (2800m) – Fansipan (3143m): Peng Mao Yu
3am: The SUTD fansipians, exhausted from the climb up, fall asleep as the moon rises. All except for one, a wild Kunal woke up in the middle of the night in search for the gents. Despite his stealth attempt, his spark of light shone on the 3 sleeping beauties disrupting their sleep.
4am: Lightning flashes, brightening the night sky of Fansipan. Awoken by the downpour, the SUTD Fansipanians battled through the leaking shelter and continued their slumber among a puddle of water.
5am: In high spirits, the SUTD Fansipanians were ready to embark their journey for the summit, unfortunately the sky was raining cats and dogs.
6am: We waited patiently for the weather to subside as we enjoyed the best Maggie Mee served by our friendly porters.
We departed from second Base Camp continuing our journey to the summit. Embracing the wind and shower, the SUTD Fansipanians brave through the difficulties to reach our final destination. The route up is indeed a treacherous one with countless steep and slippery slopes where we have to climb on all fours. Coupled by the rainy weather, the journey up is harder than we thought.
Finally, we reached the base of summit where concrete floors could be felt once again. The last climb up the summit is a series of steep stairs where every step we took felt like running a marathon. Among us, countless tourists and locals visited Mt. Fansipan peak on this meaningful day where Vietnam gained independence.
It is amazing that despite our different background we share the same photographs. Sometimes in life, it is not the results that matter but the journey that one went through. One may choose the comfort of the cable car route while others may challenge themselves and scale Mt. Fansipan like us. The experiences and memories we shared will always be etched in our minds. Tough times don’t last tough people do. A job well done to the SUTD Fansipanians.