Cable system to Fansipan Peak operational ahead schedule

The cable car system to Fansipan Peak, dubbed the Roof of Indochina, will be put into operation on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the country’s re-unification (April 30) next year, four months ahead of schedule.

The information was released by a representative from the SunGroup Corporation, which is in charge of the system’s construction, at a recent working session with officials of Lao Cai province and the Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV).

Construction of the three-wire cable system, said to be the world’s highest, longest and most complicated system, began in November 2013. BIDV is the main lender for the project, which has an investment of 2.7 trillion VND (nearly 131 million USD).

Once operational, the system will take visitors to the top of the 3,143m Fansipan within 15-20 minutes, while a climb tour will take between one to two days. Its maximum capacity is 2,000 people per hour.

The system is part of the 4.4 trillion VND (206.8 million USD) Fansipan Sapa complex, which encompasses a luxury resort, four- and five-star hotels, entertainment facilities, restaurants, and a golf course.