The road going up to O Quy Ho pass is craggy with winding bends, one side is an abyss and the other is a high cliff. However, after overcoming the challenge, you will receive a well-deserved reward, which is the majestic natural scenery of the Northwest mountains. If you intend to conquer this road, let Dong Travel learn more about O Quy Ho through the following article!
Explore O Quy Ho pass in Sapa.
1. About O Quy Ho Pass Sapa
1.1 Where is O Quy Ho Pass?
O Quy Ho Pass is located on National Highway 4D, which is the boundary dividing two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai. The pass is about 17km from Sapa.
O Quy Ho is also known as Hoang Lien Son Pass (the pass that crosses the Hoang Lien Son range). This is one of the most dangerous roads, with the most majestic surrounding scenery in the Northwest.
Where is O Quy Ho Pass? located on the national highway 4D is the boundary dividing the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau. (Instagram: Phong_nguyen_huy)
Legend has it that, once upon a time, there was a man and a woman who loved each other, she was a fairy in the sky and he was a poor woodcutter named O Quy Ho. Although they love each other but can't be together, the fairy, because she misses her lover too much, turns into a golden bird, flying around the top of the mountain anxiously calling her lover's name. Therefore, this pass is named O Quy Ho.
O Quy Ho is located at an altitude of 2,000m above sea level, white clouds cover the top of the pass all year round. Therefore, the pass is also known as May Pass.
White clouds are not only present on the top of the pass but also cover the entire Muong Hoa valley. This is a place to hunt Sapa clouds very popular with young people in recent times.
The legend of O Quy Ho pass evokes a sadness of an old love story (Instagram: nhatquang1995)
Ma Pi Leng Pass, Pha Din Pass, Khau Pha Pass and O Quy Ho Pass are the four largest passes, the dream of many backpackers and tourists from near and far.
In addition, O Quy Ho is also the longest (50km) and highest (2,000m) pass in Vietnam. This is indeed a great tourist destination for those who love to check in Sapa combined with adventure travel.
1.2 Instructions on how to go to the top of O Quy Ho pass
The most convenient way is to follow the Sapa - O Quy Ho itinerary. O Quy Ho is about 15km from Sapa town, equivalent to 15 minutes by car and 30-35 minutes by motorbike. If you go by taxi, the cost is about 200k.
You can travel to O Quy Ho pass by motorbike (Instagram: quankawa)
From the center of Sapa town, you drive down Dien Bien road to Silver Falls, through the gate of Hoang Lien Son National Park, then to the Ton station ranger station. Tram Ton is located at the foot of the pass, go another 3km and you will reach the top of the pass.
On the way, you can stop to rest at some places such as Silver waterfall, Love waterfall,... The waterfalls in the Northwest are often very high and steep, with white foam, very suitable for swimming. souvenir photograph. The spring water is also extremely cool. In addition, people also built many other beautiful check-in points that you cannot ignore such as H'mong flower garden, Homestay Coi Xay ... on O Quy Ho pass.
H'Mong Flower Garden is a must-see check-in place on the O Quy Ho Pass in Sapa. (Instagram: khinhgaaa)
The second way, you take a bus, coach or rent a motorbike from Lao Cai city to Sapa town. This road is only about 30km, but the road has many dangerous bends if not observed carefully. Therefore, you need to have a hard steering wheel to overcome this steep road.
1.3 What means of transportation to Sapa pass?
The road to O Quy Ho is a relatively difficult mountain road, one side is a deep abyss, the other side is a towering cliff. This is a real challenge for backpackers, on the way you can see warning signs set up a lot on both sides of the road.
On rainy or frosty days, visibility on the road is very low, motorbikes can only slowly follow the cliff to cross the pass. Or when crossing the pass in the night, it is easy to "get goosebumps" by the cold feeling in the misty darkness, along with the howling mountain wind. Not to mention, the area at the top of the pass is very slippery in winter because of snow and ice.
In winter, the top of O Quy Ho pass is covered with snow and ice
It is this difficulty that has made O Quy Ho one of the four most conquering passes for backpackers. Moreover, overcoming these thorns, you will be rewarded with breathtaking natural scenery in front of you.
In addition, the road section has been upgraded quite a lot to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Therefore, try riding a motorbike to conquer the top of O Quy Ho once to challenge your ability!
How long is O Quy Ho Pass? As the longest pass in Sapa (50km), the road to O Quy Ho has been upgraded much more than before.
The road from Ton station to the pass has many sections along the abyss, so it is very difficult to go. Therefore, you should depart to O Quy Ho pass around noon for convenient observation. If the steering wheel is weak and unable to ride a motorbike, you have other options such as taxis, cars, buses,...
Besides, there is another safe and convenient way to help you conquer O Quy Ho, which is to use the cable car. From the cable car, you can watch the white clouds drifting outside the window and the majestic mountain scenery. You can buy a cable car ticket at Fansipan peak station, the cable car will move along the route Fansipan - Silver Waterfall - Tram Ton - O Quy Ho.
Traveling to Sapa to O Quy Ho pass and watching the sea of clouds and mountains from Sapa cable car is an interesting experience (Instagram: xiao.shang__)
1.4 The right time to visit O Quy Ho
Each season in Sapa has its own unique and attractive features. Visiting O Quy Ho in any season is beautiful and leaves a deep impression.
In winter, O Quy Ho pass is covered in a layer of white snow, as beautiful as a girl quietly sleeping in the lonely world. When spring comes, O Quy Ho nature wakes up, pink peach blossoms bloom everywhere, dotted with the pure white of apricot, plum, and pear flowers. All the trees sprouted buds, the atmosphere was bustling with excitement to welcome spring.
Spring is the season when flowers bloom all over the sky even at the top of O Quy Ho pass 2035m (Instagram: ngocdiem_tour)
If you are a person who likes to hunt clouds, you should go to O Quy Ho in the summer. At this time, white clouds are floating, covering the top of the pass with the sun, creating an overwhelming scene, attracting many tourists.
Autumn brings with it the scent of ripe rice wafting through every alley of Sapa. Standing from the top of O Quy Ho, you can see the golden terraced fields under the sweet honey light of autumn. This will surely be an unforgettable experience for romantic souls.
2. Beautiful "virtual living" places to stop at O Quy Ho Pass
2.1 O Quy Ho Heaven Gate
Many tourists come to Sapa and mistakenly believe that the gate of heaven is located on Ham Rong mountain. In fact, Sapa has two heaven gates, Ham Rong heaven gate located near Sapa town, and O Quy Ho peak heaven gate. The reason O Quy Ho is likened to heaven's gate is because when standing on the top of the pass, visitors can both reach out and touch the sky and have a panoramic view of the vast mountains and forests.
O Quy Ho Pass Heaven Gate is a very famous chill place for young people today (Instagram: tom_inhai)
A vast land of heaven opens up before your eyes, white clouds float around the top of the mountain, and in the distance are green valleys. Most especially, you can see the panoramic view of the pass winding around the deep cliffs.
2.2 O Quy Ho Glass Bridge
O Quy Ho glass bridge area belongs to Rong May eco-tourism area. The glass bridge was built at an altitude of 1,000 m, near the top of O Quy Ho. The capacity of the bridge is up to 3,000 people at a time. If you love extreme sports and challenging heights, you can visit anywhere.
In addition, Rong May resort also serves many other adventure games such as 300m rattan ladder, bungee jumping, zipline, paragliding.
Sapa Glass Bridge will be an unforgettable experience for those who like adventure (Instagram: _cuong.12.89)
3. Must-try dishes when coming to O Quy Ho pass
Food is an integral part of visiting a new land. Sapa dishes are very rustic but have a special charm. Some specialties that you cannot miss are kitchen buffalo meat, hill chicken, armpit pork, grilled dishes, and especially Sapa lam rice.
The feeling of sitting by a warm fire, holding a hot potato, with a cup of warm tea and watching the beautiful and majestic nature must be an unforgettable experience.
The feeling of enjoying heaven and earth with a cup of warm tea with a best friend must be great at the stop on O Quy Ho pass, Lao Cai (Instagram: linh.tayyyy)
At the foot of the pass, people also grow many specialty vegetables such as chayote, mustard greens, etc. Thanks to favorable weather conditions, these vegetables grow very well, and the taste is delicious. You can buy some to give as gifts, or cook at home!
4. Some things to note when going on a trip to O Quy Ho Pass
Location of heaven gate - O Quy Ho is located on the national highway, so there are many container trucks and passenger cars moving back and forth. In addition, the terrain of the pass is very dangerous, one side is a deep abyss and the other is a cliff. Therefore, when stopping to take pictures here, you need to observe carefully, arrange the car neatly, do not run to the edge of the road to play.
The way to go to O Quy Ho pass is to follow the national highway. You need to pay attention to safety! (Instagram: susuchichoo1708)
On difficult roads, drive slowly, paying attention. Especially stay away from the right-hand side of the road because tourist cars or buses will sometimes go around these sharp bends.
The weather on the pass is very cold and windy, so remember to prepare warm clothes, gloves, hats and scarves.
5. Some Sapa tourist attractions near O Quy Ho pass
Near O Quy Ho, there are many other famous tourist attractions. Dong Travel suggests you itineraries to visit O Quy Ho one day as follows: Fansipan - Silver Waterfall - Love Waterfall - Golden Stream - O Quy Ho. In addition, you can also visit Sapa flower garden to take more virtual live pictures.
5.1 Fansipan Peak
Fansipan is 3,143 m high above sea level, so it is dubbed the "Roof of Indochina". This mountain is located in the center of Hoang Lien Son range, only 9km from Sapa town. If you come to Sapa, this is a must-visit place.
Fansipan peak is a must-visit place when traveling to Sapa (Instagram: derhug)
5.2 Silver Waterfall Sapa
Silver Waterfall is famous for its dreamy beauty thanks to the white water flowing down the stream below. This is the largest salmon farming place in the North of our country. On the way to O Quy Ho, you can stop here to rest and eat.
Silver Waterfall is famous for its white water lying between majestic mountains (Instagram: feng_yajing1314)
5.3 Sapa Love Waterfall
Love Waterfall and O Quy Ho Peak are two places associated with the legend of love between the Seven Fairies and the O Quy Ho boy. The waterfall is located about 4km from the center of Sapa town. The scenery on both sides of the waterfall is lush green vegetation, extremely poetic.
Love Waterfall with poetic scenery attracts many people to visit when going to Sapa pass (Instagram: danthelion_15)
Above is all information about O Quy Ho. When traveling to Sapa, don't forget to take some time to visit O Quy Ho Pass. The scenery and interesting experiences of this place will certainly not disappoint you. Wish you have a memorable time and beautiful photo memories at O Quy Ho!