Khau Pha Pass
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Khau Pha Pass

Those who love the Northwest region of Vietnam and are passionate about conquering it probably want to once come to Yen Bai. Crossing Khau Pha Pass – one of the “Four Great Passes” of Vietnam to explore the majestic beauty. of mountains and forests, mixed with the poetic features of villages imbued with highland cultural colors. Let’s learn more about this spectacular pass with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Khau Pha Pass?

Khau Pha Pass is also known as Cao Pha Pass. Because it is covered in white fog all year round and the top of the pass is like a mountain horn rising to the sky, in the Thai ethnic language, Khau Pha also means “Shocking Heaven”. Located on Highway 32 in Cao Pha commune, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. About 131 km west of Yen Bai city. And 270 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

Photographer on Khau Pha Pass

2. How is Khau Pha pass unique?

Khau Pha Pass is about 30 km long, more than 1200m high. It’s considered the natural dividing line between Van Chan district and Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai province. All year round, this place is always covered by a sea of hazy clouds. If we run along the pass, we can stop at many different attractions to admire the natural beauty. And passing through many famous places. Such as La Pan Tan, Tu Le, Che cu nha, Nam Co…

Khau Pha Pass is also associated with the historical event in 1945 with the birth of the Cao Pha guerrilla team of the H’Mong people. Taking advantage of the steep slope, cloud cover and old forests in the Khau Kha pass area. Our soldiers intercepted and disrupted many operations of the French colonialists from Nghia Lo to Lai Chau.

3. When is the best time to visit Khau Pha Pass?

Like the lands of Northwest Vietnam, Khau Pha Pass is beautiful in every season. Each season has its own distinct and unique beauty.

  • Does the flood season in the Northwest make you miss it?. If so, then don’t miss the opportunity to conquer one of the ‘Four Great Passes’ of the Northwest highlands. Especially admire the picture of terraced fields like a shimmering mirror reflecting the clouds and sky on the days starting from the beginning. The beginning of the flood season, which lasts from May to the end of June.
  • If you want to explore the golden rice season, come to Khau Pha from September to October. At this time, you can admire the golden terraced fields when the rice is ripe. And especially, if you time it, you will be able to attend the terraced fields week and participate in fun and exciting activities of the Mu Cang Chai Ripe Rice Festival.
  • If you are a fan of rattan hunting, don’t miss the most suitable time for rattan hunting which is from October to November.
  • In the early morning, walking on the top of the pass. You will feel like you are walking through the clouds, enjoying the fresh air. In the late afternoon, golden rays of sunlight penetrate each layer of clouds, intertwining with each other, weaving strips of sunlight that shine down on the Northwest mountains and forests.

Khau Pha Pass

4. How to get to Khau Pha pass?

4.1 From Hanoi

Starting from Hanoi city, you follow National Highway 32, all the way to Tan Son district, Phu Tho province. Then, move to Van Chan district, Nghia Lo town and finally cross Khau Pha pass to Mu Cang Chai.

4.2 From Yen Bai city

From the center of Yen Bai city, visitors follow National Highway 32. From National Highway 32, it takes about 5 hours to reach the Tu Le Town area. This is also the starting point of Khau Pha Pass.

On the journey to conquer Khau Pha Pass, you will have to travel a distance of 1 and a half to 2 hours before stopping at the terraced fields of Mu Cang Chai and admiring the brilliant scenery of this high mountain place. .

If you want to go by motorbike, you should rent a motorbike at shops around the Nghia Lo area or the city center, because most shops are concentrated here.

5. Activities and experiences when conquering Khau Pha pass

5.1 Admiring the beauty of majestic nature

If you have the opportunity to come to the foot of Khau Pha pass, when you look up, you will be able to see the top of the pass like a curved horn towering straight up to the sky. Around the top of the pass is mist and clouds all year round, making the scene even more romantic, hard to describe in words.

After conquering the roads with large slopes and continuous bends, when standing on the top of the pass, you will be able to have an extremely clear view. From here, you will easily see the terraced fields below, like soft peach silk draped around the hillsides.

More specifically, during the ripe rice season, you will have the opportunity to see the brilliant picture of ripe rice combined with the hillside valleys covered with green trees. All together portray the image of a Northwest full of life.

5.2 Conquering beautiful roads in the Northwest region of Vietnam

It is not by chance that Khau Pha was honored as one of the ‘Four Great Passes’ of the Northwest highlands, alongside other passes such as: O Quy Ho, Pha Din or the majestic Ma Pi Leng.

Although it is only 30 km long, throughout the journey, you will have to move slowly to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you as well as to be able to fully admire the majestic scenery. , the wilderness of this place.

Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will realize that all your efforts and courage have been rewarded. It seems that only when standing at the highest point of Khau Pha Pass, looking into the distance and admiring the wild yet romantic scenery of mountains, clouds, and sky, will you realize that you have not wasted any effort at all.

5.3 Visiting Mu Cang Chai

After passing the majestic Khau Pha pass, you will be able to reach Mu Cang Chai – where there are still brilliant terraced fields along the hillside, the most prominent being the La Pan Tan terraced fields.

At this time, not only will you be able to admire the painting portraying the beauty of labor and expressing the invisible bond between people and nature, heaven and earth, you will have the opportunity to experience the simple lifestyle of the people. High land. All promise to bring you unforgettable experiences during your journey back to Yen Bai. Nowadays. Khau Pha pass very famous for tourist tour to Mu Cang Chai and also photography hunter. It’s also one of the most beautiful place for parachute.

5.4 Parachuting activities from Khau Pha pass

One of the most exciting experiences here, especially for adventure enthusiasts, is skydiving. The pass is located right at an altitude of 1200m above sea level, so it is also an ideal skydiving location for all tourists.

With just a parachute, you can fly from the top of the pass to the bottom of the pass. However, according to Khau Pha Pass Experience, this activity will not be for those who are afraid of heights or have a weak heart. Regarding safety, we don’t need to worry because there is always a guide by your side to help. Just rest assured and try it if you like.

6. Specialties when traveling to Khau Pha pass

During the journey to conquer Khau Pha Pass, after the strenuous moments of discovery when constantly facing the arms and legs. You can refuel with dishes rich in Northwest flavors. Attractive dishes you should not miss when coming here include. Grilled wild boar, local apples, five-color sticky rice with Tu Le peanuts, salt-roasted crab, salmon,…

7. Accommodation when conquering Khau Pha pass

Because Khau Pha Pass is the natural boundary between Van Chan district and Mu Cang Chai district, visitors do not have to worry about where they will stay when traveling to this area. Because Mu Cang Chai is a very famous destination in Vietnam, the accommodation facilities here are extremely rich and diverse. You can refer to some accommodation facilities below:

7.1 Resort:

  • Mu Cang Chai Eco Lodge. Address: Nam Khat, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.

7.2 Homestays:

  • Mu Cang Homestay. Address: Group 2, Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Ngoc Thuy Homestay. Address: Ban Thai, Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Suoi Kim 2 Homestay. Address: Nga Ba Kim, Pung Luong, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Hello Mu Cang Chai Homestay. Address: La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Do Gu Homestay. Address: La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.

7.3 Guesthouses:

  • Moon Motel. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Thanh Chung Guesthouse. Address: Group 3, Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Son Ca Guesthouse. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Hong Minh Guesthouse. Address: Nga Ba Kim, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Homestay Tu Nguyet. Address: Kim Noi, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.

8. Some important notes when traveling to Khau Pha pass

  • Before traveling to Khau Pha Pass, you need to especially monitor the weather forecast to avoid weather 7-10 days in advance.
  • If you choose to travel by motorbike, you must be careful about the technical elements of the vehicle and mountain pass driving techniques.
  • It is important to prepare in good health to be able to drive and overcome dangerous passes.
  • You also need to pay attention to preparing warm clothes, windbreakers, raincoats, hats, scarves, etc. because the weather in the Northwest mountains and forests is often cold in the morning and night.
  • Also, don’t forget to bring your phone, charger, snacks, medicine for colds, stomachaches, mosquito repellent, etc. because it will be difficult to find things to buy here.

Crossing Khau Pha Pass amidst floating mountain clouds, admiring the endless mountains and vast sky and land are wonderful experiences that make those who love to conquer “restless” and fall in love with the majesty of heaven and earth of Northwestern Vietnam.

If you are planning your tours in Vietnam to Khau Pha Pass, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – the leading tour operator. We are committed to taking you on a journey to discover the beuty spot in Yen Bai with interesting experiences and retaining memorable moments. Your best Vietnam holiday packages including visit Khau Pha pass will be more memorable. Please contact

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