O Quy Ho Pass: One of the most beautiful passes in the Northwest

During your journey to Sapa, O Quy Ho Pass is a well-liked and well-known site that draws lots of travelers seeking adventure and stunning scenery. Driving across the pass will allow you to take in the breathtaking beauty of Sapa, complete with twisting roads and expansive views of the surrounding majestic mountains.

Let’s explore and find out with Hanoi Explore Travel what makes O Quy Ho Pass so captivating to tourists!

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Where is O Quy Ho Pass?

O Quy Ho Pass is also known as Cloud Pass because white clouds blanket the pass’s top all around the year.

The pass is situated right next to National Highway 4D, running through the Hoang Lien Son range and serving as the province boundary between Lai Chau and Lao Cai. With a height of nearly 2000m above sea level, O Quy Ho Pass is one of the highest and most spectacular passes in Vietnam.

Map of  Sapa Pass

How to get to O Quy Ho Pass

O Quy Ho Pass is about 50 kilometers long, located on National Route 4D and about 15 kilometers from Sapa town center. There are two ways to get to O Quy Ho Pass: from Sapa town or from Lao Cai city center.

  • From Sapa town: Start from the town’s bus station, drive down Dien Bien Phu Road to Silver Waterfall for 12 kilometers, continue straight to reach the top of the pass. Or else, you can ask the people in town and they will tell you the shortest route to O Quy Ho pass.
  • From Lao Cai city center: You can take a bus, coach or rent a motorbike to get to Sapa. Then, you can follow the same route as mentioned above to reach O Quy Ho Pass.
The map from Sapa town to O Quy Ho
  • Additionally, you can go by cable car. You can purchase cable car tickets at the Fansipan peak station (where you buy tickets to visit Fansipan peak). You will travel from Fansipan peak to Thac Bac area, then go to Tram Ton station, and finally drive about 4-5 kilometers along National Route 4D to reach the top of O Quy Ho pass.
You can get a Cable car ticket to have a great view

When is the best time to travel to O Quy Ho Pass?

Every season offers its own beauty for O Quy Ho Pass. The time you should go depends on what you expect to experience in this place.

Go in January or February if you’re fond of wild cherry blossoms. In Sapa market or on the road beside O Quy Ho pass, a lot of wild cherry branches are sold around this season. This time of year is characterized by cold weather, with mild rain and even freezing snow and ice on occasion.

You have a change to explore most nice of blossom peace floews on january

In the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, March marks the arrival of spring and the azalea flowering season. This is the most typical flower of Sapa and is considered a symbol of Vietnam’s Northwest mountains. During this time, it is no longer rainy. Rather, the weather is dry with some beautiful mist over the pass.

Azalea Flowering Season on March

The best months for travelers to go cloud-hunting are October through December. Clouds are much more visible during these months than they are during the rest of the year. Visitors may have the opportunity to capture many enchanting photos with the foggy landscape.

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If you’re lucky enough, you might have the opportunity to witness snowfall on the Hoang Lien Son range. This phenomenon often occurs throughout the mountains in December and January. If you plan to travel during this period, don’t forget to pack everything you’ll need, like warm clothes and gloves.

In addition, the most ideal time of day to visit O Quy Ho Pass is late afternoon when the red sunset covers the entire Northwest.

The stunning beauty of O Quy Ho Pass in sunset

What to see in O Quy Ho Pass?

In addition to offering sight-seeing opportunities on the way, O Quy Ho Pass also acts as a check-in point for a unique tourist attraction.

One of must try when you come to visit the Pass

Sapa Heaven Gate

At about 2,300 meters above sea level, Sapa Heaven Gate, at the summit of O Quy Ho Pass, offers the best views of the Northwest’s mountains and forests.

The stunning beauty of O Quy Ho pass winding around the slopes of the Hoang Lien range, the two most beautiful waterfalls in the Northwest – Silver waterfall and Love waterfall, and the Muong Hoa valley hidden behind the mist can all be seen amid the vast mountainous space surrounded by a giant sea of clouds.

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amazing views from Sapa Heaven Gate

Sapa Glass Bridge

O Quy Ho glass bridge is one of the highest and longest glass bridges in Southeast Asia. The bridge spans a cliff with a length of 60 meters and a height of 500 meters, completely made of transparent glass. This is the place where guests can experience the 300-meter-high outdoor skywalk system.

Standing on the glass bridge also offers you a chance to take in the breathtaking natural surroundings and watch the clouds over O Quy Ho pass. In addition, there are some adventure sports like bungee jumping, ziplining, and paragliding for you to participate in.

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Sapa clouds glass bridge overview

Lonely tree

The Lonely Tree in Sapa is a beautiful and iconic spot that attracts tourists from all over the world. True to its name, the tree stands alone on a small hill overlooking the beautiful valley below. Lonely Tree has become a tourist destination in the Sapa travel itinerary of many tourists.

Visit lonely tree

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Super nice cafe at O Quy Ho Pass

There is a coffee shop called O Quy Ho cafe at the top of the pass. Nothing is better than sipping a hot cup of coffee while taking in the misty scenery of majestic mountains. This is definitely a memorable experience in the journey to explore the wild beauty of this land.

Most nice view from a coffee shop

What to eat at O Quy Ho Pass?

In addition to its stunning surroundings, O Quy Ho Pass in Sapa is well-known for its mouthwatering regional cuisine:

  • Grilled mountain pork served with sticky rice and vegetables
  • Thang Co – a traditional soup made from meat, organs and horse bones, flavored with local herbs and spices
  • Bamboo-tube rice served with grilled pork skewers is one dish in particular that you really must try.
  • Additionally, the ideal way to eat it is with grilled chicken eggs.
Special foods in Sapa

As you savor your meal, you can gaze out into the distance to take in the breathtaking views of the stunning terraced fields, the charming Silver Waterfall, and the imposing Fansipan mountain

Some tourist attractions nearby O Quy Ho Pass

Near O Quy Ho Pass, you can visit other famous tourist destinations in Sapa such as Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall, Tram Ton… Here is our suggested itinerary to conquer the entire the Pass in one day.

See Fansipan Peak first, then proceed to Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall, Golden Stream, and O Quy Ho Heaven Gate. If you still have a lot of time after visiting all of the locations mentioned above, let’s come to the Sapa flower garden to snap additional virtual pictures.

The stunning beauty of Pass

O Quy Ho Pass is a stunning pass in Sapa, Vietnam, well-known for its spectacular landscapes and challenging routes. This is a must-see for adventurous travelers who want to experience the natural beauty of Northern Vietnam. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this beautiful road!

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