O Quy Ho Mountain Pass or other names such as O Quy Ho Mountain Pass, Hoang Lien Son Mountain Pass. Located at an altitude of nearly 2,000 meters across Hoang Lien Son Mountain range, the pass is situated on the National highway 4D connecting 2 provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau. This is considered as one of the ”four great passes” in Vietnam with long and winding roads. Nonetheless, this is still the place for backpackers and photo hunters visiting to admire and conquer.
O Quy Ho Mountain Pass is one of the very famous Sapa destinations and also named Hoang Lien Mountain Pass owning to the fact that it is a pass crossing Hoang Lien Son Mountain range. The name of the pass is called in H’Mong language, but tourists often call it O Quy Ho. Legend has it that, in the past, there was always a strange bird singing endlessly, whichassociated with a romantic love story of a couple. Therefore, the singing o quy ho of the bird is the name for one of the “four great passes.”
There are many long and winding roads at O Quy Ho Pass, of which two thirds belong to Tam Duong District, Lai Chau; the left one third is located in Sapa, Lao Cai. This is probably a record holder of the long pass in the Northwestern of Vietnam, with 50 km long, which is longer than Pha Din Mountain Pass (32 km long, located on the border of Son La and Dien Bien Provinces) or Khau Pha Mountain Pass (nearly 40 km, in Yen Bai). The altitude, the ruggedness and the length of O Quy Ho created the mountain pass the unofficial name as the “Northwest King Pass.”
From Sapa Town center, tourists will have to pass 12 kilometers, cross the gate of Hoang Lien Son National park and then go to Tram Ton forest ranger, further a few more kilometers then there is the summit of O Quy Ho and capture the best pictures.
Therefore, O Quy Ho Mountain Pass is listed on the list of Sapa destinations to come and take photos.
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