Ma Pi Leng – the Most Beautiful Mountain Pass in Vietnam

Ma Pi Leng has long been considered the most beautiful pass in Vietnam. The high rocky mountains in the pass are located closely, forming a very unique system of canyons. Next to the pass is the blue Nho Que river, meandering peacefully. Join us to explore this wonderful pass by the Nho Que river.

1. Introduction to Ma Pi Leng Pass

Ma Pi Leng Pass is a winding pass, about 20km long, with an average height of 1400 – 1600m, connecting the two districts of Dong Van and Meo Vac in Ha Giang province. The pass is located in the Dong Van rocky plateau area recognized by UNESCO as a global geopark in 2010. Looking from a distance, the pass is like a “thread” in the middle of the hill, creating a majestic scenery of rocky mountain plateau.

Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang

Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang looks amazing from above. Image:

Ma Pi Leng is for those who like to explore adventure when traveling to Ha Giang, one side is the high rocky mountain, the other is the abyss. Coming to the distinct pass, we can also see the Nho Que River winding like a silk ribbon. Stop stopping at its top, you will enjoy majestic mountain scenery that no place can get. Visitors seem to be lost in the middle of paradise.

2. The process of opening Ma Pi Leng pass of our people

Ma Pi Leng Pass was built in the 60s of the last century and this is considered a miracle. The pass is also known as the path of Happiness. The reason, the road has such a sweet name is that it is opened for vehicles to travel through Dong Van and Meo Vac districts in order to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty for households in these remote mountainous areas.

According to historical documents, this pass was made by tens of thousands of young volunteers from 16 ethnic groups in 8 northern provinces in 6 years (1959-1965) with over 2 million working days.

Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang 2

Challenge Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang when you are young. This is the most beautiful road for those who love adventure.

3. Admire the beauty of the masterpiece

In order to have a full view of the landscape here, visitors often choose to see from the Ma Pi Leng pass, although this pass is famous for being dangerous and difficult. Furthermore, the fog almost always envelops this road, blocking visibility, especially in the curves and early mornings and evening, or on cloudy days.

Nho Que River

Nho Que River and Saddle Cliff. Image: Nào Cùng Đi.

In spite of being difficult and dangerous, anyone who comes to Ha Giang wishes to once conquer that 20km long pass. The natural scenery appearing before your eyes will be a fully deserved reward. The majestic beauty of mountains and forests in the highlands together with the gentle and peaceful beauty of Nho Que River in the green four seasons will be reduced in your sight. If you are lucky enough to come on a beautiful sunny day, you will have the opportunity to see every yellow ray of sunshine shining through the clouds.

4. The Nho Que River meandering peacefully

Looking from above, Nho Que River is like a “river fairy” wearing a thin blue silk dress, gently traveling in the world. If you travel to Ha Giang in February and March, you will see both sides of the Nho Que River glowing with red rice flowers, the same emerald green color of water, and red soil color creating a beautiful picture of mountains and forests. Tourists often choose to stand on Ma Pi Leng Pass to look down the Nho Que River, to watch the river winding. Or sit comfortably on the boat watching the river drifting.

Gentle Nho Que River

The Nho Que River originates from Yunnan, China and then flows into Lung Cu commune, Ha Giang province. To Tu San alley, Nho Que River continues to flow through Ma Pi Leng mountain. To Meo Vac, it splits into 2 branches, flows to Cao Bang, continues the journey to join the Gam river at the Na Mat junction.

Boat ride on Nho Que River

In the past, Nho Que River was not as quiet and peaceful as now, so it was considered as a place for a fishing purpose and provided water for daily life as well as irrigation for terraced fields of the local people. Up to now, the river has been stopped to build irrigation work, so the Nho Que river suddenly flows smoothly, and people open yachting services for tourists to visit.

Nho Que River

A boat trip on Nho Que River. Image: FLC Travel & Event.

5. The unique combination between Ma Pi Leng Pass, Nho Que River, and Tu San Valley

Standing on top of Ma Pi Leng, in addition to admiring the beauty of the high mountains, you also have the opportunity to see Tu San Gorge known as the deepest canyon in Vietnam as well as Southeast Asia, with a cliff height of up to 800m, 1.7km long and 1km deep.

Cruise to admire Tu San Alley and Green River

This canyon is the product of miraculous construction from millions of years ago when this place was still submerged in the immense ocean. Then through the change and tectonic process of the Earth’s crust. The water receded, eroded the mountain, creating this unique legacy. From the alley of Tu San, you will see the gentle Nho Que river. Take a boat ride on the Nho Que stream through this canyon, visitors will witness the majesty of Tu San Alley, along with the emerald river, the rice flowers blooming crimson, beautiful as a picture.

Tu San Alley

Tu San Alley.

Beautiful view from Ma Pi Leng Pass

In addition to admiring the scenery, visitors can learn and experience the lives of indigenous people on Ma Pi Leng Pass. On November 16, 2009, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism classified the area as a national scenic relic. This pass is considered a unique geological and landscape heritage area; The top pass area is rated as one of the most beautiful panoramic observation spots in Vietnam. And the Nho Que canyon is one of the unique tectonic valleys in Vietnam.

Although Ma Pi Leng pass is very dangerous, any visitor coming here does not hesitate to conquer it. We should come here to admire the towering cliffs up to the blue sky there, winding by the gentle Nho Que River, enjoying the fresh and cool atmosphere.

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