O Quy Ho Pass: Impressive Mountain Pass Vietnam
Dubbed as one of the four magnificent peaks of Northwestern Vietnam, O Quy Ho Pass is a perfect day trip from Sapa.
Riding along this pass, you will be immersed in the vast sky, floating clouds, and majestic mountain view.
I had a great chance to visit this stunning mountain pass not long along, and the experience was terrific.
Below is my O Quy Ho Pass review, along with tips to plan the best trip here.
Things to know before visiting O Quy Ho Mountain Pass
- Time: Half a day
- Where to stay: You can stay in Sapa town or surrounding villages.
- What to bring: water, snacks, a light jacket, a good camera, a GoPro for filming if you have one
- Travel insurance: I recommend purchasing travel insurance while traveling, especially when you take an adventurous trip.
About O Quy Ho Pass
With an altitude above 2000m and a length up to 50km, O Quy Ho Pass is a famous destination for adventurous travelers.
The pass is located on highway 4D, connecting two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau, with its peak being the boundary of the two regions.
O Quy Ho passes through the Hoang Lien Son range, creating a scenic road trip with many winding roads and majestic mountain scenery.
While driving along the mountain pass, you can feel the mountain clouds passing while looking down at the green forests with beautiful terraced fields far away.
How to get to O Quy Ho Pass
O Quy Ho Pass is located about 17km away from Sapa town, Vietnam. To reach O Quy Ho Pass, you must go from Sapa town to Highway 4D.
An ideal itinerary is that you depart from Sapa, pass Silver waterfall about 12 km, go through Hoang Lien Son National Park with Tram Ton Forest Protection Point, and go straight to O Quy Ho.
At an altitude of 2,073m of the famous pass, you will have the opportunity to see the sea of clouds floating like a fairyland.
As the road is quite dangerous, you need to make sure you are a good driver. Especially in the turns, pay special attention and go slowly while carefully observing the sides of the road.
If you ride a scooter or motorbike, you should go in groups to support each other on the way.
Otherwise, you can rent a car charter if you travel in a big group. Also, it’s safer, and you can stop any time you want as well.
Tips: If you get lost, you search Google for the “Heaven Gate.”
Read related: How to get from Hanoi to Sapa.
Best things to see in O Quy Ho Pass
Sky, mountain, terraced fields! The view of O Quy Ho Pass is very scenic.
The Rose Garden
On your way to O Quy Ho Peak, don’t forget to stop by the rose garden.
We stopped at Mong Mo Sapa Rose Garden, and the view was stunning. It was great to escape busy life and enjoy a little romance in the mountains.
Sipping a cup of hot tea while watching the sky and clouds, surely “Mong Mo Sapa” will stay in the hearts of visitors with unforgettable impressions.
Visiting the garden, you also have the opportunity to learn about local specialties such as honey, brocade, fresh, and delicious agricultural products.
Restaurant Mong Mo Sapa: 14 O Quy Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam.
The Heaven gate
Passing through Silver Fall, you will reach the Heavenly Gate. On the day we went there, the weather was drizzle and quite cold.
A sea of clouds is at your feet when you’re at the top of O Quy Ho.
The view stop
Close to Love Fall, you will spot a stop for a view of this majestic mountain pass. Take a look from here, and the natural beauty will be fully captured into your vision.
As the stop is located at a lower height, you can get a great O Quy Ho Pass view from here.
O Quy Ho pass is impressive, with winding roads around the majestic Hoang Lien Son range.
Trying tasty dishes on O Quy Ho Pass
On the way to O Quy Ho peak, there are many small eateries for travelers to stop and enjoy Sapa specialties.
Grilled skewers are the main dish here. Grilled meat, grilled corn, potatoes, eggs, etc., you name it.
Also, don’t forget to try Lam Rice.
Lam rice is made from sticky rice, then put into bamboo pipes and baked on fire. It is a typical dish of the ethnic groups in Northern Vietnam.
It was lovely to have a small fire, drink sweetgrass tea and eat skewers while chatting.
More thoughts on O Quy Ho Pass
O Quy Ho Pass is one of the most attractive destinations in Sapa, so you definitely should visit it when you’re in the area.
If you don’t have much time in Sapa, you can spend a morning at O Quy Ho Pass. After lunch, depart to Lao Chai – Ta Van and Cat Cat village, or you can spend your evening exploring Fansipan as well.