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Khau Pha Pass: Mu Cang Chai Tours & Places

Located in the “Four great passes" of the Northwest, Khau Pha Pass (Yen Bai) is also a name chosen by many backpackers as a destination to conquer their limits. Don’t forget to refer to Impress Travel’s article below to have a smooth discovery journey!

Some details about Khau Pha pass

Khau Pha pass is a famous pass in Yen Bai province, located on national highway 32. This place is on the border between two districts, Van Chan district and Mu Cang Chai district. The reason the pass is called Khau Pha is because it passes the peak of Khau Pha mountain – the highest mountain in Mu Cang Chai. According to the ethnic language, this mountain peak means “heaven’s horn" (the mountain’s horn rising to the sky). All year round, fog always covers the top of the pass, looking from a distance, it looks like a horn rising in the middle of a sea of ​​clouds.

Some details about Khau Pha pass

Some details about Khau Pha pass

Located at an average altitude of about 1200 to 1500m above sea level, during the journey to conquer Khau Pha pass, you will admire the majestic mountain scenery and see a miniature Mu Cang Chai from above. 

Khau Pha, with a length of 30 km, is known as one of the “four great passes," one of the most winding and steep roads in Vietnam, so it is easy to understand why it still attracts backpackers from all over to conquer, especially photography enthusiasts who want to record magnificent and breathtaking landscapes.

Which season is best to go to Khau Pha pass?

Khau Pha pass is beautiful in every season, visitors can even feel the beauty of 4 seasons in one day at Khau Pha.

Spring (March – May): Spring is the time when natural scenery becomes the freshest and most lively. Flowers bloom on the green steppes, creating a colorful and very interesting picture for those who love natural beauty.

Summer (June – August): Summer often brings cool and pleasant air, making it an ideal time to participate in outdoor activities. The lush green landscape of the mountains and sparkling waterfalls will make your trip interesting and memorable.

Fall (September – November): Fall brings pleasant air, cool breezes, and clear skies, creating ideal conditions for exploration. The scene of the leaves turning red and yellow creates an enchanting, romantic picture.

Ripe rice season around September to October

Ripe rice season around September to October

Winter (December – February): Winter can get quite cold and windy, but it also brings its own special beauty. This will be a great opportunity to experience an impressive winter landscape painting.

Khau Pha pass has distinct beauty in each season of the year, creating different experiences for visitors. However, Khau Pha pass’s most beautiful time is during the ripe rice season, around September to October every year. Coming to Khau Pha pass this season, you will see the shiny golden rice fields, feel the beauty of color and fragrance, along with the green of the Northwest mountains and forests, creating a wonderful picture!

Activities you should experience at Khau Pha pass

At Khau Pha pass, there are many interesting and unique activities that visitors can experience to explore the beauty of the Northwest mountains of Vietnam. Here are some activities you should try when you come here:

Explore the most dangerous road in the Northwest

If it has arrived at Yen Bai tourism, take the time to explore the most dangerous road in the Northwest – something that every backpacker seems to experience at least once. Although it is only 30 km, it is a place where you can fully admire the beautiful natural scenery, but remember to go at a slow pace, enjoying the scenery as you go. That feeling you will never forget for the rest of your life!

Participate in skydiving activities at an altitude of 1,200 m

Participate in skydiving activities

Participate in skydiving activities

For those who love adventure, the extremely exciting experience of skydiving cannot be missed at Khau Pha pass. Currently, super attractive skydiving services are provided here. Even if you have no experience, don’t hesitate to try because there will be a very safe guide accompanying you. But if you are weak in heart and in poor health, consider carefully.

Conquer Mu Cang Chai peak

Coming to Yen Bai and not once conquering Mu Cang Chai peak would be a pity. Mu Cang Chai terraced fields were voted as one of the 10 most beautiful terraced fields in the world. This place has more than 700 hectares of terraced fields stretching across the hillsides and valleys, creating a majestic, eye-catching but equally poetic and lyrical natural scene. All are unforgettable experiences on your journey.

Visit ethnic villages

Discover the unique culture of ethnic minorities in villages along Khau Pha pass. Visitors will have the opportunity to chat and learn about the traditional lifestyle, folk arts, and culinary culture of the H’mong, Dao…

Participate in cultural activities

Participate in traditional cultural activities such as xoe dancing, folk singing, and experience amateur music by ethnic minorities. This will be a great opportunity to understand more about the history, culture, and traditions of the mountain people.

What to eat when arriving at Khau Pha pass?

If you don’t know what to eat at Khau Pha pass, you can refer to a few suggestions below. There will be many delicious, strange, and attractive dishes that you should try at least once:

Grilled wild boar: Pork is made from free-grazing black pigs, so it has a unique, seductive aroma. The meat is cut into pieces, marinated with distinct mountain spices, and then grilled over charcoal. When eaten, dip it with a little salt, and wild vegetables.

Tu Le five-color sticky rice: Sticky rice, made from sticky rice grown in terraced fields, has the characteristics of being fragrant and not as boring to eat as other common types of sticky rice.

Tu Le five-color sticky rice

Tu Le five-color sticky rice

Roasted crab with salt: Stream crabs live in rock holes, their meat is firm, fragrant, and delicious. It can be processed into many different dishes, but the most delicious is still salt-roasted crab. This dish is very simple to prepare, just roast it with oil, garlic, fried onions, and salt, eat it with a few vegetables, and sip it with a cup of wine, there’s nothing better than it.

Mu Cang Chai sausage: Different from the type of sausage you’ve ever eaten, the sausage here is prepared with a unique recipe. The main ingredients include pork belly, honey, white wine, pepper, etc., marinated with spices to create an irresistible dish.

And yet, in Yen Bai specialties, there are also roasted grasshoppers, salmon and sturgeon, cat apples, Tam Hoa plums, Tu Le nuggets, etc.

Attractive destinations near Khau Pha pass

On the journey of conquest of Khau Pha pass, you can also visit the following destinations, which are all places with famous nature and beautiful terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai.

Lim Mong village

Lim Mong village

Lim Mong village

Lim Mong village is located at the foot of Khau Pha pass, a place with beautiful terraced fields, fresh air, poetic and peaceful nature. Coming here, you will experience the working and living life of the ethnic community here. Looking down from Khau Pha pass, Lim Mong village looks like a picture delicately carved by mother nature.

Tu Le valley

Tu Le valley, not far from Khau Pha pass, is a viewing spot for terraced fields. Coming here during the ripe rice season, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sweet fragrance of the famous Tu Le sticky rice fields from near and far.

Thai village

Finally, the Thai village is located at the foot of the pass, where there are houses of the Thai ethnic group. Thai village is one of the places with vibrant community activities taking place in Mu Cang Chai. At the same time, the natural scenery, terraced fields, and hospitality of the people here always impress visitors.

Experience conquering Khau Pha pass

Experience conquering Khau Pha pass

Experience conquering Khau Pha pass

  • You must prepare in good health to be able to ride a motorbike all day and overcome difficult terrain.
  • The weather in the Northwest mountains and forests can be cold at night and early in the morning, so prepare warm clothes, a scarf, hat, socks, etc.
  • Absolutely do not run through the pass at night because it is very dangerous.
  • Prepare some necessary items, such as sunscreen, protective backpacking gear, common medicines, and some food, in case of hunger.


Khau Pha pass is not only an attractive destination for nature-loving tourists but also a place that preserves many historical and cultural values ​​of the Vietnamese people.  This will be a memorable experience in life, let’s explore and experience the majesty and wilderness of this place on a journey with Impress Travel!

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Tours Itinerary

Day 01

Hanoi – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai (L,D)

  • Impress Travel – Mu Cang Chai Tours department will pick you up at the hotel, then driving to west of Hanoi following the national way – No.32 to Nghia Lo district of Yen Bai province.
  • Have lunch in a local restaurant in Nghia Lo, then keep on driving up to Mu Cang Chai.
  • We stop-over in Tu Le for visiting and admire the imposing landscape of mountains and valleys and the beautiful rice terrace field of this area – Tu Le, Van Ban district of Yen Bai province.
  • Mu Cang Chai, dinner and overnight

Day 02

Mu Cang Chai – Nghia Lo (B,L,D)

  • Visiting & take photograph Che Cu Nha Rice Terrace Field of Hmong people
  • Visiting & take photographs Che Xu Phinh, La Phan Tan – it was recognized as the national landscape of Vietnam in 2007.
  • Return to Mu Cang Chai for lunch
  • Leaving Mu Cang Chai to Nghia Lo, free to discover the wildland of Nghia Lo, then dinner and overnight here.

Day 03

Mu Cang Chai – Nghia Lo (B,L,D)

  • Enjoy the fresh air and breakfast in Nghi Lo, check out the hotel or homestay
  • Leaving Nghia Lo to visit Suoi Giang Eco-Park where is a part of Hong Lien Son national park, it is home to ancient green tea, we walk around to know about the special green tea of Vietnam and take photographs in the tea garden.
  • Visiting Hoc village where is hot-steam, the traveler can enjoy and have a bath in the natural hot-water of the stream.
  • Have lunch, then return to Hanoi. The trip is over and enjoys a great time with Impress Travel

What's included in this trip:

  • A/C accommodation -Stay overnight at homestay ( Homestay is clean, the basis of bedding with the cleanness of pillow, blankets, net-mosquito and western bathroom style) with breakfast
  • A/C transfer from Airports to hotel and other tourist destinations according to the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • English- speaking guides
  • Entrance fees,
  • Mineral water ( 2 bottles/ per day with sightseeing tour )

What's excluded in this trip:

  • All international and domestic flights
  • Specified as Chinese/ Malaysian/ Indonesian/ Thai speaking guide can be available on request to pay for extra-fee.
  • Travel Insurance
  • All meals not mentioned
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers, crew members in Halong Bay, other attendants if may have (3USD/pax/day)
  • Other personal expenses not mentioned
  • For tailor-made, customized tour, or private tour please email to customize@impresstravel.com




Room Type


Sapa  3 -star Hotels


Homestay in Nghia Lo & Mu Cang Chai.

Optional to have a preference for a stay in Hotel as your request.


The hotels and cruise are subject to change to similar category in case of fully booked

October 2019

North Vietnam - Sapa, Halong Bay, Hanoi+ Bai Dinh

Mr Tommy, on behalf of our group, we thank you for your efforts in putting together such a memorable vacation and experience of Sapa, overnight train, Halong Bay, Hanoi + Bai Dinh, your tour guides are so knowledgeable, passionate + helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we will certainly recommend your tour agency to our friends and share our experiences in social media.
Thumbs up, best regards, 

April 2019

Amazing tour in Saigon Ho Chi Min

We took the two amazing tours, Cu Chi tunnels and Mekong Delta, the information was perfect, we learned a lot, the landscape was so beautiful and our both guides Mr. Lee and Mr. Law were the best in the world, very friendly and professional. Thanks!

December 2019


I booked with Impress Travel in July. My contact person was Tommy Thang. He is an amazing person. He was very helpful. He changed my program twice for me. Very accommodating!
We started our holiday in the north (Sapa)of Vietnam and travelled down to HCMC.
The tour was fantastic, Tommy's arrangements were to the"T".
I will always use them if I have to visit the area again and recommend them to one and all.
Thank you once again Mr.Tommy and the Impress Team.
Sulaiman Pochee
South Africa

ebrahim S
January 2020

Tour of Vietnam

Impress travel were amazing. Did my bookings with Daniel for our tour of Vietnam and I must say Daniel was very professional and prompt with his services. All the arrangement, plans, pick-up & drop-off services, hotels, vehicles, sightseeing tours and guides were spot on and excellent. Did 4 nights Hanoi, 1 night Hà Long Bay cruise, 3 nights Hoian, 4 nights Saigon and 1 night in Can Tho. It was totally awesome. Every part of the journey was superbly arranged and planned. I will highly recommend Impress Travel for anyone interested in visiting Vietnam. Very organized and reliable!

January 2020

So glad I found Impress Travel

At first, I was just planning a trip to Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Ninh Binh for my small family.
Some close friends heard about our plans and wanted to join the trip. Eventually the group grew to be 7 families, with 25 adults and children of varying interests and expectations.
 While I was excited at the prospect of touring Vietnam with good friends, I felt anxiously responsible to ascertain that everything must be well organized and everyone satisfied. This is why I am so very, very glad to have found Impress Travel. Mr. Mark responded quickly to all my inquiries, customized a wonderful trip according to the group's preferences, tirelessly worked out every detail for our 7-day trip, all at a reasonable price. Our guide, Trung, is knowledgeable, helpful, quick to respond to any need, and well-loved by everyone in the group. All my friends found this a marvelous trip, filled with beautiful memories, very much to my delight and relief!

Dave Chia Hong
November 2019

Vietnam Travel with Mr. Mark

It was amazing place to visit in the north of vietnam , we really enjoy all the trip especially their foods , culture, beautiful view and so on.

November 2019

Hanoi,Sapa,Hanoi,Danang,Hanoi 8D7N Online searching for a reliable travel agent n come across Impress Travel. Contacted

Accommodations were good especially Thang Long Espana Hotel (the Hotel Management automated upgraded us to VIP rooms.Is really unexpected). Overalled tours n places visited very well but only local guides r not good organizing the itineraries. Especially at Sapa Lao Cai and Cat Cat Villages walking tours push to the same day about 8hours for 7km (which is on 1st&2nd days arrival) so tiring. Lunch not good enough 4 so many hours of walking. In Danang Bana Hill the local guide shd arrange 2 visit Bana Hill 1st n not last coz' spend a short time n not nice photos taken due to rain (went in morning time no rain).
Overall tours, hotels, transportation, prices are strongly recommended. Especially Daniel Dang Impress Travel for welcoming and bye-bye wishes.
Daniel Dang tks from 8 of us having a wonderful time n memorable trip for 8D7N Sapa, Hanoi, Danang with Impress Travel. Meet u all again.

November 2019

5days Hanoi-Tam Coc-Ninh Binh-Halong Bay

We are family of 6 from Singapore and Malaysia joining Hanoi Impress Travel on 30 October-04 November 2019. We are really impressed with the company and tour guides with their professionalism and well organised arrangement. Lily is our guide for Hanoi, Tam Coc and Ninh Binh. She is excellent and very informative. She even taking care of us until late night. We walk us from Old Quarters to the hotel and brought us to try the famous road side foods. She even helped us to pay for our order to avoid overcharge by the stall. Another guide, David BK (Swan Cruise) brought us to Halong Bay cruise. He is excellent and humorous. He handles everything throughout the trip. He served meals for guests on the cruise, organised happy hour, guiding us for Kayaking, teaching Taiji and cooking class on cruise. The cruise ship is ok and the hotel in Hanoi-Adamas Hotel is small but new and clean with reasonable ok breakfast. Anyway thank you for the wonderful arrangement.

November 2019

Professional and well organized

We booked a 8 day private tour package for 9 persons for Northern and Central Vietnam . We experienced great and very professional service from the Impress travel team. Tommy was very easy to contact and accommodated our requests.
All the tour guides were very good, spoke good English, friendly and patient. All the vehicles were very clean , spacious enough for our group of 6 adults and 3 children. The drivers were extremely safe and ontime.
Meals were served in clean restaurants.
Overall we had a good holiday .Thank you Tommy and Impress travel for a great experience.

November 2019

Great service from Impress travel during in Hanoi

We booked package for 9 persons in Hanoi and i was experienced great service during my stay! the PIC (Mr. Mark) was very pleasant and so easily to contact, i was communicated so easily for trip preparation..the tour guide for Trang An was good, Mr Hiep was helped us very well, and he was so patient on witing us shopping! Thank you Hiep!!
during in Hanoi we were stayed in great hotel with nice service also, and during in Halong Bay, they also choosen the best cruise for us! Swan cruise and also the Mr Cong was great!! thank you!!
for transporation, the car was good and driver are pleasant, but only a little bit communication since the driver less good in english. but overall great!!
all the choosen food for lunch and dinner was delicious
Thank you so much Impress travel

November 2019

Excellent, Polite and Helpful Team

Impress Travels has been very helpful in making our vietnam travel amazing. We were a bunch of 7 friends wanting to go on a budget trip covering most locations. Hence, this subjected to a lot of changes during our discussion with the tour guide Daniel.
However, he has been patient enough in hearing out our needs - be it itienary , hotel bookings or even the mode of payment.

They really understand your needs. And needless to say our experience was amazing. All of this support and help has really made our vietnam trip the most memorable as far ❤️

November 2019

5D/4N Hanoi-Ninh Binh- Halong Bay

I was searching for a reliable travel agent and come across Impress Travel and the many reviews of them. I booked 5D/4N, Hanoi-Trang An-Halong Bay private trip for a party of 6. I communicated with Mr Daniel Dang throughout the time until the day we arrived. Mr Daniel is very patient, helpful, and accommodating to our requirements despite many changes made to the itinerary. The price is very reasonable unlike other travel agents.
Our tour guide, Lily was very friendly and efficientknowledgeable and speak good English.
Highly recommend “Trang An Boat Tour”. The caves was spectacular and beautifully.
2D/1N Halong Bay – Swan Cruise was awesome with amazing view of the cave. Our guide Mr David was hilarious, helpful, accommodating, and everything was well organized. Beside the normal
activities of kayaking, swimming, Tai Chi, culinary lesson, we are indeed very very fortunate to have
the chance to celebrate the “Mooncake Festival” while cruising and admiring the full moon.
Spread of mooncake, dessert, sweet snack, fruits, cocktail, beer and mini dragon dance complete the celebration. Tourists from all over the world party all night long.

Although we paid for a 3-star package, the hotel (Thang Long Espana Hotel), meals and transport provided were also above average. Our gang have a very enjoyable and memorable trip in Hanoi.
Impress Travel really impressed us with their service and will engage their service in future.
P/S:- Don’t worry, Impress Travel CAN be trusted.

November 2019

16 days Private Tour

Hanoi – Duong Lam - Halong Bay – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho – Phu Quoc Island - Ho Chi Minh city.
It is worth talking about details, say what you want to see, watch the hotels, indicate which rooms you want, the office will organize everything for you. I highly recommend!
The whole trip was arranged with the active help of Mr. Daniel Dang.

November 2019

Our 3 week tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos was excellent

Thanks to Mr Tommy and staff for putting together an active and interesting tour in all 3 countries. In every city or town we had we met by very nice, friendly and knowledgeable guides. We went in June which was HOT HOT HOT and were always so happy to have an air conditioned vehicle with cold water waiting for us. We traveled by planes, trains, automobiles and boats and all were fabulously coordinated by Mr Tommy without fail. The selection of sites helped us enjoy so many aspects of all 3 countries!


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