Did you know that in Vietnam there is one of the “four great mountain passes” of the Northern mountainous region? That is Ma Pi Leng Pass, located in Hà Giang province, about 320 km from Hanoi. This is a challenging and majestic mountain pass, where you can admire unique geological landscapes, explore historical relics, and interact with ethnic minorities living on the highlands.
Ma Pi Leng Pass is part of National Highway 4C, located on the road named Happiness Road connecting Ha Giang city with Dong Van and Meo Vac districts. The pass is about 20 km long, crossing the peak of Ma Pi Leng at an altitude of about 1,200 – 1,600 m above sea level. Ma Pi Leng Pass was built by thousands of volunteers and workers from 16 ethnic groups in 6 years (1959 – 1965), of which the pass section crossing Ma Pi Leng took 11 months along with the adventure of 17 youths hanging on the cliff.
One of the highlights of Ma Pi Leng Pass is the fossil samples of species that have been found to be 400 to 600 million years old. This place is also the habitat of many ethnic minorities, each ethnic group has its own lifestyle and festival customs, creating a colorful cultural picture. When coming to Ma Pi Leng Pass, you cannot miss famous landmarks such as: Lung Cu Flagpole – marking the northernmost point of the country; Tu San Abyss – where has the highest cliff in Southeast Asia; Nho Que River – where has poetic and mystical landscape; and many other places.
Ma Pi Leng Pass is an attractive destination for adventure-loving tourists. This place not only brings you interesting experiences about nature, culture, but also helps you learn more about the history, geology, and biology of this land. Come and feel the magic of Ma Pi Leng Pass, you will not regret it!