Cao Pha Valley, view from top of Khau Pha Pass

Khau Pha Pass - Yen Bai

Khau Pha is a mountain pass in Yen Bai Province linking Van Chan District and Mu Cang Chai District. The peak of the pass is over 1,200m above sea level and the length of the pass is more than 30km. The summit is covered in fog most of the time. 

 Start climbing Khau Pha Pass
Start climbing Khau Pha Pass, the mountains getting lower

 

Some golden rice terraces by the Khau Pha River
If you visit Khau Pha during the golden rice period, you'll have great photos then

 

A view of Khau Pha Valley from above
From high above, with a good telezoom lens and good lighting conditions, your photos of the golden rice will look spectacular!

 Khau Pha Pass does not look as dangerous as other high mountain passes in the Far North, but the view from the pass is just stunning. The most beautiful moments are found when the rice terraces are flooded for the coming rice crop and when the rice ripens. You travel through Khau Pha during these times, you'll surely get great photos.

Communities living on the pass
Communities living on the pass

 Khau Pha is 250km from Hanoi via Route 32. The road is in great condition nowadays. There are guest houses and hotels at Tu Le and on the pass summit.

Once higher to the top, the view is magnificent
Once higher to the top, the view is magnificent

 

Sometimes, it's too foggy and we can't see much
Sometimes, it's too foggy and we can't see much