TRAM TON Pass (Đèo Ô Quy Hồ) in Sapa

Tram Ton Pass (also known as O Quy Ho Pass) is a mountain pass located above the city of Sapa – Lao Cai + Lai Chau Province.

Information – Tram Ton
How to get to Tram Ton
When to go to Tram Ton
Where to stay in Sapa
FAQ + Travel Tips
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Tram Ton Pass is located near the popular tourist town of Sapa.

    • Sapa city is one of the most visited tourist destinations in northern Vietnam. The city of Sapa and its surroundings offer various tourist activities and interesting places, the opportunity to try a homestay in nature, trekking, or a visit to the highest mountain in Vietnam – Fansipan. It is located in the province of Lao Cai and recently this place has also changed a lot. You can go to the highest mountain Fansipan by train + cable car via Muong Hoa station, new tourist resorts and hotels have been build and the number of tourists has increased. Just north of Sapa is the longest and highest mountain pass in Vietnam – Tram Ton Pass (also known as O Quy Ho, Vietnamese: Đèo Ô Quy Hồ).

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The longest and highest mountain pass in Vietnam – this is Tram Ton.

    • The Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho) starts about 15 km from the city on the QL4D road from Lao Cai province to Lai Chau province, towards the city of Lai Chau. It is actually part of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range or Hoang Lien National Park, which has Mount Fansipan, which can be seen from the pass, if there is good visibility and weather. The highest point of this pass is at an altitude of about 2000 m above sea level, on the border of the provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau and has a downward trend towards the city of Lai Chau. The whole pass is the main variously winding road and is relatively easy to navigate, if there are no landslides, they can be threatened mainly in the monsoon season. It is also a popular tourist spot and if you drive between Lai Chau and Sapa you can not miss the Tram Ton Pass.
The Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho) lines between the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, looking towards the city of Lai Chau.

Quite a quality asphalt road leads almost across the entire Tram Ton pass.

    • As has been said, the pass crosses 2 provinces – Lao Cai and Lai Chau, and it is the transition between the provinces that is called the „Heaven gate“. Not far from this point there is also a very nice view of the whole valley at the Tram Ton Pass and there are also some very small shops or snacks. There are several other interesting viewpoints along the whole route and about 3 km from the highest point of the pass there is a huge viewpoint with a glazed transparent area / bridge called – Cầu kính Rồng Mây, which is definitely worth a visit. In the lower position of the pass is also a nice Chu Va Viewpoint and offers views towards Sapa, the mountains of Hoang Lien Son.

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    • Tram Ton Pass is passable for all types of vehicles, it is also an important transport link between the cities of Sapa and Lai Chau. You can also ride it on a motorcycle, however, it should only be ridden by more experienced motorcycle drivers, count on the fact that there are also trucks or buses between cities, so drive slowly and watch the road. If you do not want to go from Sapa to the town of Lai Chau, I definitely recommend going at least to the highest point of the Tram Ton Pass, to the lookout and from there about 3 km to the lookout Cầu kính Rồng Mây and then back to Sapa. It is also important to choose good weather with nice visibility, it probably doesn’t make much sense to drive there in the fog, see the weather in Sapa and its surroundings below.
Road to Sapa leading through Tram Ton – O Quy Ho Pass in Lai Chau Province.

How to get and travel to Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho) in Sapa?

    • If you want to see or pass Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho) then you have to go to Sapa or Lai Chau town. An easier route from Hanoi leads to Sapa, it is a busy itinerary. From Hanoi to Sapa you can travel by bus, minivan, private car or train + bus via the city of Lao Cai. Traveling by train + bus through Lao Cai is very popular by tourists. There is no airport in Sapa, so you can’t get there by plane.
    • The journey by bus or minivan from Hanoi to Sapa takes about 5-6 hours, the journey by train + bus with transfer in the city of Lao Cai together about 10 hours. You can book and buy tickets for buses and sleeping tourist trains to Sapa and Lao Cai online, for example, at Baolau or From Sapa to Tram Ton Pass you can either take a motorbike, mototaxi or take a private taxi from the city. Buses and minivans from Sapa to Lai Chau also pass through Tram Ton Pass. You can also pass the pass on a motorcycle, but suitable only for more experienced drivers.

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What is the best time to visit Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho)?

    • The best time to visit Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho) is outside the winter season and outside the period when there is a risk of more rain (monsoon season). Theoretically, you can go to Tram Ton Pass all year round, but in winter it can be foggy and even in Sapa there are occasional snow showers. In summer there is a risk of more rain, but there may be better visibility, in the rain there is unfortunately a risk of landslides on the road of this mountain pass.
    • Autumn may also be a good time, eg October – November. You are going to the mountains, so it is necessary to take into account that the weather can change quickly even in the recommended period. It is therefore best to watch the weather before visiting or passing the pass, if there is thick fog, there is no point in driving here. In wet roads / rains or in snow showers, it is better to avoid passing the pass. Pack warmer clothes in Sapa as well.
The view from the top of Tram Ton Pass – O Quy Ho, even the pass can be shrouded in clouds.

What are the types of accommodation in Sapa and its surroundings?

    • Sapa has a large number of hotels, resorts, guesthouses, hostels and homestays in nature and surrounding villages. I recommend trying a homestay in nature, for example somewhere in the Muong Hoa Valley, there is a large offer and there are an interesting authentic and tourist modified homestays. Some tourist homestays are also very well equipped and often offer additional services, such as tours around the area. In the city of Sapa there are quality hotels, both very well rated and luxurious, there is no shortage of accommodation, really everyone can choose. Prices can be low or higher, depending on the type of accommodation.

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Bikers in Tram Ton Pass – O Quy Ho. The pass can be easily passed on a motorcycle, of course with greater care.

FAQ + Travel Tips – Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho) in Sapa:

1️⃣ Where is Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho Pass)?

    • Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho) is located 15 km north of Sapa (Lao Cai Province). Tram Ton Pass crosses 2 provinces – Lao Cai and Lai Chau, for the most part Lai Chau and its length is about 50 km and an altitude of about 2000 m.

2️⃣ How to get to Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho)?

    • If you want to cross the Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho), you must first get to the city of Sapa or Lai Chau. It is easier to go to Sapa, for example by bus, minivan or train + bus from Hanoi via the city of Lao Cai. The journey from Hanoi to Sapa takes about 5-6 hours by bus or about 10 hours by train + bus. You can also get to Sapa by bus from Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Mu Cang Chai or Ha Giang.

3️⃣ How can you cross the Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho)?

    • Very easily, in the whole Tram Ton Pass there is a fairly high-quality asphalt road and cars, buses, motorcycles, taxis and trucks pass through it. If you ride a motorcycle or scooter, drive slowly and carefully, great attention to trucks, jeeps, buses, a stronger car always takes precedence over the motorcycle.

4️⃣ What to see in Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho)?

    • Tram Ton Pass offers beautiful mountain scenery, with good visibility you can see Mount Fansipan, Hoang Lien National Park, on the way from Sapa there are 2 waterfalls. Not far from the point of the „Heaven’s Gate“ there is a view, other possible views are along the road. About 3 km from the upper lookout there is a huge lookout spot with a glass surface – Cầu kính Rồng Mây. Near Tam Duong, you can also visit Tac Tinh Waterfall or Tien Son Cave.

5️⃣ Is it possible to buy food or drink at Tram Ton Pass?

    • Yes, it is possible, at the top of the pass, closer to Sapa, there are some small shops and snacks, specifically here. It is possible that there will occasionally be a stall, refreshments along the pass, you can eat in the town of Tam Duong, there are plenty of Vietnamese restaurants and of course in Sapa.

6️⃣ Where to go to Tram Ton Pass, when to pass it?

    • You can pass the Tram Ton Pass at any time, all year round, but it is necessary to take into account that it is better to avoid the winter and the monsoon season. You really won’t see much in the fog and the weather can change very quickly here, even in Sapa. During heavy rains, there is a risk of landslides on the road, so it is good to watch the weather before passing.

7️⃣ Where do I stay if I want to pass through the pass?

    • You can stay in Sapa and its surroundings, or in Lai Chau or Tam Duong. The pass is located between these cities. I recommend choosing accommodation in Sapa and then then go in the direction of Lai Chau.
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Map of travel route from Hanoi to Tram Ton Pass (Sapa):

(Travel distance from Hanoi to Tram Ton Pass is about 330 km if you drive via Lao Cai city)

Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho) is located 15 km above the city of Sapa, in the province of Lai Chau and Lao Cai.

Tram Ton Pass (O Quy Ho Pass) at the town of Sapa — Photos:

Mountains of Hoang Lien Son range in Tram Ton Pass – O Quy Ho in Sapa.
The length of the Tram Ton Pass is a total of about 50 km, looking towards the city of Lai Chau.
The winding QL4D road through the Tram Ton – O Quy Ho Pass is laid on mountain ridges.
You can also see a piece of Tram Ton Pass from Mount Fansipan, in exactly this direction, see photo.

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