Conquering Mount Pha Luong in season of golden maple leaves

Dubbed the roof of Moc Chau, Pha Luong Mountain’s peak floats on prime of the mountain and is virtually divided from the jungle mountains. Pha Luong peak is located involving the Vietnam-Laos border. At an altitude of virtually 2,000 metres, the cliffs increase up with lots of tectonic crevices that build a majestic and fascinating scene. This area is also famous for its particularly complicated stability circumstance, which is a vital issue for drug smuggling and transportation, so you can only climb to the best if you have been accredited by the Pha Luong Border Station at the foot of the mountain. Although there are nevertheless a lot of complications, this has come to be a really appealing trekking place when touring to Moc Chau.

From 4 am, we experienced to wake up to start out the tough journey ahead. The distance from the centre of Moc Chau to Pha Luong Border Station – situated in Chieng Son Commune – is about 30km.

Next Countrywide Freeway 43 in the course of Loong Sap Border Gate, we turned remaining to Chieng Ve about 20km from the city. On the previous 3km of asphalt, we approached the special dirt street main up to the border station. It’s only about 7km very long, but it is genuinely difficult with steep and bumpy ups and downs, with the abyss ideal next to the wheel.

Alongside the way, you will admire plenty of giant rocks alongside the route, which are also a incredibly outstanding photo spots.

Following parking and checking in with Pha Luong Station, we officially started a trekking journey below the steering of a indigenous male. The initial way to go is about 2km very long, go up to the grassy hills and the H’mong terraced fields to arrive at the aged forest encompassing the foot of the mountain.

The early sunlight and it took a lot of exertion for the difficult road to get to the station, so passing the thatched grass hill was also when we had been worn out. Thankfully, following that, the journey only went via the forest, so even although the climb was only up the slope but not down, the solar did not impact the footsteps of the team significantly.

We were energized to see a forest of maple leaves – a selection of tree that would seem only to be found in temperate nations around the world – which is also strewn in some other north-western highlands parts these as Tam Dao, Che Tao, Sapa. It is also a indication of nearing the top of Pha Luong, as this plant typically grows in chilly air.

The carpet of falling maple leaves included the path as a result of the forest.

Soon after four hours trekking across several diverse kinds of terrain, we lastly arrived at the prime of Pha Luong. And the reward for all that tiredness is that the pure surroundings is so majestic on the best of this pure border mountain.

A distinctive issue about Pha Luong, as opposed to quite a few other mountains, is that the top of the mountain has a extremely huge, flat floor stretching like a stadium protected with trees. It would be good to camp in this article on the flat rocks to check out the sunset and dawn, but because of to the protection of the border space, it appears to be difficult at current.

Sacred landmark 264 and the normal border of Vietnam – Laos with two different examples of vegetation on the mountain.

Because of to the topographical structure and purely natural faults in the development of rocky mountains from countless numbers of many years in the past, Pha Luong Peak has a lot of specific ravines and indenting cliffs with various shapes.

Every single corner of the mountain is stacked rocks, so these are also extremely lovely picture angles for all those who enjoy experience with the emotion of variance among heaven and earth.

At last, our journey finished safely just after a whole of 4 hikes, an hour-long lunch crack at the best and about two and a half hrs for the return treck. It is not far too challenging to arrive at the best of Pha Luong, but it is not effortless without the need of dedication. And the reward is surely a great deal more than what we have perspired, with a as soon as in a life time expertise of the excellent Pha Luong of outdated Tay Tien, in our incredibly very own way.