Camping on the Cliffs Overlooking the Nho Que River
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Camping on the Cliffs Overlooking the Nho Que River

Many tourists visit the white cliffs of Ha Giang to camp overnight, experiencing a one-of-a-kind destination in the Northwest.

The white cliffs of Ha Giang are located in the middle of the sky and earth and have become popular with "backpackers" in recent years. The cliff is located on Ma Pi Leng pass, about 160 kilometers from Ha Giang city center, and about 2 kilometers from Dong Van, Meo Vac. What could be better than breathing in the fresh air and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of city life in this one-of-a-kind destination?

From above, the legendary Nho Que River and Ma Pi Leng Pass are seen in a mysterious and poetic setting.

The Nho Que River and the looming pass can be seen from the campsite on the white cliffs. Because the white cliff ground has a small area (15 - 20 m2) in the heart of the stone arch, it is impossible to gather in large numbers, with a maximum of about 10 people. As a result, if you want to camp overnight, you should check ahead of time.Visitors can reach this location by taking the Ma Pi Leng Pass on National Highway 4C. (Happiness Road). Furthermore, there is a road called Ma Pi Leng (Ma Pi Leng B) that only backpacker motorbikes can travel on; cars are not permitted.The white cliffs of Ha Giang are located on the small Ma Pi Leng pass. However, the highway is only about 3 kilometers long, after which you must walk another 2 kilometers.The journey is difficult, but when you reach the cliff, the fatigue fades because there is a blue sky, hills, and mountains in front of you.The stone arch shades the narrow space in the white cliff.

Mr. Ha Anh Khoa (Hau Giang's hometown) and a group of friends just returned from an overnight camping trip in this area. The online community was immediately drawn to the series of photos depicting the unspoiled area nestled in the middle of a rocky cliff. The campsite is about a 40-minute walk from the motorbike stop, according to Khoa. There are two or three ways to get to this camping spot, but the group opts to hike up from the Dang Dang viewpoint. This path is quite narrow, slippery, and foggy, and leads to a deep abyss. However, the route is protected by iron railings and is not particularly hazardous.The pass below can be seen through the clouds from the cliff.Everyone can have fun together because there is no Wifi and only unspoiled and quiet nature. The group grilled food, sipped warm tea, and gazed out at the clouds, the Nho Que River, and the winding Ma Pi Leng Pass.The view from the white cliffs is fantastic.Camping on white cliffs is most likely a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience. Many indigenous people claimed that the walking path through the white cliff area before Ma Pi Leng pass was the route connecting Dong Van (Đồng Văn) and Meo Vac (Mèo Vạc).Because this area is quite cold, you should bring plenty of warm clothing. It is cold, especially at night and early in the morning, with strong winds. Furthermore, when sleeping overnight, it is necessary to prepare enough food, water, and necessary items.

Notes from a White Cliffs Camping Trip

Because there is no water source, you must carefully prepare domestic water; the nearest grocery is also a 30-minute walk plus 2 km by motorbike, so you must take the initiative in food and food.

The morning trekking road is quite slippery, so people move slowly and wear shoes with good friction to avoid falling. The Ma Pi Leng section becomes accessible only by motorcycle.

The temperature at night is around 4 - 8 degrees Celsius, so bring plenty of warm clothes, as well as tents, camps, and personal belongings. Do not litter indiscriminately; instead, take only what you intend to bring back.

Source: Phạm Minh Tuệ - Hà Anh Khoa

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