Pu Ta Leng Peak with the height of 3049m in Lai Chau province is considered as a dream for frequent movers, who indulge in exploring and discovering. Coming to the second highest mountain in Vietnam (just after Fansipan), you will be overwhelmed by spectacular mountain landscape with a little fanciful. The areas around this mountain are certainly steep, dangerous and difficult for climbers. However, Pu Ta Leng is absolutely a worthy gift and an unforgettable experience of youth for anyone who decides to conquer this second roof of the Indochina!
As one of the mountains of Hoang Lien Son, Pu Ta Leng is located northwest of Mount Fansipan. If Fansipan is known as “The roof of Indochina", then Pu Ta Leng is definitely the second roof that backpackers and young players who desire challenges, must try to conquer once in a lifetime. Located between these two peaks is O Quy Ho Pass (also known as Hoang Lien pass) and the highway 4D (this is the way to go from Lao Cai and Lai Chau and vice versa).
Beautiful landscape on top of Pu Ta Leng
O Quy Ho Pass (Hoang Lien Pass)
Pu Ta Leng Peak (Phu Ta Leng) was called as Pú Tả Lèng in the language of the Dao, an ethnic group living in Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province, in which "Pú" means "mountain". Conquering Pu Ta Leng is not an easy task since the progress of climbing and going down usually takes from 3 to 4 days. In case if you want to combine camping with relaxing then it will take about 5 or 6 days. You can start at Pho village, Ho Thau Commune, Tam Duong district, Lai Chau province to begin your journey of conquering the Pu Ta Leng.
A beautiful Dao woman
A corner of Ho Thau Commune, Tam Duong seen on high
With the prominent height just behind Fansipan, the route to conquer Pu Ta Leng peak with 3049m in height was divided into several stages by climbers. The first day, from the starting point (foothills), climbers might reach a height of 1500-2000m and they will climb the rest on the second day. It is also similar for going down to come back the original point. Unlike Fansipan with various supporting services for climbing industry with the purpose of trade and tourism, Pu Ta Leng peak is still pretty wild, which craggy mountains with vertical steep hills challenge anyone’s courage, calm as well as quick responses to handle contingencies and unexpected situations.
Pu Ta Leng peak is vaporous among clouds
At the first stage of about 700-1000m, the road is not too much full of obstacles, less sharp and jagged pieces of the cliff, but a lot of bushy trees barrier most of the way. Those old aged big trees with shaggy roots sprawling on the ground after rains or storms are also considered as one of the most significant obstacles that takes a lot of time and effort of climbers.
The climbing route with big rocks and bushy trees
From the height of 1500m and above, colorful water-rail blooming spread Pu Ta Leng create romantic and majestic scenes of mountains and forests. Most are pink and purple water-rail blooming over the road, full of petals falling everywhere makes the scene as the way to paradise. From there, panoramically you might see the Bach Moc Luong Tu peak and the Phu Xi Lung peak, two another peaks of Hoang Lien Son Mountain.
A beautiful water-rail
Water-rails flourish spread the road
Bach Moc Luong Tu Peak
Up to a height of 3049m, looking down from the top is the feeling of full proud when passing hundreds of challenges along the way to conquer the second highest mountain in Vietnam. At this height, low temperature, cold weather, thin atmosphere and arduous journey of climbing easily make riders tired. Hence, let set aside some time to sit down and gather to share feelings as well as the joy with your partners.
Besides the majestic Pu Ta Leng peak, it’s also a big opportunity for you to explore the peaks of Bach Moc Luong Tu and Phu Xi Lung… These are the fascinate peaks, which challenge climbers with many sharp, jagged and unsteady hilly terrain and obstacles.
Pu Ta Leng in particular and the peaks within Hoang Lien Son mountain range in general is always a big dream for young compulsive moving lovers who want to mark unforgettable moments of youth through conquests by foot.