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Conquering the majestic Ta Xua Peak

By Ngoc Luong

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Around seven kilometers from Tram Tau District in Yen Bai Province, Ta Xua Peak beckons adventurers with its rugged trekking routes, daunting cliffs, and an altitude surpassing 2,850 meters above sea level. This natural wonder has evolved into a challenging conquest, a magnet for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the pristine embrace of nature.

Ta Xua, in recent years, has emerged as an idyllic destination for trekking enthusiasts, cloud chasers, and flower aficionados, boasting a year-round canvas of azaleas, peach blossoms, and táo mèo (Docynia indica) gracing its mountainsides. The ancient, moss-covered forests that cloak Ta Xua Peak add an aura of mystery to this enchanting locale.

The pristine natural beauty along the Ta Xua trekking route – PHOTO: NGAN MARIO MAURER

The journey to conquer Ta Xua Peak is nothing short of exhilarating, characterized by its perils and trials, tailored for those with an insatiable appetite for uncovering the grandeur of the country while relishing the raw beauty of the great outdoors. Aspiring conquerors must be in excellent physical condition, for the trek spans a daunting 28 kilometers, featuring slippery segments, treacherous slopes, and monumental cliffs that punctuate the path, forming colossal cave chambers. The peak also boasts a serpentine “dinosaur spine,” injecting an element of adventure into every traveler’s odyssey. The optimal time to embark on this thrilling escapade is during the dry season when the weather is refreshingly cool. Adequate personal gear is essential to ensure a safe and unforgettable journey.

Ta Xua Peak’s awe-inspiring natural panorama has earned it the moniker “the kingdom of clouds and winds” among many seasoned travelers. Thanks to the mountainous terrain and prevailing wind patterns, the peak is often shrouded in clouds from October to the following March. These ethereal clouds lazily meander through the hills, cascading down the passes, leaving explorers with the sensation of floating on a sea of mist.

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