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Walking through the clouds

Text & photos by Thu Huong

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Located in the northwestern border region of the country, Lao Than Peak (Bat Xat, Lao Cai Province) is a beacon for trekkers, offering a mesmerizing journey through clouds and vistas.

As travelers ascend through the highland commune of Y Ty to conquer Lao Than Peak, the landscape unfolds before them in a spellbinding spectacle.

The trail to Lao Than Peak winds through expansive terraced slopes, dense ancient forests, and swirling clouds, captivating all who dare to tread. At 2,800 meters above sea level, adventurers feel as if they were walking on air, seamlessly merging with the heaven and earth amidst the expansive and grandiose panorama, immersing themselves in the natural splendor.

The majestic terraced fields of Y Ty during the ripe rice season
A herd of goats grazes on the mountainside
Travelers cross the rugged mountain trail
The pristine forests of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range with its captivating scenery
The challenging path requires travelers to pass through thickets and bushes
Forest flowers beckon travelers
The closer the mountain peak, the more impressive the scenery
Travelers feel as if they were walking among the clouds
The ethereal sea of clouds
Evenings are spent dining and resting at mountain homestays
Currently, makeshift sleeping places serve mountain climbers
Capturing impressive photographs together
The most impressive rock formation near the summit of Lao Than
Taking photos amidst the drifting sea of clouds
Lao Than Peak marked with a summit marker indicating an elevation of 2860m

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