North Vietnam Heaven Gate Challenges – 11 days

 Taking the long road through the North West traverlleres enter a remote land of mountains and colorful tribes people whose songs of love ring out about the din of the weekend market. The northwest loop is a fantastic route for cyclist. Save your 12 days for over 800km cycling from NghiaLo to Mu Cang Chai, Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Dong Van, Meo Vac, BaBe national park etc…. this is the best cycling route in Vietnam so far.

The ride towards Sapa from TamDuong meanders through grass valleys to climb alongside crescent paddies and corn fields into a ring of mountains the French once dubbed the ” Tonkinese Alpes”. Above all else towers Fansipan, at 3,143 metres Vietnam’s highest peak. The mountain pass 15km outside Sapa is the highest one in Vietnam ~ 2,000 meters above sea level.

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Airport pick up and transfer to central Hanoi. Free time to explore Hanoi old quarter. O/N at hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi.


Accommodation : Indochina Legend 2 Hotel

Meals :  None

Cycling distance  : None

Day 2: Hanoi to Bac Can – Ba Be National Park (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
In the morning, we transfer 4 hours from Hanoi to ThaiNguyen and up hill to Bac Can. We have lunch break in BacCan, then at Phu Thong we start cycling off road 54km to Ba Be national park. Villages of Tay and Thai in the opposite of the river. Make sure you turn left at Cho Ra junction market town and continue 17km to Ba Be national park (alt. +240m) . We ride about 54km today. O/N BaBe.


Accommodation : Pac Ngoi Home – Stay

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 70 Km

Day 3 : Babe lake full day trip (B/L/D) ( Cycling 35 km )

Today we will spend the whole day visiting the beauty of Ba Be Lakes in a local hand-crafted wooden canoe. We cycling up hill and down hill and to a boat dock around 35 km from Pac Ngoi, then glide along the river and to a nearby cave. Lunch is served near a beautiful waterfall. After lunch, we canoe our hearts’ out navigating into the tranquility of Ba Be Lake and be witness to all of its majesticness. The afternoon’s activities could include swimming and trekking, or sometimes a short visit to the ethnic minority villages. Rest at dinner then you are free to learn about the local people. Overnight at the home-stay.

Cycling Distance : 35 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Pac Ngoi Home – Stay

Day 4 : Ba Be – Tinh Tuc – Bao Lac (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Morning bus excursion 1hour to HaHieu, then we start cycling through forest of Mt. PiaOac, this is a very old bumpy road through forest and many villages of the Tay people. Many moutain passes to conquer, the most challenge one is Phia Den pass +1200m. Late afternoon we have bus transfer to Baolac for the night. Total cycling ~ 80-100km today. O/N BaoLac SongGam hotel.
Cycling Distance : 80 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Song Gam guest house
Day 5: Bao Lac – Niem Son – Meo Vac (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Good paved road along Gam river, very nice scenery between BacMieu and BaoLam. Picnic lunch en route. Late afternoon we cycle to Niemson and start up the mountain to MeoVac. O/N Hoa Cuong hotel.
Cycling Distance : 80 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Hoa Cuong Hotel
Day 6 : Meo Vac to Dong Van (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
We have a short ride today, but the Mapileng mountain pass is fantastic. It is the most beautiful mountain pass winding between the Karst mountain in the north Vietnam. we stay in Rocky plateau hotel and time to walk around local market and an old Hmong house.
Cycling Distance : 30 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Rocky Plateau Hotel
Day 7 : Dong Van to Yen Minh  (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Nice day going through the mountain with a stop at Xaphin to visit House of Hmong’s King. Late pm we promenade around this small town. More info about DongVan plateau geopark, click here O/N YenMinh hotel.
SummaryCycling Distance : 60 kmMeals : Breakfast , Lunch , DinnerAccommodation : Cao Nguyen Da Hotel

Day 8: Yen Minh to Quan Ba and Ha Giang. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Getting up to the heaven gate of QuanBa pass. Stop for panorama view of famous MamXoi mountain, then we have a long descent to HaGiang. O/n in HaGiang

Cycling Distance : 70 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Huy Hoang Hotel

Day 9 : Ha giang to Pho Rang (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Morning tranfer from HaGiang to BacQuang, then we start cycling on a historical military road 279 to PhoRang, very nice road in the valley with one short mountain pass. O/n in PhoRang.

Cycling Distance : 80 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Local guest house

Day 10:  Pho Rang to Sapa (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
We take a morning transfer up to LaoCai, then we start cycling up hill 35km to Sapa. Refresh at hotel and hiking around Sapa. O/N in Sapa.

Cycling Distance : 35 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Sapa hostel

Day 11: Sapa – Bat Xat – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
9:00 am We start cycling to Khoang village. Riding on a 38 km challenging climb along the Hoang Lien Son range with spectacular scenery via waterfalls and cinnamon forest. A fast following downhill to join a remote track to Ta Giang Phinh village of Dao people for our picnic lunch.
Take rest before we take a fast descent to the paved road that’s leads to Lao Cai. This is a long and challenging grade but you have a chance to cycle through rice paddies, quite and peaceful villages of Dzay and Ha Nhi people.
Arrival at Lao Cai station at around 5:30 pm. Having shower and get changes at local guest house,  enjoy dinner before boarding for night train back to Hanoi. Tour end in Hanoi Train Station .


Cycling Distance : 70 km
Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Accommodation : Express Train

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