West to East Vietnam Mountain Cycling Exploration Tour – 9 days

Whilst this cycling tour is graded ‘active’ with some climbs and longer distances, we are happy to cater for some riders wanting shorter daily rides, and non riders. Cycling through the country’s West East gives travelers an unparalleled opportunity to discover a hidden corner of Vietnam. Mixing pedal through spectacular sceneries with visits to markets of mountain tribes, villages and historic sites, you will enjoy and experience the region’s unique culture…

Day 1 : Hanoi city tour & Night train to to Lao Cai ( L,D )
After breakfast at your hotel  we will begin our city tour of Hanoi. At first, we will visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( closed on Monday and Friday and Oct to Dec ) )  and the ‘ Uncle Ho’ house. After that we head to the unique One Stilt Pagoda, which date from one thousand year ago. Continue to the Hanoi’s famous Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam founded in 1070. The highlight of this cultural, historical site is the garden of stelae where you find 82 stone stelae bearing names, places of birth and achievements of men who received doctorates in each triennial examination from 1442; each stelae sits on a stone tortoise. Lunch in local restaurant before heading to the Old Quarter for a relaxing cyclo tour through the ancient part of Hanoi.

After the cyclo tour we will drive to the Museum of Ethnology, which is quite away from the central Hanoi. It features a fascinating collection of art and everyday objects gathered from Vietnam and its diverse tribal people. On our trip we will meet some tribal groups ? now it is time to learn about them.
Drive back to hotel to take shower. Free time until we get on the night train to Lao Cai around 8 pm.
Summary:
The city tour: full-day guided city tour
Overnight: on the train
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

The night train: Sleeper cabin with 04 soft berths.

Day 2 : Lao Cai – Sapa – Ban Ho Village ( B ,L,D ) 
Once we arrive in Lao Cai we get a transfer around 1hr to our hotel in Sapa. After checking in, freshening up and a light breakfast we will get our bikes together with a wonderful day’s biking though the Sapa Valley. At first on a dirt road but then on singletrack paths. We will descent to Ban Ho village, home to Tay people. We will bike beside the main river, on a fast undulating route to Nam Toong, a village of Red Dzao people. Picnic lunch on the way before continuing to My Son, a village populated by Xafo people, one of the smallest ethnic group in Vietnam. We return to Sapa by a jeep ride. Dine at local restaurant and overnight in hotel.

Summary:
The transfer: 38km from Lao Cai to Sapa
The biking: 32km. 12km of descent and 1km of ascent
Hotel: hotel in Sapa Town
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Support crew: 01 local guide and support vehicle

Day 3: Sapa – Lao Cai – Trung Do Village ( B, L,D )
After breakfast in the hotel we have few hour in the morning for shopping. We will begin the ride around 10 am, directly from Sapa and straight away we are flying along on a 38km stretch involving some small climbs at first and then a spectacular, fast flowing downhill all the way into Lao Cai town. Lunch in Lao Cai before we begin our ride in the afternoon, 55km to Trung Do, a beautiful village of Tay people located on the bank of Chay River. From Lao Cai to Trung Do we take a short ride along the Chinese border before jumping into road 70 for about 2hrs. The last 10km we ride on beautiful country road and bumpy dirt path to reach Trung Do Village. Tonight we will stay overnight with a Tay family. While we enjoy our pre-dinner drink with the family, our local guide will cook a great dinner for us. Dinner and overnight in the local house.

Summary:
The biking: 95km. 20km of descent
Hotel: homestay in village
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner & snack
Support crew: 01 local guide and support vehicle

Day 4: Trung Do Village – Coc Ly – Bac Ha ( B, L,D )
Early rising for breakfast and goodbye the hosts to board a long boat and transfer for around 1.5 hr along a stunning Yangtse-style river ride, though a high cliff gorge. The boat trip takes us to Coc Ly where the Dao, Tay and H’mong people gather for a market day on Tuesday every week.

We will begin our ride in Coc Ly and we will cover 60km of remote jeep track and challenging climb. At first we ride on a bumpy jeep track along the Chay River and then we turn off the road onto a steep climb up to Bac Ha. There is always an option to take the support bus if you do not feel like riding. Late lunch in our hotel in Bac Ha. The remainder of the day is free at leisure or take a relaxing ride for around 1.5 hr around the quiet town of Bac Ha through some tribal villages and a visit to the palace of H’mong King. Dine in local restaurant and overnight in hotel.

* It would be great if we could plan our trip to get to Coc Ly market on Tuesday. The market is so primitive and colorful.

Summary:
Boat trip: 1.5hr
The biking: 65km. 4km of descent and 25km of ascent
Hotel: hotel in Bac Ha
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner & snack
Support crew: 01 local guide and support vehicle

Day 5: Bac Ha – Xin Man ( B, L,D )
Breakfast in the hotel and begin our ride directly from our hotel. Today we will bike across one of the most remote parts of northern Vietnam. At first we tackle a steady climb of 6km on good paved road but then turn into short section of jeep track. After around 3-hr riding we will have a picnic lunch wherever we find good for that. After lunch we continue riding to Xin Man, a small and busy town near Chinese border. Xin Man is around 75 km from Bac Ha and the biking in the afternoon is not less challenging than the one in the morning. We will climb for the first hour or so up to a plateau at 2500m, where we have fantastic view before hitting rough paved road for a steady descent into Xin Man. During the biking we will have regular stop for break, snack and taking photo. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Summary:
The biking: 55km. 4km of descent and 15km of ascent
Hotel: hotel in Xin Man
Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner & snack
Support crew: support vehicle

Day 6: Xin Man – Hoang Shu Phi – Ha Giang ( B, L,D )
Today we take a gentle ride covering 90km from Xin Man to Viet Quang Town. The ride takes us down to a bridge over the main river and for the next 40km we ride along a quiet road that gently climbs and follows the river upstream to Hoang Shu Phi, a quiet town at 1000m. Have a break in town for snack and refreshment then continue with downhill quiet road 60km to Viet Quang. We will have a late light lunch in Viet Quang Town then take a bus transfer to Ha Giang Town, the capital of Ha Giang Province which is the final frontier in northern Vietnam, a lunar landscape of limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops. Dinner and overnight in Ha Giang Town.

Summary:
Transfer: 45km from Bac Quang to Ha Giang
The biking: 90km. 30km of descent and 10km of ascent
Hotel: hotel in Ha Giang
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner & snack
Support crew: support vehicle

Day 7: Ha Giang – Bac Me – Bao Lac ( B, L,D )
Today the ride is mostly road based. At first we tackle 12 km climbs and then it is an undulating, idyllic route through friendly villages and paddy fields, surrounded by jagged limestone hills. Around noon time we will reach Bac Me Town where we will have lunch in local restaurant. After lunch we will continue riding to Bao Lac. The long and gentle section in the afternoon can be done partly by biking and partly by driving. We may ride around 35km on quiet road then take a drive to Bao Lac Town where we stay overnight in a simple guest house. Dinner in town .

Summary:
Transfer: 35km from mid way to Bao Lac
The biking: 95km. 8km of descent and 10km of ascent
Hotel: guesthouse in Bao Lac (no AC but hot water)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner & snack
Support crew: support vehicle

Day 8: Bao Lac – Tinh Tuc – Ba Be Lake ( B, L,D )
Having a relaxing breakfast and then we leave the town around 9 am. Today we will enjoy the last ride of our trip. We start with a climb 6km, followed by an undulating quiet road though scenic villages. We will have snack break on the way and have late light lunch in the small town of Nguyen Binh. After the lunch we will take a relaxing drive to Ba Be National Park. We will stay overnight in the beautiful village of Pac Ngoi, which is home to Tay people who live on Ba Be Lake in stilt house. Our hosts will cook us a great dinner and we will have a great time talking with the friendly hosts.

Summary:
Transfer: 90km from Nguyen Binh to Ba Be
The biking: 95km. 8km of descent and 10km of ascent
Hotel: homestay in Ba Be
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner & snack
Support crew: support vehicle

Day 9: Ba Be Lake – Cho Ra – Hanoi ( B, L )
Today we have a relaxing and peaceful day. After the breakfast we say goodbye to the hosts and take a short walk through the village. We will board a long boat for a fantastic boat trip on the stunning Ba Be Lake. This lake is one of the country’s largest natural lake, surrounded by limestone cliffs, waterfall, caves and an abundance of wildlife. The interesting boat trip lasts around 1.5hr and we will ride along the Nang River to reach Cho Ra Town. Drive 5hr back to Hanoi with a lunch stop on the way. Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi. End The Tour

Summary:
Transfer: 250km from Ba Be to Hanoi
The biking: none
Hotel:None
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Boat : Visiting  Ba Be lake
Support crew: support vehicle

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TOUR INFORMATION  

  • Total Distance 425  km
  • Number of cycling days 7 full days
  • Road Surface This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads, vehicle-width dirt roads, and rough tracks, so some off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.
  • Support vehicle or Truck for group
  • Group from 2 – 12 persons
  • Food all meals are included ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

Tour Cost includes:

• All hotels (twin share ) and meals specified
• Support by a/c vehicles, Truck bus for group

• Mountain Bike ( Trek ) and helmet

• Boat in Ba Be lake
• All water and snacks whilst riding
• All entrances fee and sites mentioned
• English speaking guide
• All meals mentioned ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

Tour Cost excludes:

• International Flights ,Departure Tax

• Accommodation in Hanoi
• Visa Fees
• Alcoholic and other beverages in the evenings
• Tips for guides and driver
• Personal travel insurance
• Any services not mentioned in itinerary

Things to be prepared:
1. Hat
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
4. Sunglasses
5. Gloves

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