Cycling route. Hanoi – Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van – Ma PiLeng – meo vac – Bao Lac – Ba BeLake – Hanoi.
09 Days Lao Cai – Ha Giang – Ba Be Lake Bicycle challenge have been conducted in Far North Vietnam in both top rated adventure cycling challenge destinations Hoang Su Phi and Ha Giang.
With breathtaking scenery, rich cutural heritage and colorful hilltribes villages, magnificent landscapes, winding road and rocky mountain range. Hoang Su phi and Ha Giang are worthy destination for active people, lover nature who are looking for brilliant outdoor activities trip for themselves, or their group once alifetime holiday in Far north Vietnam.
Ha Giang is situated on the banks of the Lo River just below its confluence with the Mien River and in between the Mo Neo and Cam Mountains. Tay, Nung, Red Dao and White Hmong people all inhabit this region. . The town has an ancient culture dating back to the Bronze Age and the tradition, still alive today in the local tribal communities of making bronze drums, dates back to this era. Ha Giang saw a number of minority uprisings against the French during colonial times. More recently it was badly damaged during war with the Chinese in 1979 and there are many new buildings .
Hoang Su Phi is one of the most untouched regions of Vietnam and communities have lived in total isolation from mainstream society until very recently. At an average elevation of 800 m above sea level with high mountains, deep valleys, streams and forestland, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty and unspoiled traditional life. we undertake the challenge of cycling over the 'Heaven Gate 2' mountain pass +895m, en route to Tan Quang. The pass offers stunning views beneath a wide open sky.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Transfer to Lao Cai
Vietnam's beautiful and tranquil capital lies at the heart of the northern Red River Delta. It is a city of lakes and leafy boulevards that still retains an air of French colonial elegance. The fine coffee and perfect baguettes have led some to call Hanoi the 'Paris of the East' but the city's roots go all the way back to 1010 AD. On arrival in Hanoi, you will be met and transferred to Lao Cai Border city for 5 hours. You will explore and enjoy pristine nature of the north Vietnam. Have lunch enroute. Following to lunch time. Our shuttle bus takes you through lush scenery and rustic hill tribe villge to Lao Cai city. Chek in hotel and have dinner in local restaurant. , Lao Cai- the border city to China. This is the principal town in Lao Cai Province in North Eastern Vietnam, bordering Yunnan province, China. The border was closed from 1979 -1993 following war with China and the town mainly consists of modern architecture constructed since then. The town is now a popular destination for those journeying between Hanoi or Sa Pa and Kunming in China, and a key trading post.
Activities: Transferring and warmly cycling
Accommodation: Lao Cai Star Hotel****/MuongThanh Hotel****
Transferring distance: 250 Km
Day 2 : Lao Cai - Bac Ha Cycling Tours
This is the principal town in Lao Cai Province in North Eastern Vietnam, bordering Yunnan province, China. The border was closed from 1979 -1993 following war with China and the town mainly consists of modern architecture constructed since then. The town is now a popular destination for those journeying between Hanoi or Sa Pa and Kunming in China, and a key trading post. Having hearty breakfast in hotel. . Our cycling begins with 45km on gently inclining sealed road towards an uphill route over the mountain pass to Bac Ha. As we cycle up to the pass the final 15km are a tough 800m climb on unsealed road as the terrain becomes more challenging. Our efforts are rewarded with panoramic views of surrounding mountains. Bac Ha is famous for the delicious plums that grow in forests on the hillsides.
Accommodation: Guest House (B, L, D)
Cycling Distance: 62km
Total Climb: 1,115m
Total Descent: 202m
Day 3:Bike Tours Bac Ha - Xin Man - Hoang Su Phi
We're back on the bikes today cycling to Xin Man. Our route takes us into some of the remotest areas of Northeast Vietnam. The ride begins with a 10km climb of around 400m on newly sealed road before we turn off onto unsealed rough track for the next 15km heading into rural tribal areas. Then it's a massive descent of 1000m to Xin Man. Located right on the Vietnamese/Chinese border Xin Man is hidden away in a landscape of wild mountain and forest and inhabited by 15 ethnic groups including the Nung, the Flower H'mong, the Tay, La Chi, Kinh, Hoa. After lunch we cross over the river Cahy for 40km of cycling along quiet road; there is a gentle incline as we approach Hoang Su Phi. We encounter some rough sections of road along the way but are rewarded with beautiful views of the river.
Accommodation Hotel: (B, L, D)
Cycling Distance: 78km
Total Climb: 1,509m
Total Descent: 1943m
Day 4: Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang Cycling loop
Hoang Su Phi is one of the most untouched regions of Vietnam and communities have lived in total isolation from mainstream society until very recently. At an average elevation of 800 m above sea level with high mountains, deep valleys, streams and forestland, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty and unspoiled traditional life. Today we undertake the challenge of cycling over the 'Heaven Gate 2' mountain pass +895m, en route to Tan Quang. The pass offers stunning views beneath a wide open sky.
You really will feel on top of the world. This afternoon we make our descent cycling past villages, rice and maize terraces cultivated by the Red Dao and Tay tribes. The aromatic scents of cardamom and star anise fill the air as we pass along our route to Tan Quang nestled down in the valley. For the final stretch of this long day's cycling we take it easy with a leisurely cycle of 46km along the Lo river bank through unspoiled countryside to Ha Giang the sleepy capital of Ha Giang Province and approx 215 miles (350 km) Northwest of Hanoi. This is the old Silk Road.
Accommodation: Hotel (B, L, D)
Cycling Distance: 105km
Total Climb: 1,074m
Total Descent: 1,440m
Day 5: Ha Giang Cycling Tours - Quan Ba – Yen Minh
Setting off this morning we head out of town cycling for the first 25km on relatively flat road through the landscape of terraced rice paddy fields. Passing through minority villages we cycle the next 25km up winding roads into the vast limestone mountain range with its perpendicular walls of rock, climbing 800m towards the mountain road pass 'Heaven gate'. As we pass through mountain villages sometimes covered by cloud, we will receive a friendly greeting from the local communities. From the pass we can look down at amazing views, including the famous vista of the Tam Son valley with the 'Twin Hills and can spy Quan Ba town, our destination, in its beautiful location. It's mainly downhill for the last 15km into Quan Ba.having luch in Quan Ba. After lunch. We kick off our bike to cycle uphill for the first few km before a descent of around 10km and then relatively flat terrain for the next 10km. It's a challenging up and down terrain to an altitude of 1.025m before we make a final descent for the last 15km into Yenh Minh. We will have the chance to see the traditional homes of the local hill tribes. The communities in this area are Chinese
Cycling Distance: 97 km
Day 6: Bicycle tours Yen Minh Climb over the Rocky Plateau to Dong Van
Today we cycle on semi-surfaced quiet roads as we undertake a challenging uphill ride out of dense cedar forest onto the rocky Dong Van plateau. A registered UNESCO Global Geopark, 80% of the terrain is covered by rock and it is said to contain fossils from 400-600million years ago. Nestled in a valley in the heart of the Rock Plateau, is the isolated town of Dong Van, very close to the Chinese border and surrounded by mountain forest and multi-coloured orchids. Meaning 'sharing culture' Dong Van is occupied by Chinese Hoa, and H'mong, Tay and Kinh People. The houses are built in Chinese style.
As we cycle on the modest road from Dong Van to Meo Vac alongside a vast gorge, the views are spectacular. This is a winding and undulating road with the sight of the Nho Que River below. From the Ma Phi Leng Pass we look down from an altitude of around 1500m into the valley. We stay tonight in the small town of Meo Vac. Most of the tribes living here have preserved their way of life from outside influence as travelling to Meo Vac was almost impossible until the recent construction of new roads.
Accommodation: Hotel (B, L, D)
Cycling Distance: 78km
Total Climb: 2,256m
Total Descent: 1,605m
Day 7: Dong Van cycling tours Meo Vac to Bao Lac
There is a market daily in the town centre of Meo Vac used mainly by the White Hmong, Tay and Lo Lo hill tribes. Women dressed in their brightly coloured traditional clothing walk into the town carrying their bamboo woven baskets laden with corn and vegetables. Today we follow a remote mountain road to Bao Lac. After a 5km uphill cycle we make a 20km descent the follow a fairly flat road for the next 10km. The surrounding landscape with predominantly limestone formations is a surreal vista of peaks, troughs, towers and caves. The crops and dwellings seem to perch precariously on the hillsides. There's a relatively gentle uphill climb of 250m before we descend for the final 30km along flat terrain. We will pass people from the local minority communities along the way dressed in their vibrant tribal costumes. We stay tonight in Bao Lac.
Accommodation: Hotel (B, L, D)
Cycling Distance: 94km
Total Climb: 1,004m
Total Descent: 1,770m
Day 8: Bao Lac to Nguyen Binh - Ba Be
Even in this isolated mountain town there is a busy morning market. We set off for a full day of cycling along challenging terrain but the road is quiet and well surfaced. We cycle through a pretty valley to the tin-mining town Tinh Tuc, heading on to Nguyen Binh. We continue along challenging terrain, but the unparalleled beauty of our surroundings more than compensates for the challenges of the cycling.we have lunch on summit. After lunch time . we ride descendingly to Ba Be National Park.
Accommodation: Hotel (B, L, D)
Cycling Distance: 120 km
Total Climb: 1,845m
Total Descent: 1,571m
Bao Lac to Tinh Tuc (72.54km)
Day 9: Ba Be bike toursThai Nguyen to Hanoi 83 km
This morning we pack up our bikes on boat for half day exploring Ba Be Lake. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and kaster limestone mountains.take your bike on land and we ride on single track to visit Dau Dang Water Fall , hill tribe villages. come back our boat to explore another side of the lake and cycle through rustic villages back to eco Village. Load up our bike on truck. We depart to Hanoi via Thai Nguyen. Upon arriving in Hanoi in late afternoon.
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose aquivalent accommodation
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English speaking cycling guide ( other languges upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Meals details in itineraries
( B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, 8 breakfast, 9 lunches, 8 dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transportation
Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
Truck supported for the group size from 5 and above.
Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disk brake and helmets
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Fruit and snack for cycling days
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Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
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