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VIETNAM MOUNTAIN BIKE  -TRAILS OF TONKIN ALPS  ( 75% off road free ride)

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

This extreme 10 days trip takes you to the very heart of the north Vietnam mountain . You will discover some of the finest cycling trails in Vietnam has to offer. Beginning in  Hanoi , we will cycle and climb five major passes from 1,500m to 1,800m.

  This allows you to reach one of the most delightful parts of the Northern Top in Vietnam where you'll find big rolling hills, great views and speedy open descents with good sight lines. A single track  in the middle reminds you what real mountain biking is all about.  At its end, it lands you on a steady climb that takes you over some grand hill tops and more amazing views for some excellent descending . With enough left in the legs the day can be rounded off by dragging yourself up and ripping down trails.  By that stage in the day they are usually are pretty empty. The images below were taken on a series of visits. They say more than I could about the type of riding and atmosphere on the route.There's no doubt I'll be returning just as many times. 

We are supported by a sturdy transit van on the main road , motorbike  is perfectly equipped support for the terrain . Some day we not riding from hotel to hotel  but not an entirely comfortable passenger vehicle and participants should sign up expecting to ride as much of the tour as they can.

This trip is 8/10 difficult mountain bike with off road ,terrain, dirt trails , single track, tough.... That is  REAL mountain bike trip.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi- Yen Bai -LaoCai (L,D) ( riding 90km)

Meet in hotel ( 7: 00AM), driving out of Hanoi city. Start riding ,It’s a fascinating ride past many minority villages as we climb onto a higher plateau. We ride pass of rice field and tea plantations before arriving in the Doan Hung for lunch, continue biking to Yen Bai city. Take  long transfer (2hours ’) to LaoCai. Night in Hotel in Lao Cai

Lao cai hotel

Day 2: Laocai - Cocly -Bac Ha

Distance: 45 Km.

D+: 1250m  

D -: 500m

15 km offroad

Breakfast in Local restaurant with rice noodle soup  , banana pancake, breads, coffee, tea… Transfer by van to An Ho stating riding to Phin Giang- Bao tan- Coc ly with 2 of climbing with 10% , more than 3 and 5 km per one climb. After more than 20 km we arrival Coc ly where we will take  60 minutes boat trip on Chay river. Bike will put on boat with clients. Arrival Bao Nhai , Coc Dao riding up to Bac Ha ( 38 km off road ) no minibus stand by behind group until to the hotel. Overnight in hotel. Dinner in local restaurant. Arrangement  by client (B ,L )

Hotel in Bac Ha

Day 3: Bac Ha - XinMan - Hoangsuphi

Distance: 70 km.

D+: 1100m   

D-: 1600m

38 km offroad

After breakfast in Hotel, clients start biking directly from hotel, climb above Bac Ha through Di Thau. Then ride off road in the mountain on a wide track to a mountain pass and long asphalt downhill to Xin man. Lunch with pasta and fruit.
In the afternoon, clients bike on asphalt about 15-20 km along River Chay before final transfer to  Hoang Suphi.
People motivated and very feet can ride all the stage long to Suphi (75 Km).
Overnight in Suphil. (B ,L,)

Very basic Hotel

Day 4: Hoang Su phi - Viet Lam - Ha Giang

Distance: 50Km.

D+: 1100m   

D-: 1230m

After breakfast clients start biking directly from hotel on flat asphalt road.
About 5 Km, an off road track (pretty wide) start climbing on the left. After many villages and a beautiful narrow suspension bridge, we enjoy a long single track section, starting on terraces by long climb, leading to an off road pass (about 1300m of elevation) and finishing on a long downhill through waterfalls and rain forest. Lunch with noodle soup and breads, fruits, tea coffee.
Then we get to the asphalt where the minibus is waiting at Vang Luong , take  short transfer (15’) to hot spring.  Clients take relax with bathing in there.

One Motorbike will assistance group until meet mini bus.
Minibus goes with Guest from this meeting point  to a small asphalt pass (tough climb and long steep downhill)
Then, small transfer (about 30’) to Ha Giang. Night in Hotel. (B ,L )

HaGiang hotel

Day 5: HaGiang- Yen Minh

After breakfast , We cycle up to the QuanBa  pass  on the asphalt  road, We start with a relatively easy 7km ride , then we stat climb some  mountain pass  until we get on the top of Quan Ba pass, 1,230 m . before we hit the first of two major down hill. As we start the down hill, we slowly start to witness the beauty of Yen Minh highland . overnight in  Yen minh hotel.

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Lunch in local restaurant or support by our food assistant.

Mini bus always standby with group

Total distance about 92 km, the biker could ride as far as they want, max altitude 1500m

Yen Minh hotel is simple , clean, twin share, hot water.

Distance: +- 100Km. D+: 1500m   D-: 1230m ( B,L)

Yen Minh Hotel

Day 6: YenMinh – Meo Vac

Distance: 80Km.

D+: 700m   

D-: 530m

It is no supposed to be an off road day ( 10km ). Today we head for Meo Vac.

Van will transfer biker to  mountain and we stat biking on the road  after that we go ahead with car track, broken road, some part are very bad but we are biking in the most of beautiful track in Vietnam in that is truly mountain bike . Night in very basic hotel in Meo Vac.

Lunch in local restaurant or support by our food assistant.

Motor bike or Russian jeep standby with group.

Distance: +-78Km. D+: 1500m   D-: 1230m(B ,L)

Day 7: Meo Vac- Bao Lam

We are transfer to the top of mountain by van , with  (15 Km) and  start riding . Jeep only standby around 20km, minibus will meet you in Bao Lam
We cross the Gam river and start a long climb to a small  asphalt road pass on a building track. We cross some Dzao villages and keep of road all the time. Up and Down stage that leads to the  Dzao people, Lunch in local restaurant or support by our food assistant. Transfer to hotel in Bao Lam

Distance: 55 Km (40 Km if transfer first).  D+: 1500m.  D-: 1600m. (B,L )

Day 8: Bao Lam - Babe lake

We are transfer by van , with  (15 Km) and  start riding . Jeep only standby around 20km, minibus will meet you in Babe Lake
We cross the river and start a long climb to a small  asphalt road pass on a building track. We cross some Dzao villages and keep of road all the time. Up and Down stage that leads to the Babe River and Lake. Our trip  to get close to the east side (Na Mam side) of the lake where our minibus is waiting for us. We driving 20km to PacNgoi village for home stay. Dinner and overnight in Tay minority people .

Lunch in local restaurant or support by our food assistant.

Moto bike or Russian jeep  stand by with group

Distance: 55 Km (40 Km if transfer first).  D+: 1500m.  D-: 1600m. (B,L )

Day9 :Ba Be - Khuoi Phi - Dam Hong - Vinh Loc( Chiem hoa ).

Distance: 43 Km (73 Km if start riding in Ba Be Guest House).

D+: 450m.   

D-: 300m.

Tough riders (only !) . We riding to Nam Cuong village ( 27 km ) and start biking in there to Khuoi Phi ( 15km ) . That would be a pretty long warm up before we take tough cycling day
Then in the village of Khuoi Phi, a short but steep climb and down section of track leads to the nice and a bit lost village of Ban Thi. Then we are use broken asphalt road for a while before getting to the intersection (cross road) of Ban Cau. Minibus will take different road and meet you in Ban cau.  Lunch in  Ban Cau and then continue biking in the afternoon in 
very good single track section, very long and nice riding leads through gorges and lost villages to Dam Hong where the minibus is waiting for you.
Then, transfer to Vinh Loc. Night at hotel and dinner at restaurant. (B ,L )

Hotel in Vinh Loc

Day 10: Vinh Loc - Yen Son - Tuyen Quang - Hanoi

Distance: 30 Km. D+: 300 m.   

D-: 350m.

We start biking directly from hotel on flat asphalt road few kilometers and then, cross the Gam river and turn right to follow it half a day.
The Assistance is not necessary in the morning during the stage as it is almost flat, not very long and not technical.
We use wide track to ride inside a nice countryside area, following either the Gam river (next to it) or its direction only. We ride through Pho Trinh, along sugar can farm , sometimes on bamboo bridges and get after 25Km to an asphalt road where our minibus will be waiting for us. Then, transfer to Tuyen Quang for lunch and way back to Hanoi Hotel.

End of tour. (B ,L )

Extension tour , visit website www.kayakingvietnam.com  2 days sleep in wooden boat in Halong bay = from 190 to 450 USD one cabin for 2 people with  lunch, dinner , breakfast , Shuttle bus around trip .

Hotel recommend before and after trip in Rising Drangon Place hotel : http://risingdragonhotel.com  price from 25 USD up to 50USD/room ( including breakfast , tax )  for twin, single, double room.

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Tour overview

Tour Cost

Group Size

 2

group tour

Price /person

1,485 USD

1,200 USD

 

Note: Prices are based per person, double occupancy, with a separate cost for solo travelers. If you are traveling in a group but prefer single accommodations, a single supplement fee applies. Triple accommodations are not available in many of the destinations we visit.

Best time to go

 Sep to Apr

 WHAT'S INCLUDED

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English speaking local guide

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Accommodations in  home stays and  local hotel around trip as mention ( some hotel very basic standard )

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Meals as noted : B= breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner

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Drink as water, coffee, tea, energy drink by nutritional gel, juice  for cycling tour.

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Sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary

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Ground transportation with 100% stand by

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Additional guides where necessary

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Entrance fees and permits

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Basic medical

WHAT NOT

International airfare; meals not noted on itinerary; Vietnam visa; insurance other than basic medical ; optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff; excess baggage charges; international airport taxes; cost of medical immunizations; items of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Bike Hire

Cannondale F2 lefty pay 180 USD whole trip

Cannondale F3 Fatty pay 140USD whole trip

 Full suspension Cannondale RZ one twenty 3 pay 200USD for whole trip

Bikes suggest :  XC Race, Freeride , All mountain

 If you bring your bike please ensure that you bike is in good working order before you leave on tour. If you are not the most mechanically minded we suggest that you get your bike looked at by a professional bike mechanic. In particularly we would suggest looking and adjusting all wheel spokes, greasing all your bearings, checking your brakes/gears cable, tighten all nuts and bolts, check chain, quick release clamps, tires and put in new inner tubes and check wheel rims are not worn. In addition make sure the bike is well serviced and ride it with as much care and attention as possible.

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Trekking Vietnam  through jungles and across landscapes, the mountainous north of Vietnam is home to many cheerful and vibrant hill tribes. As well as the challenging ascent of Fansipan and Ta Chi Nhu mountain a wonderful features of this adventure is spending a couple of nights on trek in the village homes of some of these welcoming tribes and with the help of your guide being able to learn more about their culture and traditions.

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