best 10-day mountain Cycling tour from Bac Ha to Hoang Su Phi.

Destinations cycling route: Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Coc Phai – Hoang Su Phi – Thong Nguyen – Luc Yen – Vu linh – HN

Trip highlight:

Mountain cycling tour from Bac Ha to Hoang Su Phi, The hilltribes of Northern Vietnam are now so iconic and have been featured photographically in so many instances, that you may feel already somewhat familiar with them, but the truth is that those tribes, still living in their traditional ways, exist only in the most remote areas of South East Asia, and Ha Giang Province, open only relatively recently to travellers, is without doubt one of the best places left to witness the culture of these people.

This unspoilt, sparsely populated region is home to a staggering variety of hilltribes, many of whom don’t even communicate in the national language and who live by their traditional, subsistence farming ways.

The riding is some of the most amazing in South East Asia. Every day offers a different terrain, gradient, vista and climate as we climb and descent the various altitudes of the Ha Giang Plateau. This is a ride to remember and if the memory of burning leg muscles aren’t enough to remember it by, then your amazing photographs almost certainly will be.

Suitability: Challenging
Total cycling distance: 478 km
Terrain: Undulating road. Relatively ascending and steep pass
Health request: Good health. Fitness
Road condition: mixed off and paved road. Tarmac road. Dirt road, single track trail. Village road. Buffalo road.
Support: Fully support by vehicle

Detail itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi arrival & night train to Lao Cai

Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in, Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. Enjoy a cycle ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Following dinner meal, our shuttle bus take to Train Station to catch the night Train to Lao Cai. Stay overnight train with four cabin share ( wooden cabin – soft bed with air-condition)

cycling Distance: No
Accommodation: Sleeper on Train
Train: on Train (wooden cabin – soft bed with air-condition)
Meal: Dinner included
Transportation: pickup airport included

Day 2: Lao Cai – Coc Ly – Bac Ha

The Train arrives Lao cai Train station at 5: 30 A.m. Our cycling guide and support van will pick you up to Local Restaurant for early breakfast and change your cycling suit. Following the hearty meal, we kick off our pedal to Coc Ly on paved and scenic road. You explore dramatic sightseeing and exotic nature on the way. Arriving in Coc Ly at 10 A.m. we will spend the time to participate in Local market open on every Tuesday. You are impressive on colorful hill tribe market with their unique productions to exchange with each other or you can go to animal corner to take picture buffalo, cows, dog, cats… are dealing with. We continue to ride on single track to Bao Nhai bridge and turn off to Bac Ha town. Upon arriving in Hotel, do check in and relax by your own. Have dinner and stay in Sao mai Hotel

cycling Distance: 53 KM
Accommodation: Sao Mai Hotel (3*)
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 3: Bac Ha – Can Cau – Ta Cu Ty

After hearty breakfast in hotel, we commence riding from hotel on tarmac road lead to Ngai Thau commune, crossing suspension bridge and ride on single dirt track along exotic valley for 4 km and then ascending 5 km up steep hill trail to Lung Phinh, upon arriving in top, stop for refreshment before turning left for 22 km single dirt track to Can Cau market place. You will be fascinated by breathtaking scenery, friendly people, and picturesque rice terrace. Up on arriving in Can Cau , our shuttle bus take you to Ta Cu Ty home village. Have dinner and stay overnight local Family

cycling Distance: 58 KM
Accommodation: Homestay
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 4: Ta Cu Ty – Ban Ngo – Nam Dan

Today is amazing day with full of highlight and cultural values when we cycle through rice terraces and around villages to village. Admire incredible scenic beauty, unspoiled nature and colorful hill tribal villages. After entertaining pancake with Host, we say good bye them and start cycling from homestay on single track which form a half circle around the Ta Cu Ty mountain range and is combination of short lose rocky part and dirt trail with some streams crosses for 22 km from Ta Cu Ty to Dan Kham village of Ban Ngo commune via some villages and hamlets of the Nung, Hmong, Dao people. Have lunch in route.
After lunch we make a longer loop from roughly 3 hours along dirt path and narrow single track from Dan Khao – Che La commune explore the daily life of local people and thick forest. Arriving Nam Dan commune, we turn right and gradually getting downhill for 7 km to suspension bridge and back to home stay. Have dinner and stay overnight in Homestay.

cycling Distance: 55 KM
Accommodation: Homestay
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 5: Nam Dan – Nam Nhung – Khau Rom – Nam Choong

Breakfast with Host family and say good bye them, we commence to ride through thick rain forest on motor way for 14 km over the Gio pass to another side of mountain. Turn left to a single dirt track for 12 km mostly steep downhill through tea farm, terrace rice paddies, bamboo forest, passing some isolated hamlets of Dao and Hmong ethnic of Nam Nhung and Khau Rom village to the main road, running along the Nam Ly river. Take the single dirt track uphill 5 kn thought he Phieng Lang and Quang thuong villages of the Red Dao and then 3 km on the hill side with not to much ascending and descending road,. Challenge 5 km downhill along the narrow and steep dirt track to Nam Choong villages. Where we have another homestay with local family.

Cycling distance: 65 KM
Accommodation: Homestay
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included


Day 6: Nam Choong – Cao Son – Ho Thau – Panhou

After breakfast with family, we start cycling at 8:30 a.m along a narrow single track from Nam Choong for 6 km to the center of Quang Nguyen Commune then following a single track gradually ascending through the Nam Ly river 10 km to Trung Son village. Challenging 4 km undulating and steep trail lead to suspension bridge to another bank of Nam Ly river. Turning off a larger single dirt track uphill for 5 km to Chien Thang village and then gradually downhill for 6km to the center of Ho thau commune. Arriving in Ho Thau ride on paved road descending to Thong Nguyen Commune. Stay overnight in Panhou eco resort.

Cycling distance: 55 KM
Accommodation: Panhou Ecolodge Resort(3*)
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 7 : Panhou – Luc Yen

Today is beautiful day in our cycling trip. Following breakfast in Panhou eco resort. We kick off our pedal on paved road passing many hill tribe villages and rice terrace paddies and ascending to T junction. Turn right to Tan Quang Town on undulating road. Upon arriving Tan Quang township, stop for refreshment and coffee. After filling energy, we continue riding on undulating road to Luc yen. On the way you experience in marvelous scenery, limestone mountain panoramas. Have picnic lunch in route. After lunch we keep riding to Luc Yen Town where we will stay overnight.

Cycling distance: 75 KM
Accommodation: Ang Nguyet Hotel(2* with best in Town)
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8: Luc Yen – Vu Linh

In Luc Yen district, Yen Bai province, there is a unique market in the country where people trade only one product – gemstones. The market has had a history of 25 years.
Luc Yen gem market is open at a beautiful corner of a lake in Yen The town, Luc Yen district. The market works in just several hours in every morning. Depending on reasons and weather, the market can take place sooner or later, but at about 6.30 am there are sellers in the market.
Luc Yen Market is one of the biggest gemstone market in the north Vietnam. Opening early morning every day. If you are interesting in gemstone, you can get up early and explore the daily life and their business. Come back hotel for having breakfast. We start cycling from Hotel on single track trail and village road around Thac Ba Lake to Vu Linh. Passing many stunning scenery, peaceful Dao Villages, picturesque lake view. Have lunch in route. After lunch we continue to ride on single dirt track and cross bamboo raft to Vu linh Resort. Have dinner and stay overnight in Vu linh Resort. The rest of the day, you can take boat trip to explore Thac Ba lake and enjoy sunset on the lake.

Cycling distance: 85 KM
Accommodation: LaVieVuLinh Ecolodge (3*)
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 9: Vu Linh – Son Duong – Hanoi

Today is last day in our cycling trip in the north Vietnam with full of highlight and cultural values, experiences in local customs and practice of different hill tribe people, enjoy incredible landscape and scenic beauty of Vietnam. We spend the last day to explore and experience breathtaking scenery and challenging your ability. Start riding from Resort, crossing again bamboo raft to village road, following single track and village road to Yen binh, My Bang and Hung Quan, Doi Can commune , crossing the An Hoa bridge turn right to Son Duong on tarmac road. Have lunch in route or in local restaurant in Son Duong Town. After lunch we descending to Dao Tru. The rest distance is transferred by Bus to Hanoi. Arriving in Hanoi. Do check in and relax until meeting time for dinning.

cycling Distance: 75 KM
Accommodation: Flower Hotel (3* Location in Old Quarter)
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 10: Hanoi – Departure – On wards flights

Have hearty breakfast in Hotel and relax by yourself until departure time to Airport for on wards flight.

Transportation: included
Accommodation: Flower Hotel (3* check out at 12h00)
Meal: Breakfast included

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Tour included in:
English speaking cycling guide (other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Meals details in itineraries (B= breakfast, L = lunches, D = dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transportation
Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
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

Tour excluded in:
International airfare
Travel insurance
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mountain Bike Hire (Cost USD10/day)
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Optional excursions


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