Cycling from Mu Cang Chai rice terraces to Ha Giang, Homeland Of The Hmong

Cycling from Mu Cang Chai rice terraces to Ha Giang, Homeland Of The Hmong

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 Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai, Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be national park etc…

This is the best cycling route in Vietnam so far. A shorter trip would be one week from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai and on to Dien Bien Phu, then flight back to Hanoi or keep on cycling adventure to Laos via Tay Trang border crossing

Tour Description:

  • Distance of biking: Around 800 Km. (full time van support)
  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenge.
  • Road condition: 90% paved road, 10% dirt road.
  • Features: Remote area, boat & bike through National park, waterfalls, primitive tribe villages. Colorful Saturday, Sunday market.
  • When to ride: September to Mid December, March to end of June.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo (L, D)
In the morning, we transfer 2hours to Phong Chau, then start cycling along the Red river to Thanh Son. Lunch enroute. Late afternoon we bike to Nghia Lo. O/N Nghia Lo hotel

Day 2: Nghia Lo – Mu Cang Chai (B, L, D)
First easy stage in the morning, we ride up north, passing some villages on the road side.  Tu Le valley has immense rice fields, nice place for lunch stop. In the afternoon we have a challenge climb up to Khau Pha pass…, then down hill to a beautiful area of Mu Cang Chai rice terraces. Overnight at Suoi Mo hotel.

Day 3: Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen  (B, L, D)
Morning walk around local market of the Hmong community. This is easy day with rolling up and down hill only 50km to ThanUyen. O/N in Phuogn Nhung guesthouse.

Day 4: Than Uyen – Pho Rang (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we have about 10km warm up ride along the valley, then sharp climb up to “Khau Co pass”, then we going down 10km to VanBan, the region of the Red Dzao tribe. It’s time to visit the local market. lunch break. Then, we ride to PhoRang O/N Pho Rang guesthouse.

Day 5: Pho Rang – Ha Giang. (B, L, D)
Nice mountain scenery with village of the Tay and Nung people. This is a nice military old road 279 to Tan Quang, almost flat road with one hill. On arrival in BacQuang, our van will pick us up for transfer to Ha Giang. O/N Huy Hoang hotel.

Day 6: Ha Giang – Quan Ba (B, L, D)
This is the challenge day climbing up to heaven gates of the Hmong people (elve. +1,100m). Beautiful view at summit of Quan Ba heaven gate, and nice road along river Nhiem. O/N in Quan Ba.

Day 7: Quan Ba – Yen Minh (B, L, D)
This is a difficult day again, but short climb up about 14km to summit +960m, enter the DongVan Karst plateau Geopark. Then going down hill to YenMinh. O/N at YenMinh guesthouse.

Day 8: Yen Minh – Dong Van (B, L, D)
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. O/N at Rocky plateau hotel.

Day 9: Dong Van – Meo Vac (B, L, D)
Beautiful view of Ma pi leng pass. This is an interesting site of Geopark with the NhoQue river deep down the hill. Also nice Hmong village on your way down to MeoVac town. O/N HoaCuong hotel.

Day 10: Meo Vac – Niem Son and Bao Lac (B, L, D)
There are also nice scenery of the Karst today. We have only short climb up outdside MeoVac, then we have long day down to Niem Son and on to BaoLac. Beautiful view of Gam river from Lybon bridge to BaoLac. O/N SongGam guesthouse.

Day 11: Bao Lac – Ba Be national park. (B, L, D)
There is a long day heading south to BaBe lake today. Our van will help transfer to mountain summit, then we start our ride on new paved road, some part on dirt road. In the afternoon we take two boat trips to BaBe national park. O/N BaBe national park guesthouse.

Day 12: Ba Be – Thai Nguyen to Hanoi. (B, L, D)
The scenery is continue today. We reach Bac Kan town and start to pack up our bikes, refresh for luch break. Then we drive the rest of the way to Hanoi. Farewell dinner in Hanoi. O/N hotel in Hanoi.

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Services included:

  • All entrance fees, travel permit in Ha Giang.
  • Accommodation: Standard hotel & Guesthouse / twin share.
  • Meals: Full board: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with local Vietnamese food.
  • Transportation: A/c bus or minivan support with cool drinking water.
  • Hybrid bicycle or Mountain bike.
  • Guide: Experienced cycling tour guide.

Not included:

Insurance, personal expenses

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