The trekking bring you to reach one of the most delightful parts of Sapa , where you’ll find big rolling hills, great views and speedy open descents with good sight lines.
This mountain bike itinerary takes you over the Tram Tom “Heaven’s Gate” Pass (highest point of Sapa road to Laichau province, around 2,000 m) to explore the other side of Mt. Fansipan (highest mountain in Indochina), where few tourist ever been.
Quite road, big adventure, a lot of fun. So expect plenty of curious faces and smiling children shouting “Hello!”.
Often when Sa Pa is shrouded in cloud and fog, this side is clear and blue. Descend through one of ’s most picturesque and inspiring valleys. The partially rocky road meanders along the base of the mountain range past old growth forest and through the villages of Thai, H’Mong and Lu ethnic minority people.
Day 1:Hanoi meeting – Lao Cai (B,L,D)
Group meeting in your hotel then transfer to Hanoi train station for overnight train to Lao Cai. Train departs at 21h15
Overnight at Cao Son Express train
Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van ( Trekking ) (B,L,D)
Arrive at Lao Cai station around 6:00AM. Pick up by your guide and driver and transfer to Sapa. After breakfast. We leave and start trekking. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigio blue clothing. After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green colour. The Zay houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. We stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van and have our dinner here.
Overnight at Local house
Day 3: Ta Van- Giang Ta Chai – Ban Ho (Trekking ) (B,L,D)
After the breakfast we continue to visit Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai where we also see a waterfall. The Red Dao women have very colourful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf. We continue along small paths in the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and arrive to the Tay village Ban Ho (900 m). Tay is the most populous of the hill tribes. Because of the development and adaptation to the Vietnamese society some of them have started wearing Vietnamese clothing. But most women still wear the traditional checkered headscarf. We stay overnight in e of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao legend. a wooden Tay stilt house. If we reach Ban Ho in the early afternoon you will have time to swim in a nearby river. In the evening we have dinner with the Tay family.
Overnight at Local house
Day 4: Ban Ho – Sapa (Trekking ) (B,L,D)
After breakfast you trek up to Ban Den (3 km). From here you will be picked up and transferred back to Sapa. In the afternoon you will have time to experience the colourful Sapa market where women from different ethnic minority groups come into town to sell their products.
Overnight at Sapa View hotel ***
Day 5: Sapa – ThanUyen ( mountain bike ) (+-90km)(B,L,D)
Ride down 80km of occasionally rocky road to Than Uyen , a charming little tea town where you’ll spend the night in Than Uyen local Hotel .
Day 6: Than Uyen -Tu le ( mountain bike ) (+- 90 Km) (B,L, D ).
Breakfast in hotel and starting ride down to Mu Cang Chai – Tu Le through valleys of old growth forest, tea plantations and rice paddies. After 90 km we arrived Tu le . Overnight in Tu Le local Hotel
Day 7: Tu le – Nghia Lo ( mountain bike ) (+-55km ) ( B,L,D )
. We will cycle through undulating road before we finally end the day in Nghia Lo. It sits on a mountain ridge overlooking the Red and Black River and is home to the Thai, Nung, H’mong, La Ha and Ma peoples. Overnight in Nghia Lo
Day 8:Nghia Lo – Yen Bai ( mountain bike ) (+-65km)(B,L, D):
A 70 km ride down other side of the spectacular Khe thang Valley provides plenty of time to stop and take pictures of the local sights. Arrive in Yen Bai .Overnight in YenBai hotel.
Day 9:Yen Bai – SongThao – Hanoi ( mountain bike )(+-55km)( B,L)
A ride down other side of the spectacular Red river side, plenty of time to stop and take pictures of the local landscape. Arrive in SongThao, time for lunch before taking Mini Bus to Hanoi. End of Services.
|Group Size||2||Group tour|
|Price /person||1,245 USD||please email: email@example.com|
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
From October to May
|English speaking local guide|
|Accommodations in home stays and local hotel around trip as mention ( some hotel very basic standard )|
|Meals as noted : B= breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner|
|Drink as water, coffee, tea, energy drink by nutritional gel, juice for cycling tour.|
|Sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary|
|Additional guides where necessary|
|Entrance fees and permits|
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.).