Northern Dirt trails of Tonkin Alpes
This tour offers challenging cross country mountain bike and a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditional and varied lifestyles of the people of this spectacular country.
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Day1: Hanoi- Yen Bai : (L,D ) ( riding 80km)
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. Dinner and overnight in Hotel in Yen bai.
Day2: YenBai-LaoCai (B,L)(. riding 85 km)
After breakfast we start riding on bank of Red river o Lao Cai. About 40 km 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 300m 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 BaoHa , take long transfer (35’) to LaoCai. Night in Hotel in Lao Cai
Day 3: LaoCai- Cocly -Bac Ha ( 45 km, offroad, trails, dirt road )
Arrival Laocai at 6:00 AM in the morning, Breakfast in Local restaurant with rice noodle soup , banana pancake, breads, coffee, tea… Transfer by van to CocLy, boat trip to Bao Nhai, stating riding to NamDec with 2 of climbing with 10% , more than 6 and 5 km per one climb. After more than 20 km we will stop for lunch, after lunch riding down to Bac Ha. Overnight in Bac Ha . Dinner in Congphu local restaurant.
Distance: +- 55 Km. D+: 1250m D-: 500m. (B,L, D )
Day 4: Bac ha- CanCau- Bac Ha ( 50km offroad, trails, single track, dirt trails )
After breakfast in Hotel, we start biking from hotel to Hmong villages, riding on mountain trails climbing several mountain from 5 to 7km.
Distance: +- 50 Km. D+: 1150m D-: 500m. (B,L, D )
Day 5:: Bac ha-XinMan-Hoang su Phi ( 85km, off road, dirt road, asphalt road )
After breakfast in Hotel, we 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. optional asphalt riding 38 km to hotel or Mini bus driving to Hoang Su Phi
Overnight in HoangSuPhi. Dinner at first “Basic” Hotel.
Distance: +- 85 Km. D+: 1400m D-: 1600m. ( B,L,D)
Day 6: Hoang Su Phi- Bac Quang ( 65 km, off road )
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 transfer (about 40’) to Bac Quang. Night in Hotel.
Distance: +- 60Km. D+: 1300m D-: 1230m. ( B,L,D)
Day 7:Bac Quang- Hanoi (50 km, off road )
On road riding in country side 40 km, lunch. Driving back to Hanoi. End of service in Hotel in Hanoi
Distance: 45 Km. D+: 300 m. D-: 350m. (B,L )
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 hotels, home stays and local hotel around trip as mention
- Meals as mention with B= breakfast, L= Lunch, D= dinner
- Sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary
- Ground transportation
- Additional guides where necessary
- Entrance fees and permits
- Basic medical
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.).