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TRAILS OF TONKIN ALPES  MOUNTAIN BIKE ( 75% off road)

Depart : 10th December 2014   Guaranteed to run

 

 

         

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

 

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Itinerary

Day 1

  Hanoi- Yen Bai : (L) ( 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. Dinner and  overnight in Hotel in Yen bai.

Day 2

Day2: (B,L) YenBai-LaoCai ( 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-Bac Ha.( B,L)

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

Overnight in CongFu hotel or same standard

 

 

Day 4  

Bac ha-  XinMan - Hoang Su Phi.( B,L) Distance ride : +- 50 Km. D+: 1100m   D-: 1600m, 80% off road, dirt road, single track.. 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. People motivated and very feet can ride all the stage long to Suphi (35 Km).. Overnight in HoangSuPhi.

 

Day 5

 

Hoang Su phi - Ha Giang. ( B,L)  Distance ride : +- 50Km. D+: 1100m   D-: 1230m, single track, 100% off 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 (35') to HaGiang. Night in Hotel in HaGiang

Day 6

Hagiang - Quan Ba. ( B,L) Distance: +-80Km. D+: 1500m   D-: 1330m, 10 % off road

After breakfast, We cycle up to the Quan BA, after 21 km on the asphalt road, We start with a relatively hard of 27km off road with 7 km  ride uphill, 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 Quan Ba highland . Night in very basic hotel in Quan Ba.

 

 

Day 7

Quan ba - BacMe.( B,L,D)  Distance: 55 Km .  D+: 1500m.  D-: 1600m. 90% off road

 Today we head for Bac Me , Van will transfer biker to Mau due  and we stat  biking an off road, the road is car track, broken road, some part are very bad but we are biking in the most of beautiful track in South East Asia, that is truly off road .
Final transfer (25 or 30Km) in minibus to Bac Me.
Night in very basic hotel in Bac Me.

 

 

Day 8  

Bac Me- Babe lake: ( B,L,D) Distance : 55 km. D + 600m, D - 600m, 40% off road

We are transfer to Cang Bac me by van , with  (15 Km) and  start riding . Jeep only standby around 20km, minibus will meet you in Babe Lake
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 Babe River and Lake. We take 2 time of boats trip  to get close to the east side (Na Mam side) of the lake where our minibus is waiting for us. We riding 600m from Babe lake 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 - Vinh Loc( Chiem hoa ).  Distance: 53 Km (73 Km if start riding in Ba Be Guest House). D+: 450m.   D-: 300m. 20 km off road, 20 km single track

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 )

 
 Night at hotel and dinner at restaurant.

 

Day10

Vinh Loc -  Tuyen Quang- Hanoi ( B,L)

Distance: 45 Km.  D+: 300 m.   D-: 350m. 100% off road , single track.

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.

Pm driving back to Hanoi. End of service

Extension tour , 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.

Email us for details itinerary: info@bikingvietnam.com: bikingvietnam@mail.com

 

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

Start

End

Prices in US$

10/Dec/2014

20/Dec/2014

1,249

21/Jan/2015

29/Jan/2015

1,259

29/Jan/2015

8/Feb/2015

1,259

10/Feb/2015

19/Feb/2015

1,259

20/Feb/2015

01/Mar/2015

1,259

4/Mar/2015

13/Mar/2015

1,259

0/Oct/2014

28/Oct/2014

1,299

20/Dec/2014

30/Dec/2014

1,299

 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.

 

Gears checklist

Total Distance

+- 470 km

Number of cycling days

8 full days and one half-day

Average Daily Distance:

57km

Off Road

62%

Max. Altitude

1,700 metres

Road Surface

This tour follows a mixture of well-surfaced roads and  off road onto single track, and rough tracks, so some off-road riding skills are an advantage.

Support

One or two 15-seat air-conditioned transit vans converted to take bikes and bikers.

Group Size

Minimum 2. Maximum 8.

Staff

Groups of 6 or more  Vietnamese cycling guide and drivers and assistants. Groups of 2-5, an experienced English speaking Vietnamese cycling leader plus guide and support team.

Accommodation

1 night in sleeper train. 3 nights in comfortable tourist class hotels, 3 nights in basic tourist class  hotels. All accommodation has a/c or fan, hot water and private facilities.

Food

All meals are included as B= breakfast , L= lunch, D=dinner .

Break every 15- 20 km ( 10 miles)  for tea break with water, coffee ,tea, juice, bread, tuna ,banana, apple... including: nutritional ( 3 Clif Bar energy bars /per day)

During the " BikingVietnam.com"  the main meals are breakfast and the evening meal. Thus, breakfast should be large and substantial (and include cereals). We recommend that all participants should bring a supply of their favorite cereals as many of the hotels where we stay don't yet have cereal on offer at breakfast.

For lunch (picnic) you will need to make sandwiches in the morning, and take some fruit. We recommend you also bring along some of your favorite energy bars.

The evening meal will be in a restaurant, and precooked by the Organizers. We will make sure there are always plenty of carbohydrates and protein on the menu.

Don't forget adequate hydration is as important as a good meal and so you should make sure you carry enough water with you. In some stages there is no where to “top up” along the way. Follow your guides instructions for each stage. We recommend you use a hydration pack with at least 2l capacity, rather than water bottles. The water bottles don't carry as much water, plus it will get warm during the day, they are not as hygienic and the water bottle cage can get in the way when you may have to carry your bike.

NUTRITION

We recommend you should bring nutrition  as  details:

* Hammer Gel energy gels are 100% pure complex carbohydrates
* Clif Bar energy bars are a great-tasting, convenient source of energy for any activity. Made with 70% organic ingredients

Mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber promote steady increase in blood sugar levels followed by a gradual decline for sustained energy

4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein; excellent for post workout recovery "

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