A 4 day Sa Pa Mountain Bike trip covering over 250 kilometers of fire road through pine forested hills and rain forested valleys.
The best of Mountain biking trip , truly mountain road biking trip in Vietnam.
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai
21h00: Transfer to Hanoi railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. O/N on the train.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa (+- 65km )
Arrive early in the morning, breakfast in Lao cai, Van transfer to Bat xat and enjoy the imposing beauty of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. Cycling to visit Ha Nhi village while contemplating the captivating scenery of valley with terraced fields making up endless circles in O Qui Ho, picnic lunch. Continue to water fall meet Van and driving to Sapa. Overnight in Hotel Sapa. (B, L) ( this is very hard off road mountain bike, you should make sure off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills. No Van stand by ). If raining this tour should be change to cycling up Sapa from Laocai by main asphalt road.
Day 2: Sapa- Paso (+-80km )
Today is the highlight for many; as we cycle up to the Tram Ton Pass (1,900 m; 6,230 ft) the highest mountain pass in Vietnam, on our way to Tam Duong. We start with a relatively easy 7km ride before we hit the first of two major down hill. As we start the down hill, we slowly start to witness the beauty of Mt. Fan Si Pan, Indochina is highest peak. In Tam duong ( new Lai Chau ) we continue cycling to Paso . Overnight in Paso
O/N in Paso hotel. (B, L)
Day 3: Paso- Xin Ho( +-85km )
After we leave Paso we cross Black Dao villages. The Dao worship spirits and ritually sacrifice pigs and chicken. This road isn’t well traveled, you first notice this by the increased curiosity and smiling faces and of the people, making this a day not to be forgotten. We cycle past rice fields and bananas plantations as we pass through small minority villages of Red Hmong and Kho Mu. There are two hard climbs today the first starts after 1 km with a 11 km ascent but the second, and most challenging comes at the end of this stunning day, with an 25 km strength-sapping climb. All this hard work is easily forgotten as we finish the day with a stunning descend on a winding road into XinHo .Overnight in hotel in XinHo. (B, L)
Day 4:Xin Ho-Tam Duong – Sapa ( +-65km)
We Cycling down hill to Tam Duong then drive to Sapa, jeep transfer can be available when necessary. Free time until transfer to Lao Cai railways station for the night train back to Hanoi. Arrive in the morning of the following day. End of services. (B, L)
English speaking local guide
Accommodations in hotels in Sapa,and local hotel around trip as mention
Meals as mention with B= breakfast, L= Lunch
Sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary
Additional guides where necessary
Entrance fees and permits
Bike hire as Cannondale lefty
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.).
Trek4500, Giant Yukon including in tour price
Bikes suggest : XC hardtail
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.
+- 240 km
Number of cycling days
4 full days
Average Daily Distance:
This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads, long climb cycling up hill ( 12-15km up hill. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.
One or two 8-seat air-conditioned transit vans converted to take bikes and bikers.
Minimum 2. Maximum 8.
Groups of 6 or more a Vietnamese cycling guide and drivers and assistants. Groups of 4-5, an experienced English speaking Vietnamese cycling leader plus guide and support team.
2 nights in comfortable tourist class train, 2 nights in basic tourist class hotels, 1 night in small hotel . All accommodation in hotel has a/c or fan, hot water and private facilities.
All meals as mention and snack every 15- 20 km ( 10 miles) for tea break with water, coffee ,tea, juice, bread, banana, apple… including nutritional ( 3 Clif Bar MoJo 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.