biking vietnam tours

Trails of Tonkin Alpes

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

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. 

top-of-north-east-mountain-bike-8-days

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.

Day 1: Hanoi- Yen Bai : (L,D) ( riding 90km)

VTT vietnamMeet 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: (B,L,D) 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. Distance ride : +- 42 Km. D+: 1250m   D -: 500m, 80% off road, dirt road, trails, single track uphill

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 Bao Nhai, boat trip to CocLy.  Stating riding to CocDao on asphalt back road ( 17 km ), then go off road uphill with 2 of climbing in 10% , more than 6 and 5 km per one climb. After more than 10 km we arrival villages where we will stop for lunch, after  lunch  riding down to river then long up hill to Bac Ha.

Option2 if we have bad weather, we will riding up hill to Bac Ha on asphalt pave road ( 24 km ) minibus stand by behind group until to the hotel. Overnight in Bac Ha . Dinner in  local restaurant. (B,L, D )

Overnight in CongFu hotel or same standard.

Day 4: Bac ha-  XinManHoang Su Phi. 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. 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

vietnam women mountain bikeDay 6: Hagiang – Quan Ba. 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. 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: Distance : 55 km. D + 600m, D – 600m, 40% off road

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

 

Night at hotel and dinner at restaurant.

Day10: Vinh Loc –  Tuyen Quang- Hanoi

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

Pm driving back to Hanoi.

Overnight in hotel in 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 vietnam trailsRising 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 Cost

Group Size  2 group tour
Price /person 1,485 USD 1,250 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

WHAT’S INCLUDED

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

Ground transportation with 100% stand by

Basic medical

Entrance fees and permits

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

 WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 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
  • Ground transportation with 100% stand by
  • Additional guides where necessary
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • 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 ”

Biking Grade  Extreme

Scenery

 

Hi Joe, Thank you for providing us with a memorable riding experience in Vietnam. Much appreciated. I know Dan and you took a couple of pictures on our tour. Do you have a face book page where you post these or are we able to get a copy? Thanks again
TRAILS OF TONKIN ALPES  MOUNTAIN BIKE ( 75% off road) 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…