Ha Giang cycling loop to Cao Bang Karst Plateau Geopark

Ha Giang cycling loop to Cao Bang Karst Plateau Geopark

We offers North East Vietnam challenging road cycling to Ha Giang- Cao Bang through a stunning unexplored area rich with cultural and geographical wonders that call is Dong Van Karst Plateau Geographical boundaries to the west of the Northeast . Mainly due to the lack of consensus among the geography of Vietnam on the boundary between the Northwest and Northeast to the Red River, or should the Hoàng Liên Sơn. The Northeast is limited to the north and east by Vietnam-China border. Southeast overlooking the Gulf of Tonkin. The southern limit by Tam Đảo mountain range and the Red River Delta.

Ha giang cycling loop

Your dreams, your cycling

So in order to fit in the best bits of cycling and to miss out some of the busier urban sections, This trip HaGiang- CaoBang Plateu cycling holiday in Vietnam uses transfers to get us out of the cities and onto the quieter backroads. Don’t let this put you off however – it just means you can save your energy for the great riding that can be found off the beaten track.

Highlight of your cycling trip

  • The unusual landscape at the top of  Ma Pi Leng Pass
  • Conquering the 1,800m summit of the highest road on this trip
  • high speed descents from Me Pia pass
  • It’s more than 1,000 km cycling round trip
  • Amazing karst limestone scenery of Dong Van-Meo Vac – Cao Bang
  • Cycling of  challenges every day

Self-guide cycling

Self-guide tour  including :

  • Pick up car transfer luggage, bicycle, biker
  • Bicycle rental : Cinelli superstar
  • Hotel 1- 2* with breakfast.
  • Book your cycling trip :
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Night 1: Hanoi- night train

Meet in hotel, transfer to train station at 20h30. Take overnight train to Lao Kai. Sleep on train.

Day 1: Lao Cai- Ha Giang ( cycling 90km )

Arrival Lao cai around 6:00 Am , after breakfast transfer to 60km then we start cycling to Ha giang . Overnight in Ha Giang. ( 7-8hours cycling, 2/5 hard climb ). ( B )

Day2:  Ha Giang to Quan Ba -Yen Minh : 82 km

We cycle uphill to Quan Ba for the first route before a descent of around 10km and then relatively flat terrain for the next 10km. It’s a challenging up and down terrain to an altitude of 1.025m before we make a final descent for the last 15km into Yen Minh.

Day3: Yen Minh Climb over the Rocky Plateau to Dong Van, and Meo Vac. 68 km

Today we cycle on semi-surfaced quiet roads as we undertake a challenging uphill ride out of dense cedar forest onto the rocky Dong Van plateau. A registered UNESCO Global Geopark, 80% of the terrain is covered by rock and it is said to contain fossils from 400-600million years ago. Nestled in a valley in the heart of the Rock Plateau, is the isolated town of Dong Van, very close to the Chinese border and surrounded by mountain forest and multi-coloured orchids. Meaning ‘sharing culture’ Dong Van is occupied by Chinese Hoa, and H’mong, Tay and Kinh People. The houses are built in Chinese style. As we cycle on the modest road from Dong Van to Meo Vac alongside a vast gorge, the views are spectacular. This is a winding and undulating road with the sight of the Nho Que River below. From the Ma Phi Leng Pass we look down from an altitude of around 1500m into the valley. We stay tonight in the small town of Meo Vac.

Day 4: Meo Vac to Bao Lac: 75km

There is a market daily in the town centre of Meo Vac used mainly by the White Hmong, Tay and Lo Lo hill tribes. Women dressed in their brightly coloured traditional clothing walk into the town carrying their bamboo woven baskets laden with corn and vegetables. Today we follow a remote mountain road to Bao Lac. After a 5km uphill cycle we make a 20km descent the follow a fairly flat road for the next 10km. The surrounding landscape with predominantly limestone formations is a surreal vista of peaks, troughs, towers and caves. The crops and dwellings seem to perch precariously on the hillsides. There’s a relatively gentle uphill climb of 250m before we descend for the final 30km along flat terrain. We will pass people from the local minority communities along the way dressed in their vibrant tribal costumes. We stay tonight in Bao Lac

Day 5:  Bao Lac- Cao Bang cycling 98km

Even in this isolated mountain town there is a busy morning market. We set off for a full day of cycling along challenging terrain but the road is quiet . We cycle through a pretty valley of limestone mountain to the Thong Nong , heading on to Cao Bang we continue along challenging terrain, but the unparalleled beauty of our surroundings more than compensates for the challenges of the cycling. Overnight in Cao Bang.

Day 6: Cao Bang Ban Gioc water fall ( no cycling – relax day)

After breakfast in hotel , driving to Ban Gioc, visit Ban Gioc waterfall is the largest and most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam, located in the northeastern province of Cao Bang. The water rumbles down 3 levels and is 30 meters high and 300 meters wide. This also makes the Ban Gioc waterfall the widest waterfall in Vietnam. Overnight in homestay in Ban Gioc

Day7: Ban Gioc water fall – Dong Khe: 90km

We set off for a full day of cycling along challenging terrain but the road is quiet and well surfaced. We cycle through a pretty valley to the Cao Bang. We continue riding along rough terrain, but the unparalleled beauty of our surroundings more than compensates for the challenges of the cycling. Overnight in Dong Khe

Day8: Dong Khe -Bac Son : 84 km

Cycling full day cycling from Dong Khe to Bac Son . Overnight in Bac Son ( B)

Day9: Bac Son- Hanoi

This morning we cycling back road from Bac Son to Hanoi, finish after 4 hours in small town then pack up our bikes and have a transfer back to Hanoi. We can relax this afternoon and enjoy the bustle and lively pace of Hanoi after our journey through the remote mountains. 

Drop off in Hanoi  Hotel ( around 17:00 ) (B) end of services

Self guide tour price:

Group size 2 people 3-4-5 6-8
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