Mountain bike Vietnam-Trails of Tonkin Alpes 10 days

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Trails of Tonkin Alpes ( 60-75% off road)- Best mountain bike Vietnam tour

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

This is King of Mountain Bike Trails in Vietnam , 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

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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. 

  • Ride the best of northern Vietnam
  • 1 half day and 8 full day cover 700km
  • climb 600-2,000m per day
  • riding through remote mountain area
  • This is King of Mountain Bike Trails Vietnam
  •  most delightful parts of the Northern Top in Vietnam
  • 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.
  • Level 5 ( extreme  )mountain bike

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.

Night1 : Night train: Hanoi- Lao Cai : Meet in hotel then transfer (15’) to train station take over night train to  LaoCai. Night in train ( from 22:00 to 6:00 + 1 next day )

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Day 1: Laocai-Bac Ha. Distance ride : +- 42 Km. D+: 1250m   D -: 500m, 60% off road, dirt road, trails, single track uphill

Arrival Laocai at 6:00 AM in the morning, Breakfast in local restaurant. Transfer by van to start point stating riding  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. Overnight in Bac Ha . Dinner and overnight in local house. (B,L, D ).

Day 2: Bac ha-  XinMan(total suggested cycling 45 km of which a minimum of 20 km are off road)

After breakfast in Hotel, we start biking directly from hotel, climb above Bac Ha through Di Thau. Continue riding off road to Nama villages. Stop somewhere for lunch, then ride off road in the mountain on a wide track to a mountain pass and long asphalt downhill to Xin Man. Overnight in Xin Man. Dinner and overnight at basic Hotel. D+: 1400m   D-: 1600m. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Xin Man  – Hoang Su Phi

(total distance 65 km of which off road cycling 30 km, Optional cycling maximum 65 km)

After breakfast client start biking from hotel on flat asphalt road. After some 15 km we take an off road track (pretty wide) and 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 a long climb, leading to an off road pass (about 1000m of elevation) and finishing on a long downhill through rain forest. Lunch consists of noodle soup and breads, fruits, tea, coffee. Night in small house in Hoang Su Phi ( B, L, D )

Day4: Hoang Su phi – Vi Xuyen. 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 (15’) to Hotel Night in Hotel  ( B, L, D )

Day5: HaGiang -Vi Xuyen – Ha Giang ( B, L ) biking 38 km

In the morning after breakfast group will cycling out of the city (5 km). Then off road cycling through basically flat country side for some 35 km. After lunch we get to Ha Giang city . Afternoon free time for relax. Dinner and overnight in Ha Giang

Day 6: Hagiang – Quan Ba Distance: +-50Km. D+: 1500m   D-: 1330m, 10 % off road

After breakfast, We cycle up to the mountain, after 22 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 . Overnight in Quan Ba ( B,L,D)

Day 7: Quan Ba-Dong Van- Meo Vac: Distance: +-70Km. D+: 1300m   D-: 1330m, 8 % off road

Today we head for Meo Vac, we stat biking on the road after that we go ahead with car track, broken road, some part are very bad but we are biking in the most of beautiful track in Vietnam in that is truly mountain bike . Night in very basic hotel in Meo Vac. ( B,L,D)

Day 8: Meo Vac- Bao Lac : Distance: +-65Km. D+: 1500m   D-: 1330m, 40% off road

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Today we are in the 2nd day of extreme riding day. We cycling some part of the road is bad with track, off road , but great view along of Gam river. This is totally a new road – built on the former trail of the flower H’ Mong tribes. We have climb with the first one more than 3km,  last one Ma Pi Leng  with 12km down hill before we arrival Meo Vac continue to Khau Vai  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 Bao Lac. Night in very basic hotel in Bao Lac, ( B,L,D)

Day 9: Bao Lac- Ba Be lake Distance: +-75Km. D+: 1500m   D-: 1330m, 40% off road:  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 .We cross the Gam river and start a long climb to a small off 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. If we have time, take boats trip  to get close to the east side (Na Mam side) of the lake where our minibus is waiting for us.  (Dinner  overnight in home stay ). (B,L,D)

Day 10: Ba Be lake – Vinh Loc- Hanoi

Much more easy day compare to yesterday , you  can stay in bed a bit more than the previous days .
Tough riders only , 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. 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.
Distance 50km , 75% off road, jeep track, dirt trails, single track. (B,L)

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Tour Cost :

Electric Mountain Bike Guide Tour

Price :

1,680 USD/person for normal full suspension Cannondale MTB

1,910 USD/person for Specialize Tero electric bike

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  1. English speaking local guide
  2. Accommodations in home stays and local hotel 2* around trip as mention ( some hotel very basic standard )
  3. Meals as noted : B= breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
  4. Drink as water, coffee, tea, juice  for cycling tour
  5. Sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary
  6. Additional guides where necessary
  7. Ground transportation with 100% stand by
  8. Entrance fees and permit
  9. Full suspension Cannondale or Specialized E-MTB

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

Tour overview

Best time to go : year around

Bikes suggest :  XC Race,

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.

Total Distance

+- 670 km

Number of cycling days

9 full days and one half-day

Average Daily Distance:

47km

Off Road

62%

Max. Altitude

1,700 metres

Road Surface:

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

Support:

15-seat air-conditioned transit vans, pick up truck converted to take bikes and bikers.

Group Size: Minimum 2. Maximum 12.

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

Food :

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

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 : 5 star

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