Vietnam is a land of rich beauty. From tall mountains and limestone formations to dense jungles, river deltas, and pristine beaches–its ecological treasures alone make it a unique destination. Combine this with a wonderful and fascinating culture and history, and you’ll soon experience why Vietnam is so special. This extreme 8 days trekking tour to Fansipan ( the highest mountain in Vietnam 3,143m ), and mountain bike trip takes you to the very heart of the north west Vietnam mountain . You will discover some of the finest cycling trails in Vietnam has to offer.
Day 1: Hanoi- Night train
Meet at the hotel collecting bike from cyclist . Dinner and transfer to train station for night train to Laocai at 8 :30 PM. Overnight on train )
Day 2: Laocai- Sapa mountain bike. (B, L, D ): Distance ride : +- 65 Km. D+1250m D – 500m, 10% off road.
Arrive in Lao Cai: after breakfast , Back road riding to Sapa. Afternoon rest and free time for visiting Sapa. Overnight in Sapa . (B,L,D)
Day 3: Sapa Trekking. (B, L, D ):
Take a jeep transfer 15km via Silver Water Fall to Tram Ton Pass at 1.940m. From here trek through thick tropical jungle. Stop for Lunch at a nice spot with great view of the west side area.
Continue through the thick jungle, the trail gets narrower and steeper. Some part is really slippery and dangerous but the nature get wilder and wilder. We reach to the top of a mountain at 2.800m where our camp will be set for staying overnight. You and your guide, porter put together camping and prepare for dinner. Sitting around the campfire is friendly and adventurous. This may be once in a lifetime experience. Overnight on tent
Day 4: Sapa trekking- Fansipan roof of Indochina ( 3,143m ). (B, L, D )
Wake up and Breakfast, this day is just for you and tour guide. The porter is required to stay at the camp to look after all your gears. We follow a narrow trail passing through forest and bamboo bushes, which get smaller and shorter as we approaching to the peak. A hard trek heads up to the top, but ropes are unnecessary. After 2 hours challenging up the steep path, you will reach to the top Fansipan Mount. Congratulation! you will be the vanquisher. Staying here to enjoy your success as well as great view of a ever green scenery stretching under your feet.
The way back, of course less hard but still dangerous. Arriving back to the 2.800m camp at noon, we have long break for Lunch and recovery.
Most of the trail in the afternoon takes you downhill but very dangerous because many part of the trail is just a narrow track on the steep side of the mountains. Late afternoon, We station at a nice spot on the level of a 2.200m mount, put up our camp, cook our Dinner and stay overnight.
Waking up in the freshness and pureness of wild nature, enjoy Breakfast. The trail today is less tough and go through a well protected area of the Hoang Lien Son nature reservation, one of the wildest part, rich in plantation and wildlife.
After Lunch at a nice sport, we continue down hill to Sin Chai Village where we spend an hour visiting this pretty Black H’mong village before transferring by car to Sapa. Having shower, time to discover Sapa town on your own,
Day 6: Sapa- Laocai : mountain bike (80km) (B, L)- 3/5 grade
Depart at 08.00am after breakfast at the hotel. The mountain bike today is in 7/10 challenger , we ride along downhill from Sapa to Ban Ho village then riding to Thanh Kim. We start offroad uphill mountain bike in dirt trails to TangLoong then take long way to downhill to Nam Thang. Lunch box, continue biking late afternoon mini bus pick up to LaoCai. Overnight in hotel in LaoCai.
Biking 85km, 35 km off road , +780m, -1000m
Day 7: LaoCai-BacHa (B, L): mountain bike 48km
Breakfast in local restaurant with rice noodle soup, banana pancake, breads, coffee, tea… Transfer by van to An Ho stating riding to Phin Giang- Bao tan- Coc ly with 2 of climbing with 10% , more than 3 and 5 km per one climb. After more than 20 km we arrival Coc ly where we will take 60 minutes boat trip on Chay river. Bike will put on boat with clients. Arrival Bao Nhai , Coc Dao riding up to Bac Ha ( 38 km off road ) climb +1,300m , no minibus stand by with group until to the hotel. Overnight in hotel. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in hotel Bac Ha
Day8: Bac Ha- CanCau- Bac Ha (B, L ) ( 50km offroad, trails, single track, dirt trails )
After breakfast in Hotel, we start biking from hotel to Hmong villages, riding on mountain trails climbing several mountain from 5 to 7km.
Distance: +- 50 Km. D+: 1150m D-: 500m. (B,L, D )
Day9: Bac Ha- Cocly-Laocai (B, L) (45km offroad , trails, asphalt )
Riding down hill to Coc Ly, boat trip on Chay river to BaoNhai, lunch time in local restaurant . Transfer to Laocai station, package bike and relax before have dinner and take night train to Hanoi.
Arrival Hanoi in next day morning ( 6:00AM). End of Service
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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
From October to May
- English speaking local guide
- Accommodations in hotels in Hanoi for the last day, 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
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, Cannondale F3 pay 120 USD, Giant XTC team 90 USD.
Bikes suggest : XC hardtail, 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.
Total Distance: +- 450 km
Number of cycling days: 6 full days and one half-day
Average Daily Distance:57km
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, 5 nights in basic tourist class hotels, 2nights in home stay. All accommodation has a/c or fan, hot water and private facilities.
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…
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.