Hill Tribes of Vietnam

Price from
US$ 1,950
Duration
10 Days / 9 Nights
Distance
502 km
Tour Code
VNM-VNE
Next departure
13-Apr-2019
Number of Cycling Days7
Average Distance Per Day: 72
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 1375
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance502 kilometres
AccommodationN/A
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 140 to US$ 170, E-Bike: US$ 300 to US$ 420
Single SupplementUS$ 160 to US$ 380

All About this Tour

Vietnam is a land of stunningly varied landscapes: idyllic beaches in tranquil bays and stunning mountain scenery constantly compete for attention. Having endured years of colonialism, war and communism, Vietnam is opening up more areas to tourism and encouraging the outside world to discover a beautiful country and people. We invite you to discover the relatively unexplored northeast region of Vietnam, near the border with China where, until recently, you needed special permits to visit.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Hanoi and in the evening, we gather for dinner and trip briefing.

Day 2

We transfer 4 hours outside Hanoi and have a lunch break in Bac Kan. Finally on the bikes we start cycling on quiet roads, through small villages of Tay and Thai ethnic minorities to Ba Be National Park. If time permits, we will take a boat trip to explore the beauty of poetic Ba Be Lake. We overnight in a Tay stilted house on the banks of the lake.

Day 3

We transfer to Ha Hieu and then cycle on dirt and paved roads to Tinh Tuc where we pause for lunch. There are two hills to conquer today, but both are gradual with no steep gradients. We cycle until reaching Bao Lac, home to the Black Lolo hill tribe, recognizable by their heavily adorned black clothing and dyed black teeth.

Day 4

We cycle directly from the hotel following the Gam River. A leisurely, flat pedal for the first 50 km takes us to the base of a long ascent to Meo Vac. On each switchback we are the recipients of stunning views and limestone panoramas. We transfer over the amazing Ma Pi Leng Pass to Dong Van.

Day 5

Another marvelous cycling day with two long climbs ahead. We stop to see Vuong's Palace, which once belonged to a Hmong king during the French domination. The palace is a unique architecture mix of European and Chinese styles. There will be many opportunities for photos of the perpendicular walls of rock of this limestone mountain range. We stop riding at Quan Bai and transfer to our overnight at a beautiful Nung village of tended rice fields and well kept traditional homes on stilts.

Day 6

This morning we leave behind our homestay and start with a flat and easy cycle before we slowly climb up to the top of Con Troi Pass at 800 m. Along the way you'll see many ethnic groups -- Tay, Nung, Hmong and Dao – working in the steep rice terraces.

Day 7

We start early to tackle Ma Pi Leng Pass, but it is worth the effort. At the summit enjoy stunning views over the Nho Que River snaking through valleys.

Day 8

Today we start from the hotel and cycle to the market town of Bac Ha. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch at a beautiful vista before continuing on roads carved out of the mountains. We stop riding in the town of Xin Man, at the base of a major climb and transfer to our hotel in Bac Ha, famous for herbal steam baths, the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

Day 9

Wake up early and be ready to be infiltrated by a flurry of colour and commerce that is the Sunday market. Departing Bac Ha town is a largely downhill affair as we leave the hills and mountains behind. At the main highway our bus will be waiting and we have a 4 hour transfer back to Hanoi. We will arrive in the early evening and have a festive farewell dinner.

Day 10

Our tour ends today after breakfast. At leisure until transfer to the airport for onward international flights.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Hanoi - Ba Be National Park Ride 38km. +746m / -793m.
Day 2 - Hanoi - Ba Be National Park Ride 38km. +746m / -793m.

Reviews

I enjoyed the whole trip.

I have booked several organized roundtrips but I have never felt so comfortable as in this one. The member of our tour were very friendly (participants and guides). I was also impressed about the kindness of the local people.

Urs April 2013

This trip was brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved getting out into the countryside and away from the usual hustle and bustle of Vietnam.

The home stays were excellent in terms of quality of accommodation as well as food.

Joanna TinlinApril 2013

In summary, the tour exceeded all expectations, especially the scenery and people along the country roads. We really enjoyed the chance to interact with the locals.

The physical challenge of cycling through has been rewarding. Many thanks to Tuan, for the logistics and for the delicious meals he prepared along the road, and the driver, who picked us up with the van wherever we stopped at the end of every cycling day.

Ivan and MarkoNovember 2010

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