Hill Tribes of Vietnam

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US$ 2,100
10 Days / 9 Nights
502 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days7
Average Distance Per Day: 72
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 1375
2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance502 kilometres
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 140, E-Bike: US$ 300
Single SupplementUS$ 160

About this Cycle 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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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.


A wonderful trip biking in the mountains of northwest Vietnam. Great to have a local guide to inform us about everything from the crops in the fields, food, local customs and help me learn basic phrases in Vietnamese. Nice to be able to ride and enjoy and have a place to stay at night already arranged. Home stays with locals were great. Absolutely worth the money.

Adam KartmanNovember 2019

Our guide was a great resource. I learned so much about the local culture and landscape. He always had time for one more question and had a great attitude throughout the tour. This was my first guided bike trip and I loved it! The Hill Tribes of Vietnam route was fantastic! Challenging but very rewarding. The food was simple, but great. I felt that I really gained a good sense of the culture and enjoyed the landscapes immensely .

Neil KearneyNovember 2019

Can't say enough positive things about this trip. The hill tribes region of Vietnam is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and seeing it at low speed on a bike was the perfect experience. Our guide was fantastic. Funny, knowledgeable, and gave us fascinating insights into Viet and hill tribes culture.

Reed HartNovember 2019

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