Vietnam Heaven Gate Challenges – 12 Days

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 Taking the long road through the North West traverlleres enter a remote land of mountains and colorful tribes people whose songs of love ring out about the din of the weekend market. The northwest loop is a fantastic route for cyclist. Over 800km cycling from Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai, Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Dong Van, Meo Vac, BaBe national park etc…. this is the best cycling route in Vietnam so far. The ride towards Sapa  meanders through grass valleys to climb alongside crescent paddies and corn fields into a ring of mountains the French once dubbed the ” Tonkinese Alpes”. Above all else towers Fansipan, at 3,143 metres Vietnam’s highest peak. The mountain pass 15km outside Sapa is the highest one in Vietnam ~ 2,000 meters above sea level.

Day 1 – Ha Noi  Challenging to  Nghia Lo ( Yen bai ) (L/D) 
Pick up your hotel in  Ha Noi at 7:30 you will be met up with our team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Yen Bai. Stops will be made en route for you to cycle. Our cycling is a spectacular ride on back roads that take us to Nghia Lo through a terrain of tea plantations, lush forests, rice fields and gum trees. The town sits on a mountain ridge overlooking the Red and Black River and is home to the Thai, Nung, H’mong, La Ha and Ma peoples. Stay in Nghia Lo hotel.

Total Distance : 180 Km

Biking Distance : 100 Km ( 20 km road flat , 80 km mountain 4 to 10 % )

Meals : Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Hotel in Nghia Lo

Transportation  : Support Bus and Truck

Day 2 : Nghia Lo Challenging to Tu Le – Than Uyen  (B/L/D)

Breakfast , Today we will tough cycle out of Nghia Lo passing large white limestone mountains as we explore the “Real Vietnam”.  Following rolling road, to end the day in Tu Le. Leaving Tu Le we travel through rugged terrain with dense vegetation and come into contact with the Black Hmong and the mysterious White Tay people, who are famed for their folk music, poems and songs. The road winds down out of the hills and we descend into valley to end  the day at Than Uyen.

Total Distance : 160 Km

Biking Distance : 100 Km ( 10 km road flat , 90 km mountain 5 to 12 % )

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Hotel in Than Uyen

Transportation  : Support Bus and Truck

Day 3: Than Uyen Tough to Sapa (B/L/D)

From Than Uyen we begin with a gentle 30km ascent to ride along the Hoang Lien Son mountain range through magnificent landscape. Then, from Binh Lu Junction there is another hard ascent of 30 km to the top of the Tram Ton Pass, on our way to Sa Pa. We stop on route to visit the “silver waterfall”, before descending into Sapa for the final 15kms.

Total Distance : 75 Km

Biking Distance : 75 Km ( mountain  tough 6 to 13 % )

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Hotel in Sapa

Transportation  : Support Bus and Truck

Day 4: Sapa Cycling to Villages – Lao Cai – Yen Bai (B/L/D)

Breakfast, Cycling from Sapa to Lao Chai – Ta Van and Ta Phin village is inhabited by the Red Dzao , H’mong , Giay people. You start the bicycle ride right from Sapa town and pedaling downhill to the village. Cycling on paved roads; taking picture of beautiful terraced rice fields; meeting up with the Red Dzao and H’mong people offers a real life experience. Start downhill to Lao Cai and then visit Vietnam and China border .Transfer to Yen Bai city .

Total Distance : 35 Km

Biking Distance : 35 Km ( mountain really tough 5 Km , 30 km downhill )

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : On A/C cabin ( 4 persons / Cabin )

Transportation  : Support Bus and Truck

Day 5: Yen Bai to Bac Kan – Ba Be National Park

In the morning, start cycling from your hotel to ATK road and up hill to Thai Nguyen. We have lunch break in the local restaurant, then at Don market we start cycling off road 34km to Ba Be national park. Villages of Tay and Thai in the opposite of the river. Ba Be national park (alt. +240m) . We ride about 55 km today. O/N BaBe.

Summary

Accommodation : Pac Ngoi Home – Stay

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 55 Km

Day 6 : Babe lake cruise full day trip

Today we will spend the whole day visiting the beauty of Ba Be Lakes in a local hand-crafted wooden canoe. We cycling up hill and down hill and to a boat dock around 25 km from Pac Ngoi, then glide along the river and to a nearby cave. Lunch is served near a beautiful waterfall. After lunch, we canoe our hearts’ out navigating into the tranquility of Ba Be Lake and be witness to all of its majesticness. The afternoon’s activities could include swimming and trekking, or sometimes a short visit to the ethnic minority villages. Rest at dinner then you are free to learn about the local people. Overnight at the home-stay.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 25 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Pac Ngoi Home – Stay

Day 7 : Ba Be – Tinh Tuc – Bao Lac

Morning bus excursion 1hour to Ha Hieu, then we start cycling through forest of Mt. Pia Oac, this is a very old bumpy road through forest and many villages of the Tay people. Many moutain passes to conquer, the most challenge one is Phia Den pass +1200m. Late afternoon we have bus transfer to Bao Lac for the night. Total cycling ~ 80-100km today. O/N Bao Lac Song Gam hotel

Summary

Accommodation : Song Gam Hotel

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 km

Day 8 : Bao Lac – Niem Son – Meo Vac Good paved road along Gam river, very nice scenery between Bac Mieu and Bao Lam. Picnic lunch en route. Late afternoon we cycle to Niem Son and start up the mountain to Meo Vac. O/N Hoa Cuong hotel.

Summary

Accommodation : Hoa Cuong Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 80 Km

Day 9 : Meo Vac to Dong Van We have a short ride today, but the Ma Phi Leng mountain pass is fantastic. It is the most beautiful mountain pass winding between the Karst mountain in the North Vietnam. we stay in Hoang Ngoc hotel and time to walk around local market and an old Hmong house.

Summary

Accommodation : Hoang Ngoc Hotel

Meals :  Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance  : 25 Km

Day 10 : Dong Van to Yen Minh

Nice day going through the mountain with a stop at Xa phin to visit House of Hmong’s King. Late pm we promenade around this small town. More info about Dong Van plateau geopark . O/N Yen Minh hotel.

Summary

Cycling Distance : 60 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Cao Nguyen Hotel

Day 11: Yen Minh to Quan Ba and Ha Giang

Getting up to the heaven gate of Quan Ba pass. Stop for panorama view of famous Mam Xoi mountain, then we have a long descent to Ha Giang. O/n in Ha Giang

Summary

Cycling Distance : 70 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation : Huy Hoan Hotel.

Day 12 : Ha giang to Hanoi

Morning transfer start cycling  from Ha Giang to Bac Quang, then transfer back to Hanoi , Arrival Hanoi in the late afternoon .

Summary

Cycling Distance : 40 km

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch

Accommodation : Your account .

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Inclusive of:

  • Support  air-con Van/Bus(carry bikes, bikers)
  • Truck(s) for carrying bikes for group
  • English speaking cum biking tour guide(s)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing
  • Pick up & drop off at your hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic
  • Water, snacks, cold towers, soft drinks and fresh fruits
  • Accommodation in tour
  • Full day boat tour in Ba Be lake

Exclusive of:

  • Personal expenses and what are not mentioned ,Travel insurance,Tips
  • Accommodation in Hanoi

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February : 13th – 24th

March : 13th – 24th

April

May :  13th – 23rd ( Reduce 5 % )

June :

July  13th – 24th ( Reduce 5 % )

August :

September  13th – 24th ( Reduce 5 % )

October: 13th – 24th

November : 13th – 24th

December 13th – 24th

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