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TRAILS OF TONKIN ALPES  MOUNTAIN BIKE ( 75% off road )

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

This extreme 8 day trip takes you to the very heart of the north Vietnam mountain . You will discover some of the finest cycling trails in Vietnam has to offer. Beginning in  Hanoi , take overnight train to Laocai we will cycle and climb five major passes from 1,500m to 2,000m.

  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. 

 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 7/10 difficult mountain bike with off road ,terrain, dirt trails , single track, tough.... That is  REAL mountain bike trip.

 

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-Bac Ha. Distance ride : +- 42 Km. D+: 1250m   D -: 500m, 80% off road, dirt road, trails, single track uphill

Overnight in CongFu hotel or same standard.

Day 3 Bac ha-  XinMan . Distance ride : +- 55 Km. D+: 1100m   D-: 1600m, 80% off road, dirt road, single track.. clients start biking directly from hotel, climb above Bac Ha through Di Thau. Then ride off road in the mountain on a wide track to a mountain pass and long asphalt downhill to Xin man. Overnight in XinMan.
 

Day 4

XinMan-Hoang Su phi . Distance ride : +- 48Km. D+: 1000m   D-: 1230m, dirt road,  60% off road. In the morning, clients bike on asphalt about -20 km along River Chay before riding up and down in off-road with  27 km  to Hoang Suphi.
People motivated and very feet can ride all the stage long to Suphi (85 Km).
Dinner at first “Basic” restaurant. Overnight in Suphi

Day 5

Hoang Su phi - Ha Giang. 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 (35’) to HaGiang. Night in Hotel in HaGiang

 

Day 6

Hagiang - Quan Ba. Distance: +-80Km. D+: 1500m   D-: 1330m, 10 % off road


After breakfast, We cycle up to the Quan BA, after 21 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 . Night in very basic hotel in Quan Ba.

Day 7

Quan ba - BacMe. Distance: 55 Km .  D+: 1500m.  D-: 1600m. 90% off road

Today we head for Bac Me , Van will transfer biker to Mau due  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 Bac Me.
Night in very basic hotel in Bac Me.

 

Day8

Bac Me- Babe lake: Distance : 55 km. D + 600m, D - 600m, 40% off road

Day9

Ba Be - Vinh Loc( Chiem hoa ). Distance: 53 Km (73 Km if start riding in Ba Be Guest House). D+: 450m.   D-: 300m. 20 km off road, 20 km single track


 Night at hotel and dinner at restaurant.

Day10

Vinh Loc -  Tuyen Quang- Hanoi

Distance: 45 Km.  D+: 300 m.   D-: 350m. 100% off road , single track.

Pm driving back to Hanoi.

Overnight in hotel in Hanoi. End of service.

 

Extension tour , 2 days sleep in wooden boat in Halong bay = from 190 to 450 USD one cabin for 2 people with  lunch, dinner , breakfast , Shuttle bus around trip .

Hotel recommend before and after trip in Rising Drangon Place hotel : http://risingdragonhotel.com/rising-dragon-palace/   price from 50USD/room ( including breakfast , tax )  for run of house.

Email us for details itinerary: info@bikingvietnam.com: bikingvietnam@mail.com

Tour overview

Tour Cost

Group Size

 2

group tour

Price /person

1,485 USD

1,200 USD

 

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

Start

End

Prices in US$

20/Dec/2012

29/Dec/2012

1,249

12/Jan/2013

21/Jan/2013

1,249

21/Jan/2013

29/Jan/2013

1,259

29/Jan/2013

8/Feb/2013

1,259

10/Feb/2013

19/Feb/2013

1,259

20/Feb/2013

01/Mar/2013

1,259

4/Mar/2013

13/Mar/2013

1,259

10/Sep/2012

19/Sep/2012

1,249

5/Oct/2012

16/Oct/2012

1,299

22/Oct/2012

31/Oct/2012

1,299

1/Dec/2012

10/Dec/2012

1,299

 WHAT'S INCLUDED

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English speaking local guide

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Accommodations in  home stays and  local hotel around trip as mention ( some hotel very basic standard )

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Meals as noted : B= breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner

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Drink as water, coffee, tea, energy drink by nutritional gel, juice  for cycling tour.

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Sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary

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Ground transportation with 100% stand by

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Additional guides where necessary

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Entrance fees and permits

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Basic medical

WHAT NOT

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.).

Bike Hire

Cannondale F2 lefty pay 180 USD.

Cannondale F3 Fatty pay 140USD

 

 Full suspension Cannondale RZ one  twenty 3 pay 200USD

 

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.

 

Gears checklist

Total Distance

+- 450 km

Number of cycling days

8 full days and one half-day

Average Daily Distance:

57km

Off Road

62%

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, 3 nights in basic tourist class  hotels. All accommodation has a/c or fan, hot water and private facilities.

Food

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... including: nutritional ( 3 Clif Bar energy bars /per day)

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.
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 "

 

Extreme

Scenery

 

Note:

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  •  We may not always have cruise , tours, holidays, travel available at certain time. Please contact us as early as you can.

  • All bookings must be paid deposit 50 USD/person for a cruise, 100 USD for tour before start your trip.

  • Deposit we be pay by paypal.

Booking or customize this tour , please contact: marcopolotravel@gmail.com
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