Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
This 7 days tour Mountain Biking in Vietnam is one of our challenging bike tour we arrange in the northeast Vietnam, taking you to remote hilltribe villages, less traveled places in Ha Giang province.
DAY 1: LAO CAI -> BAC HA
Arrive Laocai early this morning. You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. 8:00: We will leave Lao Cai for a road transfer to the Bac Ha Sunday market. The Bac Ha market on Sunday takes place right in this charming town. Enjoy about 2 hours joining the local ethnic peoples such as H’mong, Zao, Tay, Phu La…experiencing the festive atmosphere and lively activities as well as understanding of the regional spiritual life. Check in hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, warming up for aprox 2 hours by cycling 12 km up and downhill around the Ban Pho Valley. Overnight in Bac Ha.
DAY 2: BAC HA CYCLING
The trail today runs mostly through populated valleys which featured of terraced rice paddies and cornfields on steep hills sides as well as chances to meet local tribal peoples such as Flower H’mong, Zao and Tay. After breakfast, we start biking from hotel following the motor way for about 3 km. We will cross the stream by suspension bridge and then enjoy an easy ride on a single dirt track along a stunning valley for 4 km before challenging 5 km up steep hill trail to Lung Phin village. We will visit this village and follow the motor way again for 2,5 km and then to another single dirt track, passing through several small hamlets of the H’mong peoples to Can Cau market place. We will arrive at Can Cau at about 4.00 pm. Stop biking and then transfer by road for 45 minutes. Check into a local house for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: BAC HA -> XIN MAN
After breakfast, we will cycle along a single track which form a half circle and is a combination of short lose rocky part and dirt trails with some stream crosses. We will bike through several villages and hamlets of the Nung, H’mong and Zao ethnic peoples. Lunch break, a newly settled-down village. After lunch, we continue cycling along the same track for 9 km on high elevation where a short stop will be made for us to visit the interesting rock fields with messages of the ancient peoples carved on many big rocks. Arrival at home stay at about 3.00 pm. Dinner and overnight in the village.
DAY 4: XIN MAN -> HOANG SU PHI
After breakfast, we leave home stay at about 08.30 am. We continue our bicycle tour following the good motor way. We bike through thick rain forest from home-stay over the Gio Pass to the southern side of the. We then turn left to a single dirt track and cycle mostly downhill through tea farms, terraced rice paddies, bamboo forest, passing some isolated hamlets of the Zao and H’mong ethnic. We continue our bike through a suspension bridge and cross the Nam Ly River to the sounthern bank. We take the single dirt track and bike uphill through Villages of the Red Zao and then to Nam Choong Village. Arrive at about 5.00 pm. Dinner and overnight in the village.
DAY 5: HOANG SU PHI -> HA GIANG
We begin the day by biking along a narrow single track to the center of Quang Nguyen Commune. We then follow a single dirt track biking gradually uphill along the Nam Ly River. Challenging down and up very steep trail to cross the upstream of Nam Ly River to the other bank. Bikes may have to be carried for about 30 m. We then follow a larger single track and bike uphill and then cycle gradually downhill. Bicycle trip will be uphill for 4 km to Village of the Red Zao and Nung ethnic. We arrive to homestay at about 4.30 pm. Dinner and overnight in the village.
DAY 6: HA GIANG BIKING
Cycle along a single dirt track almost downhill for 12 km. Take a short rest by the river. Then we cycle the large road up steep hill. This part offers stunning scenery of thick rain forest with narrow terraced rice paddies on steep hill sides. Lunch will be provided en route. We bike downhill along another large single dirt track to the Junction of the Nam Khoa River. Scenery features with small villages of the Zao and the Nung surrounded by tea farms, plantation and terraced rice paddies stretching along 2 sides of the valley. We turn left and then follow a very narrow single dirt track winding its way up and down on steep hills sides. Follow the narrow motor way to the Panhou eco lodge where we will spend the night.
DAY 7: HA GIANG -> HANOI
Breakfast and check out the Panhou at 08.00. Enjoy a full day drive to Hanoi. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant along the way. Arrive in Ha Noi at about 06.00 pm. Trip ends.