Ha Giang - Northeast Vietnam offers some of the most incredible cycling terrains, stunning mountain views, and the scenery of rice-terraced valleys in Vietnam's Mountain. Our mountain biking tours are well-selected, tailored made itineraries and routes through tribal villages and breathtaking landscapes that they the regions offer. Join us on the bike trip and see featuring unique karstic rock formations, tribal wooden stilted houses with thatched roofs of different Ethnic/tribal people, and mountains nestled between limestone outcrops. It is a unique and outstanding way to meet tribes at their homes and experience the colorful custom and culture of daily life along mountain hillsides.
Meet in Hanoi at 2:00 pm; our shuttle bus will take you to the bike store to test the bikes and gear. Our mechanic will help install your saddle and pedals if you prefer to use your own. Welcomed dinner with the team, tour briefing, and take a night train to Lao Cai.
The Train arrives at Lao Cai Train station at 5: 30 am. Our cycling guides and support vehicles will pick you up at the local restaurant for an early breakfast, change your cycling clothes, and be ready to rock and roll.
Following the hearty meal is a short transfer to a rural village; we begin our pedal to Coc Ly on a paved and scenic road. You will explore panoramic sightseeing and exotic nature on the way. Arriving in Coc Ly at 10 am, it's the right time we spend time participating in the local market, which opens every Tuesday. The colorful hill tribe market is where many tribes exchange with each other by dealing with what they have at the market; colorful traditional customs, agricultural bamboo tools, farm products, etc. The tribes also trade animals such as cows, dogs, big cats, and buffalos if they are valued or cost the same. Afterward, we continue the day on the dirt track to Bao Nhai Bridge and follow the road to Bac Ha town. Do check in and relax on your own.
- Bac Ha Sunday market - 75 km from Lao Cai
- Coc Ly Tuesday market - 54 km from Lao Cai
Depending on your departure date, the itinerary will change to see the tribal market in action, and we might ride in the morning or the afternoon. (Optional cycling trip to Bac Ha on Sunday market. We will change the itinerary if you arrive in LAO CAI Sunday morning. Instead of cycling to Coc Ly for Tuesday market and then riding to Bac Ha, we can transfer to Bac Ha Market for your joining in the morning market. We will ride in the afternoon)
Start early in the morning from the hotel, and we ride to Lung Phing, then turn off the beaten path and single track to Sin Man, stopping for a picnic lunch en route. After lunch, we ride downhill to Coc Pai Town, then conquer the "Heaven Gate Pass 2" before riding to Hoang Su Phi town. Today's ride is an incredible adventure with spectacular scenery dotted with Flowers H'Mong, Tay, Nung, and Dao Phu La villages. Have dinner and stay in Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi.
Ha Giang has a 270km long border line with Yunnan province of China. Covering an area of 7.927,55 km², comprising limestone peaks and outcrops, it creates gorgeous landscapes with its 22 ethnic groups, forming a colorful culture and tradition. We'll explore the most prestigious limestone mountains and marvelous rice terrace fields of Nam Khoa and Paradise Terraced Fields with listed National Heritage of Northeast Vietnam and stunning tribal villages that Ha Giang offers. We'll conquer some big hills before going down to Tan Quang, then take a transfer to Ha Giang town.
Begins our pedal this morning as we head out of town, cycling for the first 25km on a relatively flat road through the landscape of terraced rice paddy fields. Passing through minority villages, we cycle the next 25km up winding roads into the vast limestone mountain range with its perpendicular rock walls, climbing 800m towards the mountain road past "Heaven Gate 1". As we pass through mountain villages, sometimes covered by clouds, we will receive a friendly greeting from the local communities. From the pass, we can look at amazing views, including the famous vista of the Tam Son Valley with the 'Twin Hills, and observe Quan Ba town's countryside. The ride will continue to Yen Minh town. There will be a transfer to Yen Min in the late afternoon.
We set up early today for many highlights and the most natural beauty of the trip. In the morning, it is an incredible ride to cycle into the world-listed Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark's heart and visit the House of Vuong Chi Sinh- the King of the H'mong people, where his family is still living in. The house is typical of the housing design of the White H'mong people, who prefer to live in spotless homes with graceful handmade rock fences surrounding their gardens. We ride rolling hills, stunning valleys, and the highly breathtaking Ma Pi Leng Pass to Meo Vac mountain cliffs in the afternoon.
Having a leisurely breakfast, we quickly visit the colorful hill tribe market before we ride to Dong Van. You are rewarded by pristine nature and magnificent Karst Plateau scenery while cycling ascending to the summit. Stop to visit and explore Hmong King Palace (Vuong Chi Sinh Palace), and then we will continue cycling to Lung Co Pole Flag Tower. After lunch, we ride to Meo Vac. Follow the main road out of town. We will soon approach the street and ascend into the mountain area with incredible scenery and stunning mountain landscapes - Ma Pi Leng– and an excellent opportunity to experience the local rural life of Ha Giang.
A daily market in the town center of Meo Vac is used mainly by the White Hmong, Tay, and Lo Lo hill tribes. Tribal women, well-dressed in their traditional customs, walk and carry bamboo woven baskets filled with corn and vegetables into the town for sale. It's a chance for us to explore before today's ride. We will pass people from the local minority communities along the way dressed in their vibrant tribal costumes. Stop on sideroad to visit a local market or explore the daily life of hill tribal people. Have lunch en route. The following lunchtime, we continue to ride along the Nho Que River, then Gam River, conquering on a relatively rigid pass before descending to Bao Lac town.
Today is the most challenging cycling day of our trip. We will spend half a day for 38 km ascending the peaks, but we can not beat the scenery. There are opportunities to enjoy views of Khau Coc Cha Mountain Pass, Me Pja Pass, and Na Tenh as we sometimes cycle along the China border. Then we'll enjoy downhill on the paved roads, through stunning scenery, untouched tribal villages, stilts houses nested on the side of a mountain, and views of the lovely valley, the limestone mountain range to Cao Bang City.
Tra Linh Mountain Dist is close to China. It's one of the non-tourist towns in the far north of Vietnam. Conical mountains surround a little town in the valley. From Cao Bang City, the beautiful mountain road DT208 will lead us to explore the life of colorful tribes, experience local style life and culture, and immerse ourselves in stunning mountain scenery and peaceful valleys.
From the hotel, we'll have a short transfer to a rural village where we start the day cycling along Bang River, cycling through small villages and tiny towns, passing verdant farmlands and rice-terraced fields. After 10km, we leave the river behind and roll onto gentle mountains, hillsides, and cornfields. We'll meet hill tribes on the way; as we enter the Ha Quang rural Dist, we ride along the river, traveling through the little town, then we roll along mountain hillsides, enjoying the scenery of green valleys alongside small rivers and undulating the mountain road, through jungles to Pac Po. The place Ho Chi Minh organized a revolution again the French and Japanese. Later, he liberated the Vietnamese from the French in 1954. We break for lunch at a local restaurant and get ready to speed some gentle pass on winding forest jungles on Road DT210. We cycle and pass by small hill tribal villages and experience the rich culture of life of different ethnic minorities until we speed up to Tra Linh township-small border town.
The morning ride starts from the hotel. We quickly leave the town and will stop at a small village on the side road to see the bamboo water wheels by the stream. Then we roll hills onto the mountainous countryside and enjoy views of brilliant scenery and breathtaking landscapes. Break for coffee in the town of Trung Khanh, and we ride to Dinh Phong village, passing the Cao Vit Gibbon National Reserve of Trung Khanh. The project has established a new Cao-vit Gibbon Conservation Team of 11 members, including government staff and people from local communities who regularly monitor the gibbon population in the conservation area. After lunch at a local restaurant, we follow the single track couple of km to Quay Son River. This is your endless photo opportunity for stunning landscapes and lush rice paddy fields along the borderline. Cross Quay River on a narrow suspension bridge, we cycle a couple of km on road DT206 to Ban Gioc
Get up early in the morning to expose the fascinating nature, walking down to discover the magnificent Ban Gioc Water Fall. Ban Gioc Water Fall is one of Vietnam's most beautiful waterfalls, sharing half of the River with China. Then we return to the hotel for breakfast and begin riding from Hotel to Quang Uyen Town today on frontier roads. We cycle along the river that is the border of Vietnam and China. In the first section of the river, we can see local Vietnamese and Chinese trading by crossing the river with little boats as smugglers. The new frontier roads offer picturesque limestone mountain ranges along the sleepy river then, where we cycle and pass by hill tribal villages of Tay and Nung hill tribes. We will have regular stops along the villages, learn about their life Have lunch en route. After lunch, we continued riding undulated village roads to Quang Uyen Town. Upon arriving at the hotel, do check-in and relax on your own.
There is no cycling today. The transfer from Quang Uyen to Ha Noi is about 285km, which takes almost a day. We'll have plenty of time to enjoy some highlights on the way with lunch en route on the way to Ha Noi.