Day 1: Hanoi - Pu Luong Nature Reserve. (180 km with some off-road options)
We start from the outskirts of Ha Noi, ride alongside the river on the dyke road before reaching the new Ho Chi Minh highway. After 40 km on back road with beautiful landscape of limestone mountains through the peaceful villages, we get to Hoa Binh City. There is an option within 10km off-road. The first 100m will be really a challenging for the first day as it is quite steep and bumpy. After lunch, we continue our ride in the mountainous area, stop at the viewpoints that give you the view of Pu Luong Nature reserve. Check in the home-stay with some cold beer and dinner with some delicious local food.
Day 2: Pu Luong nature reserve - Mai Chau 120km mixed of road and off-road
After having breakfast, we spend some time to discover the Pu Luong nature reserve area. We take a short trek around the village before jumping on the bike to ride on some dirt tracks.
Leaving the nature reserve area, we head up to Mai Chau, the well-known village of White Thai tribal. Dinner and overnight at homestay.
Day 3: Mai Chau - Phu Yen. 160km 5h (Sealed road and off-road options)
In the morning we ride on the historical road No.6 used in the war against the French. This road hasn't been used much for many years and is bumpy and muddy, but there is beautiful scenery. Then we will take another track through H'Mong villages, passing peach and plum orchards. After that, we ride on a nice winding road with amazing scenery.
With the experienced riders, we ride on a small single track through H’Mong tribal village along Laos border. Before getting to Moc Chau, we take a ride in the green tea plantations threaded with narrow trails, Lunch in Moc Chau town, then ride 45km, get a ferry across the Black River hydropower reservoir. Ride along the lake to Phu Yen and overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Phu Yen - Mu Cang Chai. 180km 6h ride (Sealed road and off-road options)
In the morning we are going to the area of green tea plantations. The local H'Mong tribes make delicious green tea. Lunch will be in Tu Le. In the afternoon we have a lovely ride along a good smooth winding road up to one of the most beautiful passes in Viet Nam, the Khau Pha pass. From the top of the pass, take a look down the valley and see the snaking road at the bottom. Arriving to Mu Cang Chai and see some of the most impressive rice terraces in Vietnam. You will want to take photos in every corner. If weather permits, we will do some off-road riding. Spend the night in a traditional house-on-stilt with a Thai tribes family.
Day 5: Mu Cang Chai - Sa Pa. 140km 4h ride (Sealed road and off-road options)
In the morning we will do some off-road riding through the rice terraces area. Nice tracks going through small villages. The villagers will be very surprise seeing you going through, because of none tourists at all. Beautiful ride after, all the way to Sa Pa on a long smooth winding road, stopping at the highest pass in Viet Nam, the Tram Ton pass (2000m above sea-level) before arriving to Sa Pa. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Sa Pa – Xin Man. 140km with some off-road options.
After breakfast, we ride down to Lao Cai city, stop at the Chinese border, give a wave to China. Then heading to Bac ha. If we come in the right time, we will have a chance to visit one of the most attractive traditional markets (Flower H’Mong tribe Sunday market). After lunch in Bac Ha, take a ride on the off-road part in the jungle with beautiful scenery before arriving to Xin Man. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Xin Man – Ha Giang. 150km sealed road with some off-road options.
First 100km will be on a very long winding road on the side of mountain ranges. We will see some beautiful rice terraces here too, some of the best in Vietnam. Last 50km will be on big smooth road, the Highway No.2 on the side of Lo river. Arrive in Ha Giang city, the gateway to Dong Van Karst Plateau. Obtain permit to visit frontier area in the city. Overnight in a family of Tay tribe in a beautiful village.
Day 8: Ha Giang - Dong Van. 140km sealed road and some dirt track options.
Heading up to Dong Van karst plateau which is recognized as one of Global Geopark network. People have said this area is the best in Vietnam because of the spectacular mountain scenery and the traditional customs of the local ethnic tribal groups. We can stop often to take photos.
Dong Van limestone karst plateau was organize by UNESCO as a global geopark in 2010, it shows contrasts in photography, which includes grand massifs, rock plateaus, gigantic caves, rolling valleys and deep canyons. Being Vietnam’s northernmost region, it is also home to 17 ethnic minority groups, all still keep alive the legacy of rich tradition and culture for centuries. It is great combination of geological and cultural heritages that make this hidden place so worth visiting.
Day 9: Dong Van - Bao Lac. 140km (4h ride.)
Visit a local market, very unique traditional one in the ancient street of Dong Van town. After that, we climb up to "the Most Wonderful" Ma Pi Leng pass. Spectacular scenery from another world. We can stop often to take photos. After lunch in Meo Vac, we will take a ride around the town to discover more about the Global Geopark, then roll all the way down to Bao Lac. If the weather permits, we will do a loop on the dirt track along Chinese border with a bamboo raft across Nho Que river to Bao Lac. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Bao Lac - Quang Uyen. 180 km sealed road.
Ascending ‘the Fifteen-level’ pass, we keep riding along the border belt road to Ha Quang, make a visit to Pac Bo (the Waterwheel) Cave, where President Ho Chi Minh hid in the early days of the resistance war against French in 1941. Continue our ride to Tra Linh, the Quang Uyen in the area of innumerable vast steep rock mountains, surrounded by corn fields. Check in the home-stay, enjoy cold beer and share dinner with family.
Day 11: Quang Uyen - Ban Gioc waterfall - Quang Uyen. 120 km (paved road with some off-road options.)
We will spend the day to visit the largest and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam, Ban Gioc Waterfall, and a big karst cavern, Nguom Ngao (Tiger) Cave. The Ban Gioc waterfall and the river form the natural border between Vietnam and China. Another chance to reach China the other side by taking a bamboo raft. We then return to the home-stay.
Day 12: Quang Uyen - Ba Be National Park. 180 km paved road with some dirt track options.
After breakfast, we start our ride to Cao Bang city. Surrounded by rolling mountains, Cao Bang is a fertile and flat valley, where the Bang river and Hien river converge. It is home to the Tay and Nung ethnic minorities, where visitors can find peaceful villages and colourful fairs (held every 5 days). We keep riding on the National Road No.3 follow the Ngan Son mountain range. Arrive to the area of the Ba Be National Park in the afternoon. Ba Be lake, the biggest natural lake in the heart of national park, surrounded by primary jungle and limestone cliffs. Beautiful ride in very thick jungle. Overnight with a family of Tay tribes on a traditional stilt house by the side of the lake.
Day 13: Ba Be - Thac Ba lake. 150km 5h ride (Sealed road and off-road options)
Leaving the National park, we ride the sealed road before getting in to a single track side of the stream through a cave, go on some tiny wooden bridges. Arriving in Vu Linh, a village of Dao tribes on the side of Thac Ba reservoir. Before checking in to the home-stay, we take a ride through the village to the lake for sunset contemplating. Stay at a traditional stilt house, enjoy beautiful food, have an opportunity for an evening with very friendly and funny people. The home-made rice wine is unlimited.
Day 14: Thac Ba - Hanoi. 180km 5h ride (Sealed road)
Say goodbye to the host, we start our last journey back to Ha Noi. Get used to be with Ha Noi traffic by the time we get there. Check in your hotel, tour ends!