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VIETNAM IRON MAN CHALLENGE TOUR

 

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 . 

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

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Bike, Trekking and encounter the culture in this "Best of Vietnam" Adventure.

Vietnam is a land of rich beauty. From tall mountains and limestone formations to dense jungles, river deltas, and pristine beaches--its ecological treasures alone make it a unique destination. Combine this with a wonderful and fascinating culture and history, and you'll soon experience why Vietnam is so special.

This extreme 7 days trekking and  mountain bike 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. 

 

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 ( B, L, D) – Mountain bike : 7/10 challenger Distance ride : +- 45 Km. D+: 1250m   D -: 500m, 10% off road.

(Arrival Laocai at 6:00 AM in the morning, Breakfast in local restaurant with rice noodle soup  , banana pancake, breads, coffee, tea… Transfer by van to An Ho stating riding to Phin Giang- Bao tan- Coc ly with 2 of climbing with 10% , more than 3 and 5 km per one climb. After more than 20 km we arrival Coc ly where we will take  60 minutes boat trip on Chay river. Bike will put on boat with clients. Arrival Bao Nhai , Coc Dao riding up to Bac Ha ( 38 km off road ) no minibus stand by behind group until to the hotel. Overnight in hotel. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in hotel Bac Ha

 

Overnight in CongFu hotel or same standard.

Day 3

BacHa – TaVanChu (B, L, D)- Trekking : 3/5 grade

Breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart at 08.30 am. Starting point of the trekking trail from hotel . It is an easy walk through the valley and terraced rice paddies for over 2 hours to a village of the Hmong ethnic peoples. Explore the village and then take a lunch break.

In the afternoon the trek takes nearly 4 hours going up and down hill through plantations, rice paddies and especially the palm forests of the hilly land. We will pass some hamlets of the Hmong and Tay minority people, arriving at the Centre of TaVan Chu village at about 5.00 pm. Explore this beautiful village in your free time before dinner. Home stay in a local house .

Day summary: Trekking 6-7 hours, approx.17 km, grade 3/5/. Home stay in Village
Day4

TaVanChu – ThaiGiangPho (B, L, D)- Trekking: 3/5 grade

Depart at 08.30am after breakfast at the home-stay. The trek today is easy along a large village path which connects this village to other villages of the Hmong, Tay and Nung ethnic peoples, all beautifully set along the mountain. We pay visits to many local homes along the way and everywhere people welcome visitors and treat them hospitably.

The trek in the afternoon goes uphill slightly to ThaiGiangPho . This region is inhabited mostly by the Flower Hmong who traditionally and practically build their homes on hill tops and cultivate the surrounding land to create perfect dwellings. We arrive in village at afternoon, and then take a leisurely walk to explore the surrounding countryside. Dinner and the home stay will be in a stilt house of the local people

Day summary: Trekking 6 hours, approx.17 km, grade 3 of 5/ Home stay .
Day5

ThaiGiangPho-BacHa (B, L, D): Trekking: 2/5 grade

After breakfast, leave village at about 08.30 am, to enjoy another day trekking along the beautiful valley. There is a good trail which winds up and down on the high hillsides gradually going uphill for the whole morning via local village. These people are very different from the Nung and Tay, who live in large villages in the lower lands. Lunch break and then descend along a narrow trail passing through tea farms and steep terraced paddies for 2 hours to BacHa. and overnight in Hotel in Bac Ha

Day summary: Trekking 5 hours, approx.14 km, grade 2 of 5/ hotel.

Day6

Bac ha-  Hoangsuphi . Distance ride : +- 75 Km. D+: 1100m   D-: 1600m, 20% off road

After breakfast in Hotel, 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. Lunch with pasta and fruit.
In the afternoon, clients bike on asphalt about 15-20 km along River Chay before final transfer to  Hoang Suphi. People motivated and very feet can ride all the stage long to Suphi (85 Km).
Overnight in Suphil. (B ,L,)

 

 
Overnight in Suphi. Dinner at first “Basic” Hotel.

Day 7

Hoang Su phi - Bac Quang. Distance ride : +- 50Km. D+: 1100m   D-: 1230m, single track, 100% off road

After breakfast clients start biking directly from hotel on flat asphalt 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.
Small transfer (about 30’) to Bac Quang. Night in Hotel. (B ,L )

 


 Night in Hotel in HaGiang

Day 8

Hagiang - Hanoi . Distance biking : 55 km. D + 600m, D - 600m, 80% off road (B, L). Easy Mountain bike

Breakfast and then a bit transfer , then off road  riding in country side 55 km, lunch. Driving back to Hanoi . End of service in Hanoi  .

Distance:55 Km.


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Tour overview

Tour Cost

Group Size

 2

 Group tour  ( 4- 8people )

Price /person

1,155 USD

1,010 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

From October to May

 WHAT'S INCLUDED

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English speaking local guide

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Accommodations in hotels in Hanoi for the last day, 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

Trek4500, Giant Yukon  including in tour price, Cannondale F3 pay 120 USD, Giant XTC team 90 USD.

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

6 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, 5 nights in basic tourist class  hotels, 2nights in home stay. 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 MoJo 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 "

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