Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi. Airport pick up and transfer to central Hanoi. Free time to explore Hanoi old quarter while your guide unpack bike box and build up your bike. Short bike riding around the old quarter to make sure that your bike works well. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - BacCan - BaBe National Park. Morning transfer 4 hours from Hanoi to ThaiNguyen and up hill to BacCan. We have lunch break in BacCan, then transfer a bit more to PhuThong where we start cycling off road 54 km to BaBe National Park. Villages of Tay and Thai on the opposite of the river. Make sure you turn left at ChoRa junction market town and continue 17 km to BaBe national park (altitude + 240 m). Overnight in BaBe National Park guest house. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: BaBe - NguyenBinh - TinhTuc - BaoLac (60 km). Morning bus excursion 1hour to HaHieu, then we start cycling through forest of Mount PiaOac to NguyenBinh, this is a very old bumpy road through forest and many villages of the Tay people. Many mt. passes to go, the most challenge one is PhiaDen (+ 1200 m). Late afternoon we have bus transfer to Baolac for the night. Overnight in BaoLac People Committee Guest House. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: BaoLac - BacMe - HaGiang (80 km). Good paved road along Gam river, very nice scenery between BacMieu and BacMe. Picnic lunch en route. Late afternoon bus transfer to Hagiang town (altitude + 156 m). Overnight in KhanhHuyen hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: HaGiang - Heaven gate pass - HoangSuPhi (60 km). Morning transfer 1 hour by bus to TanQuang (altitude + 120 m) where we turn right and start cycling up hill to the mountain again. Best mountain view today, challenge 60 km climb through 2 "heaven gates" pass to HoangSuPhi town. First gate is 19 km climb to altitude + 815 m, then going little down, then climb up to second gate at altitude + 895 m. Then start going down further 21 km to HoangSuPhi town. Overnight in HoangSuPhi (+ 460 m), HoangAnh Guest House. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: HoangSuPhi - XinMan - BacHa (100 km). We climb up 5 km right outside the town, then continue 40 km along the Chay river to XinMan, quite easy flat road. Please keep up with the main route, can take photos along the way, but do not turn into any village along this route. At the point 11 km before Xin Man, there is a turn right sign 26 km to China border. After XinMan town, we climb up 17 km to summit of altitude + 1,460 m, then continue 43 km up and down hill to BacHa. This is totally a new road, built on the former trail of the flower Hmong tribes. Overnight in SaoMai hotel in BacHa (altitude + 920 m). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Saturday Market. LaoCai-Sapa (60 km). An interesting day with shuttle bus to visit CanCau Saturday market, see a market day for all tribes: Tay, Nung, Dao, Flower Hmong, Giay, PhuLa, etc. Afternoon cycling down hill 20 km and onto PacNgam at highway 70. Bus pick up, transfer to LaoCai town, then start climb up 35 km to Sapa town (altitude + 1,550 m). Overnight in Sapa. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Sapa - Heaven gate - TamDuong (80 km). Best mountain view today, about 1 hours up hill, with a stop over Silver waterfalls for relax before we conquer the highest mountain pass Oquiho (+ 2,010 m). Then descending down the great panoramic view of HoangLienSon Mountain range. Lunch en route. Nice villages of Hmong and coins, Dao near BinhLu. We take a dirt road 30 km through villages of Dzao and Lu tribe to TamDuong. Overnight at PhuongThanh hotel in TamDuong (altitude + 945 m). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: TamDuong - Paso - LaiChau (112 km). Some part of the road is still in construction, but great view along NamNa river. At point 8 km before LaiChau, there is a turn right to MuongTe, remember to keep on straight to LaiChau. You will see the scenic Da river from HangTom suspension bridge before entering this small town. Overnight at Lan Anh hotel in LaiChau. (+ 200 m). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: LaiChau - DienBien (105 km). A nice long day ride with stop over the Red Hmong village before climb up to Mathiho pass (altitude + 895 m), HuoiChan pass, CoChay pass (altitude + 845 m). Overnight at MuongThanh hotel in DienBien town (altitude + 480 m). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: DienBien - TuanGiao (80 km). Bus sightseeing back to the former French battlefield: A1 hill, DeCastries bunker, etc. You will see some old US weapons here too. Then we have easy ride 80km through many Thai villages to TuanGiao (one climb mountain pass 15 km outside DienBien). Overnight at People Committee Guest House in TuanGiao (altitude + 590 m). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: TuanGiao - PhaDin pass - SonLa (90 km). Challenge 20 km winding climb up Phadin pass (heaven and earth pass) to summit of + 1450 m and 15 km down hill. Nice landscape of green rice fields and karst valley. Light traffic, wandering water buffaloes, Thai and Hmong kids. Overnight at Trade Union hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: SonLa - MaiChau (120 km). Short transfer 1 hours to YenChau where we start riding down hill to MocChau. Stop over XaLinh for visit a green Hmong village. Late afternoon arrive in MaiChau. Overnight home stay on stilt house of Thai tribe. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: MaiChau - Hanoi. Morning free at leisure promenade around Thai villages, shopping local handicraft, etc. until lunch time. Afternoon departure for Hanoi. Farewell dinner in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
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