Hills of Hoang Su Phi Mountain Bike Tour
About this experience
Hoang Su Phi is a district located on the west side of Ha Giang province, close to the border with China. Hoang Su Phi is famous for its wonderful rice field terraces, especially on the road between Hoang Su Phi and Xin Man, where they are classified as a National Heritage site.
On this mountain bike tour you will be riding on narrow dirt single-track that has been connecting villages and villagers for generations. With most of the single-track sections ranging from undulating to downhill, quench your adrenaline thirst by letting go of the brakes and enjoying the picturesque mountainside as you traverse down the side of Hoang Su Phi.
For this ride we have reserved our (only two) longer climbs for the sealed roads, allowing you to get in the rhythm and recover for the next fun single-track descent to come. With daily distances ranging from 25-30km there will be plenty of time to enjoy time off the bike after the day’s ride, and stop along the way for photos or just to take in the scenery.
Of the three riding days the first two will be cruise stages, while the 3rd and last day will be a timed event with prizes offered to the top 3.
- Cycling along picturesque mountainside
- Visits to Community-Based Tourism projects within the communities along the way
- Enjoy meals prepared by locals
- Reasonably distanced rest stop to enjoy the view, interact with locals, and recharge yourself
Your positive contribution
Environmental and Cultural Protection
By booking this activity, you are contributing to responsible travel.
Environmental: Measures are put in place to make sure water and energy is not wasted and that wildlife are protected.
Cultural: This tour makes sure that money is invested back to the locals and that community-based tourism is in place.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ban Luoc (-/L/D)
Travel by Bus from Hanoi to Ban Luoc Commune and spend the night at Ban Luoc Homestay.
Day 2: Ban Luoc – Suoi Thau – Tan Phong (B/L/D)
- Travel by MTB from Ban Loc Commune to CBT site village (Suoi Thau) and back to Ban Loc Commune. Approx 4km. Dirt road.
- Travel by MTB along sealed road from Ban Luoc to start of Tan Phong single-track Loop (Approx 10km).
- Ride Tan Phong single track Loop
After checking your bikes you head off for a quick return trip to Suoi Thau, which is one of the sites for the Community Based Tourism project being run in the area.
After returning to Ban Loc you will enjoy a mostly downhill ride on a concrete road for 10km towards the 2nd CBT project site of Tan Phong. Just before the village you will do a short climb before dropping down off the dirt road into the 15km Tan Phong Village singletrack Loop, heading west into the valley and enjoying hard-packed trails through farmland and bamboo plantations. After 5km you will cross the river that runs through the area and head back east past an established homestay and traverse the side of the mountain back to Tan Phong village where a final climb along sealed road will take you to the homestay and lunch. After lunch enjoy the local area with some free time.
Stay at Tan Phong Homestay.
TOTAL APPROXIMATE RIDE DISTANCE: 30km.
Day 3: Tan Phong – Nam Son – Nam Hong (B/L/D/)
- Travel by MTB on downhill singletrack from Tan Phong Homestay to Nam Son (8km) and then a 7km climb up sealed road to the top of the pass.
- Turn off main road onto singletrack and ride to lunch spot 3km in from the pass.
- Ride MTB from lunch spot to Kinh’s Homestay (7km)
Leaving the Tan Phong homestay you drop immediately into dirt singletrack that is a mountain biker’s delight. Following the line of the river the trail descends downhill for 8km with only a few sharp but short pinches along the way. As you drop down the final 200m to Nam Son you get a great view of the river before you ride (or walk your bike) across the suspension bridge and enjoy lunch in Nam Son village.
After refueling and topping up the water bottles it’s back on the bikes for a grinding climb out of Nam Son along sealed road to a little shop at the top of the pass, and the start of the next stretch of flowing single trail. After a quick stop at the drink station at the top of the pass you ride 3km to the day’s lunch location, where the owner will serve up a great selection of Vietnamese dishes cooked in both traditional and western styles. After lunch it’s back on the bikes for the last stretch to Kinh’s Homestay in Nam Hong village, along singletrack that traverses the side of the mountain. At the end of the singletrack you will take a left hand turn onto a sealed road for a short climb (approx. 300m) up to the homestay.
Stay at homestays.
TOTAL APPROXIMATE RIDE DISTANCE: 25km
Day 4: Nam Hong – Thong Nguyen – Hanoi (B/L/-)
- Start with climb along sealed road to the start of the dirt singletrack (6km), and then enjoy undulating dirt trails to Tea Village (2km).
- Continue on from Tea Village along sealed road, and after a 1km climb turn left onto dirt singletrack and ride downhill for approximately 5km to the main road.
- Turn right onto main road and continue on to Thong Nguyen.
Today’s ride starts with a 6.5km climb along sealed roads and singletrack, before you get to enjoy 1.5k of sweet undulating trails that drop you down into a lovely village famous for growing tea. Here you will get a chance to top up your water bottles and grab a banana for the final sprint home
Leaving the serenity of the Tea Village you climb for 1km out of the valley along a sealed road before turning off onto single track and enjoying a nearly entire descending 4.7km trail back to the main sealed road, stopping for some great shots of the waterfall along the way. Once back on the sealed road it’s a fast-downhill descent to the bottom of the valley floor and an easy undulating ride following the river to Thong Nguyen township.
Travel by bus to Hanoi.
TOTAL APPROXIMATE RIDE DISTANCE: 22KM
✓ Tours and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary (air conditioned vehicle)
✓ Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= dinner)
✓ 2 water bottles/day/pax. For environmental protection the empty bottle
needs to be returned for recycling.
✓ English speaking guide; local guide
✓ Entrance fees for all visits and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
✓ Community fund: 10% of your homestay fee will contribute to the
community development fund.
✘ Beverages and personal expenditures
✘ Local cultural performance/show
✘ Other transfers than mentioned
✘ Other meals than mentioned
✘ Other services than mentioned
✘ Travel insurance for the trip Hanoi – Hoang Su Phi – Hanoi
- Starting time: Car pick-up at 7.30 a.m (1st day)
- Meeting point: Your hotel
- What to bring: Good walking shoes, raincoat, jacket, insect repellent, long sleeved clothes, hat or umbrella, sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Who can join the tour: this tour is suitable for adults aged 18 and above with medium health conditions.
What's the weather like?
- Depending on the altitude, climate will change. The province is good to visit throughout the year. September to November and March to May are when the temperature is most pleasurable, in their mid 20’s.
- December and a bit into February the temperature falls, especially in the mountains so carry some good clothing.
- October and November is peak season for local Vietnamese tourists.
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