Sapa Bac Ha Can Cau Muong Khuong 5 Day Mountain Bike Tour

Join this Sapa Bac Ha Can Cau Muong Khuong 5 Day Mountain Bike Tour to explore the Vietnam northern highlands that is featured with wild nature, mountainous scenery, ethnic people, hill tribe villages, colorful markets...



Arrive Lao Cai early this morning, you will be greeted by our local team and transferred to Sapa. You will get your bike for a day’s biking through the Sapa Valley. At first on a dirt road, then on single-track paths, you will descend to the Tay village of Ban Ho. You then bike beside the main river, on a fast undulating route to Nam Toong, a Red Dzao village. You return to Sapa in the late afternoon after 5 to 6 hours’ biking. Overnight in Sapa at hotel.


You begin the ride directly from Sapa town and straight away you are flying along on a 6 kilometer stretch of superb single-track which takes you through villages and paddy fields. A quiet country lane leads to another long section of single-track, at first involving a challenging climb and then a spectacular, fast flowing downhill to join a remote jeep track. Landslides permitting, your support vehicle jeep may join you here. Alternatively, you will meet up for lunch much lower down the hill. The jeep track climbs gently at first, but then provides an enormous, fast descent of over 1500 meters, before you hit tarmac for the final 30 kilometer stretch into town. This final 30 kilometer road section is a lot of fun. This is a long and challenging day with around 9 hours on the trail.


After breakfast, you load your bikes onto the support vehicles for a 45-minute transfer to the small village of Phong Nien. You riding begins on a good hardpack track along the side of a quiet road. Climbing gently for the first 10 kilometers, you will be able to watch the local villagers working in the fields, dressed in their flamboyant traditional costumes. You then descend steeply for another 7 kilometers to a small village and footbridge that crosses the Song Chay River. Here, you will board one of the traditional Vietnamese longboats and transfer for half an hour through a high cliffed gorge. There is the option of a short single-track section following the riverbank, before your longboat takes you across the river, to a Tay village and lunch at a traditional homestead. This village is also where your support vehicle meets up with you for the first time since the start of your biking day. The afternoon presents you with a tough alpine switchback road that climbs 1000 meters over 17 kilometers, before a final 5 kilometer descent into the highland market town of Bac Ha. Diner and overnight in Bac Ha.


After breakfast, you have a morning road ride to the Can Cau Saturday market. It is 23 kilometers to the market, with the first 12 kilometers being a steady climb of 650 metres to a pass (1508m.), followed by a fast descent over 11 kilometers into Can Cau village (838m.). The open-air market, which is perched on the side of a hill just outside the village, is one of the most fascinating in northern Vietnam. Just 9 kilometers from the Chinese border, it is a mixture of Chinese traders and the 10 different and colorful hill tribes who inhabit this area. After lunch beside the market, a steep climb back up to the pass now opens the way for an off-road route back to Bac Ha. At first this is on rough jeep tracks, but then turns into a classic section of single-track that is technical in places. There will be short sections where you will need to get off and walk with your bike, but the views across to distant Bac Ha make it well worthwhile. Difficulties finally ease and the biking ends with a final blast back into town. Spend the second night in Bac Ha.


Breakfast and load all bikes and luggage on the support vehicle for 20km transfer Ta Gia Khau. Then biking along a newly build tarmac which runs along a branch of the Chay River for 52km with three ascending and descending. It is great challenge but support vehicle always follow the group to support at any time. 

Arriving to Muong Khuong Town in mid-afternoon, load bikes on supporting van and transfer 55km to Lao Cai. Freshen up, relax and dinner before boarding the night train for Hanoi.

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