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Mountain Biking Vietnam's Northwest Mountains (10 Days)
Calling all adventurous mountain bike lovers! This is a tour created with you in mind. A tough yet fulfilling expedition through glorious mountainous terrain, riding through the Northwest from Hanoi up to Tam Duong and then hugging the border of Laos for a section before heading inland back down to Hanoi. You'll be traversing through a lesser-visited part of the country and benefitting from the local guide's knowledge and skills in getting to know this wonderful land from the ground up, mingling with the varied hill-tribes and inhabitants that populate this special part of Vietnam.
- CategoryMountain Biking
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration10 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance316.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance45.4 miles
How long is the tour? How many days riding?
This tour is 10 days long, with 7 riding days.
How many riders will be in the group?
Groups can be from 2 to 16. For groups of 9 or more, a second guide joins the tour.
Is there a minimum age for this tour?
Yes. Riders must be 18 years old by the time the tour starts.
Can I rent a bike for the tour?
Yes. Well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension are available to hire. You can also hire an Ebike if you prefer.
Alternatively, you can bring your own bike, free of charge. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical order.
What's the tour like?
The tour is the ultimate mountain bike adventure. After an overnight train ride from Hanoi, you will ride 510 km (316 mi) through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world. The roads are a mixture of good asphalt, broken or potholed roads, and some off-road cycling tracks. Although the riding is tough, it is very enjoyable, and anyone who enjoys hill riding will love this tour. The scenery really is fantastic, and the people are extraordinarily colourful and friendly. This trip will be supported by jeep and motorbike. Due to the nature of some of the trails, the jeep cannot follow, then there will be motorbike support. During these motorbike sections, there will be rendezvous points with the support vehicle.
Suitability: This trip is tough due to the geography. It is a very mountainous region, and you will have to cross many valleys and mountains to get to Dien Bien Phu. The tour builds up to some tough all-day riding with long distances. This trip should only be attempted by those in good physical condition.
Biking Conditions: This tour is mainly on broken and pot-holed roads with significant portions on dirt tracks. While the off-road riding is not that technical, some experience will help. A support truck or motorcycle is always available to help when required.
Are helmets required?
A helmet is required to be worn on all biking activities and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you won't be allowed to cycle.
Am I safe?
The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a cycling tour.
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts and ends in Hanoi and the closest airport is Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).
If I'm travelling alone, do I have to pay more?
You are not required to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. The tour operator will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, they will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.