Duration:3 days 4 nights
Tour route:Hanoi - Sapa - Ta Phin - Heaven Gate - Binh Lu - Tam Duong - Hon Village - Hanoi
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Duration: 3 days/ 4 nights
Departure: Every evening from Hanoi
Pick up: At your hotel in Hanoi
One day touring the highlights of charming Sapa town and exploring its nearby tribal villages, two days on saddle to conquer Vietnam’s highest mountain pass, this trip is truly for cycle lovers . Following the motor way the first day and getting off the beaten track for the way back, your wheels will make a loop around the two large valley: Binh Lu and Tam Duong on Fansipan’s westside which boasts imposing scene of Hoang Lien Son Range as well as stunning landscapes of the mountainous plateau featuring with mountain back drops, green tea plantaitons and rice fields which surround villages of the Black Zao, Red H’mong and Lu ethnic peoples. The trip is also a perfect alternation for other trips in months of bad weather in Sapa.
Night 1: Take overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai
Please, be ready at your hotel lobby at 20.00 for a short transfer to Hanoi railways station for taking the overnight train (first class 4 beds cabin with air-condition) which arrive in Lao Cai city, near the Chinese border next morning.
Day 1 // Sapa Town’s Highlights and Ta Phin Village
Meet your Sapa guide and driver upon your arrival and transfer uphill the Hoang Lien Son mountains to Sa Pa. Great views of valleys and terraced rice fields along the way.
After Breakfast, your guide will show you around for a brief introduction of this charming town. At the market, ethnic minority people of different groups wearing their traditional costumes made by themselves comes every day selling local products includes vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom, medicinal herbs and souvenirs…there are chances to get intact and taking photos. Afterwards you will follow the footsteps uphill to the top of Ham Rong Mountain for over viewing beautiful scenery of the town and surrounding area, paying visit to an orchard garden and a mini museum which tells you a lot about ethnic minority people living in Sa Pa and the northwest region.
After Lunch, transfer 14km to the center of Ta Phin valley, then you will enjoy an easy walk following village path, paying visit to some H’mong hamlets scattering from the bottom of the valley to higher mountain slopes. From high elevation, great view of the valley stretching under your foot. Continue your walk to the Red Zao village in which you will meet groups of women making handicrafts includes embroidered clothes, handbags… Transfer back to Sa Pa in late afternoon and the rest hours is at your leisure.
• Breakfast and Lunch included, Dinner on your own
• Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Day 2 // Cycle over Heaven Gate // Binh Lu // Tam Duong
Commencing the trip from Sapa, you will cycle uphill, passing green chayote farms on the bamboo frames and rose gardens which cover the mountain slops for over 10km. First long break at the famous Silver Waterfall to enjoy magnificent scenery and overview spectacular valley. Continue cycling uphill few kilometres further to the top of Tram Ton Pass, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at 1,800m above sea level. From here stunning views of the valley stretches in your sight and the road downhill winds its way as a thin string on the hillsides. 18km cycling downhill with lots of fun and many stops for photos and you will arrive to a Red H’mong village of Chu Va at the foot of Hoang Lien near a clear stream of water, where you can enjoy Lunch break and swim in the river as well. After Lunch and taking a short walk around the village, you will continue cycle descending to Binh Lu where another stop to visit the market here. Afterwards, a two hours leisurely cycle to explore this lush valley, paying visit to the Lu and Zao Tien villages.
You will continue cycling uphill 15km of the Hong Thu Man mountain range and when arriving at the top the great view of Tam Duong Valley which is surrounded by impressive mountain back drops with green tea plantations and terraced rice paddies. Arriving in Ban Hon Village of the Lu peoples, beautifully set on a bank of a river, taking shower or if you like swimming in the river and free walk to explore the village.
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
• Accommodation: Home stay in stilt house in Ban Hon Village
Day 3 // Cycle Hon Village // Binh Lu by back road // Overnight train to Hanoi
After Breakfast, It is really nice to attend the market here for about an hour where you can meet many local ethnic peoples in their traditional costumes such as the Red H’mong, Black Zao, Zao with coins, Lu, Lao…
Leaving Tam Duong at about 09.00 Am you will get off the main road and follow a dirt road for a bout 45km off the beaten track. There is more fun along the way while you cycle through this quiet and peaceful region and paying visit to the Lu and Black Zao villages along the way.
Lunch will be prepare in a village near Binh Lu town and along break by the side of the river again for recharging energy before cycling up hill the Hoang Lien Son range again.
The way uphill is as far as 40km and very steep, so it is flexible for you to cycle as far as you wish, other while vehicle will carry the bikes and you will relax and enjoy landscape from the jeep or van. Getting to Lao Cao Station late in the afternoon, you have time for a quick shower and Dinner on your own before boarding the overnight train for Hanoi. Trip ends early next morning as you arrive in Hanoi.
• Breakfast and Lunch included, Dinner on your own
• Overnight on the train in first class 4 beds cabin with air-conditioning
Tour price includes
• Good mountain bicycle with helmet.
• Supporting vehicle(Jeep or van).
• Meals as indicated in tour itinerary, drinking water and snack when cycling.
• English speaking guide, visiting fee and government permission, tax and service charge.
• Accommodation: 1 night hotel in Sapa, 1 night home stay in Ban Hon Village.
Tour price excludes
• Meals not indicated in above program.
• Drinks and personal expenses.
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