• Sapa area, nestled valleys, mountainside roads, high passes
• Explore the other side of Mount Fansipan• Marvel at the Hoang Lien mountain range rising above you.• Picturesque and inspiring valleys• Villages of awesome Thai, H'Mong and Lu ethnic minority people
[Day 1] Hanoi – Lao CaiMeals: N/A | Accommodation: cozy cabin on train
8.00pm: We depart Handspan's Sales Office at 80 Ma May Street by private coach to Hanoi Railway Station to catch the night train (soft sleeper with air conditioning) to Lao Cai.
[Day 2] Lao Cai – Sapa – Bike Than ThuocMeals: breakfast, lunch and dinner| Accommodation: guesthouse
Arrive in Lao Cai. The bus ride uphill to Sapa takes just over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. After breakfast, gear up for your exciting ride. 8.00am – It's a tough climb out of Sapa to Heaven's Gate, so your support vehicle will transfer you to the starting point at the Silver Waterfall. A 3km climb (30-60 minutes) over the stunning Tram Ton Pass (the highest in Indochina!) provides great views of the Hoang Lien Valley before a free-wheeling 26km (1.5 hours) glide down to Binh Lu Junction. Heading off the main road, we ride 20km of occasionally rocky roads at your own pace into Than Thuoc, a charming little tea town where you'll spend the night in a local guesthouse.
[Day 3] Than Thuoc – Bike Than UyenMeals: breakfast, lunch and dinner | Accommodation: guesthouse
Your support vehicle will transfer you up a steep mountain pass to the starting point for a 20km glide down to Than Uyen through valleys of old growth forest, tea plantations and rice paddies. After lunch in Than Uyen, spend a wonderful afternoon exploring singletrack trails and visiting villages of local ethnic minority communities, including the interesting Lu with their distinctively black teeth. Arrive back in Than Uyen for dinner and overnight stay in a local guesthouse.
[Day 4] Than Uyen – Van Ban – Lao Cai - HanoiMeals: breakfast and lunch | Accommodation: cozy cabin on train
Today brings a gorgeous 40km ride around the other side of the spectacular Muong Kim Valley. We ride at your pace, providing plenty of time to stop and take pictures of the local sights. Arrive in Van Ban for a late lunch before taking the support vehicle back to Lao Cai. Freshen up with a shower in Lao Cai before having dinner and boarding the 8.20pm night train back to Hanoi.Tour ends around 5am the next morning at the Hanoi railway station
Note:- If you arrive in Lao Cai on a Sunday morning, you can choose to save some time by taking the van to the top of the Pass, before gliding down to catch the Binh Lu Market.
PRICE PER PERSON (Valid from 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2013)
Solo: $678From 2 participants: $445Single supplement: $18
Group discount is available, please contact our sales staff at
• Hotel in Than Thuoc, Than Uyen• Meals as specified in the program• Return train tickets Hanoi - Lao Cai in 4-berth cabin of wooden carriage• Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned support vehicle with an experienced driver• Mountain bikes and safety gear (currently using Trek 4500 bikes)• The services of an experienced, English-speaking, first aid-certified guide• All entrance fees• VAT and other taxes
• Hotel in Hanoi• Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.• Camera fees (if any)• Insurance• Surcharge in peak season (Christmas & New Year)
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