4 Days
Departure Every THURSDAY

Hoang Su Phi Mountain Bike Challenge Tour 4 Days

A mountain biking journey into unknown remote territory ….

Join us on an exciting mountain biking trip in the breathtaking remote territory of Hoang Su Phi district in the mountains of Northern Vietnam

Our tour is not for the type of rider who wants to speed through a full day of cycling in off road, single trek , dirt trails and do nothing but ride-sleep-eat. Our tour is for riders who want the opportunity to meet the locals, have time to stop for photos and to ‘smell the roses’, all while enjoying a ride along dirt trails that have connected villages and villagers for generations. The tour though will have one day that is a race/timed stage. This is the last day and is only really to ensure riders get back to Thong Nguyen asap as we will have a bus waiting to take them back to Hanoi.

This package will target riders who are medium level of fitness, and who are confident riding a bicycle on uneven and dirt surfaces. Our team will ensure all tour participants are well looked after. In addition to great trails we will also provide First Aid services (in the case of injury), accommodation in quality homestays, suitable mountain bikes (if needed), breakfast/lunch/dinner each day and a support crew to assist and/or pick up tired riders.

Tour Description

Ride on the narrow dirt single trails that have been connecting villages and villagers for generations.  With most of the single track sections ranging from undulating to downhill, your face will be sore from smiling as you traverse down the side of some of Hoang Su Phi’s most picturesque rice-terraced mountainsides. For this ride we have reserved most of the serious climbing 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 20-30km 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. Our tour is not for the type of rider who wants to speed through a full day of cycling and do nothing but ride-sleep-eat. Our tour is for riders who want the opportunity to meet the locals, have time to stop for photos and to ‘smell the roses’, all while enjoying a ride along dirt trails.

The tour will include one timed stage on Day 3 (7km Individual Time Trial) with prizes offered to the top 3 place betters.

Additional information


Day 1 (THURSDAY) – Approx. 4 km

06:00 Travel from Hanoi – Ban Luoc commune (Bus).
15:00 Ride downhill on dirt trails from just outside of Ban Luoc commune to Suoi Thau  village by mountain bike (approx. 4 km)
16:00 Community work development: building concrete road in the village .
19:00 Dinner at homestay.

Overnight accommodation: Suoi Thau homestays

Day 1 Description

Upon arriving by bus to Ban Luoc it’s time to stretch the legs with a short but scenic ride along downhill and flat trails to the homestay village of Suoi Thau.  Once there we will spend 2hrs helping out the local community build a much-needed road, before kicking back at the homestays for the evening and fuelling up for the next day’s ride.

DAY 2 (FRIDAY) – Approx. 23 km

09:00 Ride from Suoi Thau village to Ban Luoc commune by mountain bike along sealed road. (approx. 4 km)
10:00 Bus transfer to Ban Luoc Pass.

Ride from Ban Luoc Pass to Chien Thang and Tan Phong along sealed road and dirt trails. (approx. 19km)

19:00 Dinnner at homestay

Overnight accomodation: Ho Thau homestays

Note: A picnic lunch and water station will be provided on the trail.

Day 2 Description

Get on your bikes and head off from the homestay for a short, climbing ride back to the village of Ban Luoc.  There you will load your bikes on the truck and get a bus transfer to the top of the Ban Luoc Pass where you will get some great views of the valleys either side.

After photos and an official welcome ceremony you will again get back on your bike and enjoy a very fast downhill 8km ride on a concrete road towards the 2nd site of Tan Phong.  Just before the village you will turn onto the dirt and do a short but sharp rocky climb before dropping down into the 10km Tan Phong Village singletrack Loop, heading west into the valley and enjoying hardpacked trails through farmland and bamboo plantations.  After a few kilometers you will turn back east and head towards the last climb of the day along a sealed road to the homestays.
In the evening you will get to experience a performance from local dancers while enjoying the fresh mountain air.

3D map of Day 2 – Ban Luoc Pass to Tan Phong Village: https://www.relive.cc/view/949926178

Day 2 Map and Elevation Profile

DAY 3 (SATURDAY) – Approx. 25km

08:00 Ride downhill from Tan Phong to Nam Son (approx. 8km)

Ride climb from Nam Song to Nam Ai Pass along the concrete road to the lunch spot (approx. 7km).

After lunch Mountain Bike Individual Time Trial from lunch spot to Kinh’s Homestay in Nam Hong (approx. 8.8km)
19:00 Dinner at homestay.

Overnight accommodation at Nam Hong homestays (broken into two groups)

Note: A water station will be provided at the lunch spot at Nam Ai Pass.

Day 3 Description

Leaving the Tan Phong homestay on your bike you follow the line of the river along a new concrete road that changes to dirt as you near the Nam Son Bridge.  While the road is rough in some sections (due to the current upgrade work), you will enjoy 8km of nearly all downhill riding 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.

It’s then time to get into a rhythm for a 7km climb out of Nam Son along sealed road to a little shop at the top of the pass and a picnic lunch.

After lunch it’s back on the bikes for the race stage of the tour, which will be a personal time trial from the lunch spot to Kinh’s Homestay (the final destination for the day) along singletrack that traverses the side of the mountain.  Just make sure that the race official at the lunch spot notes your race number and start time, and later that evening we will announce the fastest riders on this section of the course.

3D map of Tan Phong to Kinh’s Homestay: https://www.relive.cc/view/949945194

Day 3 Map and Elevation Profile

DAY 4 (SUNDAY) – Approx. 22km

07:30 Ride from Kinh’s Homestay (Nam Hong) to Phin Ho tea village along sealed road and dirt trails (approx. 8km)

Ride from Phin Ho tea village to Thong Nguyen along mix of concrete roads and dirt trails (approx. 14km)

10:30 Lunch at Thong Nguyen
12:00 Bus departs Thong Nguyen for Hanoi
18:00 Arrive in Hanoi

Note: A water station will be provided at Phin Ho Tea Village.

Day 4 Description

Today’s ride starts with a 6.5km climb along sealed roads and single track, before you get to enjoy 1.5k of sweet undulating trails that drop you down into the picturesque village of Phin Ho, 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 push your legs for a short climb out of the valley along a sealed road, and then after another 400m turn left off the main road back onto dirt single track.  This is where all the efforts of the day’s earlier climbing pays off, as you get to enjoy a nearly entire descending 4.7km trail back to the main sealed road.  On the way down you can enjoy a cooling off at one of the biggest waterfalls on the tour route, and stop to take in the great view down the valley.  Once back on the sealed road it’s a fast-downhill descent to the bottom of the valley floor and an easy flat ride following the river to Thong Nguyen township and the closing ceremony at the Thong Nguyen Football Stadium.

4D map of Kinh’s Homestay to Thong Nguyen: https://www.relive.cc/view/949952667

Day 4 Map and Elevation Profile

Tour included in:
English speaking cycling guide (other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on quality homestays
Meals details in itineraries (B= breakfast, L = lunches, D = dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transportation
Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Fruit and snack for cycling days

Tour excluded in:
International airfare
Travel insurance
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mountain Bike Hire (Cost USD10/day)
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Optional excursions

Departure Every THURSDAY

Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang

Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang offers beautiful off the beaten path cycling holidays in north east Vietnam. Some of best north Vietnam bicycle tours are arranged around Hoang Su Phi include Hoang Su Phi bike adventures, Hoang Su Phi cycling holidays, northeast Vietnam road cycling tours, biking northern Vietnam, and Hoang Su Phi mountain biking trip. Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang is a mountainous district of Ha Giang Province in the northeast region of Vietnam.

Hoang Su Phi Map

Hoang Su Phi district covers an area of 629 km². It is divided into 1 township and 24 communes including Vinh Quang, Ban Luoc, Ban May, Ban Nhung, Bam Peo, Ban Phung, Chien Pho, Dan Van, Ho Thau, Nam Son, Nang Don, Nam Dich, Nam Khoa, Nam Ty, Ngam Dang Vai, Po Lo, Po Ly Ngai, San Xa Ho, Ta Su Choong, Tan Tien, Thang Tin, Then Chu Phin, Thong Nguyen, Tu Nhan, and Tung San.

Getting to Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang

The best way to get to Hoang Su Phi from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. You will be picked up at your place in Hanoi and brought to Ha Giang city. From Ha Giang city, you can either take Ha Giang local bus or hire motor-taxi to get to Hoang Su Phi. Those who are on budget can take a public bus at My Dinh bus station in Hanoi. Bus journey takes about 6-7 hours.

Booking a guided tour (with a tour guide) is highly recommended. An English-speaking guide is helpful in such off the beaten path place like Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang.

Hoang Su Phi Weather

Climatically, Ha Giang province has two seasons, dry and monsoon, dependent on the altitude of the region. The two northern Indochinese climatic zones on the border influence the climate in that part of the province. The lower areas in the province comprise low hills, the Lo River Valley and the town of Ha Giang. In Cao Bo district, dry season lasts from mid-September until the end of May, and the balance period of the year is the rainy season. However, in Du Gia district the wet season sets in one month earlier.

The average annual temperature in Hoang Su Phi is 22.78 °C (73.00 °F); the monthly averages range from a low of 15.48 °C (59.86 °F) in January to a high of 27.88 °C (82.18 °F) in July. The annual rainfall in Hoang Su Phi is 2,430.1 millimetres (95.67 in); the monthly average varies from a low of 31.5 millimetres (1.24 in) in December to a high of 515.6 millimetres (20.30 in) in July. The average annual humidity level is 84%. More about Vietnam weather.

Cycling in Hoang Su Phi Vietnam

Cycling is a great way to discover Hoang Su Phi, one of best Vietnam’s hidden places in Ha Giang province. Hoang Su Phi district has sealed, paved cycle routes, single dirt tracks, mountain bike trails, backroads cycling offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic road cyclists and mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling holidays and mountain bike tours around Hoang Su Phi and the north east Vietnam region, providing options for both those who want some mountain challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.

Ha Giang Holiday Packages

Check out our best Ha Giang holiday packages including not only Ha Giang Vietnam cycling tours, Ha Giang bicycling trip, Vietnam Ha Giang cycling vacation, Ha Giang mountain biking tour, but also other road trips, scooter, motorbike, motorcycle tours, community, educational, student travel are arranged in Ha Giang province, northern Vietnam. Customize your own itinerary or book these all-inclusive Ha Giang tour packages to discover a non-touristy district of Ha Giang province as well as other less traveled places in the north east Vietnam.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
May 25, 2017

Hi Dzung
Time is flying by since our return from Vietnam! I wanted to email you and THANK YOU for an extraordinary trip! Your team are outstanding particularly Kien. What a wonderful humble human being .. Always organized, patient, great knowledge about the route & your country in general . I was so inspired by the people of your land where ever I went.
The heat & biking we’re extending at times but we all thoroughly loved it and will be sure to recommend it to others.
Please send our regards to your crew and good luck with all your ventures Dzung.
Many thanks
Terry ( group 8 people)
from UK

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