Sapa Cycling Tours To Dien Bien Phu -Sa Pa District is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam’s highest mountain, Fan Si Pan, at a height of 3142m above sea level. The town of Sa Pa lies at an altitude of about 1600 m. The climate is moderate and rainy in summer (May—August), and foggy and cold with occasional snowfalls in winter.
|Activity||Active Cycling tours|
|End in||Dien Bien Phu|
|Group Size||2 -16 pax|
|Tour type||Group Tour|
|Depart||Every 5 & 25th Monthly|
|Price from||885 usd|
Highlight: Sa Pa District is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam’s highest mountain, Fan Si Pan, at a height of 3142m above sea level. The town of Sa Pa lies at an altitude of about 1600 m. The climate is moderate and rainy in summer (May—August), and foggy and cold with occasional snowfalls in winter.
Sa Pa is a quiet mountain town and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. The total population of 36,000 consists mostly of minority groups. Besides the Kinh (Viet) people (15%) there are mainly 5 ethnic groups in Sapa: Hmong 52%, Dao 25%, Tay 5%, Giay 2% and a small number of Xa Pho. Approximately 7,000 live in Sapa, the other 36,000 being scattered in small communes throughout the district.
Most of the ethnic minority people work their land on sloping terraces since the vast majority of the land is mountainous. Their staple foods are rice and corn. Rice, by its very nature of being a labour intensive crop, makes the daily fight for survival paramount. The unique climate in Sapa has a major influence on the ethnic minorities who live in the area. With sub-tropical summers, temperate winters and 160 days of mist annually, the influence on agricultural yields and health related issues are significant.
The minority people can only yield one crop of rice annually, which leads to food shortfalls in many communes at specific times.This shortage of food contributes to malnutrition and other related health problems. The climatic conditions also contribute to many health issues including coughs, colds, and bronchial and respiratory problems that are commonplace throughout the community.
Day 1: Arrive Ha Noi – Overnight train to Lao Cai .
Airport transfer to Ha Noi capital, exploring the old city on your own or meet at the hotel for trip briefing .Our van drive pick you to the train station for catching a train at 9:30 PM to Lao Cai. Overnight on travel train.( 4 persons / A/C Cabin )
Day 2: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van Valley afternoon ride (20km cycling) (B,L)
Arrive Lao Cai in early morning, transfer to Sapa for breakfast, short rest and time to fit the bike before riding into the Sapa Valley.We will vist H’mong people villages & Giaz People . Lunch at the villages .Before ride back to Sapa town .
Overnight in Sapa.
Day 3: Sapa – Ta Phin Loop ride full day (30km cycling) (B,L)
Breakfast at your hotel .Cycle off road track to the village of Ta Phin, when the ride will be more challenging in a loop across a steep and forested hillsides and minority villages.Lunch at the local restaurant . Cycle up hill back to Sapa .
Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Tam Duong (Phong Tho) – New Lai Chau (90km cycling) (B,L,D)
Cycle shortly uphill as warm up to the Tram Ton Pass, before starting a long descent ride down hill to Binh Lu – Ride a truly off the beaten track (jeep track) mixed of hard pack gravel and clay to Tam Duong and Lai Chau. Overnight in Lai Chau city .
Day 5: Lai Chau – Muong Lay (85km cycling) (B,L,D)
Buffet breakfast and Take a brutal ride this day to Old Lai Chau and get a reward of truly spectacular views. The ride is on the main road, uphill and tarmac downhill, mixed of gravel and hard pack clay. Visit some minority people on the way . Overnight in Muong Lay .
Day 6: Muong Lay – Dien Bien Phu (90km cycling) (B,L ,D)
Take a hardest but challenging ride this day to Dien Bien Phu, on a rough tarmac terrain all the way, but you will be rewarded with the stunningly beautiful scenery and untouched remote villages.
Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 7: Dien Bien Phu Flight to Hanoi (no cycling) (B,L)
Take a half morning tour exploring the historical sites of Dien Bien Phu.War Museum , Hill A 1 , Late morning flight back to Hanoi .( your own accommodation ) . End of tour.
Support Air conditioned bus/van
Truck to carry bikes
English speaking biking/trekking tour guide
Entrance fees/Jeep for tour
Train ticket Ha Noi – Sapa
Airport transfer in/out ( in tour )
Pick up & drop off at your hotel
Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic/Doctor(10 travelers)
Water, snacks, cold towers, soft drinks and fresh fruits for cycling day
Accommodation in tour
Flight tickets from Dien Bien Phu to Hanoi
Accommodation in Hanoi
Departure dates: Every 5 & 25th Monthly
Group size is minimum 2 and maximum 10 travelers.
TOUR PRICE: 885 Usd / person
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