Bike Laos' breathtaking highlands
Bike tour one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in South East Asia, with views that will leave you speechless. Lots of up, lots of down and small hill-tribe communities at every turn make this an incredibly rewarding adventure by bicycle.
This bike tour runs from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.
For those who can't find the time for our epic 14 day Lao Lao Adventure, this is a compact, challenging ride through an intriguing part of Laos. We set off from Luang Prabang and ride our way through this amazingly green mountain range with small communities of Hmong and Khmu hill-tribes dotted throughout. Very light traffic adds to the enjoyment and allows us to really enjoy the downhills. This is sure to be a memorable trip across the most scenic mountain range in South East Asia, with views for miles, and some really satisfying riding.
Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from Dec 23 to Jan 3 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
5 days duration
298 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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Top quality, well maintained Merida, Giant or Trek (actual make of bike may vary) mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with hybrid tyres for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a comfortable saddle are also provided, with a women's specific version available.
The area through which we are travelling is not known for its luxurious accommodation, however you can always expect a clean bed in a well run hotel or guesthouse, with air-conditioning or fan (as the temperature dictates) and a private bathroom.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
For groups of 5+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Amazing Lao meals are included throughout the tour. Lao food is an adventure in itself. The emphasis is on freshness and the use of a well balanced mix of vegetables. Meat is eaten not as the centre piece of a meal, but in harmony with the rest of the ingredients. Fish plays a big part in the Luang Prabang diet, while mountain dwellers tend to eat more root vegetables and poultry. In any case, there is something for everyone. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water is always available to keep you well hydrated.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
2 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
for Mountain of Laos
Cycle & Transfer to Phukoun
Your group leader will have made contact the evening before and will provide you the opportunity to try out your bike. In the morning, you meet your fellow riders and hit the road. Cycling out of Luang Prabang we are faced with what is without doubt the most difficult day of cycling on this tour and also one of the most rewarding with two huge uphill climbs. We pass through lush forest and many small Hmong villages that sit dwarfed by the amazing landscape of limestone mountains that surround them. We stay the night in a small junction village called Phukoun on top of the mountains. Few people stop here overnight so the accommodation is simple but adequate. We do drive a section today to reach our destination and keep the ride achievable. Meals: LD
Cycle to Phonsavan
Another challenging day, beginning with a descent, then back into the climbs. There is a lot of up, a lot of down and not a lot of flat, but this is the northern mountains of Laos, so it is what is to be expected. We are riding today into Xieng Khouang Province, home of the highest peaks in Laos and the Plain of Jars. We stay this evening in the town of Phonsavan. We again drive a section today to reach our destination and keep the ride achievable. Meals: BLD
Plain of Jars & Transfer to Phukoun
This morning we drive to the mysterious Plain of Jars and explore by foot. These giant stone jars are distributed over an extensive area through an upland valley. The impressive ruins were probably used as burial vessels or as part of burial ritual, and are thought to date back to the Iron Age. After a morning exploring the facinating Plain, we drive back to Phukoun for another night in this little-visited town. It may seem strange to be spending two nights in this out-of-the-way place, but the previous day of riding and the day exploring the Plain will surely be worth it. And the views from here are truly jaw-dropping. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Vang Vieng
There is that old saying, that what goes up, must... Anyway, today you get to enjoy something of a payoff for the climbing of the last couple of days. The main descent is a continual, very enjoyable 20km and the rest of the day continues on a similar trend, although there are some short sections where your need to have your climbing legs ready. We ride door to door today and expect to arrive into the very beautiful Vang Vieng in the late afternoon. Vang Vieng is famed as a chillout town and refuge of the homesick backpacker. A pizza may even be in order if you need a break from the rice. Meals: BLD
Cycle Vang Vieng & Transfer to Vientiane
Vang Vieng town may be a strange experience after being off in the remote villages for the last couple of weeks, but with only a few short pedal strokes, we find ourselves in some truly beautiful countryside where rice paddies are framed by jutting limestone karsts. We visit a lagoon for a swim and stop off at a cave along the way. We return to town just after lunch and have a shower before boarding the van for the drive into Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we will take you to your hotel or to the airport if you are in a hurry to leave. Meals: BL
What's the Riding Like?
Very hilly terrain
4 days riding
The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads on both main and secondary roads. Main roads in Laos are actually like a backstreet anywhere else due to the low number of vehicles on the road which is consistent with the country's low population. There are sustained climbs at times and some thrilling descents. There is always a support vehicle on hand to give you a lift if you need a break from the riding. This trip is for those who like their cycling but love their relaxed afternoons as well.
Coolest time: Nov-Mar
Wettest time: May-Sep
Our favourite: Jun-Aug
The coolest time of year is from November to March with temperatures rising to a peak in April and May. With the arrival of the rains in June temperatures drop, with rain falling mainly in the afternoons in short, heavy showers. September is the wettest month, although tropical showers can still occur into October. November brings a return to drier weather.
One of the greatest joys of cycling is the feeling of immediacy with the natural environment and scenery, of which Laos has plenty! Although the summer months are wet, this rain brings incredible clarity to the air, making those views even more spectacular and great for photographing. Also the odd shower is a nice way to cool down during a hot ascent...
Create Your Own Date
Don't see the date for this tour to suite your schedule? No problem - create your own date. Chose the dates that you would like to travel and as long as you are happy to open the tour to other people joining we will charge the standard tour price - no markups!
1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 3 months in the future. This just gives us time to promote the trip and find other people to join you.
2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can do our best to get a group for the dates you choose but we cannot guarantee standard pricing until we achieve a minimum of 2 people.
3. This offer is subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
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