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5 Days | 4 Nights
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A challenging, yet highly rewarding, compact expedition by bike into the remote lands of Ha Giang in Northern Vietnam. Here the geography, people and food provide a unique learning experience few tourists get to see. Enjoy some of the best cycling in Southeast Asia on this unforgettable Ha Giang bike tour through an awesome landscape.
GIANT Anyroad or Trek E-bike
Friendly Vietnam team
2 to 14
Simple, Comfortable Hotels
Discover the iconic hill tribes of Northern Vietnam on an adventurous bike expedition. What is special about these tribes is that they still live in their traditional ways that have stood the test of time, and their communities are only found in the most remote areas of Southeast Asia. Ha Giang Province, open only relatively recently to travelers, is surely one of the best places left to witness the culture of these people- and on two wheels, even better!
This unspoiled, sparsely populated region is home to a staggering variety of hill tribes, many of whom don't even communicate in the national language and who live by their traditional, subsistence farming ways. You’ll have the chance to see this up close as you cycle through this stunning region.
Every day offers a different terrain, gradient, vista and climate as we climb and descend the various altitudes of the Ha Giang Plateau. This is an unforgettable ride and if the memory of your burning leg muscles isn't enough to remember it by, then your amazing photographs certainly will be.
Traveling in a group of 6 or more people? Contact our team about special group pricing for our on-request tours.
303 Km riding. Most of the surfaces on this ride are paved. At times the pavement is not in good condition, with potholes and sections of gravel, but for the most part, it is quite a comfortable, smooth surface. The ride is rated as 'Challenging' because of the long and numerous climbs. You will enjoy this tour greatly if you enjoy riding in the mountains.
Pedal-assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour for an extra $175.
This is an ‘On Request’ tour - We understand active travelers value flexibility and we do our best to accommodate every request. Simply propose your travel dates, bring one or more companions and you will receive our standard price - no private tour markups.
Deposit payment: $400 USD
Single room option: $90 USD
Your cycling efforts to Heaven’s Gate pass and the Ha Giang Plateau are rewarded with jaw-dropping views of thickly forested valleys and mountains.
Vietnamese food, even in this remote region, is flavorful and delicious, and local coffee is superb.
Check out the old palace of a former Hmong King in an impressive exploration from Dong Van.
Glimpse the daily lives of the Hmong people for an interesting cultural experience.
It is a long drive to get to Ha Giang Province, as remote and untouched areas are never easy to reach! We'll leave early in the morning and stop along the way at a couple of points of interest, before arriving just after midday. Then it’s time to try out the bikes and take a warm-up ride of this sleepy provincial capital. The late afternoon is best spent in our simple but adequate resort, on the banks of the main river.
After a warm-up pedal yesterday we'll glide into the second day of our adventure. Let’s take our time over a good breakfast, then set out on the first serious ride. Our route initially follows the river along an undulating landscape and after the first short climb, and descent, we reach a village for a break.
We'll push on after the break and pedal into some more sustained climbs. Here is where we discover what the gradient of Ha Giang province is like. For the most part, it's a continual but predictable ascent where you will be at ease once you find a rhythm. The high pass for today is the aptly called Heaven’s Gate, and from there we have a short descent into Tam Son: a tiny community clinging to the side of the hill for lunch.
After lunch we’ll descend into the valley, following a river for a short while. We come across the ruins of a defensive wall of speculative age, and then we start our afternoon climbs. The gradient is a bit less than in the morning, so your legs will find it easier going as we head into an area of pine forest and Red Dzao communities along the way. A wind-in-your-hair descent down to the town of Yen Minh is the cherry on top of a fantastic day. This is where our simple but clean hotel is for tonight.
Our epic day starts early. After a steaming bowl of noodles, an egg baguette, and a strong coffee, we set out with a climb. As we enter the center of the Dong Van Plateau, scenery that was already impressive is now nothing short of mind-blowing. At each stage, you find yourself wondering how you could continue to climb when you've climbed so far, but it goes on and on with an amazing variety of scenery. For our cultural fix, we will have time to visit the Palace site of a former Hmong King and some local houses along the ride.
Another day of great cycling and scenery awaits!
This morning we trace back to Yen Minh on a different route, the good news for your legs is it’s mostly downhill. After some time to soak up the sun with a coffee on the edge of town, we head out for our main climb of the day. The gradient on this climb is steep but the view is amazing yet again, our pinnacle today is Can Ty Heaven Gate where local Hmong will be at work doing their traditional weaving.
After a refreshing descent down, you have the option to either transfer or do the last climb to our Lodge for tonight. Your day concludes with a stroll around the village and a great dinner awaits.
You’ll awaken to a perfect morning for a slow coffee at our Lodge, watching local red Dzao people herding water buffalos and cultivating their rice and corn. We’ll jump back on our bikes for a short exploration ride, snaking our way through sleepy villages where people grow vegetables and brew the local “Corn wine” spirit (watch out!).
After that we descend back toward Ha Giang for lunch and a revitalizing shower, before transferring back to Hanoi where your tour concludes.
To help you enjoy the more challenging terrain of Northern Vietnam, we use GIANT 'Anyroad' bicycles on this tour. These are more suited than our regular touring bikes for tackling some of the climbs we will encounter on the journey. As with all our bikes, they are well maintained but also feature a lighter overall weight, a taller headtube and increased toptube stand-over distance for confident handling, a wide range of gears and are suited to varied riding surfaces.
Simple to use and a pleasure to ride, the Trek Conduit+ pedal-assist bike expands touring possibilities for all riders, and anything that enables people to explore more of the world by bike is a great thing in our books! Find out more about our E-Bikes here.
Always striving to deliver a premium tour experience, Grasshopper Adventures are the first (and currently only) to offer pedal-assist e-bikes as a tour option in Southeast Asia. An upgrade can be purchased for this trip, availability is limited and on a first-in basis.
The accommodation in the mountains is far from luxurious, but you can always expect a clean room with a private bathroom. We make some small, Grasshopper adjustments to help you get a good night's sleep.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very knowledgeable, and charming. For tours of 7+ people, an assistant guide will accompany the group to allow for flexibility and ensure attention to service & detail.
Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides 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. Your guide will be looking out for your safety and comfort at all times.
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
A cuisine that has evolved with the culture and landscape of Vietnam provides for an astounding level of variety. Having said this, the Ha Giang area is remote and is reliant on subsistence farming, so while the food is guaranteed to be tasty and nutritious, there may not be a huge amount of variety to meals in this region. 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 and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
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 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another same-sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book.
Be in harmony with nature at this beautiful resort surrounded by limestone karsts near an eco-tourism site. Specially-designed rooms are lined with stone fences created by H’mong artists, and there are activities a-plenty to take advantage of during your stay!
Located in the heart of a Cultural Village of Dao Ethnic Minority, Dao Lodge offers a unique place to stay in which guests enjoy authentic, comfortable and private rooms while experience truly daily life of Dao people in the village.
We all had the most wonderful experience with Grasshopper, far far exceeding our expectations … Having lived in Asia for a while and having done a lot of tours, Bao was by far the best guide we have ever had.
We loved seeing authentic Vietnam and being off the beaten path. Over seven days, we saw only a handful of other tourists. We really felt connected to the true essence of the country and the people.
The Hilltribes of the Ha Giang Plateau is pure magic. Cycling this route provides a slow up close and personal look at some of the most beautiful scenery and unique people in the world. It's adventure cycling at it's best with wonderful food, hotels and outstanding scenery. Topnotch guided service and accommodations all the way around. Don't miss this opportunity. It's great value and low cost for all that you get in the tour.
The Hilltibes of Ha Giang tour is an unforgettable experience. I have come away with so many special memories - of gorgeous people, stunning scenery, delicious food, challenging climbs and fun downhills. Our guide and driver were top class - and always went the extra mile for us. I can't wait for my next Grasshopper adventure!
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Thanks to our passion for cycling as well as our experience and expertise in Vietnam, we have compiled the ultimate bike route through this dramatic region that will satisfy the adventurous cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. Get out and enjoy some stunning views and challenging cycling as well as plenty of delicious food and cultural experiences. This is by far the best way to explore the Ha Giang Plateau and see the traditional hill tribes who call it home.
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