Over the Hills & Far Away

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20 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1540 Km
avg 103 Km
Hosted

Tour operator:  TDA Global Cycling

This challenging section begins with the riders spinning out of sleepy Vientiane past amazing fruit stands and coconut farms

The road follows the Nam Song River into picturesque Vang Vieng which riders can enjoy a refreshing Radler and authentic German food at the Thai Deutsches Restaurant. The next 2 days include some serious climbing including a 1500m climb over 10 km with 12% grades. Riders are rewarded for their effort with some incredible views of the karst mountains and a nice downhill into a rest day in Luang Prabang.

Situated at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, Luang Prabang exudes a timeless atmosphere. Each morning monks wander the shaded streets in search of alms before returning to one of the town’s 33 sacred temples. The next day’s ride takes the riders along the Nam Ou River and through forests of bamboo and eucalyptus before depositing them in the oh so lovely town of Nong Khiaw. Here the riders will exchange their bikes for a local boat ride along the scenic Nam Ou River through some of the country’s most beautiful scenery.

The next day brings another deserted winding road, another challenging climb and some more sublime mountain views. A demanding 14 km climb ends at the Vietnamese border and, after completing the formalities, the cyclists will enjoy a long twisting descent into Dien Bien Phu, the site of a decisive battle between the French and the Vietnamese, one that marked the beginning of the modern Vietnamese nation. Three more days of cycling through rolling hills and tea plantations bring the riders to a rest day in the bustling resort hill town of Sapa.

Leaving Sapa, the cyclists will pedal along small, rural roads twisting along the sides of the forested hills. They should keep as sharp eye out for the hill tribes decked out in their colourful local dress. At the end of the day the riders will find themselves crossing the border into China. The next couple of days take them to one of the country’s most stunning sights, the Yuanyang Rice Terraces. Covering an area of 125 square km, these incredible scenes will remain in the cyclists’ memories long after they arrive in the Chinese city of Kunming and the end of this section.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
China, Laos, Vietnam
Region:
South-West China
From:
Vientiane
To:
Kunming

Tour Information

Guiding:
Hosted
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer
Duration:
20 Day(s)
Level:
Mod/Advanced
Accommodation:
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
USD 4950

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
1540 Km
Riding Days:
15
Month(s):
March, April
Departure:

Mar 17 - Apr 3, 2022

Additional Information

Inclusions

19 Nights in hotels
Most dinners
Most breakfasts
All roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
Sweep rider
Bike mechanic
Local support
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum

Options

Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).
TDA alumni get special alumni discounts.

Booking Conditions

A registration fee of $150 USD must first be paid to hold your place

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