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. The NGOs Helvetas Vietnam / CRED organising this tour will cover all your travel, food and accommodation costs. In return for participating in this trip you are requested to contribute 2,000,000 VND/pax for either our Hoang Su Phi Community Based Tourism (CBT) Fund or Infrastructure Development Fund. Hoang Su Phi with its rugged terrain and dirt tracks is the perfect place for mountain biking and the breathtaking views over rice-terraced mountainsides will make your ride unforgettable.

On this trip you will have the opportunity to interact with locals and experience their traditional way of life by doing community work which directly benefits disadvantaged ethnic minorities. The trip is free of charge as it serves as a test run for future community-based tourism activities planned by the NGOs Helvetas Vietnam and CRED in Hoang Su Phi district.

Tour Description

Ride on the narrow dirt single trails that have been connecting villages and villagers for generations.  With most of the singletrack 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 singletrack 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 placegetters.


For detailed itinerary and spectacular 3D maps of the trip please visit the itinerary section on this website.


Tour includes:

  • 4 days mountain biking adventure in Hoang Su Phi district
  • Breakfast/lunch/dinner each day
  • Accommodation in quality homestays
  • Community work with to help local villagers build a concrete road (2 hours work)
  • Transport from Hanoi to Hoang Su Phi district and back to Hanoi
  • Suitable mountain bikes (if needed)
  • Support crew to assist and/or pick up tired cyclist
  • First aid service
  • Bicycle mechanic


Required for participants:

  • A donation of 2,000,000 VND/pax for either our Hoang Su Phi Community Based Tourism (CBT) Fund or Infrastructure Development Fund
  • Medium levels of fitness and confident riding a bicycle on uneven and dirt surfaces
  • Mountain bike (bring your own or rent one for around 5 USD a day)
  • Helmet for your own safety