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Hidden Tribes and Trails of Laos
Explore river valleys and single track trails in northern Laos, a true mountain bike haven, over 9 epic days. Discover northern Laos via the uncharted trails, thick jungle artery and secluded river valleys. Immerse yourself with locals and learn about the local culture as you explore the region on a mountain bike. This adventure will take you to unblemished destinations rarely seen by outsiders. Beginning in charming Luang Prabang, veer far off the tourist trail and into mountainous tribal territory as you work your way through mountain valleys and villages. Encounter authentic tribal communities, breathtaking mountain scenery, and unparalleled off-road and single-track riding, before returning back to Luang Prabang.
- CategoryTrail Riding
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration9 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level4 - Advanced
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance206.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance34.2 miles
How long is the tour? How many days cycling?
The tour is 9 days long with 6 days of cycling.
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour begins and concludes in Luang Prabang. Laos. The nearest airport is Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ).
How many riders will be in the group? What is the minimum age to join?
The maximum number of participants is 16 and the minimum is 2.
The minimum age to join the tour is 18 years old.
Can you describe the tour?
In just 6 riding days, mountain bike 332 kilometers of some of Southeast Asia's most remote and wild mountain scenery. To access remote hill tribe hamlets and escape the beaten track, the route utilizes a network of single-track trails and dirt village roads in rough condition, making for exciting and challenging riding.
Suitability: For the intrepid mountain biker in search of real adventure, you've found it. This tour is physically challenging and technically demanding mountain bike trip. Due to the remote nature of many of the trails and single-track you'll be riding, the support vehicle will not be 100% available, and this trip should only be attempted by fit, experienced riders who are able to handle demanding terrain for long stretches. While the tour operator will utilize the best of what's available, understand that the areas along the route are remote, and have had minimal exposure to the outside world. Western standards may not always be available, but warm welcomes and eye-opening cultural experiences will be. Expect adventure both on road and off.
Biking Conditions: Riding surfaces are a mixture of single-track, jeep tracks, dirt roads, and some asphalt sections in between trails. Village roads in Northern Laos are generally dirt in rough condition- great for experiencing by mountain bike! There is a great deal of variation in single track on this trip, and experience riding off-road and advanced single-track is strongly recommended. Trails traverse thick jungle, steep mountainsides, and rocky river valleys that make up the amazing natural playground that is Northern Laos. Due to the remoteness and condition of these trails, vehicle support will not always be 100% available, and riders should bring a hydration backpack to carry additional water and fuel on long single-track sections.
Are bicycles included?
Bike hire is not included in the tour price. You may rent one for an additional charge or opt to bring your own.
Please see a message from the tour operator about policies relating to COVID-19
The Tour Operator is committed to ensuring all trips are safe and that they travel responsibly with the safety of riders, staff and local communities paramount, always.
Their health and safety policies follow recommendations from the World Health Organization and the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators and they have worked with all their suppliers to undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and safety audit for every trip. As every country is different with varying and fast-changing requirements for entry, they require for every trip tocommit to the following basic requirements:
- All participants must be double vaccinated by a recognized vaccine and will need to show evidence upon booking and on arrival.
- All Tour Operator tour leaders and support staff will have completed a COVID-19 health and safety training course and will all have been double vaccinated prior to a tour starting. For 2021 departures onwards, they are planning to have our leaders tested within 72 hours of meeting the group.
- The Tour Operator follows the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels protocol and has received the stamp of approval, which provides travelers with an assurance that they have adopted the health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.