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Bike Asia is a small Australian owned and run cycle tour company based in Asia. Starting out in Yangshuo, China in 2003 (where we are still based), we've since developed a range of exciting cycling tours in hand-picked destinations in Asia.

We cater to riders of all abilities with a choice of scheduled departures, on demand tours or custom biking adventures to suit individuals, groups and families. Whether you like to take it off road or stick to the tarmac, get right off the beaten track or lap up some luxury, we've got it covered. It's our aim to get you immersed in Asia's enticing culture and landscapes. Feel free to browse our tours (check out our new mobile site) or chat to us about the possibilities for your next ride of a lifetime.
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Shangri La
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Ave Max Temp (C) 6 7 11 13 17 20 20 20 18 15 11 -3
Ave Min Temp (C) -12 -8 -6 -2 3 8 9 9 7 0 -7 -12
Ave Rainfall (mm) 4 14 22 28 28 91 157 160 72 39 8 5

Lijiang
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Ave Max Temp (C) 14 15 17 20 23 23 23 23 22 20 17 14
Ave Min Temp (C) 0 2 5 8 11 14 15 14 12 9 3 0
Ave Rainfall (mm) 5 5 10 15 60 170 240 210 150 70 10 5


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Itinerary


1
Arrive Shangri-La (Zhongdian)
This is arrival day and you’ll be met by your Bike Asia leader in the evening to go over the trip ahead. For those arriving early, (not a bad idea in order to acclimatise to the altitude) the old Tibetan town of Zhongdian, Gyalthang in Tibetan (recently renamed Shangri La), is worth exploring. The town still retains its Tibetan feel and old world charm. After our meeting we’ll indulge in a traditional Tibetan feast. The next two night’s accommodation is in a comfortable Tibetan style hotel.
Meals: D
Altitude: 3280m

2
Warm up ride Shangri-La
Today we head out for a ride to Tian Sheng hot springs on the outskirts of Shangri-La. A great warm up for the cycling ahead, taking in the beautiful architecture of Tibetan homes, lush alpine forest, pasture land and diverse wildflowers, we’ll have time for a soak in the outdoor springs with its natural amphitheater and natural rock bridge. For those up to it there’s an option to do a little mountain biking on the way back. The rest of the afternoon is set aside to acclimatise or to head out to Ganden Sumtseling Monastery (Songzanlin), South West China’s most important monastery. We’ll dine local style in the old town in the evening.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 40km

3
Cycle to Benzilan
Today we head to the Tibetan town, Benzilan, wedged in the Jinsha (Yangzi) River Valley. The ride starts with a loop around Napa lake, famed for it’s wetland migratory water birds, followed by a nice 5 km climb to our first pass before we head down fast to the beautiful village of Nixi for a traditional local lunch. This village is famous for its distinctive handmade black pottery. We head uphill to our second minor pass before hitting a 25km descent to the Yangzi River. The views are incredibly dramatic and the roads, whilst excellent, are an engineering wonder in themselves. Dotted among the deep ravines and precipitous cliffs are Tibetan villages irrigated with terraces and channels from snow melt and springs above. We follow the stunning Yangzi river valley along undulating roads to the picturesque town of Benzilan where we stay in a local guesthouse. The accommodation here is basic as this is a remote little travelled region.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 100km
Altitude: 1900m

4
Cycle to Dongzhulin Monastery
After our big descent the day before, we head up, up, up to Dongzhulin Monastery on the shoulder of Bai Ma Snow Mountain in the Parallel Rivers Unesco Protected Area. As it’s such a huge ascent (65km from the Yangze to the to of White Horse Mountain pass), we’ve broken the climb into two days allowing time to enjoy this incredible area and further acclimatise. Dongzhulin monastery, built in 1667, is right next not far from our local style Tibetan guesthouse so there will be time to explore the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism, meet some monks and explore the area in a less visited working monastery. We cycle on past the monastery to stay in a local guesthouse popular with Chinese cyclists making their way to Lhasa. There are some interesting walks in the area.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 32km
Altitude: 3000m

5
Cycle to Deqen
An early morning wake up on the mountain and its back on the bikes for a 35km climb (or ride in the van as you wish!) up to our highest point at 4200m with spectacular views of Bai Ma Snow Mountain and Kawakarpo in the distance. After a short break to soak it all up, we head downhill into Deqin county through dozens of switchbacks. The views are amazing but we cover ground quickly before arriving at our home-stay nestled on a ridge overlooking Meili Snow Mountain, or Kawakarpo in Tibetan, the region’s most holy mountain and an important Tibetan pilgrimage site. Tonight’s accommodation is in a quiet Traditional style Hotel with views of the mountains.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 75km
Altitude: 3550m

6
Hike to Yubeng Village
Today we say goodbye to the bikes and jump in the van for a drive into Meili Snow Mountain (Kawakarpo) National Park. After crossing the Mekong River by car, we’ll be carrying day packs for a two day hike to Yubeng, a spectacular Tibetan village only accessible on foot.
The hike takes around 5 hours and we’ll be staying in a local family run guesthouse.
The views here are among the most spectacular of the trip with views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, Tibetan villages and farmland. Tonight we stay in a local Tibetan guesthouse.
Meals: BLD
Hike: 10km
Altitude: 3000m

7
Hike to Nirong Village/ Drive to Cizhong
Setting off on foot once again, we’ll make our way back down to the impressive Mekong River (Lancang River). It’s a spectacular hike through ravines and along rushing rivers with views of the surrounding Snow Mountains hanging above as we recross the river and meet the van. It’s a one and a half hour drive to Cizhong village on the banks of the Mekong river. Cizhong has a century old Catholic church built by French missionaries and is remarkable for it’s unique mix of eastern and western architecture and religious iconography. We’ll have the opportunity to witness an evening mass and a traditional meal with a glass or two of the local wine – a truly unique experience in China! The next two night’s accommodation is in local Naxi style guesthouse.
Meals: BLD
Hiking: 15km

8
Free day Cizhong
Today is a free day to rest and explore the area. We’ll visit the local church and meet the priest who still maintains the Catholic Church and religious services. If there is a mass in the evening we are likely to be invited and see how the religious iconography and hymn singing has been adapted to local styles. Also worth seeing is the local wine making. The local people in the area area still practice wine making, a practice first introduced by missionaries over a century ago.
Meals: BLD

9
Cycle to Tongle, Stay Weixi
On the bikes again and we tend downward toward the small village of Tongle. Today sees us pass through several gorges and we witness the widening of the Mekong Valley. More villages cling to the mountainsides and rice becomes more prevalent. It’s not all easy downhill cycling though as we take a side trip up into the little travelled Lisu wooden village of Tongle. This side-trip represent the fascinating mix of cultures and people that peacefully co-inhabit this region. The ride up to Tongle and back is 14km. Options are to hike part the way instead. Once we finished exploring the village we jump into the van for a drive to our hotel in Weixi. This is a hub for all the farmers in the area and is a vibrant bustling town – a stark contrast to the tiny villages we have encountered so far. We’ll spend a night in a 3 star hotel and eat out on the street to soak up the atmosphere.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 77km
Altitude: 2275m

10
Cycle to Tacheng
We start the day with a big climb to lunch through picturesque villages of Naxi and Lisu minority groups. After lunch we have yet another long descent to the town of Tacheng, the jumping off point to the Golden Haired Monkey (or Snub Nosed Monkey) reserve, one of China’s three most endangered species. Today’s ride is one of the most picturesque on the tour. Once we arrive there’ll be time for walks through the village and surrounding farmland. Our night is spent in a small local hotel.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 70km
Altitude: 2000m

11
Cycle to Jinjiang
A trip to see the golden hair monkeys is a highlight in the morning. These creatures are one of China’s rarest and the reserve is one of China’s better conservation efforts with limited and controlled contact with humans. You’ll be able to see these intriguing creatures going about their daily routine and by visiting you’ll contribute to the funds needed to keep this project going. We’ll have the morning to visit the preservation centre before heading back on the bikes for a fast and flat ride to the riverside town of Jinjiang. This is a long ride but a flat one through farmland and along the banks of the Yangzi River. Tonight we spend the night in a local hotel.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 65km
Altitude: 2000m

12
Cycle to Shigu, Stay Lijiang
We continue our ride on flat and fast sealed roads along the Yangzi River once more. We’ll make our way to our ride finish point in Shigu and “the first bend” in the Yangze River where this huge river changes course and makes it’s way deeper into China. Shigu is also famous for being a crossing point on the “Long March” and features some interesting temples and back streets. We’ll grab some lunch and after a tour of the town we’ll transfer to nearby Lijiang where we’ll celebrate the end of the tour with a Naxi feast and perhaps a beer or two! Tonight we stay in a comfortable Chinese style hotel.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 45km
Altitude: 1850m

13
Departure day
– You are free to leave at any time.
Meals: B
Total: 590km



What's it like?


Our newest Yunnan trip is one that we get really excited about! This unique itinerary takes you into Yunnan’s frontier Tibetan region with its fascinating culture and incredibly dramatic scenery. The tour starts in the old Tibetan town Zhongdian, recently renamed Shangri La, and heads north to the dramatic White Horse and Mei Li Snow Mountains on the border of Tibet proper and Myanmar before turning south and taking in the rapidly changing scenery along the Mekong River. This region was made a protected area by UNESCO in 2003 due its incredible biological diversity and uniquely dramatic land formations. Over to the Yangzi River brings us within reach of the Golden Haired Monkey reserve, and a chance to see one of China’s most endangered species, before ending the tour in the old Naxi town of Lijiang. This region is dotted with villages of several minority groups including Tibetan, Naxi, Lisu, Yi and Bai and we stay in a combination of local guesthouses and hotels, where we’ll visit a Tibetan monastery and a 100 year old Christian church so there are plenty of opportunities to explore these diverse cultures and awe-inspiring landscapes. The roads on this tour defy the imagination and the cycling features several climbs, including a 65 km climb up to our highest point at 4200m split over two days, and incredibly long sweeping downhills into the Yangzi and Mekong River Valleys. This tour gets you right out there into little travelled regions with Yunnan’s best cycling.

It’s a fully supported ride, so you’ll be able to jump in the van if you need a rest or feel the effects of altitude. There are two days of hiking that will be unsupported so you will need to be prepared to carry a small overnight pack for these days. There are also options to do further hikes and off-road exploration by bike. Keep in mind that this trip is not for everyone. You should be prepared to stay in places that may not have all the facilities you might expect in more developed areas and, as such, is an adventurous tour.

Tour Style
This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

Fully Supported
This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your bellies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be as you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

Accommodation
There is a mix of accommodation styles on this trip. 6 nights are in good standard hotels; twin share, private bathrooms, hot water, etc; 2 nights are in local hotels that are very simple but clean and 4 nights are in more basic homestay – possibly without private bathrooms, i.e. shared washing and toilet facilities, sometimes Chinese style squat toilets. We are staying in these places because, travelling by bike we get to travel through some of the smaller, rural areas, and this means of course that we are limited in our choice of accommodation – sometimes we are staying in the ONLY guesthouse. Whilst not having all the facilities that you may be accustomed to at home, we can safely say that these small, family-run places make up for that in location, views, atmosphere and friendly service. Hygiene is very important to us and our passengers so we try to use accommodation with a good level of cleanliness. All the sleeping arrangements are for twin share and if you are a single traveller you will be paired up with someone of the same sex unless you book a single supplement. We choose hotels (where possible) which are comfortable, clean, centrally located places which are more than adequate in every way.

Food
Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any Bike Asia tour. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. Chinese breakfasts usually include one or more of the following; noodles soup, steamed buns, fried bread, fresh soy milk, fruit and green tea. Depending on location, lunch can either be relatively simple but hearty, such as vegetable fried rice or meat/vegetable noodles or banquet style, such as steamed rice with a selection of vegetable and meat dishes. Dinner is always banquet style with plates of meat, fish, fresh vegetables, tofu and rice. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of Chinese dishes available. We also provide snack food for morning and afternoon tea with biscuits, fresh fruit, dried fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. We will also provide you with filtered drinking water for the duration of the cycling. The meals are always very generous, the food is healthy, very fresh and very tasty, so don’t worry, we’ll make sure your appetites are satisfied and you have more than enough fuel to get up those mountains!

Bikes
Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with semi-slick tyres, a water bottle cage and optional female designed saddle. We keep them well-maintained, in as near new condition as possible and travel with all necessary tools and spare parts. Your Bike Asia leader/ mechanic will fix any bike problems. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service. Because we travel with a support vehicle it is not necessary to carry many things when on the bike. You may like to carry a daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag with personal belongings, camera, sunscreen etc., or you may prefer to leave a daypack in the support vehicle and carry only a camera & rain jacket (perhaps in a seat-post bag) when cycling.

Cycling Conditions
All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 90% on sealed roads, 10% on dirt roads, tracks and trails. This trip has some big climbs (the longest is 65km) but it is balanced with long downhills or flat. The cycling altitude varies between 1800m and 4200m. The longest cycling day is 100 km but most days average around 70 km. It is important to consider a wide variety of weather that can occur even in one day and bring suitable clothing (layers) for wet, cold and warm periods on the bike or whilst hiking. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In China the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people…everything really! Given the nature of the region we are travelling through, the itinerary may change at short notice due to events outside of our control. We’ll always do our best to run the itinerary as stated but we’ll always make changes or alterations to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the group.

Plan it!


Travel to the start point
This trip starts in Shangrila (Airport Code DIG), Yunnan Province. It’s airport has limited flights which means that you may have to fly into Shangrila from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Kunming is a major city/airport in China and has flights from many domestic and international airports. Examples are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xian, Bangkok and Hong Kong from which there are many flights every day. To check flight details, time and cost we can recommend the following website:

Ctrip: http://english.ctrip.com/

It is in English, reliable, and you can pay for these flights by credit card. If more convenient you can also book domestic China flights through us (a service charge applies per ticket). Just let us know when you book.

Buses are an option to get to Shangrila also. If you are interested in travelling this way just let us know and we can suggest some options.

Travel from the finish point
The trip finishes in the town of Lijiang. It connects directly to many centres in China, and internationally through Kunming and Hong Kong. From Lijiang there are buses and trains available also.

Joining Point Instructions and Pre-tour Information
Once we have received your booking and deposit payment for the tour you will be sent a Trip Info Pack which will include details of the start point hotel with maps and instructions (English and Chinese!) as well as all the tour info, packing lists, training tips, reading and film lists, language sheets etc.

Transfers
Individual arrival and departure transfers can be organised through us. Please indicate that you would like a transfer when you make your booking.

Pre and post trip accommodation
If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotels, just let us know when you book the trip. An extra night or two in Shangrila is a good idea if you have the time as this will help you to acclimatise to the altitude. It is not necessary but if you know you have a tendency to be affected we would recommend this. If you would like to stay at a hotel other than the designated hotels prior to the start or at the end of the tour don’t hesitate to contact us for recommendations and advice.

Money
The Chinese currency is the Chinese Yuan (CNY), also known as Renminbi(RMB), or colloquially as kuai. Exchange rates fluctuate but to give you a rough idea:

1 AUD = 5.9 CNY
1 USD = 6 CNY
1 EUR = 8 CNY
1 GBP = 10 CNY
1 CAD = 6 CNY
1 NZD = 4.5 CNY

You will need to bring money on the trip to pay any for the following: some meals, drinks, activities and transport in free time, airline excess baggage, and of course shopping. There are a few methods for accessing money whilst on tour:


There will be very relatively few opportunities to spend money whilst cycling through rural areas outside of personal items, snacks, drinks and the odd souvenir. Most of your shopping will be likely to be done in bigger centres or tourist centres. You can chat to your tour leader about recommendations and availability of ATM’s and banks at the start of the tour. We also recommend that you bring US $100 in emergency funds, to be used when circumstances beyond the control of Bike Asia necessitate a change in itinerary.

The amount you bring is going to depend on how much you plan to spend. To give you an indication of prices, beer would cost CNY 5 (local), 35 (bar). Dinner at local restaurant CNY 10 – 60, dinner at foreign or tourist style restaurant CNY 25 – 100

Visas
Travellers of all nationalities will need to obtain a Chinese visa, either through a travel agent or direct with a Chinese embassy or consulate. Regulations change frequently and differ according to nationality so best to check with the nearest embassy. If you need any assistance please contact us. We can also provide visa support letters if this regulation is required for your application.

Insurance
Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are: World Nomads and Covermore.

Fitness
You will need to have a reasonably good level of fitness to participate comfortably in this trip. There are eight cycling days in total, with one of them 100km. Two days are spent hiking at altitude. It is a great idea to do at least some cycling in the month leading up to your tour. This is up to you but we highly recommend some training as it will alleviate saddle soreness and leg fatigue, and you may enjoy the tour more if you find the cycling easier. A more detailed training program will be sent to you in the Trip Information Booklet after booking the trip. We do appreciate that with busy lives these days that it can be difficult to fit in rides prior to embarking on a holiday and we encourage people not to be overly concerned by this. Do what you can with the time available and come anyway! The first couple of days on tour might be a bit tougher but this is generally all it takes and you’ll thank yourself for not missing out on the adventure!

Health
In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations, we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least two months prior to departure. If you have any existing medical conditions, take medications, suffer from allergies or even have any concerns at all these should be indicated on the booking form. We treat this information with utmost respect and privacy and only wish to use this information to ensure your personal safety and enjoyment on the tour. Our group leader will have, as a minimum requirement, Senior Level First Aid Training. It is our policy to provide further training opportunities for our leaders to upgrade to, and maintain, Remote Wilderness Emergency Training for Outdoor Professionals certification whilst they are in employment with us. Leaders will travel with a first-aid kit, however, it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. We do not encourage our group leaders to administer any kind of drugs including pain relief tablets, antibiotics, etc unless absolutely necessary so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers or others. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. As a precaution also include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, antibiotics and pain relief tablets. For more information on travel health, you can click on the links below.

Responsible Travel
An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that we visit. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.

Dress: Parts of China are still quite conservative. In rural areas (which make up most of this tour), and temples, overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is generally not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.

Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak some English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Chinese. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.

Poverty: In this part of China there is poverty which you are likely to see, since we cycle through some fairly remote rural areas. If you choose to give something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. There are organizations which are working to alleviate this poverty in China and they may be able to do more good with your donations. Your Tour Leader will be able to provide more information about this.

Support Organizations: In China there are a number of organizations which we hope you can support in one way or another. Your Tour Leader will provide more information on these as you travel. For more information about Bike Asia’s commitment to ethical and sustainable travel practices, please read our Responsible Travel Policy.

Feedback


“Very nice people, great scenery, very interesting part of the world. Great guides, thanks to Will, Yak, Julie and driver Yuan” - James Porteous, 2013


“Enjoyed all the cycling, and the hike to Yebeng Village. The climbs were hard but rewarding. Julie was a great leader – very personable, real and friendly. Fox was chill and had a good sense of humor.” – Robin Christel Bobo, 2013


Itinerary


1
Arrive Shangri-La (Gyalthang, Zhongdian)
This is arrival day and you’ll be met by your Bike Asia leader in the evening to go over the trip ahead. For those arriving early, (not a bad idea in order to acclimatise to the altitude) the old Tibetan town of Zhongdian, Gyalthang in Tibetan (recently renamed Shangri La), is worth exploring. The town still retains its Tibetan feel and old world charm. After our meeting we’ll indulge in a traditional Tibetan feast. The next two night’s accommodation is in a comfortable Tibetan style hotel. *Note – As Zhongdian is at an elevation of 3200m all the activities on day two below are optional. It is not uncommon for people to feel the effects of altitude sickness on arrival at this elevation so we have allowed time in Zhongdian to acclimatize and rest for those that need to. You may wish to book some extra accommodation in Zhongdian if acclimatisation is a concern for you. There is a lot to do in Zhongdian with numerous hikes, monasteries and an old town to explore.
Meals: D
Altitude: 3280m

2
Warm up ride Shangri-La
In the morning we’ll set up our bikes and head out to the Tien Sheng Hot springs which are outdoor beneath a natural stone bridge. This is a great ride in itself but also a good chance to get used to your bike and the altitude. There is an option for a soak in the hot springs before heading back to town (via some nice mountain biking trails for those interested) with time to visit Ganden Sumtseling Monastery (Songzanlin Si), South West China’s most important monastery. In the evening we’ll indulge in a traditional Tibetan feast.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 37km

3
Cycle to Baishuitai
Today is an epic day with spectacular scenery making up for the hard work on the climbs. Throw in some extraordinary long and fast downhills on smooth paved roads with hardly a car in sight and the ride starts of with the bar raised high. We stop for a picnic lunch with plenty of tasty foods to keep you fueled up for the big climbs. This ride is varied and spectacular as we wind our way up through valleys and across mountain sides completely covered with wild camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and osmanthus trees and bushes… it is an amazing sight! We arrive late afternoon with time to visit the spiritual heart of the Naxi Minority people: the ‘White Water Terrace’ rock formation that sits above the town of Sanba. It was created over millions of years by underground aquifers saturated with calcium carbonate. Shaped like local rice terraces with pools of clean water flowing over the white surface. We'll stay in a local hotel.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 106km
Altitude: 2500m

4
Cycle to Tiger Leaping Gorge
In the morning we have a few more smaller climbs along the side of a deep valley through farming terraces before a big descent winding down towards the small town of Haba for lunch. After lunch we’ll get back on the bikes for a 7km climb followed by another downhill – this one is 25km - to enter Tiger Leaping Gorge and cycle to our lodgings for the night. Riding in the gorge is a highlight for many people on this trip with its overhangs, steep walls and waterfalls. Our lodgings are in a guesthouse with possibly the most spectacular views in all of China.
***Travelling in the gorge does pose some risks. There are often landslides in summer, and while we only schedule our trips outside of the landslide “season”, their occurrence is outside our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee your safety on this part of the trip. You will need to consider this before signing up. In the event of a landslide we may have to alter the itinerary – this may take several hours or up to a whole day. We are always in communication with local contacts with regard to local conditions and are committed to keeping you informed but will always reserve the right to alter the itinerary where we see fit in order to ensure the safest possible experience.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 67km
Altitude: 1900m

5
Tiger Leaping Gorge Hike or free time.
There is no place more fitting to spend a day of rest and relaxation than immersed in the beauty of Tiger Leaping Gorge. For the energetic there are plenty of hiking opportunities; walk the plunging forest tracks to the gorge itself or venture off on the high trail to plunge yourself into a gushing waterfall. Otherwise sit back, relax and soak in the truly awe inspiring views of this remarkable natural wonder.

Altitude: 1900m

6
Cycle to Shigu/ Stay Lijiang
The views are truly breathtaking as we cycle through Tiger Leaping Gorge with the Yangtze River raging far below. Once through the gorge we meander our way along the Yangtze River passing mud brick villages on quaint tree-lined, tar-sealed roads. This area is home to many minority groups including Dai, Yi and Naxi people. We divert onto small village roads before loading the van and bikes onto a barge for a crossing of the Yangtze. We finish the day's ride in the tiny historical town of Shigu, known for its location on the ‘first bend in the Yangtze River’. A wander about this small town will take you back into the past as many old courtyard houses, cobblestone streets and temples remain as they have been for ages. We'll transfer up to Lijiang for the next two nights in a comfortable hotel in the old town. Tonight we'll eat a selection of the local Naxi dishes.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 75km
Altitude: 2400m

7
Lijiang to Yufeng Temple loop
Lijiang is situated in an open valley overlooked by jagged snow capped mountain peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that towers above the town at 5598 metres. It's old town is an impressive array of canals and cobblestone streets. There's plenty of Chinese tourists about the place, making for great people watching. In the morning we'll do a loop of the valley taking in the small villages of Baisha and Yufeng Temple where you have great views looking across at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Lijiang. You'll have a free afternoon and evening to wander and explore the back streets and alleys of Lijiang old town.
Meals: BL
Cycling: 40km
Altitude: 2400m

8
Cycle to Shaxi
There is a sense of timelessness as we cycle through villages whose cultural traditions and simple life-styles have remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Often we’ll come across a local market bustling with activity and blocking off the road. We will start the day with a climb out of Lijiang and onto a quiet forest road. After a big downhill we’ll ride through the town of Jianchuan before heading off to Shaxi. One last big uphill and a super fast downhill run into Shaxi, a historic town that was once a hub on the Tea Horse route.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 93km
Altitude: 2100m

9
Shaxi hike or free time
This is a free day for you to wander around Shaxi town and see the old architecture. This is the perfect place to get yourself lost in the narrow, cobblestone alleyways of the town, get a close look at intricately carved wooden entrances and hopefully catch glimpses of the well-fenced and attractive courtyards of many of the homes in Shaxi. Highly recommended is a visit and hike through the “Shibaoshan Shiku” Stone Treasure Buddhist Grottoes. These are old Buddhist shrines carved into the mountain rock, some still carrying the last of fading pigments. These are a legacy of the trade route which, although it was designed to carry tea, also spread Buddhism throughout the region.
Meals: BD
Altitude: 2100m

10
Cycle to Eryuan
We hit the road with a smooth run through an intimate valley, passing by villages and farmland before a big climb to the top of a pass, all the way cycling through a heavily wooded forest of pine trees. The view is spectacular but it’s a testing climb so the support vehicle will be ready for those that need it. The road down is endless hairpins on a smooth sealed road. Finally, we cycle down through a ravine into Er Yuan, the location of our hotel for the night and their relaxing hot springs. Bring your bathers!
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 112km
Altitude: 2000m

11
Cycle to Dali
Today we share our cycling with bell-laden horses and carts as we continue travelling on toward Dali. We follow a circuitous route that takes us to Er Hai Lake. We skirt the shores of this huge inland sea, passing through fishing villages and farming communities. This is a spectacular finale as we head up the hill toward the ancient walled capital, Dali. The Cang Shan Mountains rise behind Dali as we cycle our last few kilometres to our finishing point! We’ll feast and celebrate the completion of our ride with a beer or two!
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 53km
Altitude: 2000m

12
Dali hike or free time
Dali is home to over 1.5 million Bai minority people whose culture, crafts and warm hospitality create its renowned laid-back atmosphere. You are spoilt for choice with things to do and see. You can visit the colourful Shaping Markets, see the preserved architecture of Xizhou village, hike up to Zhonghe Si temple or just do a good day’s shopping! Our last night together means dinner and celebrations.
Meals: BD
Altitude: 1850m

13
Departure day
– You are free to leave at any time.
Meals: B
Total: 583km



What's it like?


Yunnan is one of China’s most ethnically fascinating and scenically stunning provinces. Home to over one third of China’s minority groups and over half of all China’s plant and animal species it is easy to understand why Yunnan leaves our travellers raving about it! Cycling back roads you will experience the extraordinary natural wonder of Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the most spectacular gorges in the world, with its towering walls and dramatic beauty. Meander along the majestic Yangtze River and kick back in the laid-back, cobblestone towns of Dali and Lijiang where you can try your hand at haggling in the local markets. This area is in the foothills of the Himalayas where snow-capped peaks, dramatic ravines and pine forest meet rural villages and rice fields. A balance of steep climbs, dizzying descents and smooth flat roads makes this a trip of a lifetime. The trip is fully supported which makes it suitable for anybody wanting to experience one of China’s most spectacular regions.

Tour Style
This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

Fully Supported
This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your bellies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be as you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

Accommodation
There is a mix of accommodation styles on this trip. 6 nights are in good standard hotels; twin share, private bathrooms, hot water, etc; 2 nights are in local hotels that are very simple but clean and 4 nights are in more basic homestay – possibly without private bathrooms, i.e. shared washing and toilet facilities, sometimes Chinese style squat toilets. We are staying in these places because, travelling by bike we get to travel through some of the smaller, rural areas, and this means of course that we are limited in our choice of accommodation – sometimes we are staying in the ONLY guesthouse. Whilst not having all the facilities that you may be accustomed to at home, we can safely say that these small, family-run places make up for that in location, views, atmosphere and friendly service. Hygiene is very important to us and our passengers so we try to use accommodation with a good level of cleanliness. All the sleeping arrangements are for twin share and if you are a single traveller you will be paired up with someone of the same sex unless you book a single supplement. We choose hotels (where possible) which are comfortable, clean, centrally located places which are more than adequate in every way.

Food
Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any Bike Asia tour. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. Chinese breakfasts usually include one or more of the following; noodles soup, steamed buns, fried bread, fresh soy milk, fruit and green tea. Depending on location, lunch can either be relatively simple but hearty, such as vegetable fried rice or meat/vegetable noodles or banquet style, such as steamed rice with a selection of vegetable and meat dishes. Dinner is always banquet style with plates of meat, fish, fresh vegetables, tofu and rice. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of Chinese dishes available. We also provide snack food for morning and afternoon tea with biscuits, fresh fruit, dried fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. We will also provide you with filtered drinking water for the duration of the cycling. The meals are always very generous, the food is healthy, very fresh and very tasty, so don’t worry, we’ll make sure your appetites are satisfied and you have more than enough fuel to get up those mountains!

Bikes
Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with semi-slick tyres, a water bottle cage and optional female designed saddle. We keep them well-maintained, in as near new condition as possible and travel with all necessary tools and spare parts. Your Bike Asia leader/ mechanic will fix any bike problems. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service. Because we travel with a support vehicle it is not necessary to carry many things when on the bike. You may like to carry a daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag with personal belongings, camera, sunscreen etc., or you may prefer to leave a daypack in the support vehicle and carry only a camera & rain jacket (perhaps in a seat-post bag) when cycling.

Cycling Conditions
All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 90% on sealed roads, 10% on dirt roads, tracks and trails. This trip has some big climbs (the longest is 65km) but it is balanced with long downhills or flat. The cycling altitude varies between 1800m and 4200m. The longest cycling day is 100 km but most days average around 70 km. It is important to consider a wide variety of weather that can occur even in one day and bring suitable clothing (layers) for wet, cold and warm periods on the bike or whilst hiking. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In China the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people…everything really! Given the nature of the region we are travelling through, the itinerary may change at short notice due to events outside of our control. We’ll always do our best to run the itinerary as stated but we’ll always make changes or alterations to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the group.

Plan it!


Travel to the start point
This trip starts in Shangrila (Airport Code DIG), Yunnan Province. It’s airport has limited flights which means that you may have to fly into Shangrila from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Kunming is a major city/airport in China and has flights from many domestic and international airports. Examples are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xian, Bangkok and Hong Kong from which there are many flights every day. To check flight details, time and cost we can recommend the following website:

Ctrip: http://english.ctrip.com/

It is in English, reliable, and you can pay for these flights by credit card. If more convenient you can also book domestic China flights through us (a service charge applies per ticket). Just let us know when you book.

Buses are an option to get to Shangrila also. If you are interested in travelling this way just let us know and we can suggest some options.

Travel from the Finish Point
The trip finishes in the town of Dali – airport code DLU. There are flights from Dali to Kunming, Chengdu, Chongching and Guangzhou. Buses and trains are available for further travel from Dali.

Joining Point Instructions and Pre-tour Information
Once we have received your booking and deposit payment for the tour you will be sent a Trip Info Pack which will include details of the start point hotel with maps and instructions (English and Chinese!) as well as all the tour info, packing lists, training tips, reading and film lists, language sheets etc.

Transfers
Individual arrival and departure transfers can be organised through us. Please indicate that you would like a transfer when you make your booking.

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotels, just let us know when you book the trip. An extra night or two in Shangrila is a good idea if you have the time as this will help you to acclimatise to the altitude. It is not necessary but if you know you have a tendency to be affected we would recommend this. If you would like to stay at a hotel other than the designated hotels prior to the start or at the end of the tour don’t hesitate to contact us for recommendations and advice.

Money
The Chinese currency is the Chinese Yuan (CNY), also known as Renminbi(RMB), or colloquially as kuai. Exchange rates fluctuate but to give you a rough idea:

1 AUD = 5.9 CNY
1 USD = 6 CNY
1 EUR = 8 CNY
1 GBP = 10 CNY
1 CAD = 6 CNY
1 NZD = 4.5 CNY

You will need to bring money on the trip to pay any for the following: some meals, drinks, activities and transport in free time, airline excess baggage, and of course shopping. There are a few methods for accessing money whilst on tour:

  • ATMs are available in Shangrila, Shigu, Lijiang and Dali where you can access money using your Maestro, Cirrus, Visa and Mastercard.
  • Banks to exchange major foreign currencies (USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, NZD etc) and Traveller’s Cheques.
  • There are limited credit card facilities so best not plan on using plastic to pay your way.

There will be very relatively few opportunities to spend money whilst cycling through rural areas outside of personal items, snacks, drinks and the odd souvenir. Most of your shopping will be likely to be done in bigger centres or tourist centres. You can chat to your tour leader about recommendations and availability of ATM’s and banks at the start of the tour. We also recommend that you bring US $100 in emergency funds, to be used when circumstances beyond the control of Bike Asia necessitate a change in itinerary.

The amount you bring is going to depend on how much you plan to spend. To give you an indication of prices, beer would cost CNY 5 (local), 35 (bar). Dinner at local restaurant CNY 10 – 60, dinner at foreign or tourist style restaurant CNY 25 – 100

Visas
Travellers of all nationalities will need to obtain a Chinese visa, either through a travel agent or direct with a Chinese embassy or consulate. Regulations change frequently and differ according to nationality so best to check with the nearest embassy. If you need any assistance please contact us. We can also provide visa support letters if this regulation is required for your application.

Insurance
Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are:

World Nomads and Covermore.

Fitness
You will need to have a reasonably good level of fitness to participate comfortably in this trip. There are eight cycling days in total, with two days cycling over 80km, one of them is over 100km. It is a great idea to do at least some cycling in the month leading up to your tour. This is up to you but we highly recommend some training as it will alleviate saddle soreness and leg fatigue, and you may enjoy the tour more if you find the cycling easier. A more detailed training program will be sent to you in the Trip Information Booklet after booking the trip. We do appreciate that with busy lives these days that it can be difficult to fit in rides prior to embarking on a holiday and we encourage people not to be overly concerned by this. Do what you can with the time available and come anyway! The first couple of days on tour might be a bit tougher but this is generally all it takes and you’ll thank yourself for not missing out on the adventure!

Health
In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations, we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least two months prior to departure. If you have any existing medical conditions, take medications, suffer from allergies or even have any concerns at all these should be indicated on the booking form. We treat this information with utmost respect and privacy and only wish to use this information to ensure your personal safety and enjoyment on the tour. Our group leader will have, as a minimum requirement, Senior Level First Aid Training. It is our policy to provide further training opportunities for our leaders to upgrade to, and maintain, Remote Wilderness Emergency Training for Outdoor Professionals certification whilst they are in employment with us. Leaders will travel with a first-aid kit, however, it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. We do not encourage our group leaders to administer any kind of drugs including pain relief tablets, antibiotics, etc unless absolutely necessary so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers or others. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. As a precaution also include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, antibiotics and pain relief tablets. For more information on travel health, you can click on the links below.

Responsible Travel
An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that we visit. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.

Dress: Parts of China are still quite conservative. In rural areas (which make up most of this tour), and temples, overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is generally not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.

Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak some English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Chinese. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.

Poverty: In this part of China there is poverty which you are likely to see, since we cycle through some fairly remote rural areas. If you choose to give something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. There are organizations which are working to alleviate this poverty in China and they may be able to do more good with your donations. Your Tour Leader will be able to provide more information about this.

Support Organizations: In China there are a number of organizations which we hope you can support in one way or another. Your Tour Leader will provide more information on these as you travel. For more information about Bike Asia’s commitment to ethical and sustainable travel practices, please read our Responsible Travel Policy.

Feedback


“So much fun! I wanted to keep going! We joked that the tour was “food Asia” with some cycling included. The food was incredible! We loved the variety and the communal nature of the meals. Will and Chester’s knowledge of the food was top notch and made a huge difference. We loved, loved, loved the food!” Nicol Gagstetter, 2012


“This was my first bike adventure ever and it was an excellent way to introduce me to the bike adventure world. I would do again it a heartbeat!” Mary Anderson, 2012


“Excellent mix of up hill and down and undulating terrain. Great quiet roads.” Helen Petherick, 2012


“It was our first tour, and it was a pleasant surprise. It was a perfect pace, a great group of people, and a spectacular course.” Craig Dillon, 2012


“The best group tour i have done. Great touring companions, brilliant leaders. A delight for me to do this with my son and watch him engaging fully with everyone and with the total experience. A perfect mix of excerise, fun riding, wonderful food and Chinese beer. A kaleidescope of changing scenery in the country and the towns. It was very interesting to realise that we were cycling and living at 1700-2200m with plateaus valleys hills and Jade Mountain snow covered mountains.I find myself raving to anyone who asks about the trip…well done Bike Asia.” Chris Harding, 2011


“It was a great trip with good back up support and wastn as difficult as i thought it might be. Even though i didnt have any bike problems, the back up was excellent for the other in the group. Accommodation was good and even in places where there werent many alternatives it was more than adequate.introduction to local culture was also excellent and the group learned a lot about local customs and culture.” Colin Green, 2011


“Overall trip was fantastic. Nothing to fault. Naomi, Shuo Song(?), itinerary, hotels were great. Trip ran very smoothly. Superb. Perfect mix of cycling and free time. The Food! There wasn’t a meal I couldn’t stop eating at. Lachlan McDowell, 2010


Itinerary


1
Arrive Guiyang
Today is arrival day and you’ll be met by your leader in the joining point hotel. We’ll get together for a group meeting in the early evening before heading out for a feast of local Miao specialities. For those arriving early Guiyang is an interesting city to spend a day soaking up Chinese life, visiting Temples or the nearby Monkey Forest or checking out the local markets.
Meals: D
Altitude: 1275m

2
Warm up ride to Yongle
In the morning we’ll drive out of the city and into the mountainous countryside to start our ride at the top of Mt Leigong (home of the Thunder God). With a great downhill to begin with, today’s ride takes on quiet roads to the tiny village of Yongle where you are certain to attract the attention of local villagers who rarely see tourists in these parts.
Meals: BD
Cycling: 30km

3
Cycle to Rongjiang
We continue where we left off the day before on quiet countryside roads passing into a beautiful valley and we pass through our first rice terraces. Many of the villagers here, mostly Miao, Yao and Dong peoples, still were traditional clothing and farm the rice fields by hand. We arrive in the county centre of Rongjiang in the evening.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 75km

4
Cycle to Congjiang
Today’s ride follows a tranquil river throughout the day so there’ll be opportunities to take a dip and watch the river life from the road above. It’s a reasonably flat day with plenty of time to check out the tiny Dong villages along the way which are famed for their wooden drum towers and covered (Wind and Rain) bridges.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 84km

5
Cycle to Zhaoxing
We head off the main road on dirt tracks taking us high into the forest where we’ll have spectacular views of surrounding villages speckled around the mountains. Village kid’s are always curious to see travellers and they’ll sing out a stream of “hello’s” and beckon you to stop. Traditional bamboo pipes may also be heard as we make our way over some nice climbs to our destination in the Dong village of Zhaoxing.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 55km

6
Rest Day in Zhaoxing
Today is free to explore the surrounding villages and the several drum towers and bridges in this quaint village. The Dong still manufacture their own unique fabrics here and you’ll see people working throughout the lanes and canals. There are several great walks around the mountainsides for those wanting to explore further, otherwise there are some great spots to put the feet up too!
Meals: B

7
Cycle to Chenyang
This is a big day! We have three big climbs and quite a way to cycle but the views of the surrounding tea plantations are stunning! The rewards for the hard work are some thrilling downhills and the chance to see villages that are yet untouched by tourism. And the support vehicle always has a seat and a place for the bike if needed! We’ll stay tonight in Chenyang, a Dong Minority village famous for it’s impressive wooden Wind and Rain Bridge.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 104km

8
Cycle to Pingan
Cycle to Pingan - We start off the morning with a short drive to escape the traffic before hitting the bikes for a great ride to the hillside village of Pingan, a Zhuang village that sits 6 km up through dozens of switchbacks. A fantastic way to earn a beer or cold drink at the end of the day nestled in the 700 year old Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces from our guest house balcony!
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 34km

9
Rest day in Pingan
There’s plenty to do today, although this is an ideal spot to indulge in a foot massage or to sit back and relax, with options to explore the village and it’s many viewpoints or take some walks to visit the surrounding Longji village or further a field to Dazhai village which takes most of the day. Either way, the area will sure to be a highlight!


10
Cycle to Hudiegu
Today’s ride is exceptional…no cars, bamboo plantations and tiny villages with some enjoyable climbs and a great finish in the hidden Hudiegu (Butterfly Valley).
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 58km

11
Cycle to Guilin
A flat day! We have a short section along the highway surrounded by farmland as we come back toward the urban area of Guilin. We avoid all the traffic by taking back roads past reservoirs and forests all the way into Guilin where you’ll see the fist karst mountain peaks popping up in the skyline. We wind our way along Guilin’s leafy streets to our hotel in the centre.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 68km

12
Cycle to Xingping
Today’s ride takes us out of the city and back out into the countryside and toward the famous Li River where the karst mountains overhang the clear running emerald coloured river. We stop to look at on of the many river towns along the way before jumping on a bamboo raft for a relaxing ride along the most picturesque part of the river before alighting and back on the bikes for a short ride into the Ming Dynasty era village of Xingping.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 44km

13
Cycle the Yulong River Valley
Today’s ride is exhillerating as we climb high above the Li River for stupendous views above the karst mountains before descending in the Yulong River (Dragon Meeting Valley) where we visit centuries old villages and bridges cycling on farmer’s tracks and trails through rice paddies and bamboo. We end the ride in a restored farmers village for the night.
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 44km

14
Cycle to Yangshuo
A shorter ride through picturesque countryside takes in a climb of Moon Hill (off the bikes!) and the scenery that Yangshuo is famous for on small countryside paths before we finish our ride in Yangshuo town with a celebratory dinner!
Meals: BLD
Cycling: 45km

15
Departure Day
Today is departure day and you are free to leave at any time. Yangshuo is a great place to extend your stay and there are dozens of activities and classes on offer including rock climbing, caving, kayaking, hikes, mountain bike rides, cooking classes, calligraphy, painting, language classes, kung fu and tai chi. Talk to us if you’d like to extend your stay.
Meals: B


Total: 590km



What's it like?


The Trail of the Dragon, in Guizhou and Guangxi Provinces, is one of our longest running and most popular China cycling tours – and for good reason! We picked up National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Best New Outfitted Trips for 2007 for this itinerary (then named Riding the Rising Giant) and it’s still remains one of our favourites! The extraordinary landscapes of this region are the inspiration behind many famous Chinese water colour paintings and a haunting ground for poets whose words over centuries have made the region famous. The colourful minority groups still live out rural folkways that have remained remarkably intact over many hundreds of years despite the extraordinary recent changes. This region is relatively untouched by tourism outside of the main sights and is a rare opportunity to see local life without the effects of mass tourism. It’s a fully supported ride, so it’s open to anyone who dreams of seeing the Old China that still forms an important and fascinating part in the unfolding story of Modern China.

Tour Style
This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

Fully Supported
This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your tummies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be as you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

Accommodation
There is a mix of accommodation styles on this trip. 12 nights are in good standard hotels/guesthouses; twin share, private bathrooms, hot water, television, air-conditioning etc; 2 nights are in more basic style accommodation – possibly without private bathrooms, i.e. shared washing and toilet facilities, sometimes Chinese style squat toilets. We are staying in these places because, travelling by bike we get to travel through some of the smaller, rural areas, and this means of course that we are limited in our choice of accommodation – sometimes we are staying in the ONLY guesthouse. Whilst not having all the facilities that you may be accustomed to at home, we can safely say that these small, family-run places make up for that in location, views, atmosphere and friendly service. Hygiene is very important to us and our passengers so we try to use accommodation with a good level of cleanliness. All the sleeping arrangements are for twin share and if you are a single traveller you will be paired up with someone of the same sex unless you book a single supplement. We choose hotels (where possible) which are comfortable, clean, centrally located places which are more than adequate in every way.

Food
Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any Bike Asia tour. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. Chinese breakfasts usually include one or more of the following; noodles soup, steamed buns, fried bread, fresh soy milk, fruit and green tea. Depending on location, lunch can either be relatively simple but hearty, such as vegetable fried rice or meat/vegetable noodles or banquet style, such as steamed rice with a selection of vegetable and meat dishes. Dinner is always banquet style with plates of meat, fish, fresh vegetables, tofu and rice. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of Chinese dishes available. We also provide snack food for morning and afternoon tea with biscuits, fresh fruit, dried fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. We will also provide you with filtered drinking water for the duration of the cycling. The meals are always very generous, the food is healthy, very fresh and very tasty, so don’t worry, we’ll make sure your appetites are satisfied and you have more than enough fuel to get up those mountains!

Bikes
Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with semi-slick tyres, a water bottle cage and optional female designed saddle. We keep them well-maintained, in as near new condition as possible and travel with all necessary tools and spare parts. Your Bike Asia leader/ mechanic will fix any bike problems. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service. Because we travel with a support vehicle it is not necessary to carry many things when on the bike. You may like to carry a daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag with personal belongings, camera, sunscreen etc., or you may prefer to leave a daypack in the support vehicle and carry only a camera & rain jacket (perhaps in a seat-post bag) when cycling.

Cycling Conditions
All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 80% on sealed roads, 10% on dirt roads and 10% off-road on small tracks and trails. This trip varies between hilly to flat terrain with nine notable climbs, the longest of which is 13km. The cycling altitude varies between 130m and 825m. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In China the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people…everything really!

Plan it


Travel to the Start Point
This trip starts in Guiyang (Airport Code KWE), the capital of Guizhou Province. It is a limited international airport which means that you will have to fly into Guiyang from one of the other major cities/airports in China. Examples are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen or Guilin from which there are many flights every day. To check flight details, time and cost we can recommend the following website:

Ctrip: http://english.ctrip.com/

It is in English, reliable, and you can pay for these flights by credit card. If more convenient you can also book domestic China flights through us (a small service charge applies per ticket) at competitive rates. Just let us know when you book.

Travel from the Finish Point
The trip finishes in the town of Yangshuo. It is 85 kilometres (one hour) from Guilin International Airport by car. Guilin is an international airport with connecting flights to:

  • Hong Kong (HKG) – China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, CS Air
  • Bangkok (BKK) – Bangkok Airways
  • Beijing (PEK) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
  • Shanghai (SHA & PVG) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
  • Guangzhou (CAN) - Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
  • Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) – Air Asia
  • Macao (MCM) ) - Air Macao
  • Seoul (ICN) - Asiana Airline
  • Singapore (SIN) - Jet Star


  • Joining Point Instructions and Pre-tour Information
    Once we have received your booking and deposit payment for the tour you will be sent a Trip Info Pack which will include details of the start point hotel with maps and instructions (English and Chinese!) as well as all the tour info, packing lists, training tips, reading and film lists, language sheets etc.

    Transfers
    Individual arrival and departure transfers can be organised through us. Please indicate that you would like a transfer when you make your booking.

    Pre and post trip accommodation
    If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotels, just let us know when you book the trip. On this tour we offer additional accommodation after the tour in both Guilin and in Yangshuo (both accessible to Guilin by bus/taxi). If you would like to stay at a hotel other than the designated hotels prior to the start or at the end of the tour don’t hesitate to contact us for recommendations and advice.

    Money
    The Chinese currency is the Chinese Yuan (CNY), also known as Renminbi(RMB), or colloquially as kuai. Exchange rates fluctuate but to give you a rough idea:

    1 AUD = 5.9 CNY
    1 USD = 6 CNY
    1 EUR = 8 CNY
    1 GBP = 10 CNY
    1 CAD = 6 CNY
    1 NZD = 4.5 CNY

    You will need to bring money on the trip to pay any for the following: some meals, drinks, activities and transport in free time, airline excess baggage, and of course shopping. There are a few methods for accessing money whilst on tour:

    • ATMs are available in Shangrila, Shigu, Lijiang and Dali where you can access money using your Maestro, Cirrus, Visa and Mastercard.
    • Banks to exchange major foreign currencies (USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, NZD etc) and Traveller’s Cheques.
    • There are limited credit card facilities so best not plan on using plastic to pay your way.

    There will be very relatively few opportunities to spend money whilst cycling through rural areas outside of personal items, snacks, drinks and the odd souvenir. Most of your shopping will be likely to be done in bigger centres or tourist centres. You can chat to your tour leader about recommendations and availability of ATM’s and banks at the start of the tour. We also recommend that you bring US $100 in emergency funds, to be used when circumstances beyond the control of Bike Asia necessitate a change in itinerary.

    The amount you bring is going to depend on how much you plan to spend. To give you an indication of prices, beer would cost CNY 5 (local), 35 (bar). Dinner at local restaurant CNY 10 – 60, dinner at foreign or tourist style restaurant CNY 25 – 100

    Visas
    Travellers of all nationalities will need to obtain a Chinese visa, either through a travel agent or direct with a Chinese embassy or consulate. Regulations change frequently and differ according to nationality so best to check with the nearest embassy. If you need any assistance please contact us. We can also provide visa support letters if this regulation is required for your application.

    Insurance
    Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are: World Nomads and Covermore.

    Fitness
    You will need to have a reasonably good level of fitness to participate comfortably in this trip. There are ten cycling days in total, with two days cycling over 80km, one of them is over 100km. It is a great idea to do at least some cycling in the month leading up to your tour. This is up to you but we highly recommend some training as it will alleviate saddle soreness and leg fatigue, and you may enjoy the tour more if you find the cycling easier. A more detailed training program will be sent to you in the Trip Information Booklet after booking the trip. We do appreciate that with busy lives these days that it can be difficult to fit in rides prior to embarking on a holiday and we encourage people not to be overly concerned by this. Do what you can with the time available and come anyway! The first couple of days on tour might be a bit tougher but this is generally all it takes and you’ll thank yourself for not missing out on the adventure!

    Health
    In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations, we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least two months prior to departure. If you have any existing medical conditions, take medications, suffer from allergies or even have any concerns at all these should be indicated on the booking form. We treat this information with utmost respect and privacy and only wish to use this information to ensure your personal safety and enjoyment on the tour. Our group leader will have, as a minimum requirement, Senior Level First Aid Training. It is our policy to provide further training opportunities for our leaders to upgrade to, and maintain, Remote Wilderness Emergency Training for Outdoor Professionals certification whilst they are in employment with us. Leaders will travel with a first-aid kit, however, it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. We do not encourage our group leaders to administer any kind of drugs including pain relief tablets, antibiotics, etc unless absolutely necessary so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers or others. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. As a precaution also include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, antibiotics and pain relief tablets. For more information on travel health, you can click on the links below.

    Responsible Travel
    An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that we visit. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.

    Dress: Parts of China are still quite conservative. In rural areas (which make up most of this tour), and temples, overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is generally not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.

    Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak some English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Chinese. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

    Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.

    Poverty: In this part of China there is poverty which you are likely to see, since we cycle through some fairly remote rural areas. If you choose to give something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. There are organizations which are working to alleviate this poverty in China and they may be able to do more good with your donations. Your Tour Leader will be able to provide more information about this.

    Support Organizations: In China there are a number of organizations which we hope you can support in one way or another. Your Tour Leader will provide more information on these as you travel. For more information about Bike Asia’s commitment to ethical and sustainable travel practices, please read our Responsible Travel Policy.

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    “From the start, an amazing experience. Wonderful people helping out via email, efficient with time and details both before and during the trip, unparalleled views every day; the riding was challenging, just as I wanted it.” – Allison Murray, 2012



    “The food was awesome!! I’ve a greater appreciation for ‘real Chinese food’! Plenty of it, very tasty and very fresh. A highlight of the trip for me.” – Roberta Brill, 2010



    “Seeing how the minority people live and the unbelievable scenery.” – Anthony Craze, 2008



    “Brilliant tour, I will be back and am looking forward to seeing your new ventures.” – Karley Snape, 2008



    “Great off the beaten path experience… Thanks for showing China in such a great way!!” – Anne Kluznik, 2007



    “FT [local guide] was the MAN! He was absolutely GREAT! I learned a lot from him and he was so generous! FT added a lot to our trip.” – David Hart, 2007



    “I have never had such great meals on my trips!” – Reggie Voll, 2007

    Yangshuo options



    Yangshuo – a relaxing retreat or an adventure hub!

    Yangshuo, Guangxi Province in Southern China, is famous for its karst mountain scenery and rural landscapes. It was “discovered” by backpackers in the early 90′s as a tranquil retreat from the city of Guilin which lies upstream on the Li River to the north. It’s a thriving tourist town these days with lot’s of restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping on offer but, only minutes on a bike and into the countryside, and you’ll find rural life and absolutely stunning karst mountain scenery that is surprisingly quiet, secluded and untouched by the masses.

    As a destination in China, Yangshuo makes for a great place to be active, with world class climbing on offer as well as kayaking, caving, hiking and, of course, biking! It’s easy to find time to while away days learning Taichi and Kungfu, taking calligraphy, painting or cooking classes, learning some Mandarin, swimming in the clear rivers or sipping on a coffee and relaxing in one of the many restaurants and bars too! The surrounding area is very rural and there is nothing better than wandering, or staying in, the countryside soaking up the relaxed pace of village life.

    Yangshuo is a perfect place for a family holiday with plenty of great accommodation and activity options in town or outside, a great place to relax on a longer China trip and an ideal jumping off point to explore further into Guizhou and Guangxi Province. Below are some of the services Bike Asia offers as well as some of the choice activities that we can arrange for you.

    Mountain Biking
    If you’ve been admiring the stunning Yangshuo landscape and wondering whether you could push a bike through all those jutting mountains and plunging valleys, the answer is a definite Yes! Ride out of Yangshuo town into the countryside and get lost among the endless trails. Discover pine forest trails, muddy single-track, killer climbs and rocky downhills. Just don’t forget to look up once in awhile to check out the amazing views! Join one of our expert guides for some great cross country riding or some more technical sessions in this awesome part of China. Available throughout the year for individuals or groups on request.

    Cooking School
    Learn to cook local Chinese dishes in professionally run classrooms. The school is located in quiet Chao Long village in the picturesque Yu Long River Valley and classrooms are in renovated mud brick village houses. Explore local cuisine including a tour to the market to learn about produce and ingredients used in the area. At the end of the class you’ll have the opportunity to sample your own cooking overlooking rice fields and karst mountains. All courses are hands-on so you will be able to reproduce real Chinese food when you return home. Courses run twice daily but for die-hard foodies longer courses are available.

    Rock Climbing
    Conquer the Karst Mountains in the best possible fashion… by climbing them! Join experienced rock climbers and scale up to where the views are sublime. Perfect for Beginners to expert. Fully qualified, professional guides will take you through all aspects of climbing on select crags in the region. Their expert local knowledge will expose you to Yangshuo’s best climbs to suit your ability as well as giving you an insight into local life. All transport, equipment and lunch included.

    Calligraphy and Painting
    Chinese Calligraphy has been evolving continually over thousands of years. Chinese words are the vehicle of this art forms expression, but you do not have to know their meanings in order to appreciate their beauty. Try your hand at this ancient art of writing using traditional brushes and ink. Painting classes will initiate you into the water colours and brushstrokes used in traditional Chinese art, styles that reflect the classic local scenery.

    Kayaking and Bamboo Rafting
    The perfect way to discover life along the Li river. Half or full day kayaking adventures are available. Includes life jackets, transport and a great time guaranteed! Bamboo rafts operate on several sections of the Li and Yu Long Rivers for those that prefer to sit back and enjoy the views. Pair a bike ride with a rafting ride to make an enjoyable day in the countryside.

    Kungfu & Taichi
    More than simply fighting and self defence, Chinese kungfu traces it’s roots in to philosophy and contemplative meditation. Create balance and harmony by finding your qi, or discover your inner master. Classes can be held for single students or groups. Extended courses are also available to master this ancient art.

    Liu San Jie Light Show
    Set on the banks of the beautiful Li River and performed on the surface of the water, this amazing show, that includes over 600 performers, is a spectacle not to be missed! Directed by Zang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony), this is a wonderful musical and visual feast for the whole family. Best to book in advance to ensure good seats at the most reasonable prices.

    Yoga
    Yoga aims toward adjusting the body’s functioning to be at it’s natural best on every level. This includes muscular structure to loosen accumulated tightness and strengthen weaknesses in the body. At the same time, Yoga affects the subtler aspects of the body, improving vitality and physiological harmony. Meditation and controlled breathing in the practice of yoga help create a deep sense of well being. Private classes are available or join one the local classes and meet some locals at the same time.

    Hiking
    There’s lots of great walks in the area and mostly accessible as self-guided hikes. If hiking is your thing we point you in the right direction for some great views over Yangshuo town, longer walks along the Li River and further afield to Longji Rice Terraces and beyond. Get in tough with us for more info on hikes in the area or some hike/ bike combo trips.

    Family Rides
    Yangshuo is a perfect place to bring the kids. Whether as a break from the city, or part of a longer China tour, there’s dozens of activities to keep everyone happy. Bike Asia has all the equipment to provide your family with a great trip into the countryside on two wheels. We have a range of kid’s bike’s, trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats to cater to the whole family.

    Water Caves
    Famous for its bizarre and beautiful landscapes, Yangshuo is the subject of millions of photographs. Yet there remains a hidden side for you to explore – underground! Stalactites and stalagmites, naturally formed mud baths and an underground hot spring to soak in are features of this underground experience. Pre-book before you go as prices at the gate are through the roof!



    Plan it


    This trip starts in Guilin (Airport Code KWL), the capital of Guangxi Province. It is an international airport with connections in Asia as well as most cities in China, below are some of the main options for flights.

    • Hong Kong (HKG) – China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, CS Air
    • Bangkok (BKK) – Bangkok Airways
    • Beijing (PEK) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Shanghai (SHA & PVG) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Guangzhou (CAN) - Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) – Air Asia
    • Macao (MCM) ) - Air Macao
    • Seoul (ICN) - Asiana Airline
    • Singapore (SIN) - Jet Star

    To check flight details, time and cost we can recommend the following website:

    Ctrip: http://english.ctrip.com/

    It is in English, reliable, and you can pay for these flights by credit card. If more convenient you can also book domestic China flights through us at competitive rates(a small service charge applies per ticket). Just let us know when you book.

    Trains and buses to Guilin are available from almost anywhere in China. Let us know if you need advice if travelling this way.

    The trip finishes in the town of Yangshuo, 85 kilometres (one hour) from Guilin International Airport by car.

    Trip Style
    ADVENTURE. This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

    ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.

    GUIDED/ UNSUPPORTED This trip is guided/ unsupported. This means you won’t have a van following you along the ride. Your guide will always be there with you and our staff based in Yangshuo are just a phone call away if needed. We can supply bikes fitted with racks and pannier bags for all the gear you need for the ride. A day backpack would also suffice for this trip. Any excess luggage you don’t need will be waiting for you at the end point in Yangshuo.

    Accommodation
    There is a mix of accommodation styles on this trip in good standard hotels/guesthouses that will generally have private bathrooms, hot water, television, air-conditioning etc wherever possible. Travelling by bike we get to travel through some of the smaller, rural areas, and this means of course that we are limited in our choice of accommodation – sometimes we are staying in the ONLY guesthouse. Whilst not having all the facilities that you may be accustomed to at home, we can safely say that these small, family-run places make up for that in location, views, atmosphere and friendly service. All the sleeping arrangements are for twin share and if you are a single traveller you will be paired up with someone of the same gender. If you’d like you’re own room you may book a single supplement.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any trip to Asia. Most of the meals on this trip are not included in the cost. Many of the places we stay cater well to westerners (with menus in English, etc) so we feel it is a great opportunity to interact with your guesthouse or restaurant hosts. Your guide will always be on hand to help you order and make suggestions whenever needed. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of Chinese dishes available.

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Each bike is fitted with racks and pannier bags on this tour. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with a water bottle cage and women saddles. We keep them well maintained and in as near new condition as possible. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 60% on sealed roads, 20% on dirt roads and 20% off-road on small tracks and trails. This trip varies between hilly to flat terrain. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In China the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people…everything really!

    Yangshuo options



    Yangshuo – a relaxing retreat or an adventure hub!

    Yangshuo, Guangxi Province in Southern China, is famous for its karst mountain scenery and rural landscapes. It was “discovered” by backpackers in the early 90′s as a tranquil retreat from the city of Guilin which lies upstream on the Li River to the north. It’s a thriving tourist town these days with lot’s of restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping on offer but, only minutes on a bike and into the countryside, and you’ll find rural life and absolutely stunning karst mountain scenery that is surprisingly quiet, secluded and untouched by the masses.

    As a destination in China, Yangshuo makes for a great place to be active, with world class climbing on offer as well as kayaking, caving, hiking and, of course, biking! It’s easy to find time to while away days learning Taichi and Kungfu, taking calligraphy, painting or cooking classes, learning some Mandarin, swimming in the clear rivers or sipping on a coffee and relaxing in one of the many restaurants and bars too! The surrounding area is very rural and there is nothing better than wandering, or staying in, the countryside soaking up the relaxed pace of village life.

    Yangshuo is a perfect place for a family holiday with plenty of great accommodation and activity options in town or outside, a great place to relax on a longer China trip and an ideal jumping off point to explore further into Guizhou and Guangxi Province. Below are some of the services Bike Asia offers as well as some of the choice activities that we can arrange for you.

    Mountain Biking
    If you’ve been admiring the stunning Yangshuo landscape and wondering whether you could push a bike through all those jutting mountains and plunging valleys, the answer is a definite Yes! Ride out of Yangshuo town into the countryside and get lost among the endless trails. Discover pine forest trails, muddy single-track, killer climbs and rocky downhills. Just don’t forget to look up once in awhile to check out the amazing views! Join one of our expert guides for some great cross country riding or some more technical sessions in this awesome part of China. Available March to November for individuals or groups on request.

    Cooking School
    Learn to cook local Chinese dishes in professionally run classrooms. The school is located in quiet Chao Long village in the picturesque Yu Long River Valley and classrooms are in renovated mud brick village houses. Explore local cuisine including a tour to the market to learn about produce and ingredients used in the area. At the end of the class you’ll have the opportunity to sample your own cooking overlooking rice fields and karst mountains. All courses are hands-on so you will be able to reproduce real Chinese food when you return home. Courses run twice daily but for die-hard foodies longer courses are available.

    Rock Climbing
    Conquer the Karst Mountains in the best possible fashion… by climbing them! Join experienced rock climbers and scale up to where the views are sublime. Perfect for Beginners to expert. Fully qualified, professional guides will take you through all aspects of climbing on select crags in the region. Their expert local knowledge will expose you to Yangshuo’s best climbs to suit your ability as well as giving you an insight into local life. All transport, equipment and lunch included.

    Calligraphy and Painting
    Chinese Calligraphy has been evolving continually over thousands of years. Chinese words are the vehicle of this art forms expression, but you do not have to know their meanings in order to appreciate their beauty. Try your hand at this ancient art of writing using traditional brushes and ink. Painting classes will initiate you into the water colours and brushstrokes used in traditional Chinese art, styles that reflect the classic local scenery.

    Kayaking and Bamboo Rafting
    The perfect way to discover life along the Li river. Half or full day kayaking adventures are available. Includes life jackets, transport and a great time guaranteed! Bamboo rafts operate on several sections of the Li and Yu Long Rivers for those that prefer to sit back and enjoy the views. Pair a bike ride with a rafting ride to make an enjoyable day in the countryside.

    Kungfu & Taichi
    More than simply fighting and self defence, Chinese kungfu traces it’s roots in to philosophy and contemplative meditation. Create balance and harmony by finding your qi, or discover your inner master. Classes can be held for single students or groups. Extended courses are also available to master this ancient art.

    Liu San Jie Light Show
    Set on the banks of the beautiful Li River and performed on the surface of the water, this amazing show, that includes over 600 performers, is a spectacle not to be missed! Directed by Zang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony), this is a wonderful musical and visual feast for the whole family. Best to book in advance to ensure good seats at the most reasonable prices.

    Yoga
    Yoga aims toward adjusting the body’s functioning to be at it’s natural best on every level. This includes muscular structure to loosen accumulated tightness and strengthen weaknesses in the body. At the same time, Yoga affects the subtler aspects of the body, improving vitality and physiological harmony. Meditation and controlled breathing in the practice of yoga help create a deep sense of well being. Private classes are available or join one the local classes and meet some locals at the same time.

    Hiking
    There’s lots of great walks in the area and mostly accessible as self-guided hikes. If hiking is your thing we point you in the right direction for some great views over Yangshuo town, longer walks along the Li River and further afield to Longji Rice Terraces and beyond. Get in tough with us for more info on hikes in the area or some hike/ bike combo trips.

    Family Rides
    Yangshuo is a perfect place to bring the kids. Whether as a break from the city, or part of a longer China tour, there’s dozens of activities to keep everyone happy. Bike Asia has all the equipment to provide your family with a great trip into the countryside on two wheels. We have a range of kid’s bike’s, trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats to cater to the whole family.

    Water Caves
    Famous for its bizarre and beautiful landscapes, Yangshuo is the subject of millions of photographs. Yet there remains a hidden side for you to explore – underground! Stalactites and stalagmites, naturally formed mud baths and an underground hot spring to soak in are features of this underground experience. Pre-book before you go as prices at the gate are through the roof!



    Plan it


    This trip starts in Guilin (Airport Code KWL), the capital of Guangxi Province. It is an international airport with connections in Asia as well as most cities in China, below are some of the main options for flights.

    • Hong Kong (HKG) – China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, CS Air
    • Bangkok (BKK) – Bangkok Airways
    • Beijing (PEK) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Shanghai (SHA & PVG) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Guangzhou (CAN) - Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) – Air Asia
    • Macao (MCM) ) - Air Macao
    • Seoul (ICN) - Asiana Airline
    • Singapore (SIN) - Jet Star

    To check flight details, time and cost we can recommend the following website:

    Ctrip: http://english.ctrip.com/

    It is in English, reliable, and you can pay for these flights by credit card. If more convenient you can also book domestic China flights through us at competitive rates(a small service charge applies per ticket). Just let us know when you book.

    Trains and buses to Guilin are available from almost anywhere in China. Let us know if you need advice if travelling this way.

    The trip finishes in the town of Yangshuo, 85 kilometres (one hour) from Guilin International Airport by car.

    Trip Style
    COMFORT. This trip is Comfort style cycle touring. These tours are designed for those that want to get outdoors and experience local life and culture but like to end the day with a nice cosy bed and some familiar mod cons. We design these tours to be about cycling the "best" bits so they may involve a transfer here and there to get you to accommodation that is both comfortable and characteristic of the region.

    ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.

    Accommodation
    The accommodation on this trip is in boutique style hotel chosen for it's characteristics that evoke the region whilst still providing all the mod cons and services you'd expect. All the sleeping arrangements are for twin share though if you’d like you’re own room you may book a single supplement.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any trip to Asia. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost. Yangshuo caters well to westerners (with menus in English, etc) so we feel it is a great opportunity to interact with your guesthouse or restaurant hosts. Your guide will always be on hand to help you order and make suggestions whenever needed. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of Chinese dishes available.

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Each bike is fitted with racks and pannier bags on this tour. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with a water bottle cage and women saddles. We keep them well maintained and in as near new condition as possible. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is mostly flat on sealed roads with some excursions onto dirt paths. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In China the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people…everything really!

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    Itinerary


    Yangshuo is one of China’s most tourist friendly destinations with some of it’s most amazing landscapes and rural scenery. The cycling is easy and relaxed and an unforgettable way to experience local life and rural China. We’ll visit the major attractions as well as seeing local lifestyles left relatively unchanged for centuries. Any trip to China should include a visit to Yangshuo and this trip will allow you to experience all that is on offer in this incredible region.

    1
    Arrive Yangshuo.
    Your transfer from Guilin airport, train station or hotel will be waiting for your arrival to take you to our hotel in the centre of Yangshuo. Keep an eye out for a Bike Asia sign with your name on it! The drive takes approximately 90 minutes. We will meet you when you arrive in Yangshuo to go over any details, answer any questions you may have and fit you with bikes. We’ll also take you on a mini-tour of the town to point out all the essentials and offer some suggestions on some good things to do and the best places to eat. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to explore the town.
    Meals: D

    2
    Cycle the Yulong River Valley, bamboo boat ride, Liu San Jie Lightshow
    Guided by a local expert, you’ll cycle out of Yangshuo through some of the quieter rural villages in the area. Your destination is the 400 year old Yulong Bridge where we’ll stop for lunch by the Yulong River with it’s spectacular views. On the way you’ll see locals working fields and tending livestock. We’ll also visit the market town of Baisha, one of the regions busiest fruit markets. After lunch we’ll jump on some bamboo rafts for a slow drift down the river, poled along by a local boatman who will regale you with local folk songs. After the boat ride it’s back on the bikes for a great ride back along the river and into town.
    In the evening you’ll head out to see a performance of the Liu San Jie (Three Sisters) light and Sound show. This performance, designed by the director of the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony, Zang Yimou, features a cast of over three hundred performers and lights up the local karst mountains and river-scapes to create a spectacle that is quite extraordinary.
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 25km

    3
    Cycle to Liugong village, visit Moon hill.
    Today we cycle on smooth back country roads to the village of Liugong. This riverside village is a great example of the old Ming and Qing dynasty architecture that is rapidly disappearing in China. We’ll look around the village before heading to Moon Hill through some of Yangshuo’s most stunning Karst mountain scenery. We’ll stop for a local style lunch in a local farmers restaurant. Once at Moon Hill we have the option of climbing to the peak for a birds eye view of the surrounding mountains. It’s a short ride back into Yangshuo where you have time to explore town or relax at your leisure.
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 45km

    4
    Cooking School.
    Today we get busy in the kitchen learning how to make some of the local Chinese specialties at the Yangshuo Cooking School. The class starts in the morning with a visit to the local markets to see all the produce available. After learning the suprisingly simple to make but delicious to eat recipes you’ll be ready to feast on your own creations for lunch overlooking peaceful rice fields and karst mountains. After the class you’ll be transferred back to the hotel after which the rest of the day is yours to soak up the atmosphere in town, do a spot of shopping, grab a massage or get active with one of the various activities available. In the evening we’ll meet for a final night dinner to celebrate the end of your Yangshuo adventure.
    Meals: BLD

    5
    Departure Day
    Today is departure day and you are free to leave at anytime. We’ll organise a transfer to connect with your onward travel. If you wish to stay longer to soak up Yangshuo’s unique atmosphere and activities check out our Yangshuo options page or chat to us about the possibilities on offer.
    Meals: B
    Total: 70km




    Itinerary


    Do you like getting away from all the crowds and seeing un-spoilt countryside and local life? For those with active and adventurous tastes this tour gives you access to the best of Yangshuo’s stunning scenery but with a more challenging bent: the cycling is off the beaten track and often hilly and to complete the experience we throw in an activity to suit you such as rockclimbing, kayaking, or caving. It’s a strenuous tour at times and suited to those that like to work for their fun! There’s still time in Yangshuo to check out the lively traveller scene but the core of the trip is spent in smaller villages. You’ll have a local guide with you for the cycling and a team of guides to get you climbing one of Yangshuo’s famous peaks. If kayaking is your thing then you will find yourself paddling solo down the beautiful Li River or if you wish to head underground we can organise a trip through a water cave with waterfalls, streams and mud pools. If you like to be active then Yangshuo is the place for you!

    1
    Arrive in Yangshuo
    Your transfer from Guilin airport, train station or hotel will be waiting for your arrival to take you to our hotel in the centre of Yangshuo. Keep an eye out for a Bike Asia sign with your name on it! The drive takes approximately 90 minutes. We will meet you when you arrive in Yangshuo to go over any details, answer any questions you may have and fit you with bikes. We’ll also take you on a mini-tour of the town to point out all the essentials and offer some suggestions on some good things to do and the best places to eat. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to explore the town.

    Cycling: 0km

    2
    Cycle to Xingping
    Guided by a local expert, you cycle north out of Yangshuo through some of the bigger karst mountains in the area. Your destination is Xing Ping and you’ll need a daypack to bring your essentials for an overnight stay here. The day starts with winding uphill as you navigate your way from flat land rice plots and bamboo-lined rivers through rice-terraces, tea plantations and orange orchards several hundred metres above the Li River Valley. With most of the hard work done in the first 20 km, you can relax a little and enjoy the spectacular views, including a waterfall, with the famous Li River meandering in and out of sight. Your cycling guide will have a packed lunch for you to eat en-route so you can pick a spot with the best views to relax for awhile. There’s a great downhill to the banks of the Li River, along which you’ll cycle, before crossing by local ferry to Xingping and your lodgings for the night.

    Cycling: 40km

    3
    Cycle to Chaolong
    With an early start to the day early with a short smooth ride up the Li River before boarding a local boat to Yangdi: this is the prettiest section of the Li River. On arrival in Yangdi it’s time for a hearty noodle breakfast, a quick look around the local markets before hitting the road again. The road heads up steeply for three km’s as you climb away from the river. The road is sealed all the way until lunch and you will be cycling through some very pretty rural countryside and, of course, sublime karst mountain scenery. We’ll take you through the local markets at Baisha where produce from the region is sold and we’ll have a great local hotpot lunch with all the local farmers. After lunch we’ll visit the 500 year old Dragon and Fuli Bridges. The cycling takes us off-road again on single track and dirt roads through rice fields and by the Yu Long River. The scenery here is out of this world and everything deserves a photo! With options to head straight for our stay in renovated farmers cottages in the village of Chao Long or to take a diversion to Moon Hill for a climb to the top, this is a big action packed day. And if the weather’s hot…we highly recommend a swim down at the river during summer! We will transfer your bags to the Chao Long Village for you.

    Cycling: 70km

    4
    Cycle to Yangshuo
    Today we’ll hit the road for a short ride back to the hotel in Yangshuo (your luggage will be transferred for you). Today is devoted to climbing (or the activity of your choice). Yangshuo has a developing international reputation for the quality of the rock-climbing, so we have included a half-day rock-climbing session. It does not matter if you are a novice or professional climber, these guys can and do cater to all levels. Note: If rock-climbing is not your thing, you are most welcome to replace it with either:

  • A hike through one of the caves with a local guide
  • Kayak down the Li River, or
  • A half-day course at a cooking school.

  • Cycling: 25km

    5
    Departure Day
    Departure Day. Today is departure day and you are free to leave at anytime. We’ll organise a transfer to connect with your onward travel. If you wish to stay longer to soak up Yangshuo’s unique atmosphere and activities check out our Yangshuo options page or chat to us about the possibilities on offer.

    Total: 135km




    Itinerary


    China is one of the safest travel destinations in Asia and Yangshuo, with its range of activities, stunning scenery and full range of eating and accommodation options, makes it a winner for a family holiday. We’ve put together an itinerary that blends a range of activities to keep any kid interested (both big and small!) with a combination of cycling, caving, a world class lightshow and a cooking class to keep things rolling along. There’s also the shopping on West street, a full range of Chinese and Western food and, of course, the magical karst mountains to make for an unforgettable experience. Plenty of time is spent in the surrounding countryside and you can choose to stay in either of these two locations in family friendly accommodation; fully renovated farmer’s cottages allowing you to appreciate the local farming lifestyles in Chaolong village or in a centrally located boutique hotel in Yangshuo town. Just let us know your preferences when you book as we can alter this itinerary to suit your needs and interests.

    1
    Arrive Yangshuo
    Arrive Yangshuo. Transfer from Guilin airport to your hotel in the centre of Yangshuo or in the surrounding countryside – just let us know your preferences for accommodation when you book. The drive takes approximately 75 minutes. A driver will be at the arrival terminal holding a Bike Asia sign with your name on it. We’ll meet you when you arrive in Yangshuo to go over the coming days, answer any questions you may have and orient you to the area. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. In the evening we’ll meet for a dinner featuring delicious Chinese dishes.
    Meals: D

    2
    Hiking, cave exploration and Light show.
    Guided by a local expert, you’ll cycle to Moon Hill, 7 kilometres from Yangshuo. We highly recommend the climb up to the top for the magnificent views of the valley and the surrounding karsts. Following lunch, we explore inside one of the local limestone karst caves. Depending on the age of your children options are a lit up cave featuring colourful stalagmites and stalactites or a water cave where you’ll be able to jump into mud baths, underground waterfalls and hot springs, so bring your bathers! We finish the day with a gentle ride back into Yangshuo town. In the evening we’ll visit the spectacular Liu San Jie Lightshow.
    Meals: L
    Cycling: 20km

    3
    Cooking, Fan making and Bamboo boat ride.
    Today we kick off with a morning class at Yangshuo Cooking School, set in a beautifully renovated traditional mud-brick courtyard home in Chaolong village, where you’ll cook and eat your own local creations for lunch. Before the class you will be picked up at your hotel to take a visit to Yangshuo market before returning to Chaolong for your class. After the class you will be returned to your hotel to relax before we cycle to Fuli village. This ride takes us through beautiful countryside to the Li River where we cross by boat and settle in for a session of Chinese fan making with a local master. You’ll get to take your own hand painted design home with you. We’ll board a bamboo raft for the ride back to Yangshuo. The evening is yours to explore.
    Meals: L
    Cycling: 15km

    4
    Cycle then Bamboo Boat Ride on the Yu Long River.
    Back on the bikes again for a ride along the bamboo-lined Dragon River, visiting the Ming Dynasty Dragon bridge. This is the most scenic area in Yangshuo region and gives you access to Chinese rural farm life at its most picturesque. After having lunch in a Farmer’s restaurant we’ll visit one of the local markets. The afternoon will be spent punting down the Yulong river on a bamboo raft before we jump on the bikes for the ride back to the hotel.
    Meals: L
    Cycling: 20km

    5
    Departure day
    Departure day. You are free to leave any time today. If you have the time to extend your holiday, chat to us about staying on in Yangshuo or check out the many activities on offer.

    Total: 40-60km




    Plan it


    This trip starts in Guilin (Airport Code KWL), the capital of Guangxi Province. It is an international airport with connections in Asia as well as most cities in China, below are some of the main options for flights.

    • Hong Kong (HKG) – China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, CS Air
    • Bangkok (BKK) – Bangkok Airways
    • Beijing (PEK) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Shanghai (SHA & PVG) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Guangzhou (CAN) - Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) – Air Asia
    • Macao (MCM) ) - Air Macao
    • Seoul (ICN) - Asiana Airline
    • Singapore (SIN) - Jet Star

    To check flight details, time and cost we can recommend the following website:

    Ctrip: http://english.ctrip.com/

    It is in English, reliable, and you can pay for these flights by credit card. If more convenient you can also book domestic China flights through us at competitive rates(a small service charge applies per ticket). Just let us know when you book.

    Trains and buses to Guilin are available from almost anywhere in China. Let us know if you need advice if travelling this way.

    The trip finishes in the town of Yangshuo, 85 kilometres (one hour) from Guilin International Airport by car.

    Trip Style
    FAMILY. This trip is a FAMILY style cycle holiday. These tours are designed for families that want to get outdoors and experience local life and culture with enough to keep the kids happy and the parents relaxed! There's choices for family style accommodation in various locations and plenty of flexibility in these itineraries so chat to us about tweaking the tour to your families needs.

    ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.

    Accommodation
    The accommodation on this trip is in family style accommodation either in Yangshuo town or in Chao Long village in more rustic renovated farmers cottages. You are welcome to choose either or a mix.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any trip to Asia. Some of the meals on this trip are included in the cost. Yangshuo caters well to westerners (with menus in English, etc) so we feel it is a great opportunity to interact with your guesthouse or restaurant hosts. Your guide will be on hand to help you order or make suggestions whenever needed. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of Chinese dishes available.

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Each bike is fitted with racks and pannier bags on this tour. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with a water bottle cage and women saddles. We also have a selection of kids bikes, child seats, tag-a-longs, tandems and trailers.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is mostly flat on sealed roads with some excursions onto dirt paths. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In China the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people…everything really!

    Yangshuo options



    Yangshuo – a relaxing retreat or an adventure hub!

    Yangshuo, Guangxi Province in Southern China, is famous for its karst mountain scenery and rural landscapes. It was “discovered” by backpackers in the early 90′s as a tranquil retreat from the city of Guilin which lies upstream on the Li River to the north. It’s a thriving tourist town these days with lot’s of restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping on offer but, only minutes on a bike and into the countryside, and you’ll find rural life and absolutely stunning karst mountain scenery that is surprisingly quiet, secluded and untouched by the masses.

    As a destination in China, Yangshuo makes for a great place to be active, with world class climbing on offer as well as kayaking, caving, hiking and, of course, biking! It’s easy to find time to while away days learning Taichi and Kungfu, taking calligraphy, painting or cooking classes, learning some Mandarin, swimming in the clear rivers or sipping on a coffee and relaxing in one of the many restaurants and bars too! The surrounding area is very rural and there is nothing better than wandering, or staying in, the countryside soaking up the relaxed pace of village life.

    Yangshuo is a perfect place for a family holiday with plenty of great accommodation and activity options in town or outside, a great place to relax on a longer China trip and an ideal jumping off point to explore further into Guizhou and Guangxi Province. Below are some of the services Bike Asia offers as well as some of the choice activities that we can arrange for you.

    Mountain Biking
    If you’ve been admiring the stunning Yangshuo landscape and wondering whether you could push a bike through all those jutting mountains and plunging valleys, the answer is a definite Yes! Ride out of Yangshuo town into the countryside and get lost among the endless trails. Discover pine forest trails, muddy single-track, killer climbs and rocky downhills. Just don’t forget to look up once in awhile to check out the amazing views! Join one of our expert guides for some great cross country riding or some more technical sessions in this awesome part of China. Available throughout the year for individuals or groups on request.

    Cooking School
    Learn to cook local Chinese dishes in professionally run classrooms. The school is located in quiet Chao Long village in the picturesque Yu Long River Valley and classrooms are in renovated mud brick village houses. Explore local cuisine including a tour to the market to learn about produce and ingredients used in the area. At the end of the class you’ll have the opportunity to sample your own cooking overlooking rice fields and karst mountains. All courses are hands-on so you will be able to reproduce real Chinese food when you return home. Courses run twice daily but for die-hard foodies longer courses are available.

    Rock Climbing
    Conquer the Karst Mountains in the best possible fashion… by climbing them! Join experienced rock climbers and scale up to where the views are sublime. Perfect for Beginners to expert. Fully qualified, professional guides will take you through all aspects of climbing on select crags in the region. Their expert local knowledge will expose you to Yangshuo’s best climbs to suit your ability as well as giving you an insight into local life. All transport, equipment and lunch included.

    Calligraphy and Painting
    Chinese Calligraphy has been evolving continually over thousands of years. Chinese words are the vehicle of this art forms expression, but you do not have to know their meanings in order to appreciate their beauty. Try your hand at this ancient art of writing using traditional brushes and ink. Painting classes will initiate you into the water colours and brushstrokes used in traditional Chinese art, styles that reflect the classic local scenery.

    Kayaking and Bamboo Rafting
    The perfect way to discover life along the Li river. Half or full day kayaking adventures are available. Includes life jackets, transport and a great time guaranteed! Bamboo rafts operate on several sections of the Li and Yu Long Rivers for those that prefer to sit back and enjoy the views. Pair a bike ride with a rafting ride to make an enjoyable day in the countryside.

    Kungfu & Taichi
    More than simply fighting and self defence, Chinese kungfu traces it’s roots in to philosophy and contemplative meditation. Create balance and harmony by finding your qi, or discover your inner master. Classes can be held for single students or groups. Extended courses are also available to master this ancient art.

    Liu San Jie Light Show
    Set on the banks of the beautiful Li River and performed on the surface of the water, this amazing show, that includes over 600 performers, is a spectacle not to be missed! Directed by Zang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony), this is a wonderful musical and visual feast for the whole family. Best to book in advance to ensure good seats at the most reasonable prices.

    Yoga
    Yoga aims toward adjusting the body’s functioning to be at it’s natural best on every level. This includes muscular structure to loosen accumulated tightness and strengthen weaknesses in the body. At the same time, Yoga affects the subtler aspects of the body, improving vitality and physiological harmony. Meditation and controlled breathing in the practice of yoga help create a deep sense of well being. Private classes are available or join one the local classes and meet some locals at the same time.

    Hiking
    There’s lots of great walks in the area and mostly accessible as self-guided hikes. If hiking is your thing we point you in the right direction for some great views over Yangshuo town, longer walks along the Li River and further afield to Longji Rice Terraces and beyond. Get in tough with us for more info on hikes in the area or some hike/ bike combo trips.

    Family Rides
    Yangshuo is a perfect place to bring the kids. Whether as a break from the city, or part of a longer China tour, there’s dozens of activities to keep everyone happy. Bike Asia has all the equipment to provide your family with a great trip into the countryside on two wheels. We have a range of kid’s bike’s, trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats to cater to the whole family.

    Water Caves
    Famous for its bizarre and beautiful landscapes, Yangshuo is the subject of millions of photographs. Yet there remains a hidden side for you to explore – underground! Stalactites and stalagmites, naturally formed mud baths and an underground hot spring to soak in are features of this underground experience. Pre-book before you go as prices at the gate are through the roof!



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    Join the ride! A must do scenic cycle tour of Yangshuo’s surrounding villages and spectacular landscapes - departing every day. The tour takes in Yangshuo’s best scenery and sites at a gentle pace following back roads and trails far away from the crowds. Our guides will show you Yangshuo’s hidden secrets and give you an insight into rural Chinese village life with visits to markets, villages, rice fields and, weather permitting, a refreshing swim! Tours change daily to take in various market days and visit the best places seasonally. Open for cyclists of all abilities you'll find there's plenty of time to stop to take photos or explore the area. It’s best to book ahead as this is one of our most popular Yangshuo cycling tours.

    Tour Details:
    • Start/ finish point: Bike Asia Shop, Yangshuo
    • Trip duration: 9 am to 4 pm approximately
    • Available: Departs daily from March until the end of November
    • Cost: 40 USD/ 240 CNY per person

    What to bring:
    • Comfortable cycling clothes, covered shoes and swimwear(check the weather!)
    • Sunscreen
    • Camera
    • Water bottle. We have bottle cages on the bikes and a complimentary water or a refill of your own bottle is included
    • Lunch is local style noodles and snacks. Bring your own lunch if this doesn't suit you
    • Small backpack for your gear


    Private tours


    Yangshuo is China’s adventure playground where you can hit the trails, climb a world class crag, hike up a karst mountain or kayak the Li River. And to balance off the activity there’s plenty of feet-up activities to do to with a whole range of cultural activities and eating and drinking options to keep your inner traveller happy; learn some taichi or kung fu, cook up a local feast, explore a cave or sit back with a beer by the river. Bike Asia can help you organise all these activities as well as accommodation and transport to suit.

    Our Yangshuo day tour can be booked for private groups or families. We’ll design a unique itinerary to suit the needs of you or your group. We can add bamboo boat rides on the Li or Yulong Rivers, a kayaking or caving segment, rock-climbing, a cooking class or a restaurant or picnic lunch. Let our experienced guides share their local knowledge of Yangshuo’s best sights and secrets. The possibilities are endless so chat to us about what might be your next China adventure.

    Our services include:
  • Bike Hire
  • Knowledgeable, experienced guides
  • Multiple routes for a half day to multi-day rides
  • Mechanical support
  • Equipment and gear available
  • Support vehicles
  • Accommodation
  • All local activities
  • Airport/ hotel transfers
  • Competitive rates
  • Honest, friendly advice!




  • Yangshuo options


    Yangshuo – a relaxing retreat or an adventure hub!

    Yangshuo, Guangxi Province in Southern China, is famous for its karst mountain scenery and rural landscapes. It was “discovered” by backpackers in the early 90′s as a tranquil retreat from the city of Guilin which lies upstream on the Li River to the north. It’s a thriving tourist town these days with lot’s of restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping on offer but, only minutes on a bike and into the countryside, and you’ll find rural life and absolutely stunning karst mountain scenery that is surprisingly quiet, secluded and untouched by the masses.

    As a destination in China, Yangshuo makes for a great place to be active, with world class climbing on offer as well as kayaking, caving, hiking and, of course, biking! It’s easy to find time to while away days learning Taichi and Kungfu, taking calligraphy, painting or cooking classes, learning some Mandarin, swimming in the clear rivers or sipping on a coffee and relaxing in one of the many restaurants and bars too! The surrounding area is very rural and there is nothing better than wandering, or staying in, the countryside soaking up the relaxed pace of village life.

    Yangshuo is a perfect place for a family holiday with plenty of great accommodation and activity options in town or outside, a great place to relax on a longer China trip and an ideal jumping off point to explore further into Guizhou and Guangxi Province. Below are some of the services Bike Asia offers as well as some of the choice activities that we can arrange for you.

    Mountain Biking
    If you’ve been admiring the stunning Yangshuo landscape and wondering whether you could push a bike through all those jutting mountains and plunging valleys, the answer is a definite Yes! Ride out of Yangshuo town into the countryside and get lost among the endless trails. Discover pine forest trails, muddy single-track, killer climbs and rocky downhills. Just don’t forget to look up once in awhile to check out the amazing views! Join one of our expert guides for some great cross country riding or some more technical sessions in this awesome part of China. Available throughout the year for individuals or groups on request.

    Cooking School
    Learn to cook local Chinese dishes in professionally run classrooms. The school is located in quiet Chao Long village in the picturesque Yu Long River Valley and classrooms are in renovated mud brick village houses. Explore local cuisine including a tour to the market to learn about produce and ingredients used in the area. At the end of the class you’ll have the opportunity to sample your own cooking overlooking rice fields and karst mountains. All courses are hands-on so you will be able to reproduce real Chinese food when you return home. Courses run twice daily but for die-hard foodies longer courses are available.

    Rock Climbing
    Conquer the Karst Mountains in the best possible fashion… by climbing them! Join experienced rock climbers and scale up to where the views are sublime. Perfect for Beginners to expert. Fully qualified, professional guides will take you through all aspects of climbing on select crags in the region. Their expert local knowledge will expose you to Yangshuo’s best climbs to suit your ability as well as giving you an insight into local life. All transport, equipment and lunch included.

    Calligraphy and Painting
    Chinese Calligraphy has been evolving continually over thousands of years. Chinese words are the vehicle of this art forms expression, but you do not have to know their meanings in order to appreciate their beauty. Try your hand at this ancient art of writing using traditional brushes and ink. Painting classes will initiate you into the water colours and brushstrokes used in traditional Chinese art, styles that reflect the classic local scenery.

    Kayaking and Bamboo Rafting
    The perfect way to discover life along the Li river. Half or full day kayaking adventures are available. Includes life jackets, transport and a great time guaranteed! Bamboo rafts operate on several sections of the Li and Yu Long Rivers for those that prefer to sit back and enjoy the views. Pair a bike ride with a rafting ride to make an enjoyable day in the countryside.

    Kungfu & Taichi
    More than simply fighting and self defence, Chinese kungfu traces it’s roots in to philosophy and contemplative meditation. Create balance and harmony by finding your qi, or discover your inner master. Classes can be held for single students or groups. Extended courses are also available to master this ancient art.

    Liu San Jie Light Show
    Set on the banks of the beautiful Li River and performed on the surface of the water, this amazing show, that includes over 600 performers, is a spectacle not to be missed! Directed by Zang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony), this is a wonderful musical and visual feast for the whole family. Best to book in advance to ensure good seats at the most reasonable prices.

    Yoga
    Yoga aims toward adjusting the body’s functioning to be at it’s natural best on every level. This includes muscular structure to loosen accumulated tightness and strengthen weaknesses in the body. At the same time, Yoga affects the subtler aspects of the body, improving vitality and physiological harmony. Meditation and controlled breathing in the practice of yoga help create a deep sense of well being. Private classes are available or join one the local classes and meet some locals at the same time.

    Hiking
    There’s lots of great walks in the area and mostly accessible as self-guided hikes. If hiking is your thing we point you in the right direction for some great views over Yangshuo town, longer walks along the Li River and further afield to Longji Rice Terraces and beyond. Get in tough with us for more info on hikes in the area or some hike/ bike combo trips.

    Family Rides
    Yangshuo is a perfect place to bring the kids. Whether as a break from the city, or part of a longer China tour, there’s dozens of activities to keep everyone happy. Bike Asia has all the equipment to provide your family with a great trip into the countryside on two wheels. We have a range of kid’s bike’s, trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats to cater to the whole family.

    Water Caves
    Famous for its bizarre and beautiful landscapes, Yangshuo is the subject of millions of photographs. Yet there remains a hidden side for you to explore – underground! Stalactites and stalagmites, naturally formed mud baths and an underground hot spring to soak in are features of this underground experience. Pre-book before you go as prices at the gate are through the roof!



    MTB


    If you’ve been admiring the stunning Yangshuo landscape and wondering to yourself whether or not you could push a bike through all those jutting mountains and plunging valleys, the answer is a definite YES! Ride out of town and into the countryside and get lost among the endless trails. Discover pine forest runs, middy single track, killer climbs and rocky down hills – just remember to look up once in a while to see the incredible scenery that surrounds you! Join one of our guides for some great cross country riding or something more technical in this truly awesome part of China.
    Beginner to advanced riders welcome with singles to large groups catered for. Every ride is different…we’ll design a route that suits your abilities, time frame and riding style.

    Tour Details:
    Start/ finish point: Bike Asia Shop Yangshuo
    Tour Length: Full Day (e.g. 9am to 4pm)
    Availability: March to December

    Inclusions:
  • Experienced MTB guide
  • Hard tail mountain bike
  • Helmet, first aid kit and spares
  • Post-ride cold beer or soft drink!

  • Extend your stay and explore more!
    Yangshuo is China’s adventure playground where you can hit the trails, climb a world class crag, hike up a karst mountain or kayak the Li River. And to balance off the activity there’s plenty of feet-up activities to do to with a whole range of cultural activities and eating and drinking options to keep your inner traveller happy; learn some taichi or kung fu, cook up a local feast, explore a cave or sit back with a beer by the river. Bike Asia organises all these activities as well as accommodation and transport to suit.

    Our services include:
  • Mountain bike hire
  • Mountain bike tours
  • Multiple routes for a half day to multi-day rides
  • Knowledgeable, experienced guides
  • Mechanical support
  • Equipment and gear available
  • Support vehicles
  • Accommodation
  • Bookings for all local activities
  • Airport/ hotel transfers
  • Competitive rates

  • Book online or contact us for more information about your mountain biking adventure in one of China’s most spectacular regions.

    Itinerary


    1
    Arrive Ulaan Baatar
    Welcome to Ulaan Baatar! Today is arrival day and there are no activities planned. If you arrive early check into the hotel and go exploring. The city is fairly small and contained so it is perfect to get around on foot. The streets are spacious and architecturally interesting. Different parts of the city reflect the country’s different historical and cultural influences: the Russian-influenced Communist era architecture and planning of the centrally located Sukhbaatar Square, the suburbs filled with the traditional ger homes, the Buddhist-inspired temples (sum) and monasteries (khiid). There are several museums and galleries to check out if you want to see dinosaur skeletons, modern art or rare religious items. Your leader will leave information at the hotel letting you know when and where to meet for the group meeting this evening. After all the formalities have been completed, we’ll head out for our first taste of Mongolian food – maybe a horse meat steak for the adventurous eaters!
    Meals: D
    Cycling: 0km

    2&3
    Naadam Festival.
    This is the start of Mongolia’s National Games, the Nadaam Festival. We will be at the Preliminary Ceremony in Sukhbaatar Square before heading to the main stadium to watch the opening ceremony itself. This venue is also where you’ll see the wrestling and the archery. The stadium is the place to be as Mongolians from all over the country cheer on their local heroes and favourite wrestlers. The area around the stadium is crammed with food stalls and souvenir vendors adding to the carnival atmosphere. The whole day is available to take in the festival. The second day of the festival will be spent with a visit to the grasslands on the edge of UB where we will witness the horse racing. The final wrestling bouts happen on the evening of day 3.
    Meals: BD
    Cycling: 0km

    4&5
    Drive to Bayanhongor
    This is the start of our adventure as we load up the 4WDs for an 800 km drive to outside Bayanhongor on the northern edge of the Gobi desert. This is a great introduction to the Mongolian countryside and famous steppe. Starting in the capital city’s aimag (province) of Tov, we travel through several more aimags before arriving at our starting point for the cycling: Bayanhongor. We’ll get to know our local crew who will be driving the support vehicles and cooking the food. On day 5 we’ll set up the bikes for an easy warm ride into the Sharguljut Valley, the start of our journey north-east through the Arkhangai mountain ranges to the ancient capital, Kharkhorin, established by legendary Chinggis Khan. Tonight we camp by the Sharguljut River.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 34km

    6
    Cycle Shargaljuut Valley
    We’ll start the day with a hearty breakfast of cereal, bread, cheese and fruit with coffee and tea. You’ll need your energy today as the riding starts beside the Shargaljuut River which we follow for the rest of the morning. We then leave the river valley behind as we cycle up a valley floor to our first steep climb for the trip. At the top we’ll be rewarded with 360° of magnificent views. What goes up must come down; and we do! It’s very steep, very fast and very rocky; mountain biking at its best in Mongolia. We’ll keep up the momentum along some fast tracks until we reach our camp spot for the evening, nestled in a picturesque valley, home to dozens of nomadic herder families.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 55km

    7
    Cycle Tuy River Valley
    For the next two days we cycle up the Tuy River Valley, tackling its rocky riverbed and camping beside its waters at night. Because of the constant water source of this river, the area is populated with many family ger camps. The kids in particular are usually very curious about us and our bikes, so you’ll find they often ride over on their horses to check us out. Many want to try riding the bikes so there are plenty of opportunities to stop and mingle with the people of the area. This area has some of the nicest camping spots and it is not uncommon to see marmot and other small mammals. Wolves are present in this area, but only rarely seen, though you may hear a distant howl in the evening if you’re lucky.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 49km

    8
    Cycle Tuy River Valley
    Today’s ride takes on a gentle dirt climb to the highest point on the trip. It’s quite a gnarly downhill from this point on a rocky jeep track. After several river crossings we make our way down a rock strewn river bed to lunch in a wide, wildflower covered valley. The rocks give way to smooth hard pack dirt for an easy afternoon’s descent to camp. We’ll set up camp at one of our favourite spots on this trip. It’s by the water, so you can put a few beers in the river to cool down and pull out your fishing rod for a spot of fishing.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 51km

    9
    Cycle to Bulgan
    Today is a relatively easy day as we travel down the Tamir Valley. With the river on our right we’ll veer north-west over two sets of hills before a fast downhill on dirt tracks into the town of Bulgan where we might stop to pick up more supplies. This area is famous for producing wrestlers and it is not uncommon for there to be a local Naadam Festival coinciding with our passing by. If we get the chance we’ll stop to watch the events and soak up the atmosphere which becomes very exciting with horse racing, archery and wrestling on the open steppe. Tonight we camp by a clear stream wedged between a spectacular escarpment and brush land. This area teams with wildflowers and bird life.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 40km

    10
    Cycle Tsertserleg/Museum
    Today we’ll cycle to the Aimag capital, Tsetserleg, so that we can visit the Aimag (provincial) Museum in the temple Zayayn Gegeenii Sum. It’s also a visit to relative civilisation after being in remote Mongolia so it’s a good chance to grab some supplies, check the internet, grab a cappuccino or do a little banking. After lunch we’ll head back into the hills on smooth dirt tracks with our final destination a beautiful wooded valley
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 56km

    11
    Cycle to Tsagaan Sum
    As we travel south we will have a slow ascent till we reach the Olgyin Davaa (Pass) and then a quick descent towards the small village in Tsagaan Sum. The cycling today is one of the nicest with wide open valleys, herds of sheep and cattle, nomad horsemen and their families gers dotted around the landscape.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 62km

    12
    Cycle to Orkhon Falls
    Today we have a couple of steep passes to negotiate before a long downhill into the Orkhon River Valley. This is one of the most important regions in Mongolian and central Asian history having been occupied by Chinggis Khan, Turkish Uighurs and Kazakh people over millennia. You’ll still see, if you look closely, remains of monuments scattered along the valley. In the distance the remains of the caldera one of the regions largest ever volcanoes can be spotted. The ride takes us through it’s ancient lava flow. We’ll eventually make our way across the Orkhon River and head up the valley to the Orkhon falls. The afternoon is free to hike around the falls and to dip in it’s cold waters.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 49km

    13
    Orkhon River Valley
    Today’s ride is a long one as we wind back down the Orkhon River valley. We’ll cycle through towns and across the vast lava flow to meet the Orkhon riverside where we’ll set up camp for the evening. There’s plenty of horse-trail single track to pick nice cycling lines on today.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 80km

    14
    Cycle to Karkhorin
    This is our last leg of cycling for the trip! We follow the Orkhon River all the way to Kharkhorin, the ancient capital at the time of the Mongolian Empire. We should arrive early enough so that you have time to visit the Erdene Zuu Khiid, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia dating from 1586. We’ll pack up the bikes and drive to our last camp at the Mongol Els sand dunes. On this night we break out the party clothes and enjoy some of the famous local airag – fermented mare’s milk, or perhaps a beer or two, as we’re celebrating the completion of our journey across the Arkhangai Mountain Ranges!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 30km

    15
    Karkhorin/Ulaan Baatar
    Today we drive back to Ulaanbaatar arriving mid afternoon. In the evening we will go out for our final night dinner and reflect on an epic bike ride.
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 0km

    16
    Departure day
    You are free to leave at any time.
    Meals: B
    Cycling: 0km




    What's it like?


    This extended version of our Wild Mongolia trip combines a deeper insight into Mongolia by taking in the country’s national games, the biggest celebration on the Mongolian calendar, the Naadam Festival, as well a mountain bike adventure across the Arkhangai Mountains. The trip starts in Ulaanbataar and we stay for the duration of Naadam. We’ll see the opening ceremony at the National Stadium as well as the wrestling and archery, two of the elements that make up the “three manly sports” that are contested during the festival. We’ll visit the horse races, held just outside the capital, where Mongolians from all over the country come with their prized horses to compete. This cycling tour will take us on a crossing of the Arkhangai Mountains, from the edge of the Gobi desert at Bayanhongor to the old Mongolian capital of Kharkhorin, home of Chinggis Khan. We cycle into the heart of Mongolia and meet its nomadic peoples. This is an off-roaders dream, with only a few kilometres on sealed roads. You can expect to cycle everything: rock strewn dirt roads, rocky riverbeds, compacted earth, grass, long rocky downhills, steep climbs and horse trails. This is a fully-supported ride camping under the stars when not in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia’s capital. All cooking is catered for by our local team and served in the great outdoors. We will cycle through a diversity of landscapes, including the mountains of the Arkhanghai, lush green grasslands, pine forests and the spectacular Orkhon Falls. We will see a diverse array of wildlife: many birds of prey, cattle, yaks, gophers, and the pride of many Mongolians, the horse. The sheer adventure of biking in Mongolia makes this region very special!

    Bike Asia Travel style
    We think cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is such a great way to travel. In Asia, we believe cycling is the best way to travel as it’s about the best pace to soak up all the extraordinary experiences on offer here. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new peoples, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes, try out the local food, and most all to have some fun in the saddle as well as off it. Cycling is a major part of all our trips – they are cycle tours after all – and this trip is designed so it is accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. We avoid transfers mid-trip on our tours (we like the idea of the journey and the reward of cycling “all the way”) so you’ll find on our tours that once you set up the bike you can generally ride it to the end barring unforeseen circumstances or your own inclinations. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you, and to participate in any activities that may arise. Our emphasis is on getting you to those little travelled places for authentic experiences with local people and culture, although we do stop by the famous places on our itineraries when they are just not to be missed!

    Fully Supported
    This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your tummies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be what you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

    Accommodation
    For this trip, 11 of the 15 nights are spent camping. We provide tents for all passengers and the sleeping arrangements are for a tent per person or couple, so if you are a couple traveling together you will share a tent. We also provide one foam mat for each participant. Should you want to bring your own super-deluxe self-inflating, ultra-light, ergonomically designed mattress… you’re most welcome! We also provide a shower tent with portable shower head for washing and there are several opportunities for swimming in rivers. For those non-camping nights, we will be staying in a hotel. We choose hotels (where possible) that are comfortable, centrally located places which are adequate in every way, with twin-share facilities and private bathrooms.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. The areas that we will be travelling in just do not have any amenities such as restaurants, so we have to bring our own cooks and food with us! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are always a cooked meal, usually of several courses…! Pasta, stews, soups, vegetables, steaks, eggs, bread, cheese – they have all of it. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us so that our cooks can prepare for this when they are buying all the food supplies for the trip in Ulaan Baatar. Due to the climate and land quality in Mongolia, it can be difficult to obtain several things such as fresh fruit, green vegetables. We are aware of this and compensate where possible.

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with a water bottle cage and optional female designed saddle. We keep them well-maintained, in as near new condition as possible and travel with all necessary tools and spare parts. Your Bike Asia leader/ mechanic will fix any bike problems. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service. Because we travel with a support vehicle it is not necessary to carry many things when on the bike. You may like to carry a daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag with personal belongings, camera, sunscreen etc., or you may prefer to leave a daypack in the support vehicle and carry only a camera & rain jacket (perhaps in a seat-post bag) when cycling.

    Cycling Conditions
    The terrain is almost completely off-road with the greater part being hard-packed dirt tracks, although there are several extremely rocky sections in places. The average day usually features a climb and a descent and perhaps a river crossing or two! It is not especially technical terrain when ridden conservatively so riders of any ability are able to cycle the route. Opportunities to explore further or to take more technical trails during the day or at the end of the day or a big feature. There is almost no traffic but you still need to be constantly alert for rocks, potholes and track divots.


    Plan it


    Travel to/ from Mongolia
    This tour starts in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia – airport code ULN. There are several airlines that operate flights into Ulaan Baatar. For reference see below:
    From Australia, NZ & U.S. – Air China, Korean Air or combine with MIAT (Mongolian national carrier) through Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing or Tokyo.
    From UK & Europe – Turkish Airlines, Air China, Korean Air, Aeroflot or combine with MIAT (Mongolian national carrier) through Berlin, Moscow, Hong Kong, Beijing or Seoul.
    There is also the trans-Mongolian train to Ulaan Baatar from St Petersburg, Moscow or from Beijing. These tickets are often a little hard to come by and visa processing for Russia, Mongolia and China can take a considerable amount of time so we recommend getting some advice if you intend to arrive this way and to plan early!

    Transfers
    Individual arrival and departure transfers are included in the cost. We’ll have a driver with a Bike Asia sign waiting at the airport to whisk you off to our joining point hotel.

    Pre and post trip accommodation
    If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotel, just let us know when you book the trip.

    Money
    You will need to bring money on the trip to pay for the following: some meals, drinks, activities in the free time, departure tax and of course shopping. We suggest various ways to access your cash. These include: Licensed money exchanges will provide local currency in exchange for all major forms of foreign currency (but please note that it will be very difficult to exchange old, well-worn notes). At these exchanges it will also be possible to change travellers’ cheques but only those in US dollars and from major companies. ATMs where you can use your Visa/MasterCard.
    Designated banks to exchange all foreign currencies and Traveller’s Cheques. The amount you bring is going to depend on how much you plan to spend. To give you an indication of prices:
    Beer would cost MNT 1000 (supermarket) – MNT2500 (bar)
    Dinner at local restaurant MNT 1500 – MNT 3500
    Dinner at foreign restaurant MNT 10000 – MNT 20000
    The Mongolian currency is the Mongolian Tugrik (MNT)

    Exchange rates at the time of writing are:
    1 AUD = 1440 MNT
    1 EUR = 1800 MNT
    1 GBP = 2110 MNT
    1 USD = 1380 MNT

    We also recommend that you bring US $100 in emergency funds, to be used when circumstances beyond the control of Bike Asia necessitate a change in itinerary.

    Visas
    Most travellers will need to obtain a Mongolian visa, either through a travel agent or direct with the Mongolian Embassy. To find the nearest embassy near you got to: mn.embassyinformation.com
    If you are travelling through another country to get to Mongolia (e.g. China, Korea, Japan or Russia) you should make inquiries as to whether a visa for that country will also be needed.

    New update: Transit tourists from 45 countries will be able to visit Beijing for up to 72 hours without a visa under new regulations starting January 1, 2013. Government officials announced that visas will be waived for transit passengers who can provide a confirmed air ticket or other travel documents detailing a third destination and who will depart the Chinese capital within three days. This means travelers from selected countries who have onward journeys don’t have to apply for a visa if they want to stay in Beijing, e.g. a Hong Kong to Beijing to San Francisco passenger.
    Foreign nationals traveling on a single return flight (e.g., Hong Kong to Beijing to Hong Kong) will need to get a visa before their departure.

    Insurance
    Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are: World Nomads and Covermore.

    Fitness
    You will need to a good level of fitness to participate in this trip. There are 10 cycling days in total with most days cycling between 50-80km on off-road terrain. Whilst this trip does not involve a lot of long mountain climbing, on most days we are cycling on undulating terrain with climbs over valley passes, some of which are very steep. The cycling is done at an altitude between 1500 – 2500 metres above sea level.

    Health
    In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least six weeks prior to departure. Our group leader will have Senior’s Level first aid training and will travel with a first-aid kit, however it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. Our group leader is not authorised, for legal reasons, to administer any kind of drugs, including pain relief tablets, antibiotics etc so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. Include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream and antiseptic wipes.

    Responsible Travel
    An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that you are visiting. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.


    Dress: Mongolia is still quite a conservative country. In rural areas and temples overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.

    Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Mongolian. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

    Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.

    Poverty: In Mongolia there is poverty which you may see, mainly in the capital Ulaanbaatar. If you choose to give something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. There are organizations which are working to alleviate this poverty and may be able to do more good with donations that you make. Your Tour Leader will be able to provide more information about this.
    Support Organisations There are a number of organizations which we hope you can support in one way or another. Your Tour Leader will provide more information on these as you travel.
    For more information about Bike Asia’s commitment to ethical and sustainable travel practices, please read our Responsible Travel Policy.


    Itinerary


    1
    Arrive Ulaan Baatar
    Welcome to Ulaan Baatar! Today is arrival day and there are no activities planned. If you arrive early check into the hotel and go exploring. The city is fairly small and contained so it is perfect to get around on foot. The streets are spacious and architecturally interesting. Different parts of the city reflect the country’s different historical and cultural influences: the Russian-influenced Communist era architecture and planning of the centrally located Sukhbaatar Square, the suburbs filled with the traditional ger homes, the Buddhist-inspired temples (sum) and monasteries (khiid). There are several museums and galleries to check out if you want to see dinosaur skeletons, modern art or rare religious items. Your leader will leave information at the hotel letting you know when and where to meet for the group meeting this evening. After all the formalities have been completed, we’ll head out for our first taste of Mongolian food – maybe a horse meat steak for the adventurous eaters!
    Meals: D
    Cycling: 0km

    2
    Ulaan Baatar sightseeing
    For our first morning in the country, we are going to visit the Winter Palace of the colourful and controversial Bogd Khan, the last traditional Mongolian ruler. We’ll also take in views overlooking the capital, Ulaan Baatar, with it’s mix of new shiny development, old communist buildings and traditional ger suburbs on the outskirts. You will have the rest of the day free to explore of the city.
    Meals: B
    Cycling: 0km

    3&4
    Drive to Bayanhongor
    This is the start of our adventure as we load up the 4WDs for an 800 km drive to outside Bayanhongor on the northern edge of the Gobi desert. This is a great introduction to the Mongolian countryside and famous steppe. Starting in the capital city’s aimag (province) of Tov, we travel through several more aimags before arriving at our starting point for the cycling: Bayanhongor. We’ll get to know our local crew who will be driving the support vehicles and cooking the food. On day 5 we’ll set up the bikes for an easy warm ride into the Sharguljut Valley, the start of our journey north-east through the Arkhangai mountain ranges to the ancient capital, Kharkhorin, established by legendary Chinggis Khan. Tonight we camp by the Sharguljut River.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 34km

    5
    Cycle Shargaljuut Valley
    We’ll start the day with a hearty breakfast of cereal, bread, cheese and fruit with coffee and tea. You’ll need your energy today as the riding starts beside the Shargaljuut River which we follow for the rest of the morning. We then leave the river valley behind as we cycle up a valley floor to our first steep climb for the trip. At the top we’ll be rewarded with 360° of magnificent views. What goes up must come down; and we do! It’s very steep, very fast and very rocky; mountain biking at its best in Mongolia. We’ll keep up the momentum along some fast tracks until we reach our camp spot for the evening, nestled in a picturesque valley, home to dozens of nomadic herder families.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 55km

    6
    Cycle Tuy River Valley
    For the next two days we cycle up the Tuy River Valley, tackling its rocky riverbed and camping beside its waters at night. Because of the constant water source of this river, the area is populated with many family ger camps. The kids in particular are usually very curious about us and our bikes, so you’ll find they often ride over on their horses to check us out. Many want to try riding the bikes so there are plenty of opportunities to stop and mingle with the people of the area. This area has some of the nicest camping spots and it is not uncommon to see marmot and other small mammals. Wolves are present in this area, but only rarely seen, though you may hear a distant howl in the evening if you’re lucky.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 49km

    7
    Cycle Tuy River Valley
    Today’s ride takes on a gentle dirt climb to the highest point on the trip. It’s quite a gnarly downhill from this point on a rocky jeep track. After several river crossings we make our way down a rock strewn river bed to lunch in a wide, wildflower covered valley. The rocks give way to smooth hard pack dirt for an easy afternoon’s descent to camp. We’ll set up camp at one of our favourite spots on this trip. It’s by the water, so you can put a few beers in the river to cool down and pull out your fishing rod for a spot of fishing.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 51km

    8
    Cycle to Bulgan
    Today is a relatively easy day as we travel down the Tamir Valley. With the river on our right we’ll veer north-west over two sets of hills before a fast downhill on dirt tracks into the town of Bulgan where we might stop to pick up more supplies. This area is famous for producing wrestlers and it is not uncommon for there to be a local Naadam Festival coinciding with our passing by. If we get the chance we’ll stop to watch the events and soak up the atmosphere which becomes very exciting with horse racing, archery and wrestling on the open steppe. Tonight we camp by a clear stream wedged between a spectacular escarpment and brush land. This area teams with wildflowers and bird life.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 40km

    9
    Cycle Tsertserleg/Museum
    Today we’ll cycle to the Aimag capital, Tsetserleg, so that we can visit the Aimag (provincial) Museum in the temple Zayayn Gegeenii Sum. It’s also a visit to relative civilisation after being in remote Mongolia so it’s a good chance to grab some supplies, check the internet, grab a cappuccino or do a little banking. After lunch we’ll head back into the hills on smooth dirt tracks with our final destination a beautiful wooded valley
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 56km

    10
    Cycle to Tsagaan Sum
    As we travel south we will have a slow ascent till we reach the Olgyin Davaa (Pass) and then a quick descent towards the small village in Tsagaan Sum. The cycling today is one of the nicest with wide open valleys, herds of sheep and cattle, nomad horsemen and their families gers dotted around the landscape.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 62km

    11
    Cycle to Orkhon Falls
    Today we have a couple of steep passes to negotiate before a long downhill into the Orkhon River Valley. This is one of the most important regions in Mongolian and central Asian history having been occupied by Chinggis Khan, Turkish Uighurs and Kazakh people over millennia. You’ll still see, if you look closely, remains of monuments scattered along the valley. In the distance the remains of the caldera one of the regions largest ever volcanoes can be spotted. The ride takes us through it’s ancient lava flow. We’ll eventually make our way across the Orkhon River and head up the valley to the Orkhon falls. The afternoon is free to hike around the falls and to dip in it’s cold waters.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 49km

    12
    Orkhon River Valley
    Today’s ride is a long one as we wind back down the Orkhon River valley. We’ll cycle through towns and across the vast lava flow to meet the Orkhon riverside where we’ll set up camp for the evening. There’s plenty of horse-trail single track to pick nice cycling lines on today.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 80km

    13
    Cycle to Karkhorin
    This is our last leg of cycling for the trip! We follow the Orkhon River all the way to Kharkhorin, the ancient capital at the time of the Mongolian Empire. We should arrive early enough so that you have time to visit the Erdene Zuu Khiid, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia dating from 1586. We’ll pack up the bikes and drive to our last camp at the Mongol Els sand dunes. On this night we break out the party clothes and enjoy some of the famous local airag – fermented mare’s milk, or perhaps a beer or two, as we’re celebrating the completion of our journey across the Arkhangai Mountain Ranges!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 30km

    14
    Karkhorin/Ulaan Baatar
    Today we drive back to Ulaanbaatar arriving mid afternoon. In the evening we will go out for our final night dinner and reflect on an epic bike ride.
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 0km

    15
    Departure day
    You are free to leave at any time.
    Meals: B
    Cycling: 0km




    What's it like?


    This cycling tour will take us on a crossing of the Arkhangai Mountains, from the edge of the Gobi desert at Bayanhongor to the old Mongolian capital of Kharkhorin, home of Chinggis Khan. We cycle into the heart of Mongolia and meet its nomadic peoples. This is an off-roader’s dream, with only a few kilometres on sealed roads. You can expect to cycle everything: rock strewn dirt roads, rocky riverbeds, compacted earth, grass, long rocky downhills, steep climbs and horse trails. This is a fully-supported ride camping under the stars when not in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. All cooking is catered for by our local team and served in the great outdoors. We will cycle through a diversity of landscapes, including the mountains of the Arkhanghai, lush green grasslands, pine forests and the spectacular Orkhon Falls. We will see a diverse array of wildlife: many birds of prey, cattle, yaks, gophers, and the pride of many Mongolians, the horse. The sheer adventure of biking in Mongolia makes this region very special!

    Bike Asia Travel style
    We think cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is such a great way to travel. In Asia, we believe cycling is the best way to travel as it’s about the best pace to soak up all the extraordinary experiences on offer here. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new peoples, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes, try out the local food, and most all to have some fun in the saddle as well as off it. Cycling is a major part of all our trips – they are cycle tours after all – and this trip is designed so it is accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. We avoid transfers mid-trip on our tours (we like the idea of the journey and the reward of cycling “all the way”) so you’ll find on our tours that once you set up the bike you can generally ride it to the end barring unforeseen circumstances or your own inclinations. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you, and to participate in any activities that may arise. Our emphasis is on getting you to those little travelled places for authentic experiences with local people and culture, although we do stop by the famous places on our itineraries when they are just not to be missed!

    Fully Supported
    This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your tummies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be what you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

    Accommodation
    For this trip, 11 of the 14 nights are spent camping. We provide tents for all passengers and the sleeping arrangements are for a tent per person or couple, so if you are a couple traveling together you will share a tent. We also provide one foam mat for each participant. Should you want to bring your own super-deluxe self-inflating, ultra-light, ergonomically designed mattress… you’re most welcome! We also provide a shower tent with portable shower head for washing and there are several opportunities for swimming in rivers. For those non-camping nights, we will be staying in a hotel. We choose hotels (where possible) that are comfortable, centrally located places which are adequate in every way, with twin-share facilities and private bathrooms.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. The areas that we will be travelling in just do not have any amenities such as restaurants, so we have to bring our own cooks and food with us! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are always a cooked meal, usually of several courses…! Pasta, stews, soups, vegetables, steaks, eggs, bread, cheese – they have all of it. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us so that our cooks can prepare for this when they are buying all the food supplies for the trip in Ulaan Baatar. Due to the climate and land quality in Mongolia, it can be difficult to obtain several things such as fresh fruit, green vegetables. We are aware of this and compensate where possible.

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with a water bottle cage and optional female designed saddle. We keep them well-maintained, in as near new condition as possible and travel with all necessary tools and spare parts. Your Bike Asia leader/ mechanic will fix any bike problems. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service. Because we travel with a support vehicle it is not necessary to carry many things when on the bike. You may like to carry a daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag with personal belongings, camera, sunscreen etc., or you may prefer to leave a daypack in the support vehicle and carry only a camera & rain jacket (perhaps in a seat-post bag) when cycling.

    Cycling Conditions
    The terrain is almost completely off-road with the greater part being hard-packed dirt tracks, although there are several extremely rocky sections in places. The average day usually features a climb and a descent and perhaps a river crossing or two! It is not especially technical terrain when ridden conservatively so riders of any ability are able to cycle the route. Opportunities to explore further or to take more technical trails during the day or at the end of the day or a big feature. There is almost no traffic but you still need to be constantly alert for rocks, potholes and track divots.


    Plan it


    Travel to/ from Mongolia
    This tour starts in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia – airport code ULN. There are several airlines that operate flights into Ulaan Baatar. For reference see below:
    From Australia, NZ & U.S. – Air China, Korean Air or combine with MIAT (Mongolian national carrier) through Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing or Tokyo.
    From UK & Europe – Turkish Airlines, Air China, Korean Air, Aeroflot or combine with MIAT (Mongolian national carrier) through Berlin, Moscow, Hong Kong, Beijing or Seoul.
    There is also the trans-Mongolian train to Ulaan Baatar from St Petersburg, Moscow or from Beijing. These tickets are often a little hard to come by and visa processing for Russia, Mongolia and China can take a considerable amount of time so we recommend getting some advice if you intend to arrive this way and to plan early!

    Transfers
    Individual arrival and departure transfers are included in the cost. We’ll have a driver with a Bike Asia sign waiting at the airport to whisk you off to our joining point hotel.

    Pre and post trip accommodation
    If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotel, just let us know when you book the trip.

    Money
    You will need to bring money on the trip to pay for the following: some meals, drinks, activities in the free time, departure tax and of course shopping. We suggest various ways to access your cash. These include: Licensed money exchanges will provide local currency in exchange for all major forms of foreign currency (but please note that it will be very difficult to exchange old, well-worn notes). At these exchanges it will also be possible to change travellers’ cheques but only those in US dollars and from major companies. ATMs where you can use your Visa/MasterCard.
    Designated banks to exchange all foreign currencies and Traveller’s Cheques. The amount you bring is going to depend on how much you plan to spend. To give you an indication of prices:
    Beer would cost MNT 1000 (supermarket) – MNT2500 (bar)
    Dinner at local restaurant MNT 1500 – MNT 3500
    Dinner at foreign restaurant MNT 10000 – MNT 20000
    The Mongolian currency is the Mongolian Tugrik (MNT)

    Exchange rates at the time of writing are:
    1 AUD = 1440 MNT
    1 EUR = 1800 MNT
    1 GBP = 2110 MNT
    1 USD = 1380 MNT

    We also recommend that you bring US $100 in emergency funds, to be used when circumstances beyond the control of Bike Asia necessitate a change in itinerary.

    Visas
    Most travellers will need to obtain a Mongolian visa, either through a travel agent or direct with the Mongolian Embassy. To find the nearest embassy near you got to: mn.embassyinformation.com
    If you are travelling through another country to get to Mongolia (e.g. China, Korea, Japan or Russia) you should make inquiries as to whether a visa for that country will also be needed.

    New update: Transit tourists from 45 countries will be able to visit Beijing for up to 72 hours without a visa under new regulations starting January 1, 2013. Government officials announced that visas will be waived for transit passengers who can provide a confirmed air ticket or other travel documents detailing a third destination and who will depart the Chinese capital within three days. This means travelers from selected countries who have onward journeys don’t have to apply for a visa if they want to stay in Beijing, e.g. a Hong Kong to Beijing to San Francisco passenger.
    Foreign nationals traveling on a single return flight (e.g., Hong Kong to Beijing to Hong Kong) will need to get a visa before their departure.

    Insurance
    Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are: World Nomads and Covermore.

    Fitness
    You will need to a good level of fitness to participate in this trip. There are 10 cycling days in total with most days cycling between 50-80km on off-road terrain. Whilst this trip does not involve a lot of long mountain climbing, on most days we are cycling on undulating terrain with climbs over valley passes, some of which are very steep. The cycling is done at an altitude between 1500 – 2500 metres above sea level.

    Health
    In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least six weeks prior to departure. Our group leader will have Senior’s Level first aid training and will travel with a first-aid kit, however it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. Our group leader is not authorised, for legal reasons, to administer any kind of drugs, including pain relief tablets, antibiotics etc so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. Include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream and antiseptic wipes.

    Responsible Travel
    An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that you are visiting. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.


    Dress: Mongolia is still quite a conservative country. In rural areas and temples overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.

    Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Mongolian. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

    Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.

    Poverty: In Mongolia there is poverty which you may see, mainly in the capital Ulaanbaatar. If you choose to give something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. There are organizations which are working to alleviate this poverty and may be able to do more good with donations that you make. Your Tour Leader will be able to provide more information about this.
    Support Organisations There are a number of organizations which we hope you can support in one way or another. Your Tour Leader will provide more information on these as you travel.
    For more information about Bike Asia’s commitment to ethical and sustainable travel practices, please read our Responsible Travel Policy.


    Feedback


    “Highlights were the hilly and isolated terrain, the many river crossings, the great and delicious variety of food during the trip, the unforgettable ger accomodation, the competent and reliable guidance by Will, the local guide and the support crew!”
    Wolfgang Kayler, 2012


    “An awesome trip as expected. Thank you for looking after me with the food – very much appreciated.”
    Karley Snape, 2010


    “Loved the interactions with the nomads that may not have occurred (or not to the same extent) if there weren’t Mongolians in our group. Loved the Mongolian support group – they were really nice guys – very friendly and helpful. Loved the hospitality of the Mongolian culture. It was a fantastic cultural experience in a very beautiful place.”
    Jackie Pallister, 2009


    “All in all a bloody good trip… when it came to the end we didn’t want to go back. It exceeded my expectations.”
    Carl Andrews, 2007


    “It was a great way to see the country!”
    Emma McCluskey, 2007


    “My taste buds were spoiled with caviare on eggs, nourishing soups, a different meal each day.”
    Steve Anson, 2005


    “Had the opportunity to see the REAL Mongolia and had experiences that were beyond my expectations!!!! The best holiday I have ever been on, hands down…”
    Jess Bryant, 2005




    Feedback

    “Just being in the wilds of Mongolia was experience enough, but throw in AWESOME riding, a great mixed ability group and excellent guides and it was a trip of a lifetime.”
    Thomas Stephen Payne, 2013


    “Really good tour. I want to do it again and cycle the whole thing. Will was very accommodating and supportive of my inability to cycle because of a chest infection. His enthusiasm for the tour shone through all the time, great job! The Mongolian support crew were amazing, what a fantastic group of men. They were consistently cheerful and provided outstanding service and support.”
    Andrew York, 2013


    “The people: Bike Asia team was awesome, the riders and the Mongolian people were all really friendly. A diverse set of people on the tour got on so well together, it was magic. THE FOOD! Green, wide open spaces. Kids on horseback. Livestock and wildlife. Tim’s cultural and historical commentary. Dried curds. Did I mention the food? Views from the camp toilet. Crossing rivers with my feet still clipped in. Getting to the top of climbs with my feet still clipped in.”
    Peter “Orgil” Boothby, 2013


    “Mongolia is a very beautiful country for mountain bike and I think the itinerary proposed by Bike Asia was excellent with different scenery each days. I also find the guiding team very professional.”
    Dominic Lorraine 2009


    “Mongolia was absolutely awesome. For me this was the best overseas trip I’ve done, I really enjoyed the experience.”
    Dimity McMurtrie, 2008


    “Thought Mongolia exceeded my expectations for: Hospitality of the people and the beauty and vastness of the countryside. Particularly the valley floors covered in wildflowers and the scenic views from every mountain pass.”
    Fred Belt, 2008


    ”This was a fantastic trip and far exceeded my expectations.”
    Susan Carter, 2008


    “Overall the trip was of a high quality”
    Colleen Chan, 2006


    “Great experiences with bonus suprises because of the flexibility of trip plan, cycling and self sufficient camping. Highlights were many: great group, caring sharing, enthusiastic and fun to be with, constant suprises like a Naadam race in the middle of nowhere, great food, being totally cared for without feeling smothered or incompetent, magnificent scenery, fresh air, kind weather.”
    Susan McInnes, 2005


    Itinerary


    1
    Hotel pick up/ transfer to Chinggis Statue / cycle into Terelj NP
    Today we’ll start out early to beat the traffic with a pick up from your hotel. It’s a couple of hours drive to the Chinggis Khan statue where we’ll set up the bikes next to this imposing 40m high stainless steel statue. From here it’s smooth dirt tracks to warm up the legs before we tackle two short steep passes. The following downhill takes into the park and we cross the Tul river Valley before making our way to Princess Palace Ger camp.
    Meals: LD
    Cycling: 50km

    2
    Cycle to Princess palace and to Terelj.
    We’ll take a 30km round trip to the Princess Palace. The cycling is epic at times with several stream crossing s and plenty of mud. Our destination, the Buddhist Princess Palace, is famed for the Manchurian princess Gunj who was married to a Mongolian Khan as an intended spy for the Manchu’s. The story goes that she came to favour her adopted people and was eventually assassinated by her own people in the mid 1700′s. Not much remains but ruins and it is sacred to Bhuddists still. The ride there and back is a fantastic, challenging one. Once we return to the ger camp we’ll set of along wide open valleys to the town of Terelj by the Tul River. We’ll stay in ger accommodation this evening.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 70km

    3
    Cycle from Terlj to Galchuurt.
    From Terelj we head up our first steep pass into forest. From here it’s an extremely steep downhill, followed by an extremely long gentle downhill gradient on fast and fun jeep track. The scenery is picturesque with not a tourist to be seen. We’ll wind our way through this wide open valley before tackling a last steep and rocky pass beofre a speedy downhill run to Galchurt, on the outskirts of UB. After packing up the bikes, and maybe a quick swim, we’ll head back to the hotel and the end of the tour.
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 60km




    What's it like?


    Terlj National park, located within a couple of hours drive from Ulaan Baatar, has some of the most spectacular and varied scenery near the capital. Whilst it gets relatively more visitors than other parts of Mongolia due to it’s accessibility, it is hardly over run and there’s plenty of scope to lose yourself among countless valleys and mountain ranges. Much of the park is difficult to access even by 4WD which makes it perfect for mountain biking. Traditional life is everywhere and the park still teems with wildflowers, clear rivers and wildlife. Definitely an adventure for those that like riding on dirt as there are challenging climbs, downhills, river crossings and rock strewn track. Riders of all abilities can enjoy this trip and there is a support vehicle handy to jump in if needed. This is one of our favourite Mongolia cycling tours.

    Bike Asia Travel style
    We think cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is such a great way to travel. In Asia, we believe cycling is the best way to travel as it’s about the best pace to soak up all the extraordinary experiences on offer here. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new peoples, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes, try out the local food, and most all to have some fun in the saddle as well as off it. Cycling is a major part of all our trips – they are cycle tours after all – and this trip is designed so it is accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. We avoid transfers mid-trip on our tours (we like the idea of the journey and the reward of cycling “all the way”) so you’ll find on our tours that once you set up the bike you can generally ride it to the end barring unforeseen circumstances or your own inclinations. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you, and to participate in any activities that may arise. Our emphasis is on getting you to those little travelled places for authentic experiences with local people and culture, although we do stop by the famous places on our itineraries when they are just not to be missed!

    Fully supported
    This trip is fully supported. This means you have a van following you along the ride. Your guide will always be there with you to help with any bike issues and to lead the way. Your luggage will be accessible during each day’s ride.

    Accommodation
    All accommodation is in tourist ger camps. They are traditional style dwelling that are set up for tourists and include shower and toilet blocks as well as a restaurant.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any trip to Asia. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are reasonably well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities.

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Each bike is fitted with racks and pannier bags on this tour. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with semi-slick tyres, a water bottle cage and optional designed for women saddle . We keep them well-maintained and in as near new condition as possible. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes.
    You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is 100% off-road on jeep track or small tracks and trails. This trip varies between hilly to flat terrain but this can be altered slightly to cater to your abilities and fitness.


    Plan it


    Travel to/ from Mongolia
    This tour starts in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia – airport code ULN. There are several airlines that operate flights into Ulaan Baatar. For reference see below:
    From Australia, NZ & U.S. – Air China, Korean Air or combine with MIAT (Mongolian national carrier) through Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing or Tokyo.
    From UK & Europe – Turkish Airlines, Air China, Korean Air, Aeroflot or combine with MIAT (Mongolian national carrier) through Berlin, Moscow, Hong Kong, Beijing or Seoul.
    There is also the trans-Mongolian train to Ulaan Baatar from St Petersburg, Moscow or from Beijing. These tickets are often a little hard to come by and visa processing for Russia, Mongolia and China can take a considerable amount of time so we recommend getting some advice if you intend to arrive this way and to plan early!

    Transfers
    Contact us if you’d like us to arrange an airport pick up and drop of for you.

    Pre and post trip accommodation
    If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotel, just let us know when you book the trip.

    Money
    You will need to bring money on the trip to pay for the following: some meals, drinks, activities in the free time, departure tax and of course shopping. We suggest various ways to access your cash. These include: Licensed money exchanges will provide local currency in exchange for all major forms of foreign currency (but please note that it will be very difficult to exchange old, well-worn notes). At these exchanges it will also be possible to change travellers’ cheques but only those in US dollars and from major companies. ATMs where you can use your Visa/MasterCard.
    Designated banks to exchange all foreign currencies and Traveller’s Cheques. The amount you bring is going to depend on how much you plan to spend. To give you an indication of prices:
    Beer would cost MNT 1000 (supermarket) – MNT2500 (bar)
    Dinner at local restaurant MNT 1500 – MNT 3500
    Dinner at foreign restaurant MNT 10000 – MNT 20000
    The Mongolian currency is the Mongolian Tugrik (MNT)

    Exchange rates at the time of writing are:
    1 AUD = 1440 MNT
    1 EUR = 1800 MNT
    1 GBP = 2110 MNT
    1 USD = 1380 MNT

    We also recommend that you bring US $100 in emergency funds, to be used when circumstances beyond the control of Bike Asia necessitate a change in itinerary.

    Visas
    Most travellers will need to obtain a Mongolian visa, either through a travel agent or direct with the Mongolian Embassy. To find the nearest embassy near you got to: mn.embassyinformation.com
    If you are travelling through another country to get to Mongolia (e.g. China, Korea, Japan or Russia) you should make inquiries as to whether a visa for that country will also be needed.

    New update: Transit tourists from 45 countries will be able to visit Beijing for up to 72 hours without a visa under new regulations starting January 1, 2013. Government officials announced that visas will be waived for transit passengers who can provide a confirmed air ticket or other travel documents detailing a third destination and who will depart the Chinese capital within three days. This means travelers from selected countries who have onward journeys don’t have to apply for a visa if they want to stay in Beijing, e.g. a Hong Kong to Beijing to San Francisco passenger.
    Foreign nationals traveling on a single return flight (e.g., Hong Kong to Beijing to Hong Kong) will need to get a visa before their departure.

    Insurance
    Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are: World Nomads and Covermore.

    Fitness
    You will need to a good level of fitness to participate in this trip. There are 3 cycling days in total with most days cycling between 50-70km on off-road terrain. Whilst this trip does not involve a lot of long mountain climbing, on most days we are cycling on undulating terrain with climbs over valley passes, some of which are very steep. The cycling is done at an altitude between 1500 – 2500 metres above sea level.

    Health
    In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least six weeks prior to departure. Our group leader will have Senior’s Level first aid training and will travel with a first-aid kit, however it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. Our group leader is not authorised, for legal reasons, to administer any kind of drugs, including pain relief tablets, antibiotics etc so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. Include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream and antiseptic wipes.

    Responsible Travel
    An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that you are visiting. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.


    Dress: Mongolia is still quite a conservative country. In rural areas and temples overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.

    Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Mongolian. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

    Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.

    Poverty: In Mongolia there is poverty which you may see, mainly in the capital Ulaanbaatar. If you choose to give something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. There are organizations which are working to alleviate this poverty and may be able to do more good with donations that you make. Your Tour Leader will be able to provide more information about this.
    Support Organisations There are a number of organizations which we hope you can support in one way or another. Your Tour Leader will provide more information on these as you travel.
    For more information about Bike Asia’s commitment to ethical and sustainable travel practices, please read our Responsible Travel Policy.


    MTB



    Mongolia Mountain Biking Tours – Terelj National Park

    Get out of the big smoke of UB and hit the trails in stunning Gorkhi Terelj National park. This one day tour is an off road cross country adventure through UB’s most accessible protected area. We’ll pick you up at your hotel and drive you into the park. From here, with your expert local cycling guide and vehicle support, we head through the park across a range of terrain with uphills, downhills, jeep track and horse trails and the odd creek or river crossing. Along the way you’ll meet traditional local herdsman, see flocks of sheep and cattle, semi-wild horses, plenty of bird life and an amazing range of scenery. We’ll stop in this picturesque landscape for a picnic lunch before cycling on toward the edge of Ulaan Baatar with a transfer back to your hotel in the late afternoon. This is the best way to get out of the city if you are short on time or want to get quickly onto the bike and onto the trails. Suitable for beginner to experts riders.

    Cost per person:
    1 rider 295 USD
    2 riders 175 USD
    3 riders 130 USD
    4 to 8 riders 105 USD
    9 plus riders 90 USD


    Tour Details:
    Start/ finish point: Hotel pickup and drop-off.
    Tour Length: Full Day (e.g. 9am to 6pm)
    Availability: June to September


    Inclusions:
  • Experienced MTB guide/ mechanic
  • Hard tail mountain bike
  • Helmet, first aid kit and spares
  • hotel pick up and drop off and packed lunch


  • Extend your stay and explore more!
    A one day mountain biking tour in Mongolia will surely give you a taste of what is out there in this little travelled country. Explore some of the longer rides we do in further flung regions of Mongolia or check out extended versions of our Terelj National Park tour on our website. All our tours can be customised to suit you or your group so contact us if you’d like to discuss some of the possibilities. Whilst we are a dedicated cycling company we are happy to combine sublime riding with cultural or adventure pursuits. We can weave in home-stays, horse rides, treks and fishing into our tours.

    Our services include:
  • mountain bike tours
  • Mountain bike hire
  • Multiple routes for day, multi-day and multi week rides
  • Knowledgeable, experienced guides
  • Mechanical support
  • Equipment and gear available
  • Support vehicles
  • Accommodation
  • Bookings for all local activities
  • Airport/ hotel transfers
  • Competitive rates


  • Book online or contact us for more information about your mountain biking adventure in one of China’s most spectacular regions.

    Itinerary


    1
    Arrival Day – Chongqing
    Today is arrival day and you’ll be met by your Bike Asia leader in the evening to go over the upcoming adventure. Our start point city, Chongqing, is a fascinating Chinese mountainside metropolis overlooking the mighty Yangtze River. One of the most populated places on the planet, with close to 29 million residents in the municipality, Chongqing stands in stark contrast to the vast open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau. Following our group meeting to go over the formalities of the trip we'll head out to sample some of the local cuisine – spicy Chongqing hot pot for those that dare!
    Meals: D
    Cycling: 0km
    Altitude: 261m

    2
    Fly Chongqing to Lhasa.
    Today we take a spectacular two and a half hour flight across the Qinghai/ Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa. On arrival we transfer from Gongkar airport by bus to our hotel in central Lhasa. You are likely to feel the effects of altitude right away so we will be taking things nice and slow with a Tibetan dinner and a briefing.
    Meals: BD
    Cycling: 0km
    Altitude: 3650

    3 to 5
    Explore Lhasa
    We take a few days in Lhasa to acclimatize to the altitude so that when we jump on our bikes we’ll be ready to ride. This will give us plenty of time to visit the amazing Potala Palace- the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama – and explore the many other spiritually significant city sights such as Sera, Ganden, and Drepung monasteries. We stay in the Tibetan quarter which is the home of the Jokhang Temple, the most important shrine to all Tibetans. Pilgrims arrive in Lhasa daily from all corners of Tibet and make the traditional circuit of the Jokhang. This circuit, the Barkhor, has become an attraction in itself and it is an experience just to wander along with monks and nomads, to get lost amongst the stalls and discover the many smaller nunneries and shrines. You’ll have plenty of time to soak up the unique ambiance of Tibet’s capital and its friendly people. On our last day in Lhasa we’ll cycle to Drepung monastery to test our legs and get the bikes set up for the big ride.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling (optional): 90km
    Altitude: 3650m

    6 to 9
    Lhasa to Gyantse.
    Off at last! We wave goodbye to Lhasa as we hit the road for four days of some pretty hard riding to find our legs. This first leg of our journey will take us to Gyantse where, after camping under the stars for three nights, we'll enjoy the comforts of hot showers and hotel beds. Highlights will include riding the Kamba La Pass (4900m) to view the spectacular Namdrok Tso, one of Tibet’s sacred lakes, and another big climb over the Karo La, our second big pass, before descending into Gyantse. This leg takes us on paved roads with some challenging climbs, made difficult by the altitude and some nice descents though the majority of the cycling is fairly flat. You will still be acclimatising so the daily distances aren't huge so as to allow you to work yourself into the ride.

    Whilst in Gyantse, a small historic town that has retained much of its old Tibetan charm, we'll have an afternoon to visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum, one of Tibet’s most famous and architecturally unique buildings. Gyantse Dzong, the 14th century fort that rises over the town’s centre is a great vantage point to view the nearby monastery and surrounding valley.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 250km
    Altitude: 3977m

    10
    Gyantse – Shigatse.
    We are on the road again for a big day’s ride through some beautiful rural scenery on generally flat, sealed roads. We should make the most of the tarmac and get some speed up! Our goal today is Shigatse, Tibet’s second biggest town. This is the home of the Panchen Lhama, a spiritual figure who is revered throughout Tibet. His traditional seat is Tashhilunpo Monastery and you’ll catch the sun glittering on its gold-tipped spires as we get close to town.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 90km
    Altitude: 3840m

    11
    Shigatse – Free Day.
    Today we take a day to rest the legs from the cycling but there's plenty to see on foot! Tashhilunpo monastery is yours to explore for the day. Or, if you have seen enough temples to last you a while, then walks around the Tibetan quarter and hiking in the surrounding countryside are highly recommended. But remember what lies down the road! Everest is looming large in the distance and it’s a long way before our next rest day!
    Meals: B
    Cycling: 0km
    Altitude: 3840m

    12 to 14
    Shigatse to Shegar.
    Three days will take us from Shigatse into Shegar. This is tough, though rewarding, riding over the passes of Tsuo La (4500m) and Lhakpo La (5220m), camping in the Tibetan countryside along the way. Our campsites will be a welcome sight at the end of each days riding and the culinary magic of our Tibetan cooks will be most appreciated.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 230km
    Altitude: 4316m

    15 to 17
    Shegar to Everest and Old Tingri
    We turn off the Friendship Highway and head south on rough dirt roads over the Pang La pass (5200m) with its unparalleled panoramic views of the Himalayas. If the weather is kind this is the view that most will remember, a first clear view of Everest (known as Qomolangma to Tibetans), the world’s highest mountain. From this spot you can really sense the power of this mountain as it rises above a string of snow-capped peaks, all impressive in their own right. This leg will be the highlight for many as we pedal to Everest Base Camp (5150m). Along the way we’ll see the ruins of civilizations lost to the past and the last few Tibetan villages before setting up camp at Rongbuk monastery. There will be time for those that wish to cycle the last 8km to base camp where you can view the mountain up as close as you are allowed to get without a climbing permit! After our Everest experience we'll head back to the Friendship Highway and travel across country on gravel jeep track to Old Tingri where we will put up our feet with the Himalayas as our backdrop.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 220km
    Altitude: 4300m

    18 to 20
    Old Tingri to Kodari.
    This leg is one of the most thrilling of the whole trip! First, we ride out of Old Tingri into a dry moonscape passing ruins of destroyed princedoms and towns that seem to be slowly turning to the dust of their surroundings. This land is truly awe-inspiring and it gets ever more dramatic as we ascend our final pass, Lalung (5050m), to be confronted with another view of the Himalayas. Nepal beckons beyond, and cycling down through these mountains we begin a huge drop in altitude to Zhangmu, a thrilling downhill which is a part of the biggest descent on the planet. From the dry rarefied air of Tibet down to the lush green rain forests of Nepal all in a matter of hours, this is a great ride! We cross the border at Zhangmu before a short spectacular ride to Kodari and a celebration of our crossing of Tibet.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 152km
    Altitude: 2300m

    21
    Kodari to Kathmandu
    Our last uphill! Today we'll pass the hill station farming community of Dhulikhel on our final ride into Kathmandu. After a big climb the ride is an easy flat one into Nepal’s most populous valley, though negotiating our way through the traffic of this busy capital could make it one of the most difficult! We’ll check into our hotel and then freshen up before hitting Kathmandu’s Thamel district for our final night dinner, celebration and a well-deserved beer!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 116km
    Altitude: 1338m

    22
    Departure day.
    Today is departure day and you are free to leave at any time.
    Meals: B
    Altitude: 1338m

    Total: 1140km



    What's it like?

    Riding the Tibetan Plateau from Lhasa to Kathmandu is on the wishlist of any cyclist, and for good reason! Challenging cycling for extended periods over several 5000m passes is not for the feint-hearted. Scenically this trip varies from moonscapes to lush tropical jungle. Culturally there is the mystical Tibetan Buddhists and their improbable gold flecked monasteries, sensitive politics and the organised madness and sublime beauty that makes up Nepal. This route now features sealed roads which certainly makes the riding more accessible but this is a trip that will make you work for your reward...cycling across the roof of the world.

    Tour Style
    This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

    Fully Supported
    This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your bellies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be as you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

    Accommodation
    The accommodation on this tour is a mix of comfortable hotels when in larger cities or towns, guesthouses in smaller towns or villages and camping in remoter places on the Tibetan Plateau. We endeavor to stay in places that are clean, comfortable and with cultural characteristics that reflect the region we are travelling through. Whilst camping we supply tents and a mess tent for meal times. Sleeping bags and mats are not included and we recommend you bring sleeping gear that is rated for the harshest of conditions. We have interspersed camping nights with hotel/ guesthouse stays so that we have reasonably regular access to a hot shower and a bed. Whilst camping, we won't be able to supply showers due to the lack of fuels for heating and the scarcity of water in the region (all water is brought with us).

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. The areas that we will be travelling in just do not have any amenities such as restaurants, so we have to bring our own cooks and food with us. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are always hearty and plentiful. Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us so that our cooks can prepare. Due to the climate and land quality, it can be difficult to obtain several things such as fresh fruit, green vegetables. We are aware of this and compensate where possible. Water and snacks are provided on cycling days.

    Bikes
    Bikes are not included. We suggest you bring your own. There are limited rentals available. Please contact us for more information.

    Cycling Conditions
    Most of this tour is on sealed roads. In fact, they are improving every year. There will be occasionally roadworks on this route so it must be expected that the roads can at times be rough. Three days are spent off-road on gravel or jeep tracks on the Mt Everest segment. There are several extended climbs up to 5000mand the weather at any time can be severe.

    The riding is at extreme altitude so we recommend that you consult with your travel doctor for advice on your suitability health-wise and consult our information on altitude sickness when considering this tour.


    Plan it


    Travel to the start point
    This trip starts in Chongqing, China. Chongqing has a major international airport and has flights from many domestic and international airports.
    To check flight details, time and cost we can recommend the following website:
    Ctrip: http://english.ctrip.com/
    It is in English, reliable, and you can pay for these flights by credit card. If more convenient you can also book domestic China flights through us (a service charge applies per ticket). Just let us know when you book.

    Travel from the finish point
    The trip finishes in Kathmandu.

    Joining Point Instructions and Pre-tour Information
    Once we have received your booking and deposit payment for the tour you will be sent a Trip Info Pack which will include details of the start point hotel with maps and instructions as well as all the tour info, packing lists, training tips, reading and film lists, language sheets etc.

    Transfers
    Individual arrival and departure transfers can be organised through us. Please indicate that you would like a transfer when you make your booking.

    Pre and post trip accommodation
    If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotels, just let us know when you book the trip. On this tour we offer additional accommodation after the tour. If you would like to stay at a hotel other than the designated hotels prior to the start or at the end of the tour don’t hesitate to contact us for recommendations and advice.

    Money
    You will need to bring money on the trip to pay any for the following: some meals, drinks, activities and transport in free time, airline excess baggage, and of course shopping. You will be able to access ATM's in major cities but ideally you should bring along some cash to be exchanged on the ground.

    Visas
    Travellers of all nationalities will need to obtain a Chinese visa, either through a visa agent or direct with a Chinese embassy or consulate. Regulations change frequently and differ according to nationality so best to check with the nearest embassy. If you need any assistance please contact us as we can also provide visa support letters if this regulation is required for your application. To improve your visa application process we suggest you only stipulate that you will travel in China (not Tibet) as a normal tourist (not cycling).

    Travel to Tibet requires an extra special permit which we will arrange once we have all your passport and Chinese visa information. For this reason we suggest that you apply for your Chinese visa at least 2 months prior to the departure date.

    Insurance
    Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are: World Nomads and Covermore.

    Fitness
    You will need to have a good level of fitness to participate comfortably io this trip. There are 18 possible cycling days in total, with several passes in the vicinity of 5000m. It is best to do at some cycling training in the month leading up to your tour at the very least. This is up to you but we highly recommend training as it will alleviate saddle soreness and leg fatigue, and you will enjoy the tour more if you find the cycling easier. This is especially important as you will be cycling at altitude. We do appreciate that with busy lives these days that it can be difficult to fit in rides prior to embarking on a holiday and we encourage people not to be overly concerned by this. Just make a clear assessment of your own fitness and be aware that it may be necessary to take some time off the bike in the support van if you are over tired or suffering from the effects of altitude.

    Health
    In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations, we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least two months prior to departure. If you have any existing medical conditions, take medications, suffer from allergies or even have any concerns at all these should be indicated on the booking form. We treat this information with utmost respect and privacy and only wish to use this information to ensure your personal safety and enjoyment on the tour. Our group leader will have, as a minimum requirement, Senior Level First Aid Training. It is our policy to provide further training opportunities for our leaders to upgrade to, and maintain, Remote Wilderness Emergency Training for Outdoor Professionals certification whilst they are in employment with us. Leaders will travel with a first-aid kit, however, it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. We do not encourage our group leaders to administer any kind of drugs including pain relief tablets, antibiotics, etc unless absolutely necessary so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers or others. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. As a precaution also include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, antibiotics and pain relief tablets.

    Responsible Travel
    This tour is run in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. We implore people to take an open mind on this tour - it's a good opportunity to see for yourself first - and leave any preconceived notions aside until after this experience. There are several ways that we can have a positive impact on this tour and your leader will brief you on these.

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    Itinerary


    1
    Arrival day, Negombo
    Welcome to Sri Lanka! Today people will be arriving from different destinations and at different times so there are no activities planned. Your complimentary transfer from Colombo airport to our start point of Negombo will take around 30 minutes. There will be a group meeting at our guesthouse in the evening once everyone has arrived, where we can go over all the formalities of the trip. After the group meeting we will head out for dinner together. Meals: D
    Meals: D
    Cycling: 0km

    2
    Cycle to Anuradhapura
    In the morning we’ll transfer by vehicle into the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Situated in the centre of Sri Lankas northern plains, this once magical city was the centrepiece of the Sri Lankan kingdom for over a thousand years. We spend the afternoon on our bikes to warm up our legs whilst exploring the immense dagobas and temples which litter the countryside. The afternoon is then yours to continue exploring the many ancient ruins or relax on a street corner with a cup of tea and watch the world go by.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 30km

    3
    Cycle to Sigirya
    From one of Sri Lankas longest medieval capitals, today our destination is one of the shortest lived, but one of the most spectacular. On our first road cycle leg, we head south along the flat highway, before a final detour into the back roads where we will see Sigirya Rock towering above the surrounding countryside. Declared a World Heritage Sight in 1982, Sigirya (or Lion Rock) has been touted as the country’s most memorable single attraction, a wonderful archaeological sight in a remarkable setting. The evening is free to roam and explore this small town or further explore the countryside by bike.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 82km

    4
    Cycle to Polonnaruwa
    This morning we give our legs a good workout, but not with pedals, as we take a guided tour through the Sigirya site and climb the sumit of Sigirya rock. Afterwards we get back on our bikes and head towards the great ruined capital of Polonnaruwa. Our route takes us right alongside the Minnieryia National Park and through an elephant corridor, which boasts the largest gathering of Asian Elephants every year in their annual migration or “gathering”. We arrive at our accommodation for the evening in Giritale and then it’s through the backroads as we continue into Polonnaruwa to explore some of the most amazing ancient ruins and temples in all of Sri Lanka.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 42km - 58km

    5
    Cycle to Kandy
    An early start as we commence our journey into Sri Lankas central highlands. From our accommodation we cycle alongside beautiful rivers, quaint villages and rich national parks, into the Spice centre of Sri Lanka. We stop for a late lunch in a fascinating Spice Garden near Matala, we then transfer up into the hill country and the scenic city of Kandy.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 93km

    6
    Rest Day, Kandy
    Situated at the heart of Sri Lanka, the cool temperate climate of Kandy is the perfect place for our rest day, with cultural, natural or culinary wonders to sui everyone’s tastes. Visit Sri Lankas most important Buddhist shrine, the Temple of the Tooth, explore the bustling centre of town sampling local street snacks, an evening stroll through the expansive Peradeniya Botanical Gardens or a trip to the famous Pinnewala Elephant Orphange.
    Cycling: 0km

    7
    Cycle to Nuwara Eliya
    Today we set out by train for a scenic ride through the rolling mountains of the highlands, alongside sprawling fields carpeted with velvety green ceylon tea plantations. We diembarke the train at Hatton and continue on by bike to the quaint “Little England of Sri Lanka” Nuwara Eliya where we lavish ourselves with High Tea on the lawns of a beautiful Colonial Tudor style hotel.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 42km

    8
    Cycle to Haputale
    We jump back on our bikes for an amazing ride through the mountains to the spectacularly located town of Haputale. You will feel on top of the world here, with views that extend beyond the “End of the World”.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 48km

    9
    Cycle to Ella
    This morning we cycle into and through the surrounding tea plantations, a steep ascent up to the best views in Sri Lanka, we rest at the magnificent viewpoint of Liptons Seat. We’ll share a quiet cuppa whilst learning about the life and accomplishments of the now famous Sir Thomas Lipton… and it’s much more than just tea bags. We then continue on through the hills to the picturesque town of Ella, often regarded as Sri Lankas equivalent of an idyllic English village. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon admiring the majestic views of Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock, or keep your legs moving and try climbing up one of them for a birds eye view of the surrounding green hills.- There’s plenty to do today, although this is an ideal spot to indulge in a foot massage or to sit back and relax, with options to explore the village and it’s many viewpoints or take some walks to visit the surrounding Longji village or further a field to Dazhai village which takes most of the day. Either way, the area will sure to be a highlight!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 30km

    10
    Cycle to Katagarama
    What goes up, must come down! An early but thrilling start to the day as our first 25kms takes us on a rapid twisting and winding ride out of the hill country towards the Indian Ocean. Our path takes us past flowing rivers, rapid waterfalls and wildlife rich National Parks, to the remote town of Katagarama. One of the three most venerated religious sites in Sri Lanka, we wander along with the flocks of Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims alike, all making the pilgrimage to the nightly Puja.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 88km

    11
    Optional Cycle to Tangalla
    Today we rise before dawn and venture out by jeep to explore the famous Yala National Park (optional). Home to a myriad of wildlife; expect to see lurking crocodiles, dancing peacocks, swaying elephants, chattering monkeys and if we are fortunate enough, the elusive leopard. After our morning safari, we meet our bikes in nearby Tissamaharama and continue south for our first taste of the Indian Ocean. Our ride today take us past the coastal wetlands of Bundala National Park, a birdwatchers paradise, and then right along the postcard perfect beaches of Sri Lankas south. Our stop for the night is a great spot for a refreshing ocean swim.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 75km

    12
    Cycle to Mirissa
    Cycle along the coastal road, today we continue on to our next tropical beach paradise of Mirissa. We can spend out afternoon laying amongst the coconut trees, body surfing the waves or a sunset walk along the beach.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 55km

    13
    Free Day in Mirissa
    Options today include activities taking a whale watching boat trip, surfing, fishing, beach lounging, cocktails and sun set...

    Cycling: 0km

    14
    Cycle to Unawatuna/Galle
    After a relaxing morning at the beach, we detour inland along some quiet back roads and through some quiet villages to our final destination. A free afternoon, but for those interested we can venture up the road to visit historic city of Galle and hit the pavements on an insightful walking tour of the fort area. Explore the Dutch and British architectural influences that still remain today, meet the colourful local characters and explore the historical family lines that have been part of Galle for generations. In the evening we join together for our last night group dinner.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 40km

    15
    Departure day
    This is departure day so you are free to leave at any time of the day. Transfers can be pre booked or arranged to Colombo and the airport, or book additional accommodation in Unawatuna, Galle or Colombo.


    Total Cycling: 574km




    What's it like?



    Bike Asia Travel style
    We think cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is such a great way to travel. In Asia, we believe cycling is the best way to travel as it’s about the best pace to soak up all the extraordinary experiences on offer here. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new peoples, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes, try out the local food, and most all to have some fun in the saddle as well as off it. Cycling is a major part of all our trips – they are cycle tours after all – and this trip is designed so it is accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. We avoid transfers mid-trip on our tours (we like the idea of the journey and the reward of cycling “all the way”) so you’ll find on our tours that once you set up the bike you can generally ride it to the end barring unforeseen circumstances or your own inclinations. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you, and to participate in any activities that may arise. Our emphasis is on getting you to those little travelled places for authentic experiences with local people and culture, although we do stop by the famous places on our itineraries when they are just not to be missed!

    Fully Supported
    This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your tummies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be as you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

    Accommodation
    There is a mix of accommodation styles on this trip. Most nights are in good standard hotels/guesthouses; twin share, private bathrooms, hot water, television, air-conditioning etc; with a couple of nights are in more basic style accommodation. We are staying in these places because, traveling by bike we get to pass through some of the smaller, rural areas and this means of course that we are limited in our choice of accommodation – sometimes we are staying in the ONLY guesthouse. Whilst not having all the facilities that you may be accustomed to at home, we can safely say that these small, family-run places make up for that in location, views, atmosphere and friendly service. Hygiene is very important to us and our passengers so we try to use accommodation with a good level of cleanliness. All the sleeping arrangements are for twin share and if you are a single traveler you will be paired up with someone of the same sex unless you book a single supplement. We choose hotels (where possible) which are comfortable, clean, centrally located places which are more than adequate in every way.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any Bike Asia tour. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. Breakfast can sometimes be western style or , sometimes sri lankan – string hoppers (wheat dough), with curries, tea and always fruit. Depending on location, lunch can either be relatively simple but hearty, such as vegetable fried rice or meat and usually served banquet style. Dinner again is ofent banquet style with plates of meat, fish, curries, fresh vegetables, tofu and rice. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialties and to enjoy the huge variety of local dishes available. We also provide snack food for morning and afternoon tea with biscuits, fresh fruit, dried fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. We will provide you with filtered drinking water for the duration of the cycling. The meals are always very generous, the food is healthy, very fresh and very tasty, so don’t worry, we’ll make sure your appetites are satisfied and you have more than enough fuel to get up those mountains!

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with semi-slick tyres, a water bottle cage and optional female designed saddle. We keep them well-maintained, in as near new condition as possible and travel with all necessary tools and spare parts. Your Bike Asia leader/ mechanic will fix any bike problems. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service. Because we travel with a support vehicle it is not necessary to carry many things when on the bike. You may like to carry a daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag with personal belongings, camera, sunscreen etc., or you may prefer to leave a daypack in the support vehicle and carry only a camera & rain jacket (perhaps in a seat-post bag) when cycling.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 80% on sealed roads, 10% on dirt roads and 10% off-road on small tracks and trails. This trip varies between hilly to flat terrain with nine notable climbs, the longest of which is 13km. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In Sri Lanka the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people… everything really!


    Plan it


    Travel to the start point
    This trip starts in Negombo.

    Travel from the finish point
    The trip finishes in the town of Unawatuna/Galle. Transfers can be pre booked or arranged to Colombo and the airport, or book additional accommodation in Unawatuna, Galle or Colombo.

    Joining Point Instructions and Pre-tour Information
    Once we have received your booking and deposit payment for the tour you will be sent a Trip Info Pack which will include details of the start point hotel with maps and instructions as well as all the tour info, packing lists, training tips, reading and film lists, language sheets etc.

    Transfers
    Individual arrival and departure transfers can be organised through us. Please indicate that you would like a transfer when you make your booking.

    Pre and post trip accommodation
    If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotels, just let us know when you book the trip. On this tour we offer additional accommodation after the tour in both Guilin and in Yangshuo (both accessible to Guilin by bus/taxi). If you would like to stay at a hotel other than the designated hotels prior to the start or at the end of the tour don’t hesitate to contact us for recommendations and advice.

    Money
    You will need to bring money on the trip to pay any for the following: some meals, drinks, activities and transport in free time, airline excess baggage, and of course shopping. There are a few methods for accessing money whilst on tour. ATMs are available and your guide will notify you where and when. Banks to exchange major foreign currencies (USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, NZD etc) and Traveller’s Cheques.
    There are limited credit card facilities so best not plan on using plastic to pay your way.

    Visas
    Travelers of all nationalities will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa through an online visa application process. Click here for more information.

    Insurance
    Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance via e-mail before you arrive.

    Fitness
    You will need to have a reasonably good level of fitness to participate comfortably in this trip. There are ten cycling days in total, with two days cycling over 80km. It is a great idea to do at least some cycling in the month leading up to your tour. This is up to you but we highly recommend some training as it will alleviate saddle soreness and leg fatigue, and you may enjoy the tour more if you find the cycling easier. A more detailed training program will be sent to you in the Trip Information Booklet after booking the trip. We do appreciate that with busy lives these days that it can be difficult to fit in rides prior to embarking on a holiday and we encourage people not to be overly concerned by this. Do what you can with the time available and come anyway! The first couple of days on tour might be a bit tougher but this is generally all it takes and you’ll thank yourself for not missing out on the adventure!

    Health
    In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations, we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least two months prior to departure. If you have any existing medical conditions, take medications, suffer from allergies or even have any concerns at all these should be indicated on the booking form. We treat this information with utmost respect and privacy and only wish to use this information to ensure your personal safety and enjoyment on the tour. Our group leader will have, as a minimum requirement, Senior Level First Aid Training. It is our policy to provide further training opportunities for our leaders to upgrade to, and maintain, Remote Wilderness Emergency Training for Outdoor Professionals certification whilst they are in employment with us. Leaders will travel with a first-aid kit, however, it is also recommended that individual travelers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. We do not encourage our group leaders to administer any kind of drugs including pain relief tablets, antibiotics, etc unless absolutely necessary so be sure to pack a supply of your favorite pain-killers or others. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. As a precaution also include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, antibiotics and pain relief tablets. For more information on travel health, you can click on the links below.

    Responsible Travel
    An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that we visit. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.

    Dress: Parts of Sri Lanka are still quite conservative. In rural areas (which make up much of this tour), and temples, overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village or visiting a temple in bike shorts is generally not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Sleeveless tops are not acceptable in temples.

    Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak some English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Sinhala or Tamil. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

    Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.

    Poverty: In this part of Sri Lanka there is poverty which you are likely to see both in the remote rural areas and the urban areas. If you choose to give something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. There are organizations which are working to alleviate this poverty in China and they may be able to do more good with your donations. Your Tour Leader will be able to provide more information about this. Support Organizations: There are a number of organizations which we hope you can support in one way or another. Your Tour Leader will provide more information on these as you travel. For more information about Bike Asia’s commitment to ethical and sustainable travel practices, please read our Responsible Travel Policy.


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    Itinerary


    1
    Arrive in Kathmandu.
    This is arrival day and you’ll be met by your Bike Asia leader in the evening to go over the trip ahead in the group meeting.
    Meals: D
    Cycling: 0km

    2
    Transfer to Pokhara, Warm up ride.
    First thing this morning after breakfast we transfer by minibus from the capital city to Pokhara. The drive will take six hours, much of it alongside the Trishuli River, past rice fields, small villages small towns. We will aim to arrive in Pokhara for a late lunch. For the afternoon, an orientation by bike of the town and its surrounds; the Phewa Lake and a climb to the top of the World Peace Stupa for some impressive views of the surrounding mountains and river valley.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 20km

    3
    Cycle to Kaskikot.
    We gear up for an awesome ride up to the Kaskikot ridgeline. This is a great ride in itself but also a good chance to get used to your bike and condition the legs with some hills and some good off-road! The distance is not long, but there are sections that are steep. Our lodging for the night will be a guesthouse run by a man called Sonam Shering who used to work as a Sherpa in Nepal. He is Nepali, but Tibetan by birth. He has some amazing stories about trekking expeditions over the years, having climbed in over 130 countries! His lovely guesthouse, located on the tip of the ridgeline, has some of the most spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountain Ranges possible. With a perfectly placed restaurant balcony, you can sit outside eating dinner with views below of the valleys and views above the mountains.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 28km

    4
    Return ride to Pokhara. Free afternoon.
    We return back to Pokhara for another night, using a different track. The first section as we descend off the ridgeline is quite steep down on grass, dirt and rock tracks with a few nice sections of single track. The last section coming into Pokhara is tending down on a sealed road. This afternoon and evening is free for everyone to do their own thing. There a many options including paragliding, a light aircraft flight, shopping. The leader will be available to help with recommendations for activities and places to eat.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 35km

    5
    Cycle to Begnas Lake.
    Today we head south west towards the two lakes of Begnas and Rupa. There is an easy start to the ride before a seriously steep climb out of the Pokhara Valley. The road here is narrow and really quiet. Our views once at the top are spectacular. With a stop for a cup of hot tea or chai and some lunch of the traditional Dhal Bhat – rice, lentil dhal, pickles, vegetable and meat curry. The final section of the day is a little easier and the terrain undulates as we pass through the middle of Begnas and Rupa Lakes to our lodging for the night that looks right out onto the larger of the two lakes. Perfect for a swim once we arrive after the day’s ride.
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 36km

    6
    Cyle to Damauli.
    This is another big day on the bikes, covering more distance but over less hilly terrain. We continue heading south-east towards Kathmandu with a break halfway for lunch and refreshments. We usually stop briefly in the morning and afternoon to replenish water supplies and eat some snack food such as fresh fruit, biscuits or some delicious local Samosas. This way the group can re-gather and it also provides opportunities to see and talk about the local culture, organise invitations to inside homes and chat with the locals. Our location for tonight is the township of Damauli.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 65km

    7
    Bandipur National Park.
    One of the great breakfasts in Nepal is a Masala Omlette ( an egg omelette with spring onions, tomato, green chilli, cumin, garlic, turmeric and coriander) served with unlimited cups of chai is an excellent way to start the day and the perfect fuel to get us all up those mountains that we will be climbing. There are some steep climbs and quick descents and although the distance is not great, there are places where we need to get off and carry the bike. Our destination for this evening is the charming hill town of Bandipur. There are views of the snow-capped mountain ranges of Annapurna and Ganesh Himal Mountain Ranges and the Marchyangdi River from all of the hotel room balconies.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 45km

    8
    Cycle to Gorkha.
    For a change we cycle for a section of the morning till lunch along paved road, with the ever present mountains underneath and as a backdrop. Lunch will be in the small town of Tuture and then it is back on the dirt trails as we climb out of the valley, winding our way through the forest and some terraced-fields sculpted into the hillsides. We finish the day with a further 15 kilometre climb on sealed road to finish in the town of Gorkha, even the driveway is steep! You can relax in the gardens or on the veranda with a well-deserved beer looking out over the valley.
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 70km

    9
    Gorkha (Rest day).
    Today we are off the bikes so as to visit the Gorkha Royal Palace. The Gorkha Kingdom, one of dozens in Nepal at that time, was established in the 16th Century under King Drabya Shah. It was not until the 18th Century that King Privthi Narayan Shah united all the kingdoms. He with his Gorkha soldiers took control of Kathmandu and since then the Gorkhas (or Gurkhas) have been famous for their bravery and fighting skills. Their invasion of Tibet in 1791 brought Chinese retaliation and a war with the British in India in 1914-1916. Gurkhas have served in the Indian and British Armies. There is still a regiment in the British Army, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, seen recently protecting Price Harry when he was serving in Afghanistan. The climb up to the palace means 1700 steps to the top! The afternoon will be free time to explore the town or just relax with a coffee in the garden of the hotel looking out over the valley.
    Meals: B
    Cycling: 0km

    10
    Cycle to Arulghat
    After a days rest the legs should be feeling pretty strong and ready to get you up the climbs today. We start climbing almost straight out of the town and continue on tracks and trails up for several hours around the southern face of the mountain range. What goes up must come down! There will be very few other people on the trails which leaves you free to enjoy the ride down without fear of much traffic. We finish at the river, where we must cross over and up into the town of Arulghat, cross over the town’s suspension bridge and through to our lodgings for the night.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 41km

    11
    Cycle to Dhading Base
    The first section for the day is undulating down as we cycle towards the River. Once we cross to the other side we have a 15km unbroken climb on a dirt road that becomes sealed in the last few kilometres. We will have lunch not long after we reach the top of the pass to replenish the energy stocks. The downhill section is mainly sealed and all the way to Dhading base, our destination for this evening. We will be staying in a basic guesthouse, but the owner is a terrific cook!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 38km

    12
    Cycle to Trisuli.
    It is another big day on the bikes. Most of the morning is climbing on a mix of dirt and rocky terrain. The section before lunch is not quite so steep as we cycle across a valley floor. The afternoon gets steep again as we climb up out of the valley with very rewarding views at the top. Following is a long, fast and steep descent into Trisuli town. They’ll have cold beers waiting for us!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 41km

    13
    Cycle to Kakani.
    For a change all the cycling is on a sealed road today, but fear not, the traffic is close to non existent and the views are still great. Today is mostly climbing with the exception of the first 10 km which is mostly downhill. The climbing gradient is not very steep until the last three kilometres of the day. Tonight we stay in Upper Kakani, perched right on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 49km

    14
    Cycle to Kathmandu.
    This is our last day on the bikes. We head back down to the main highway and coast downhill all the way to the capital on a sealed road. The last couple of kilometres coming into the city will be very busy with buses, cars, cycle cabs and motorbikes. We will be in Kathmandu for lunch and a celebration for the end of the journey.
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 24km

    15
    Departure day.
    Today is departure day and you are free to leave at any time. Talk to us if you’d like to extend your stay.
    Total: 492km




    What's it like?


    Bike Asia Travel style
    We think cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is such a great way to travel. In Asia, we believe cycling is the best way to travel as it’s about the best pace to soak up all the extraordinary experiences on offer here. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new peoples, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes, try out the local food, and most all to have some fun in the saddle as well as off it. Cycling is a major part of all our trips – they are cycle tours after all – and this trip is designed so it is accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. We avoid transfers mid-trip on our tours (we like the idea of the journey and the reward of cycling “all the way”) so you’ll find on our tours that once you set up the bike you can generally ride it to the end barring unforeseen circumstances or your own inclinations. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you, and to participate in any activities that may arise. Our emphasis is on getting you to those little travelled places for authentic experiences with local people and culture, although we do stop by the famous places on our itineraries when they are just not to be missed!

    Fully Supported
    This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your tummies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be as you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

    Accommodation
    There is a mix of accommodation styles on this trip. 11 nights are in standard hotels/guesthouses – twin share, private bathrooms, hot water, television, air-conditioning etc. 3 nights are in more basic style accommodation – shared washing and toilet facilities, and some have dormitory sleeping arrangements. We are staying in these places because, travelling by bike, we get to travel through some of the smaller, rural areas, and this means of course that we are limited in our choice of accommodation – sometimes we are staying in the ONLY guesthouse. Whilst not of a service standard that you may be accustomed to at home, we can safely say that these small, family-run places make up for that in location, views, atmosphere and friendly service. All the sleeping arrangements are for twin share so if you are a single traveller you will be paired up with someone of the same sex. This ensures that whether you are travelling solo or with friends, everyone is paying the same rate. We choose hotels (where possible) that are comfortable, centrally located places which are adequate in every way. Single supplements are possible on this trip. Check the trip page for prices.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any Bike Asia tour. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. Breakfasts usually include one or more of the following; noodles soup, steamed buns, fried bread, fresh soy milk, fruit and green tea. Depending on location, lunch can either be relatively simple but hearty, such as vegetable fried rice or meat/vegetable noodles or banquet style, such as steamed rice with a selection of vegetable and meat dishes. Dinner is always banquet style with plates of meat, fish, fresh vegetables, tofu and rice. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of dishes available. We also provide snack food for morning and afternoon tea with biscuits, fresh fruit, dried fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. We will also provide you with filtered drinking water for the duration of the cycling. The meals are always very generous, the food is healthy, very fresh and very tasty, so don’t worry, we’ll make sure your appetites are satisfied and you have more than enough fuel to get up those mountains!

    Bikes
    Bikes are not included on this trip but are available is all sizes for rental.

    Plan it


    Transfers
    Individual arrival and departure transfers can be organised through us. Please indicate that you would like a transfer when you make your booking.

    Pre and post trip accommodation
    If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotels, just let us know when you book the trip. On this tour we offer additional accommodation after the tour. If you would like to stay at a hotel other than the designated hotels prior to the start or at the end of the tour don’t hesitate to contact us for recommendations and advice.

    Money
    You will need to bring money on the trip to pay any for the following: some meals, drinks, activities and transport in free time, airline excess baggage, and of course shopping. There are a few methods for accessing money whilst on tour. ATMs Banks to exchange major foreign currencies (USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, NZD etc) and Traveller’s Cheques. There are limited credit card facilities so best not plan on using plastic to pay your way.

    Visas
    Travellers of all nationalities will need to obtain a visa, either through a travel agent or direct with an embassy or consulate. Regulations change frequently and differ according to nationality so best to check with the nearest embassy. If you need any assistance please contact us. We can also provide visa support letters if this regulation is required for your application.

    Insurance
    Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are: World Nomads and Covermore.

    Fitness
    You will need to have a reasonably good level of fitness to participate comfortably in this trip. There are ten cycling days in total, with two days cycling over 80km, one of them is over 100km. It is a great idea to do at least some cycling in the month leading up to your tour. This is up to you but we highly recommend some training as it will alleviate saddle soreness and leg fatigue, and you may enjoy the tour more if you find the cycling easier. A more detailed training program will be sent to you in the Trip Information Booklet after booking the trip. We do appreciate that with busy lives these days that it can be difficult to fit in rides prior to embarking on a holiday and we encourage people not to be overly concerned by this. Do what you can with the time available and come anyway! The first couple of days on tour might be a bit tougher but this is generally all it takes and you’ll thank yourself for not missing out on the adventure!

    Health
    In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations, we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least two months prior to departure. If you have any existing medical conditions, take medications, suffer from allergies or even have any concerns at all these should be indicated on the booking form. We treat this information with utmost respect and privacy and only wish to use this information to ensure your personal safety and enjoyment on the tour. Our group leader will have, as a minimum requirement, Senior Level First Aid Training. It is our policy to provide further training opportunities for our leaders to upgrade to, and maintain, Remote Wilderness Emergency Training for Outdoor Professionals certification whilst they are in employment with us. Leaders will travel with a first-aid kit, however, it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. We do not encourage our group leaders to administer any kind of drugs including pain relief tablets, antibiotics, etc unless absolutely necessary so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers or others. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. As a precaution also include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, antibiotics and pain relief tablets. For more information on travel health, you can click on the links below.

    Responsible Travel
    An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that we visit. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit.

    Dress: Parts of Nepal are still quite conservative. In rural areas (which make up most of this tour), and temples, overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is generally not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.

    Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak some English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Nepalese . We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

    Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.

    Poverty: In this part of Nepal there is poverty which you are likely to see, since we cycle through some fairly remote rural areas. If you choose to give something to a beggar you must bear in mind the value of money in the country you are visiting. There are organizations which are working to alleviate this poverty in Nepal and they may be able to do more good with your donations. Your Tour Leader will be able to provide more information about this. Support Organizations: In Nepal there are a number of organizations which we hope you can support in one way or another. Your Tour Leader will provide more information on these as you travel. For more information about Bike Asia’s commitment to ethical and sustainable travel practices, please read our Responsible Travel Policy.

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    Itinerary



    1
    Arrival Day in Luang Prabang
    As you touch down at one of South East Asia's smallest international airports, you'll be met by a smiling driver who will take you to your charming and comfortable accommodation just near the town area of Luang Prabang. The group will meet in the late afternoon with your guide for a briefing on the tour, a chance to try out the bikes, and then for a delicious, authentic Lao meal.
    Meals: D
    Cycling: 0km

    2
    Cycle Luang Prabang
    It's time for an introduction to Luang Prabang. First an early rise to make an alms offering to the procession of monks and novices who will pass by the hotel door at dawn. Then it's onto the bikes to explore the town area and to get an introduction to the geography, history and architecture of the heritage listed zone. We take a walk through the produce market where your guide will be able to explain all the weird and wonderful items on sale. After a coffee in the town's oldest coffee shop, ride up past two important temples and alongside the Mekong River. Encounter small workshops along the way producing decorative paper, pictures, and even the famous Lao Lao rice wine. It's then time for some time off the bike as we drift downstream on a boat. We dock nearby Ock Pop Tok to learn about the life of silk from the worm to the scarf and everything in between. A tasty lunch tops off a great morning and the afternoon is then yours to relax and enjoy this lovely town. Meals: BL
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 20km

    3
    Kuang Sii Hike & Bike
    In the gradual buildup that is our bike tour, we head out on a pleasant ride to the Kuang Sii Waterfall. This is a relatively easy ride with just two sustained hills on a paved surface. After clearing the town the road takes you through some lovely villages and up through teak plantations with the Mekong on your right. We reach the waterfall late morning and after visiting the inquisitive crowd of Asiatic black bears at the Free the Bears enclosure, there is some time for a swim in beautifully refreshing, aqua water before lunch. After some time to digest our meal, it's time for a hike. It's a relatively easy walk, but a great experience as we climb up through the lush forest surrounding the waterfall and then along a forested ridge. After two hours walking, we arrive in a Hmong Village where our bikes are waiting. Then it's time for a great, mostly downhill ride back to Luang Prabang.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 55km

    4
    Boat to Pak Beng
    Today is a day off the bikes, but a highly enjoyable one all the same. We ride a comfortable, wooden boat known as "The Slow Boat" up the Mekong River. It's a full day cruising, so a good book, perhaps a pack of cards and all your best travel stories are on the packing list. If you forget to pack any of these, you can just gaze out the window at the stunning landscape that awaits you at every turn. You'll see water buffalo being bathed, fish being caught and plenty of kids doing backflips into the small pools on the side of the river. If you are really lucky you might even see an elephant or two as they come down for a bath from the forest. We arrive into Pak Beng late afternoon. This is one of those mandatory transit hubs as boats cannot make the full distance between the Thai border town and Luang Prabang in a day, so everyone stops here for the night. We are in one of the better accommodation establishments where we can enjoy a drink overlooking that fascinating river while the sun bids us farewell. Meals: BLD
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 0km

    5
    Cycle & Transfer to Oudom Xai
    As the mist lifts off the hills and the roosters are in full swing we set out on our bikes to pedal our way out of the valley and farewell the Mekong for the time being. Through the day we ride through some lovely scenery of rolling hills which are forested or farmed for corn and punctuated by small villages where homes are often made only of bamboo and leaves. In some of these villages the women practice the art of silk weaving as a way to supplement the family's farming income. After lunch we drive to reach the trade town of Oudom Xai. This town is located on the busy trade route from China and hence many cheap manufactured goods are for sale and the traders can be found in restaurants serving Chinese favorites.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 80km

    6
    Transfer & Cycle to Nong Khiaw
    The day starts out driving to get up into the mountains that surround Oudom Xai. As the road snakes its way up the hills you'll be enjoying the amazing scenery and itching to get out onto the bike.You don't have to wait long, we start with a great descent, then get into the first real climb of the trip. As you near the top, a Hmong village will come into sight and the local kids will be out in force to cheer you on. We then enjoy the descent down into the next valley and after lunch at a popular roadside noodle shop we push on through lively villages. Arriving into Nong Khiaw early to mid afternoon enjoy some time in this enchanting little village set between towering limestone cliffs with the Nam Ou River running through it. Meals: BLD
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 80km

    7
    Rest Day in Nong Khiaw
    We awake next to the beautiful Nam Ou River. The limestone hills will likely be shrouded in mist so it takes some time to heat up here. When it does, you can relax with a swim in the river or read a book on the riverbank. For the more adventurous, there are some optional activities from trekking to rock-climbing and kayaking.
    Meals: B
    Cycling: 0km

    8
    Transfer & Cycle to Luang Prabang
    After a drive to cover some of the rather significant distance between the two points today, we get back on the bikes and ride to Luang Prabang. This is an undulating ride with the Nam Ou River as our companion for much of the way. In the afternoon we will ride into Luang Prabang for a final night in this lovely town before starting the journey to Vientiane the following day.
    Meals: BL
    Cycling: 65km

    9
    Cycle & Transfer to Phukoun
    Cycling out of Luang Prabang we are faced with what is without doubt the most difficult day of cycling on this tour but 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: BLD
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 78km

    10
    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 Xiangkhouang Province, home of the highest peaks in Laos and the Plain of Jars. We stay this evening in the town of Phonsavan. We do drive a section today to reach our destination and keep the ride achievable.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 90km

    11
    Plain of Jars & Transfer to Phukoun
    This morning we drive to mysterious Plain of Jars and explore by foot. These giant stone jars are distributed over an extensive area through an upland valley. These impressive ruins were probably used as burial vessels or as part of the burial rituals. They are thought to date back to the Iron Age. After a fascinating morning exploring the 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. Meals: BLD
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 0km

    12
    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 descent 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 infamous, but 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
    Cycling: 100km

    13
    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. This evening is our final meal together.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 40km

    14
    Conclusion of Tour in Vientiane
    The tour concludes today after breakfast. If you are flying out today we will have a car ready to take you to the airport. If you are continuing your travels or making your way over the nearby border to Thailand please let us know of any assistance you may require. Meals: B
    Meals: B
    Cycling: 0km




    Itinerary


    1
    Arrive Kyoto - Kyoto backstreets and temple ride.
    This is arrival day and we hit the ground running with an afternoon bike tour of Kyoto's back streets and famous temples. We jump on bikes to explore Kyoto’s many temples, shrines and palaces including Nijo Castle, Ryoanji Zen garden, Kinkakuji 12th century temple and the Philosophers’ Walk. In the evening we'll have a group meeting where we will go over all the formalities for the trip. There will be information at the local inn (ryokan) to let you know where to go for the group meeting after which we’ll head out for some famous Kyoto fare in Gion district with a chance to do some Geisha spotting!
    Meals: D
    Cycling: 20km

    2
    Tokushima - transfer to Tokushima. Observatory ride.
    Today we transfer by train to Tokushima, the start point of our first cycling leg across Shikoku Island. We'll set up bikes and head up to the observatory behind the city to catch a glimpse of the Inland Sea, the channel that separates Shikoku and Honshu Islands. In the evening we'll explore this seaside village and indulge in some delicious Japanese cuisine.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 20km

    3
    Koyadaira - Cycle from Tokushima to Koyadaira
    From Tokushima we head inland. It’s a challenging start as we cycle a couple of steep hills but we're treated to beautiful views of an isolated area of Japan on little travelled paved roads. We stop for the night in a local ryokan (guesthouse). Throughout this area we will come across many onsens, or hot springs, and this night will be our first – a famous onsen used by the locals in the area.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 55km

    4
    Kazurabashi - cycle from Koyadaira to Kazurabashi
    This is a big day’s ride where we take on the toughest hill on the trip. It is steep at times, has countless hairpins, and we cycle almost to the peak of the mountain, Tsurugi san, for a well-earned lunch. The afternoon is all fantastic downhill cycling through gorges, villages and farmland on quiet rural roads. Tonight's stay is in a ryokan again and we'll gain an insight into Japanese life as our hosts will be a local family and will indulge us in their particular brand of hospitality. This Ryokan has one of the best outdoor onsens in Japan!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 85km

    5
    Kotohira - Cycle from Kazurabashi to Kotohira
    Our last day in the spectacular Iya valley takes us downhill for the first 30km, before we wind up through more tiny villages and farming communities. A nice descent and some interesting backstreets take us into Kotohira, famed for the Shinto temple, Kompirasan, a highly popular shrine in the wooded hills of Kotohira. Also known as Kotohiragu, it is a great example of Japan’s finest temple architecture. Great views are to be had of the surrounding country-side and we'll allow time in the morning for a sunrise walk up the 1300 plus steps to the top. In the evening we'll head out for some udon noodles and local snacks.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 80km

    6
    Omishima - Cycle the inland sea from Imabari to Omishima
    After an optional early morning walk up the mountain to visit the Kompirasan we transfer to the start of our second cycling leg at Imabari; a series of seven bridges crossing a chain of small islands linking Shikoku and Honshu Islands. Stunning views of uninhabited islands provide the backdrop as we fly across the inland sea that lies between Shikoku and Honshu. We cross this inland sea track via a series of 7 impressive bridges linking one island to another on a dedicated cycle path. We’ll stay on one of the islands to take in this unique crossing and be treated to some wonderful home-cooked traditional Japanese food.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 47km

    7
    Hiroshima - Complete the inland sea ride and train to Hiroshima
    We finish the last of our “hops” in Onomichi, pack up the bikes and board a train for an hour to Hiroshima. Metropolitan Hiroshima is imbued with history but is firmly entrenched in the future. With a great atmosphere and much to see we have plenty of time here to take in all that Hiroshima has to offer. In the evening we’ll head out for a delicious Okonomiyaki dinner and a beer or two to celebrate the end of our ride!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 40km

    8
    Hiroshima - Peace Park and Miyajima Island
    We’ll get today started with a visit to Hiroshima’s War Memorial Park where we’ll invite one of the locals to talk about their experiences of the nuclear devastation the city suffered at the culmination of WWII and how it has shaped the thinking of its people and their commitment to promoting peace – an unforgettable experience. Sobering as this experience is, it is truly rewarding and we'll head to nearby Miyajima Island to let nature do it's work and lighten the mood. We'll take a ferry and pass the torii gate that sits in the harbour, before climbing the many forested paths of this nature preserve where monkeys deer and shrines dot the landscape. A fitting location to reflect on all the experiences of the past 8 days! Our last dinner will be one to remember!
    Meals: BLD

    9
    Departure
    As this is departure day you are free to leave at any time.

    Total: 442




    What's it like?


    This tour is ideal for those that like their history and are interested in the incredibly vibrant and rich culture that is Japan. There are plenty of visits to all the main sights as well as plenty of time devoted to soaking up Japan’s rural life and tranquil pilgrimage areas of Shikoku Island. The cycling is accessible to all, and whilst there are some big climbs, the support vehicle is there to put your feet up in. Food is a big focus on this tour and it is featured in the local ryokan and minshuku that we choose to stay in.

    Bike Asia Travel style
    We think cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is such a great way to travel. In Asia, we believe cycling is the best way to travel as it’s about the best pace to soak up all the extraordinary experiences on offer here. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new peoples, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes, try out the local food, and most all to have some fun in the saddle as well as off it. Cycling is a major part of all our trips – they are cycle tours after all – and this trip is designed so it is accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. We avoid transfers mid-trip on our tours (we like the idea of the journey and the reward of cycling “all the way”) so you’ll find on our tours that once you set up the bike you can generally ride it to the end barring unforeseen circumstances or your own inclinations. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you, and to participate in any activities that may arise. Our emphasis is on getting you to those little travelled places for authentic experiences with local people and culture, although we do stop by the famous places on our itineraries when they are just not to be missed!

    Fully Supported
    This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your tummies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be as you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

    Accommodation
    Accommodation on this tour consists of hotels, ryokan (family run guesthouses) and minshuku (homestay). At some you will be sleeping on tatami mats. All accommodation is arranged on a twin share basis and you’ll be paired with someone of the same gender if travelling alone.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any Bike Asia tour. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. Depending on location, lunch can either be relatively simple but hearty, such as vegetable fried rice or meat/vegetable noodles or banquet style, such as steamed rice with a selection of vegetable and meat dishes. Dinner is always banquet style with plates of meat, fish, fresh vegetables, tofu and rice. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of Japanese dishes available. We also provide snack food for morning and afternoon tea with biscuits, fresh fruit, dried fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. We will also provide you with filtered drinking water for the duration of the cycling. The meals are always very generous, the food is healthy, very fresh and very tasty, so don’t worry, we’ll make sure your appetites are satisfied and you have more than enough fuel to get up those mountains!

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with semi-slick tyres, a water bottle cage and optional female designed saddle. We keep them well-maintained, in as near new condition as possible and travel with all necessary tools and spare parts. Your Bike Asia leader/ mechanic will fix any bike problems. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service. Because we travel with a support vehicle it is not necessary to carry many things when on the bike. You may like to carry a daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag with personal belongings, camera, sunscreen etc., or you may prefer to leave a daypack in the support vehicle and carry only a camera & rain jacket (perhaps in a seat-post bag) when cycling.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 90% on sealed roads, 5% on dirt roads and 5% off-road on small tracks and trails. This trip varies between hilly to flat terrain with nine notable climbs, the longest of which is 13km. The cycling altitude varies between 10m and 1957m. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections.


    Plan it


    Travel to the start point
    The closest airport is Kansai International Airport to which there are dozens of international flight connections. It is located near the city of Osaka. From there airport there are direct trains to Kyoto. Travel from the finish point
    From Hiroshima there are several direct trains (including the Shinkansen, or Bullet Train) to Kansai Airport.

    Joining Point Instructions and Pre-tour Information
    Once we have received your booking and deposit payment for the tour you will be sent a Trip Info Pack which will include details of the start point hotel with maps and instructions (English and Japanese!) as well as all the tour info, packing lists, training tips, reading and film lists, language sheets etc. Pre and post trip accommodation
    If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotels, just let us know when you book the trip. Please be aware that accommodation books out months in advance so please make plans for japan as early as possible.

    Money
    You will need to bring money on the trip to pay any for the following: some meals, drinks, activities and transport in free time, airline excess baggage, and of course shopping. There are a few methods for accessing money whilst on tour. ATMs are available.
    Banks to exchange major foreign currencies (USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, NZD etc) and Traveller’s Cheques.
    There are limited credit card facilities so best not plan on using plastic to pay your way.

    Visas
    Travellers of some nationalities will need to obtain a Japanese visa, others may receive a visa upon arrival. Regulations change frequently and differ according to nationality so best to check with the nearest embassy. If you need any assistance please contact us. We can also provide visa support letters if this regulation is required for your application.

    Insurance
    Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are: World Nomads and Covermore.

    Fitness
    You will need to have a reasonably good level of fitness to participate comfortably in this trip. There are ten cycling days in total, with two days cycling over 80km, one of them is over 100km. It is a great idea to do at least some cycling in the month leading up to your tour. This is up to you but we highly recommend some training as it will alleviate saddle soreness and leg fatigue, and you may enjoy the tour more if you find the cycling easier. A more detailed training program will be sent to you in the Trip Information Booklet after booking the trip. We do appreciate that with busy lives these days that it can be difficult to fit in rides prior to embarking on a holiday and we encourage people not to be overly concerned by this. Do what you can with the time available and come anyway! The first couple of days on tour might be a bit tougher but this is generally all it takes and you’ll thank yourself for not missing out on the adventure!

    Health
    In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations, we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least two months prior to departure. If you have any existing medical conditions, take medications, suffer from allergies or even have any concerns at all these should be indicated on the booking form. We treat this information with utmost respect and privacy and only wish to use this information to ensure your personal safety and enjoyment on the tour. Our group leader will have, as a minimum requirement, Senior Level First Aid Training. It is our policy to provide further training opportunities for our leaders to upgrade to, and maintain, Remote Wilderness Emergency Training for Outdoor Professionals certification whilst they are in employment with us. Leaders will travel with a first-aid kit, however, it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. We do not encourage our group leaders to administer any kind of drugs including pain relief tablets, antibiotics, etc unless absolutely necessary so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers or others. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. As a precaution also include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, antibiotics and pain relief tablets. For more information on travel health, you can click on the links below.

    Responsible Travel
    An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that we visit. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit. Dress: In rural areas (which make up most of this tour), and temples, overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is generally not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.

    Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak some English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Japanese. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

    Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.



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    Itinerary


    1
    Osaka.
    This is arrival day and you are free to explore this fascinating city before our scheduled group meeting where we will go over all the formalities for the trip. There will be information at the local inn (ryokan) to let you know where to go for the group meeting and after that meeting we’ll head out together for dinner.
    Meals: D


    2
    Koya san.
    Today we transfer to the Buddhist mountain retreat at Koya san. We’ll be staying in a working monastery and will have a chance to meet and talk to the resident monks. The vegetarian food prepared by the monks is a real treat. There are dozens of shrines to explore secluded in wooded hillsides in the area.
    Meals: BD
    Cycling: 0km

    3
    Asuka.
    We’ll have a easy ride to the historical area of Asuka. In Asuka we’ll have a chance to see the remnants of Japan’s first capital dating back to the 7th century and the huge burial mounds for which the area is famous.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 40km

    4
    Nara
    We leave Asuka to cycle one of Japan’s few cycle paths to Nara. This is a flat ride with great views all the way. Nara city predates Kyoto as a political centre and, like Kyoto, has many interesting temples and gardens to explore. We will have time to check out Nara’s important sights such as Todaiji temple, the largest wooden building in the world, and its 7th century 250 ton bronze Buddha. Tonight we stay in a local ryokan.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 40km

    5
    Kyoto
    On the bike’s we head alongside rivers and through the suburbs of Kyoto before exploring many of Kyoto’s famous temples, shrines and palaces including Nijo Castle, Ryoanji Zen garden, Kinkakuji 12th century temple and the Philosophers’ Walk. In the evening we’ll take a stroll to Gion district where we may see the odd Geisha walking about.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 60km

    6
    Arashiyama loop.
    We embark on a very scenic cycling course tracking the Katsura River which is bordered by farmers’ markets. We’ll stop occasionally to try some of the local sweets on sale in the traditional shops along the route. Famous for its shrines, gardens and temples, highlights in this area include Tenryuji Temple (an outsanding example of Japan’s ancient architecture). We also explore the bamboo forest that covers these hills before heading to Ryoanji in the east, famous for is zen-style garden. On the way we’ll stop at Kinkakuji which provides a unique view of Kyoto. We head back to our accommodation along the picturesque Kamo River. Our dinner this evening is prepared by the ryokan’s private chef – a superb meal awaits us!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: ?km

    7
    Ohara loop.
    At the foot of Mount Hiei-zan, Ohara is home to famous temples Sanzen-in and Jakko-in. Our ride today is a relaxed pace and we can soak in the rural scenes that we pass through, stopping to take photographs and meet the local people of this region. For our final meal together we embrace the izakaya! Izakaya is a shared meal that includes lots of small courses delivered to the table throughout the evening.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 40km

    8
    Departure day.
    As this is departure day you are free to leave at any time. For those joining the Tokyo: From the Sea to Fuji tour we’ll take a morning shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo this morning for the commencement of this trip section.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: ?km



    What's it like?


    This tour is ideal for those that like their history and are interested in the incredibly vibrant and rich culture that is Japan. There are plenty of visits to all the main historical areas and their famous temples and shrines as well as an overnight at a working Buddhist monastery. The cycling is accessible to all and a support vehicle is there to put your feet up in. Food is a big focus on this tour and it is featured in the local ryokan that we choose to stay in and small restaurants we've chosen.

    Bike Asia Travel style
    We think cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is such a great way to travel. In Asia, we believe cycling is the best way to travel as it’s about the best pace to soak up all the extraordinary experiences on offer here. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new peoples, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes, try out the local food, and most all to have some fun in the saddle as well as off it. Cycling is a major part of all our trips – they are cycle tours after all – and this trip is designed so it is accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. We avoid transfers mid-trip on our tours (we like the idea of the journey and the reward of cycling “all the way”) so you’ll find on our tours that once you set up the bike you can generally ride it to the end barring unforeseen circumstances or your own inclinations. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you, and to participate in any activities that may arise. Our emphasis is on getting you to those little travelled places for authentic experiences with local people and culture, although we do stop by the famous places on our itineraries when they are just not to be missed!

    Fully Supported
    This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle with great drivers ready to offer help any time you may need it. Our leaders and guides, both local and Western, are there to make sure your bikes are running smoothly, your tummies are full and to offer insights into the region and it’s people. On this tour it’s important to be aware that you’ll be travelling in rural area’s where service standards or language or accommodation may not be as you are accustomed too. As such, you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally, which is entirely normal and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. Our experienced staff will be on hand to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.

    Accommodation
    Accommodation on this tour consists of hotels and ryokan (family run guesthouses). At some you will be sleeping on tatami mats. All accommodation is arranged on a twin share basis and you’ll be paired with someone of the same gender if travelling alone.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any Bike Asia tour. Most of the meals on this trip are included in the cost, with a few exceptions like free days. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. Depending on location, lunch can either be relatively simple but hearty, such as vegetable fried rice or meat/vegetable noodles or banquet style, such as steamed rice with a selection of vegetable and meat dishes. Dinner is always banquet style with plates of meat, fish, fresh vegetables, tofu and rice. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of Japanese dishes available. We also provide snack food for morning and afternoon tea with biscuits, fresh fruit, dried fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. We will also provide you with filtered drinking water for the duration of the cycling. The meals are always very generous, the food is healthy, very fresh and very tasty, so don’t worry, we’ll make sure your appetites are satisfied and you have more than enough fuel to get up those mountains!

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with semi-slick tyres, a water bottle cage and optional female designed saddle. We keep them well-maintained, in as near new condition as possible and travel with all necessary tools and spare parts. Your Bike Asia leader/ mechanic will fix any bike problems. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service. Because we travel with a support vehicle it is not necessary to carry many things when on the bike. You may like to carry a daypack, bumbag or handlebar bag with personal belongings, camera, sunscreen etc., or you may prefer to leave a daypack in the support vehicle and carry only a camera & rain jacket (perhaps in a seat-post bag) when cycling.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 90% on sealed roads, 5% on dirt roads and 5% off-road on small tracks and trails. This trip varies between hilly to flat terrain with nine notable climbs, the longest of which is 13km. The cycling altitude varies between 10m and 1957m. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections.


    Plan it


    Travel to the start point
    The closest airport is Kansai International Airport to which there are dozens of international flight connections. It is located near the city of Osaka. From there airport there are direct trains to Kyoto. Travel from the finish point
    From Hiroshima there are several direct trains (including the Shinkansen, or Bullet Train) to Kansai Airport.

    Joining Point Instructions and Pre-tour Information
    Once we have received your booking and deposit payment for the tour you will be sent a Trip Info Pack which will include details of the start point hotel with maps and instructions (English and Japanese!) as well as all the tour info, packing lists, training tips, reading and film lists, language sheets etc. Pre and post trip accommodation
    If you would like us to organise some extra nights accommodation either before or after the trip at our start or finish point hotels, just let us know when you book the trip. Please be aware that accommodation books out months in advance so please make plans for japan as early as possible.

    Money
    You will need to bring money on the trip to pay any for the following: some meals, drinks, activities and transport in free time, airline excess baggage, and of course shopping. There are a few methods for accessing money whilst on tour. ATMs are available.
    Banks to exchange major foreign currencies (USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, NZD etc) and Traveller’s Cheques.
    There are limited credit card facilities so best not plan on using plastic to pay your way.

    Visas
    Travellers of some nationalities will need to obtain a Japanese visa, others may receive a visa upon arrival. Regulations change frequently and differ according to nationality so best to check with the nearest embassy. If you need any assistance please contact us. We can also provide visa support letters if this regulation is required for your application.

    Insurance
    Obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on a Bike Asia tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Your group leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. Two well known travel insurance providers are: World Nomads and Covermore.

    Fitness
    You will need to have a reasonably good level of fitness to participate comfortably in this trip. There are ten cycling days in total, with most days cycling 40km. It is a great idea to do at least some cycling in the month leading up to your tour. This is up to you but we highly recommend some training as it will alleviate saddle soreness and leg fatigue, and you may enjoy the tour more if you find the cycling easier. A more detailed training program will be sent to you in the Trip Information Booklet after booking the trip. We do appreciate that with busy lives these days that it can be difficult to fit in rides prior to embarking on a holiday and we encourage people not to be overly concerned by this. Do what you can with the time available and come anyway! The first couple of days on tour might be a bit tougher but this is generally all it takes and you’ll thank yourself for not missing out on the adventure!

    Health
    In order to make the most of your holiday, the healthier you are the more you will enjoy it! For a list of vaccinations, we recommend that you seek advice at a travel clinic at least two months prior to departure. If you have any existing medical conditions, take medications, suffer from allergies or even have any concerns at all these should be indicated on the booking form. We treat this information with utmost respect and privacy and only wish to use this information to ensure your personal safety and enjoyment on the tour. Our group leader will have, as a minimum requirement, Senior Level First Aid Training. It is our policy to provide further training opportunities for our leaders to upgrade to, and maintain, Remote Wilderness Emergency Training for Outdoor Professionals certification whilst they are in employment with us. Leaders will travel with a first-aid kit, however, it is also recommended that individual travellers have a basic first aid kit with any personal medical requirements. We do not encourage our group leaders to administer any kind of drugs including pain relief tablets, antibiotics, etc unless absolutely necessary so be sure to pack a supply of your favourite pain-killers or others. Pharmacy products vary in different countries and you may not be able to buy products that are widely available at home. As a precaution also include the following: plasters, dressings, bandage, calamine lotion (a must for soothing sunburn), oral re-hydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhoea), insect repellent, insect sting relief, antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, antibiotics and pain relief tablets. For more information on travel health, you can click on the links below.

    Responsible Travel
    An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that we visit. On this trip there are a number of things you can do to have a positive impact on the communities that we visit. Dress: In rural areas (which make up most of this tour), and temples, overly revealing clothing is considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is generally not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you, on the bike, to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knee. Singlet tops are not acceptable in temples.

    Phrase Book: A highly memorable part of your travels will be the local people you meet. In the tourist areas some people will speak some English but away from these areas you should learn a few words of Japanese. We will teach you some of the basics but if you want to really interact we recommend bringing a phrase book.

    Donations: Often when coming on trips overseas people like to bring items such as sweets, pens and books for children or old clothing for families. While this is a fantastic idea, if distributed in the wrong way it can actually create more problems. Giving away anything to local people can create an expectation that visiting foreigner equals free give-aways. In some communities in Asia this has created whole villages where the only interaction is the locals asking for things. If you would like to donate anything to the communities that we visit we suggest that you give the items to us and we will then pass them on to development organizations, schools or whole communities. In this way items are distributed to those really in need by those working in the communities.



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    Guilin - Mountains and Minorities - Adventure MapGuilin - Mountains and Minorities - Adventure Map

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    One of our most popular guided/ unsupported China cycling tours, taking in a portion of our Trail of the Dragon Tour (featured in National Geographic Adventure Magazine's “World’s 25 Best New Trips For 2007″), features one day of hiking through the beautiful rice terraces of Longji and four days of off-the-beaten-track cycling to Yangshuo. On this tour you will be accompanied by one of our local experts who will show you through the regions fascinating scenery as well as introducing you to local minority people living in the area such as the Yao, Miao and Zhuang. A true adventure, you’ll find yourself cycling on quiet country roads, hiking through rural mountain villages, boating along the famous Li River, walking through markets and feasting on local delicacies. The cycling is excellent with a mix of challenging hills,long flats as well as some off-road to really get you into the countryside - most suited to those that want to experience the advantages of travelling by bike. With Yangshuo as your destination there is plenty on offer if you want to stay longer in the region.

    1
    Arrive Guilin
    Transfer to Pingan, Longji Rice Terracces. Whether you’re coming into Guilin by train or plane we’ll have a Bike Asia representative waiting for you – just keep an eye out for a sign with your name on it! Once we’ve gone over the week’s itinerary and answered any questions you may have, we’ll introduce you to your guide for the week and you’ll transfer to our guesthouse in the Longji Rice Terraces. The drive to Longji Rice Terraces will take around two hours. After arrival you will need to load up your pannier bags with the luggage needed for the ride. Any excess or unneeded luggage you can leave in the van and we’ll have it delivered for your arrival in Yangshuo.
    Once in Pingan, you can head up to one of the viewpoints for sunset over the intricate network of rice terraces. Accommodation for the next two nights is in a local guesthouse with all amenities.
    Meals: D
    Cycling: 0km

    2
    Hiking in Longji Rice Terraces
    Today you have time to take in the extraordinary mountain views from the Zhuang minority traditionally-built guesthouse, nestled on the mountainside in Pingan. During the day you can do a fully guided hike around the hillside, take a shorter walk to one of the view points over the rice terraces, or simply sit back with a beer and enjoy the view and the atmosphere on the terrace of this very special guesthouse. The owners, Keyin and Lily, always make us feel at home and may offer us a sample of their special sweet rice wine. Those exploring the walking trails will soon discover that this area is also inhabited by people of the Yao and Miao minorities. Their dress is quite distinctive and Yao women often grow their hair so long it can touch the ground when untied! They’ll be more than happy to demonstrate the way they tie their hair for you! Highly recommended is the day’s hike from Pingan to Dazhai village or an exploration of the tiny villages over the ridge-line behind Pingan. These hikes will take you through many rural villages, through the area’s rice terraces and give you an opportunity to see how these hardy mountain people eke out their lives in such dramatic landscapes.
    Hike: There are walking tracks covering the whole mountain area of Longji which makes it perfect for a day’s hike. The hike to Dazhai takes around 4 hours walking and a two hour return by bus. It is at times steep and hard work, but worth it for the spectacular views.
    Meals: L
    Hiking: 11km

    3
    Cycle to Shi'ertan
    Our first day on the bikes starts with a fantastic downhill through dozens of switchbacks down the mountainside. We spend the day on quiet sealed roads undulating through pine and bamboo forests, often passing villages tucked away in the hills. Being close to Guilin, delicious Guilin-style rice noodles are available for lunch at the roadside. In the afternoon we emerge onto a wide valley, but our destination for the night lies up a narrow gorge where our hotel is located in a surprisingly picturesque setting.
    Meals: LD
    Cycling: 61km

    4
    Cycle to Guilin
    After breakfast at the hotel it’s back on the bikes with a fast downhill before heading through quiet villages on a smooth back country road. We’ll stop to visit a local market before heading for some off-road sections through forest, as we take more rural back roads towards Guilin. We pass rice fields, fruit trees, and vegetable plots, as well as two reservoirs and farmyards full of chickens. Finally the karst peaks of Guilin’s skyline appear in front of us and we roll into town to our hotel. Guilin, one of China’s prettier cities, makes for an interesting place to spend an evening. With plenty of restaurants and eating options, shopping strips and cafes it’s a good chance to see how the local urbanites spend their evenings.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 71km

    5
    Cycle to Xingping
    From Guilin we head out of the city, and alongside the bamboo-lined Li River visiting several river towns along the way. At Caoping we stop for lunch and take in what the Chinese often refer to as “the finest scenery under heaven” – karst Mountains overhanging the river.After lunch we load the bikes onto bamboo rafts and relax whilst taking in the most picturesque part of the Li River before arriving in beautiful Xingping. Xingping is an old Ming Dynasty era village and boasts some fine streets worth exploring to see architecture that is rapidly disappearing in China. We stay tonight in a secluded guesthouse.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 44km

    6
    Cycle to Yangshuo
    Our final day of cycling is a highlight! This section is famous for its beautiful karst mountains and is a fantastic start to the day as we cross the river on a local ferry before heading into the hills for some of the finest views of the tour. We ride away from the river and pass through Baisha town, where we’ll visit the regions largest produce market, before taking our time riding down the lush and serene Dragon River valley. Nestled amongst paddy fields, overlooked by the centuries old Yu Long (Dragon Meeting) Bridge, we will stop for lunch in a local farmer’s restaurant by the river and with the option for a refreshing swim. From here we cycle small countryside trails and paths to emerge in legendary Yangshuo, popular with travellers from all over the world, where you have tonight to celebrate the end of the cycling adventure!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 45km

    7
    Departure day
    Free time to spend relaxing or shopping in town before transferring back to Guilin airport for your departure flight. Keep in mind that there are plenty of things to do in Yangshuo so you may wish to extend your stay, including rock climbing, kayaking, Tai Chi as well as Chinese cooking classes.
    Total: 205km




    Plan it!


    This trip starts in Guilin (Airport Code KWL), the capital of Guangxi Province. It is an international airport with connections in Asia as well as most cities in China, below are some of the main options for flights.

    • Hong Kong (HKG) – China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, CS Air
    • Bangkok (BKK) – Bangkok Airways
    • Beijing (PEK) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Shanghai (SHA & PVG) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Guangzhou (CAN) - Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) – Air Asia
    • Macao (MCM) ) - Air Macao
    • Seoul (ICN) - Asiana Airline
    • Singapore (SIN) - Jet Star

    To check flight details, time and cost we can recommend the following website:

    Ctrip: http://english.ctrip.com/

    It is in English, reliable, and you can pay for these flights by credit card. If more convenient you can also book domestic China flights through us at competitive rates(a small service charge applies per ticket). Just let us know when you book.

    Trains and buses to Guilin are available from almost anywhere in China. Let us know if you need advice if travelling this way.

    The trip finishes in the town of Yangshuo, 85 kilometres (one hour) from Guilin International Airport by car.

    Trip Style
    ADVENTURE. This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

    ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.

    GUIDED/ UNSUPPORTED This trip is guided/ unsupported. This means you won’t have a van following you along the ride. Your guide will always be there with you and our staff based in Yangshuo are just a phone call away if needed. We supply bikes fitted with racks and pannier bags for all the luggage you need for the ride. Any excess luggage you don’t need will be sent forward and waiting for you at the end point in Yangshuo. If you’d like a support vehicle to follow you this can easily be arranged at an additional cost or check out our COMFORT version of this tour.

    Accommodation
    There is a mix of accommodation styles on this trip in good standard hotels/guesthouses that will generally have private bathrooms, hot water, television, air-conditioning etc wherever possible. Travelling by bike we get to travel through some of the smaller, rural areas, and this means of course that we are limited in our choice of accommodation – sometimes we are staying in the ONLY guesthouse. Whilst not having all the facilities that you may be accustomed to at home, we can safely say that these small, family-run places make up for that in location, views, atmosphere and friendly service. All the sleeping arrangements are for twin share and if you are a single traveller you will be paired up with someone of the same gender. If you’d like you’re own room you may book a single supplement.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any trip to Asia. Most of the meals on this trip are not included in the cost. Many of the places we stay cater well to westerners (with menus in English, etc) so we feel it is a great opportunity to interact with your guesthouse or restaurant hosts. Your guide will always be on hand to help you order and make suggestions whenever needed. To see which meals are included, read the inclusions list or the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialities and to enjoy the huge variety of Chinese dishes available.

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Each bike is fitted with racks and pannier bags on this tour. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with semi-slick tyres, a water bottle cage and optional designed for women saddle . We keep them well-maintained and in as near new condition as possible. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 80% on sealed roads, 10% on dirt roads and 10% off-road on small tracks and trails. This trip varies between hilly to flat terrain with two notable climbs, the longest of which is 8km. The cycling altitude varies between 130m and 825m. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In China the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people…everything really!

    Yangshuo Options



    Yangshuo – a relaxing retreat or an adventure hub!

    Yangshuo, Guangxi Province in Southern China, is famous for its karst mountain scenery and rural landscapes. It was “discovered” by backpackers in the early 90′s as a tranquil retreat from the city of Guilin which lies upstream on the Li River to the north. It’s a thriving tourist town these days with lot’s of restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping on offer but, only minutes on a bike and into the countryside, and you’ll find rural life and absolutely stunning karst mountain scenery that is surprisingly quiet, secluded and untouched by the masses.

    As a destination in China, Yangshuo makes for a great place to be active, with world class climbing on offer as well as kayaking, caving, hiking and, of course, biking! It’s easy to find time to while away days learning Taichi and Kungfu, taking calligraphy, painting or cooking classes, learning some Mandarin, swimming in the clear rivers or sipping on a coffee and relaxing in one of the many restaurants and bars too! The surrounding area is very rural and there is nothing better than wandering, or staying in, the countryside soaking up the relaxed pace of village life.

    Yangshuo is a perfect place for a family holiday with plenty of great accommodation and activity options in town or outside, a great place to relax on a longer China trip and an ideal jumping off point to explore further into Guizhou and Guangxi Province. Below are some of the services Bike Asia offers as well as some of the choice activities that we can arrange for you.

    Mountain Biking
    If you’ve been admiring the stunning Yangshuo landscape and wondering whether you could push a bike through all those jutting mountains and plunging valleys, the answer is a definite Yes! Ride out of Yangshuo town into the countryside and get lost among the endless trails. Discover pine forest trails, muddy single-track, killer climbs and rocky downhills. Just don’t forget to look up once in awhile to check out the amazing views! Join one of our expert guides for some great cross country riding or some more technical sessions in this awesome part of China. Available March to November for individuals or groups on request.

    Cooking School
    Learn to cook local Chinese dishes in professionally run classrooms. The school is located in quiet Chao Long village in the picturesque Yu Long River Valley and classrooms are in renovated mud brick village houses. Explore local cuisine including a tour to the market to learn about produce and ingredients used in the area. At the end of the class you’ll have the opportunity to sample your own cooking overlooking rice fields and karst mountains. All courses are hands-on so you will be able to reproduce real Chinese food when you return home. Courses run twice daily but for die-hard foodies longer courses are available.

    Rock Climbing
    Conquer the Karst Mountains in the best possible fashion… by climbing them! Join experienced rock climbers and scale up to where the views are sublime. Perfect for Beginners to expert. Fully qualified, professional guides will take you through all aspects of climbing on select crags in the region. Their expert local knowledge will expose you to Yangshuo’s best climbs to suit your ability as well as giving you an insight into local life. All transport, equipment and lunch included.

    Calligraphy and Painting
    Chinese Calligraphy has been evolving continually over thousands of years. Chinese words are the vehicle of this art forms expression, but you do not have to know their meanings in order to appreciate their beauty. Try your hand at this ancient art of writing using traditional brushes and ink. Painting classes will initiate you into the water colours and brushstrokes used in traditional Chinese art, styles that reflect the classic local scenery.

    Kayaking and Bamboo Rafting
    The perfect way to discover life along the Li river. Half or full day kayaking adventures are available. Includes life jackets, transport and a great time guaranteed! Bamboo rafts operate on several sections of the Li and Yu Long Rivers for those that prefer to sit back and enjoy the views. Pair a bike ride with a rafting ride to make an enjoyable day in the countryside.

    Kungfu & Taichi
    More than simply fighting and self defence, Chinese kungfu traces it’s roots in to philosophy and contemplative meditation. Create balance and harmony by finding your qi, or discover your inner master. Classes can be held for single students or groups. Extended courses are also available to master this ancient art.

    Liu San Jie Light Show
    Set on the banks of the beautiful Li River and performed on the surface of the water, this amazing show, that includes over 600 performers, is a spectacle not to be missed! Directed by Zang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony), this is a wonderful musical and visual feast for the whole family. Best to book in advance to ensure good seats at the most reasonable prices.

    Yoga
    Yoga aims toward adjusting the body’s functioning to be at it’s natural best on every level. This includes muscular structure to loosen accumulated tightness and strengthen weaknesses in the body. At the same time, Yoga affects the subtler aspects of the body, improving vitality and physiological harmony. Meditation and controlled breathing in the practice of yoga help create a deep sense of well being. Private classes are available or join one the local classes and meet some locals at the same time.

    Hiking
    There’s lots of great walks in the area and mostly accessible as self-guided hikes. If hiking is your thing we point you in the right direction for some great views over Yangshuo town, longer walks along the Li River and further afield to Longji Rice Terraces and beyond. Get in tough with us for more info on hikes in the area or some hike/ bike combo trips.

    Family Rides
    Yangshuo is a perfect place to bring the kids. Whether as a break from the city, or part of a longer China tour, there’s dozens of activities to keep everyone happy. Bike Asia has all the equipment to provide your family with a great trip into the countryside on two wheels. We have a range of kid’s bike’s, trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats to cater to the whole family.

    Water Caves
    Famous for its bizarre and beautiful landscapes, Yangshuo is the subject of millions of photographs. Yet there remains a hidden side for you to explore – underground! Stalactites and stalagmites, naturally formed mud baths and an underground hot spring to soak in are features of this underground experience. Pre-book before you go as prices at the gate are through the roof!



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    "I loved every minute of the cycling. Trails were difficult at times, but very rewarding once they were completed! This was my first bike adventure ever and it was an excellent way to introduce me to the bike adventure world. I would do again it a heartbeat!"
    Mary Anderson, 2012

    "Tang (our local guide) has an infectious smile and laugh and a gentle caring way with us and with everyone I saw him in conversation with. Sharing with 2 leaders was very special.Tang seemed to know everyone and has huge historical and local knowledge to share as we rode thru the countryside, and Cece offered his passion for China and things Chinese, and the balance of a perspective of a younger person than I."
    Chris Harding, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Guide and driver excellent as was accommodation and meals. Good to have flexibility in itinerary."
    Beverley and Gail, 2012



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    Guilin - Mountains and Minorities - Comfort MapGuilin - Mountains and Minorities - Comfort Map

    Itinerary


    New Tour!
    Thanks to your feedback we've taken our popular "Mountains and Minorities" biking adventure and added some fantastic accommodations and re-jigged the cycling to make it a truly "best-of" journey through China's most sublime landscapes. With a support vehicle all the way to carry your gear (or you!), you'll have more time to soak up this wonderful region in style!

    A true adventure, you’ll find yourself cycling on quiet country roads, hiking through rural mountain villages, boating along the famous Li River, walking through markets and feasting on local delicacies. The cycling is excellent with a mix of challenging hills, long flats as well as some off-road to really get you into the countryside. With Yangshuo as your destination there is plenty on offer if you want to stay longer in the region.

    1
    Arrive Guilin
    On arrival you'll be met at Guilin Airport or train station by your Bike Asia Leader and transferred to our hotel in the center of Guilin. Located among Guilin's many waterways, our hotel is a great base for walks around this city's pleasant parks and canals. In the evening we'll have a group meeting to go over the trip ahead and had out to feast on a banquet of local specialties.
    Meals: D
    Cycling: 0km

    2
    Hiking in Longji Rice Terraces
    After breakfast we'll transfer (2 hours) to the Longji "Dragon's Backbone" Rice Terraces. There'll be plenty of time to take in the extraordinary mountain views from our Zhuang minority traditionally-built guesthouse, nestled on the mountainside in Pingan. During the day we'll take a guided hike around the hillside to Longji village, take a shorter walk to one of the view points over the rice terraces, or simply sit back and enjoy the view and the atmosphere on the terrace of this very special guesthouse. Those exploring the walking trails will soon discover that this area is home to people of the Yao and Miao minorities. Their dress is quite distinctive and Yao women often grow their hair so long it can touch the ground when untied! They’ll be more than happy to demonstrate the way they tie their hair for you!
    Meals: BLD
    Hiking: 11km

    3
    Cycle to Shi'ertan
    Our first day on the bikes starts with a fantastic downhill through dozens of switchbacks down the mountainside. We spend the day on quiet sealed roads undulating through pine and bamboo forests, often passing villages tucked away in the hills. We'll sample delicious Guilin-style rice noodles for lunch on the way. In the afternoon we continue cycling on quiet back-roads passing several bamboo factories and villages before making a last climb to our stream-side hotel. For those that want to take an alternative route, weather permitting, it would possible to take a raft ride to the hotel in the afternoon instead of riding.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 61km

    4
    Cycle to Caoping and boat ride to Xingping
    After breakfast at the hotel it’s back on the bikes with a fast downhill before heading through quiet villages on a smooth back country road passing through farmland with rice fields, fruit trees, and vegetable plots. We pack up the bikes for a short transfer to Daxu for lunch and a wander around this ancient riverside town , then it's back on the bikes for a short ride to Caoping. Here we load the bikes onto bamboo rafts and relax whilst taking in the most picturesque part of the famous Li River before arriving in beautiful Xingping - what the Chinese often refer to as “the finest scenery under heaven”. We arrive by boat at Xingping, an old Ming Dynasty era village that boasts some fine streets worth exploring to see architecture that is rapidly disappearing in China. We stay tonight in a secluded guesthouse.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 42km

    5
    Cycle to the Yulong River Valley
    This section of the Li Riveris famous for its beautiful karst mountains and it's a fantastic start to the day as we cross the river on a local ferry before heading into the hills for some of the finest views of the tour. We ride away from the river and pass through Baisha town, where we’ll visit the regions largest produce market, before taking our time riding down the lush and serene Dragon River valley. Nestled amongst paddy fields, overlooked by the centuries old Yu Long (Dragon Meeting) Bridge, we will stop for lunch in a local farmer’s restaurant by the river and with the option for a refreshing swim. After lunch we continue along the Yulong River to our Hotel with views of mist swirled karst mountains.
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 41km

    6
    Cycle to Yangshuo
    Our final day of cycling is a highlight! From here we cycle small countryside trails and paths to emerge in legendary Yangshuo, popular with travellers from all over the world. We'll pass by spectacular Moon Hill and visit the ancient village of Liugong before saying goodbye to the bikes and then celebrating the end of the cycling adventure!
    Meals: BLD
    Cycling: 45km

    7
    Departure day
    Free time to spend relaxing or shopping in town before transferring back to Guilin airport for your departure flight. Keep in mind that there are plenty of things to do in Yangshuo so you may wish to extend your stay, including rock climbing, kayaking, Tai Chi as well as Chinese cooking classes.
    Total: 189km




    Plan it!


    This trip starts in Guilin (Airport Code KWL), the capital of Guangxi Province. It is an international airport with connections in Asia as well as most cities in China, below are some of the main options for flights.

    • Hong Kong (HKG) – China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, CS Air
    • Bangkok (BKK) – Bangkok Airways
    • Beijing (PEK) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Shanghai (SHA & PVG) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Guangzhou (CAN) - Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) – Air Asia
    • Macao (MCM) ) - Air Macao
    • Seoul (ICN) - Asiana Airline
    • Singapore (SIN) - Jet Star


    Trains and buses to Guilin are available from almost anywhere in China. Let us know if you need advice if travelling this way.

    The trip finishes in the town of Yangshuo, 85 kilometres (one hour) from Guilin International Airport by car.

    Trip Style
    COMFORT. This trip is Comfort style cycle touring. These tours are designed for those that want to get outdoors and experience local life and culture but like to end the day with a nice cosy bed and some familiar mod cons. We design these tours to be about cycling the "best" bits so they may involve a transfer here and there to get you to accommodation that is both comfortable and characteristic of the region.

    Accommodation
    Boutique style hotels and guesthouses feature on this tour. Accommodations are arranged on a twin share basis. Couples travelling together have there own room and singles will be paired with other travellers of the same gender. If you’d like you’re own room you may book a single supplement.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any trip to Asia. The meals on this trip are included in the cost and as stipulated in the itinerary. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us. We aim to give people every opportunity to sample local/ regional specialties and to enjoy the huge variety of Chinese dishes available.

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Each bike is fitted with racks and pannier bags on this tour. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with semi-slick tyres, a water bottle cage and optional designed for women saddle . We keep them well-maintained and in as near new condition as possible. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 80% on sealed roads, 10% on dirt roads and 10% off-road on small tracks and trails. This trip varies between hilly to flat terrain with two notable climbs, the longest of which is 8km. The cycling altitude varies between 130m and 825m. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In China the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people…everything really!

    Yangshuo Options



    Yangshuo – a relaxing retreat or an adventure hub!

    Yangshuo, Guangxi Province in Southern China, is famous for its karst mountain scenery and rural landscapes. It was “discovered” by backpackers in the early 90′s as a tranquil retreat from the city of Guilin which lies upstream on the Li River to the north. It’s a thriving tourist town these days with lot’s of restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping on offer but, only minutes on a bike and into the countryside, and you’ll find rural life and absolutely stunning karst mountain scenery that is surprisingly quiet, secluded and untouched by the masses.

    As a destination in China, Yangshuo makes for a great place to be active, with world class climbing on offer as well as kayaking, caving, hiking and, of course, biking! It’s easy to find time to while away days learning Taichi and Kungfu, taking calligraphy, painting or cooking classes, learning some Mandarin, swimming in the clear rivers or sipping on a coffee and relaxing in one of the many restaurants and bars too! The surrounding area is very rural and there is nothing better than wandering, or staying in, the countryside soaking up the relaxed pace of village life.

    Yangshuo is a perfect place for a family holiday with plenty of great accommodation and activity options in town or outside, a great place to relax on a longer China trip and an ideal jumping off point to explore further into Guizhou and Guangxi Province. Below are some of the services Bike Asia offers as well as some of the choice activities that we can arrange for you.

    Mountain Biking
    If you’ve been admiring the stunning Yangshuo landscape and wondering whether you could push a bike through all those jutting mountains and plunging valleys, the answer is a definite Yes! Ride out of Yangshuo town into the countryside and get lost among the endless trails. Discover pine forest trails, muddy single-track, killer climbs and rocky downhills. Just don’t forget to look up once in awhile to check out the amazing views! Join one of our expert guides for some great cross country riding or some more technical sessions in this awesome part of China. Available March to November for individuals or groups on request.

    Cooking School
    Learn to cook local Chinese dishes in professionally run classrooms. The school is located in quiet Chao Long village in the picturesque Yu Long River Valley and classrooms are in renovated mud brick village houses. Explore local cuisine including a tour to the market to learn about produce and ingredients used in the area. At the end of the class you’ll have the opportunity to sample your own cooking overlooking rice fields and karst mountains. All courses are hands-on so you will be able to reproduce real Chinese food when you return home. Courses run twice daily but for die-hard foodies longer courses are available.

    Rock Climbing
    Conquer the Karst Mountains in the best possible fashion… by climbing them! Join experienced rock climbers and scale up to where the views are sublime. Perfect for Beginners to expert. Fully qualified, professional guides will take you through all aspects of climbing on select crags in the region. Their expert local knowledge will expose you to Yangshuo’s best climbs to suit your ability as well as giving you an insight into local life. All transport, equipment and lunch included.

    Calligraphy and Painting
    Chinese Calligraphy has been evolving continually over thousands of years. Chinese words are the vehicle of this art forms expression, but you do not have to know their meanings in order to appreciate their beauty. Try your hand at this ancient art of writing using traditional brushes and ink. Painting classes will initiate you into the water colours and brushstrokes used in traditional Chinese art, styles that reflect the classic local scenery.

    Kayaking and Bamboo Rafting
    The perfect way to discover life along the Li river. Half or full day kayaking adventures are available. Includes life jackets, transport and a great time guaranteed! Bamboo rafts operate on several sections of the Li and Yu Long Rivers for those that prefer to sit back and enjoy the views. Pair a bike ride with a rafting ride to make an enjoyable day in the countryside.

    Kungfu & Taichi
    More than simply fighting and self defence, Chinese kungfu traces it’s roots in to philosophy and contemplative meditation. Create balance and harmony by finding your qi, or discover your inner master. Classes can be held for single students or groups. Extended courses are also available to master this ancient art.

    Liu San Jie Light Show
    Set on the banks of the beautiful Li River and performed on the surface of the water, this amazing show, that includes over 600 performers, is a spectacle not to be missed! Directed by Zang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony), this is a wonderful musical and visual feast for the whole family. Best to book in advance to ensure good seats at the most reasonable prices.

    Yoga
    Yoga aims toward adjusting the body’s functioning to be at it’s natural best on every level. This includes muscular structure to loosen accumulated tightness and strengthen weaknesses in the body. At the same time, Yoga affects the subtler aspects of the body, improving vitality and physiological harmony. Meditation and controlled breathing in the practice of yoga help create a deep sense of well being. Private classes are available or join one the local classes and meet some locals at the same time.

    Hiking
    There’s lots of great walks in the area and mostly accessible as self-guided hikes. If hiking is your thing we point you in the right direction for some great views over Yangshuo town, longer walks along the Li River and further afield to Longji Rice Terraces and beyond. Get in tough with us for more info on hikes in the area or some hike/ bike combo trips.

    Family Rides
    Yangshuo is a perfect place to bring the kids. Whether as a break from the city, or part of a longer China tour, there’s dozens of activities to keep everyone happy. Bike Asia has all the equipment to provide your family with a great trip into the countryside on two wheels. We have a range of kid’s bike’s, trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats to cater to the whole family.

    Water Caves
    Famous for its bizarre and beautiful landscapes, Yangshuo is the subject of millions of photographs. Yet there remains a hidden side for you to explore – underground! Stalactites and stalagmites, naturally formed mud baths and an underground hot spring to soak in are features of this underground experience. Pre-book before you go as prices at the gate are through the roof!



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    Itinerary


    Take the road less travelled! New tour!!!

    Most in the know will arrive in Guilin and head straight to Yangshuo. Guilin has it's sights, and is worth up to a day to wander around it's leafy streets and waterways, but it's Yangshuo where you'll find the stunning scenery and rural laid back life that the area is famous for. This overnight two day tour lets you get yourself to Yangshuo via stunning back roads and a fun bamboo boat ride along the Li River. Who needs the tourist boat or bus when you can start your adventure early and get to Yangshuo under your own steam.

    1
    Meet in Guilin/ Cycle and Bamboo Boat Ride to Xingping
    Your expert local guide will meet you at your hotel in Guilin in the morning with your bikes ready to go with racks and panniers set up for you to take your overnight gear. The van will return to Yangshuo and have your main gear waiting for your arrival and the end of the next day. Once on the road you'll be surprised how quickly we get off the city streets. Within minutes we'll be winding through quiet lanes and alleys , passing by vegetable plots and local homes to reach the countryside. Our secret route takes us away from any traffic and is mostly sealed all the way (single track is there for the mountain bikers). We cycle through dozens of villages before emerging in Daxu, an ancient water town. After lunch it's a short ride along the Li River to Caoping where we board a motorised bamboo raft for the two hour punt along the most picturesque scenery along the Li. We stay in a secluded local guesthouse in Xingping for the evening.

    Cycling: 53km

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    Cycle to Yangshuo/ Tour Ends
    Our last day of cycling is a highlight! This section is famous for its beautiful karst mountains and is a fantastic start to the day as we cross the river on a local ferry before heading into the hills for some of the finest views of the tour. We ride away from the river and pass through Baisha town, where we’ll visit the regions largest produce market, before taking our time riding down the lush and serene Dragon River valley. Nestled amongst paddy fields, overlooked by the centuries old Yu Long (Dragon Meeting) Bridge, we will stop for lunch in a local farmer’s restaurant by the river and with the option for a refreshing swim. From here we cycle small countryside trails and paths to emerge in legendary Yangshuo, popular with travellers from all over the world, where the tour ends! Here you'll meet your luggage, and you're free to take your onward travel but we highly suggest another day or two is worth the stay in the Yangshuo area.

    Cycling: 45km




    Plan it


    This trip starts in Guilin (Airport Code KWL), the capital of Guangxi Province. It is an international airport with connections in Asia as well as most cities in China, below are some of the main options for flights.

    • Hong Kong (HKG) – China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, CS Air
    • Bangkok (BKK) – Bangkok Airways
    • Beijing (PEK) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Shanghai (SHA & PVG) – Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Guangzhou (CAN) - Air China, China Southern, China Eastern
    • Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) – Air Asia
    • Macao (MCM) ) - Air Macao
    • Seoul (ICN) - Asiana Airline
    • Singapore (SIN) - Jet Star

    To check flight details, time and cost we can recommend the following website:

    Ctrip: http://english.ctrip.com/

    It is in English, reliable, and you can pay for these flights by credit card. If more convenient you can also book domestic China flights through us at competitive rates(a service charge applies per ticket). Just let us know when you book.

    Trains and buses to Guilin are available from almost anywhere in China. Let us know if you need advice if travelling this way.

    The trip finishes in the town of Yangshuo, 85 kilometres (one hour) from Guilin International Airport by car.

    Trip Style
    ADVENTURE. This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to WiFi or cell phone networks. There will be no support vehicle and you'll carry your gear for the ride in supplied pannier bags or your own back pack. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

    ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.

    Accommodation
    The accommodation on this trip is in a local style hotel chosen for it's charm and friendly staff. All the sleeping arrangements are for twin share though if you’d like you’re own room you may book a single supplement.

    Food
    Food is a very important part of any travel experience – particularly essential when cycling – and is a highlight of any trip to Asia. N meals are includeed on this tour but your guide will happily help you to sample local/ regional specialties and to enjoy the huge variety of Chinese dishes available. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and should you have any other dietary restrictions, you just need to inform us.

    Bikes
    Bikes are included on this trip as we recognise the often significant costs that can be incurred travelling with your bike these days. Our mountain bikes are UCC (a local regional brand that we choose to support for just that reason – don’t worry they are more than adequate for the job!), 27 speed, hard tails with lockout front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and running Shimano/ SRAM components. Each bike is fitted with racks and pannier bags on this tour. Bikes are available in 15”, 17”, 19” or 21” sizes and fitted with a water bottle cage and women saddles. We keep them well maintained and in as near new condition as possible. You may wish to bring your own pedals, cleats, saddle, handlebar extensions or bike bags as we can easily fit them to our bikes. You are of course welcome to bring your own bike. Keep in mind though, that while we offer maintenance and spares for the bikes we provide, we can’t guarantee that we can cater to your particular bicycle’s needs so it would be best to bring your own parts and tools. If you are unsure we recommend that you speak to your local bike shop about what parts to bring and make sure it has had a good service.

    Cycling Conditions
    All the roads we use are chosen because, as much as possible, they have very little traffic. The cycling terrain on this tour is mostly flat on sealed roads with some excursions onto dirt paths. Traffic is mostly very light but there are one or two short busier sections. In China the cycling is very relaxed but you do need to be alert for surprises such as vehicles, potholes, animals, people…everything really!

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    Yangshuo – a relaxing retreat or an adventure hub!

    Yangshuo, Guangxi Province in Southern China, is famous for its karst mountain scenery and rural landscapes. It was “discovered” by backpackers in the early 90′s as a tranquil retreat from the city of Guilin which lies upstream on the Li River to the north. It’s a thriving tourist town these days with lot’s of restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping on offer but, only minutes on a bike and into the countryside, and you’ll find rural life and absolutely stunning karst mountain scenery that is surprisingly quiet, secluded and untouched by the masses.

    As a destination in China, Yangshuo makes for a great place to be active, with world class climbing on offer as well as kayaking, caving, hiking and, of course, biking! It’s easy to find time to while away days learning Taichi and Kungfu, taking calligraphy, painting or cooking classes, learning some Mandarin, swimming in the clear rivers or sipping on a coffee and relaxing in one of the many restaurants and bars too! The surrounding area is very rural and there is nothing better than wandering, or staying in, the countryside soaking up the relaxed pace of village life.

    Yangshuo is a perfect place for a family holiday with plenty of great accommodation and activity options in town or outside, a great place to relax on a longer China trip and an ideal jumping off point to explore further into Guizhou and Guangxi Province. Below are some of the services Bike Asia offers as well as some of the choice activities that we can arrange for you.

    Mountain Biking
    If you’ve been admiring the stunning Yangshuo landscape and wondering whether you could push a bike through all those jutting mountains and plunging valleys, the answer is a definite Yes! Ride out of Yangshuo town into the countryside and get lost among the endless trails. Discover pine forest trails, muddy single-track, killer climbs and rocky downhills. Just don’t forget to look up once in awhile to check out the amazing views! Join one of our expert guides for some great cross country riding or some more technical sessions in this awesome part of China. Available March to November for individuals or groups on request.

    Cooking School
    Learn to cook local Chinese dishes in professionally run classrooms. The school is located in quiet Chao Long village in the picturesque Yu Long River Valley and classrooms are in renovated mud brick village houses. Explore local cuisine including a tour to the market to learn about produce and ingredients used in the area. At the end of the class you’ll have the opportunity to sample your own cooking overlooking rice fields and karst mountains. All courses are hands-on so you will be able to reproduce real Chinese food when you return home. Courses run twice daily but for die-hard foodies longer courses are available.

    Rock Climbing
    Conquer the Karst Mountains in the best possible fashion… by climbing them! Join experienced rock climbers and scale up to where the views are sublime. Perfect for Beginners to expert. Fully qualified, professional guides will take you through all aspects of climbing on select crags in the region. Their expert local knowledge will expose you to Yangshuo’s best climbs to suit your ability as well as giving you an insight into local life. All transport, equipment and lunch included.

    Calligraphy and Painting
    Chinese Calligraphy has been evolving continually over thousands of years. Chinese words are the vehicle of this art forms expression, but you do not have to know their meanings in order to appreciate their beauty. Try your hand at this ancient art of writing using traditional brushes and ink. Painting classes will initiate you into the water colours and brushstrokes used in traditional Chinese art, styles that reflect the classic local scenery.

    Kayaking and Bamboo Rafting
    The perfect way to discover life along the Li river. Half or full day kayaking adventures are available. Includes life jackets, transport and a great time guaranteed! Bamboo rafts operate on several sections of the Li and Yu Long Rivers for those that prefer to sit back and enjoy the views. Pair a bike ride with a rafting ride to make an enjoyable day in the countryside.

    Kungfu & Taichi
    More than simply fighting and self defence, Chinese kungfu traces it’s roots in to philosophy and contemplative meditation. Create balance and harmony by finding your qi, or discover your inner master. Classes can be held for single students or groups. Extended courses are also available to master this ancient art.

    Liu San Jie Light Show
    Set on the banks of the beautiful Li River and performed on the surface of the water, this amazing show, that includes over 600 performers, is a spectacle not to be missed! Directed by Zang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony), this is a wonderful musical and visual feast for the whole family. Best to book in advance to ensure good seats at the most reasonable prices.

    Yoga
    Yoga aims toward adjusting the body’s functioning to be at it’s natural best on every level. This includes muscular structure to loosen accumulated tightness and strengthen weaknesses in the body. At the same time, Yoga affects the subtler aspects of the body, improving vitality and physiological harmony. Meditation and controlled breathing in the practice of yoga help create a deep sense of well being. Private classes are available or join one the local classes and meet some locals at the same time.

    Hiking
    There’s lots of great walks in the area and mostly accessible as self-guided hikes. If hiking is your thing we point you in the right direction for some great views over Yangshuo town, longer walks along the Li River and further afield to Longji Rice Terraces and beyond. Get in tough with us for more info on hikes in the area or some hike/ bike combo trips.

    Family Rides
    Yangshuo is a perfect place to bring the kids. Whether as a break from the city, or part of a longer China tour, there’s dozens of activities to keep everyone happy. Bike Asia has all the equipment to provide your family with a great trip into the countryside on two wheels. We have a range of kid’s bike’s, trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats to cater to the whole family.

    Water Caves
    Famous for its bizarre and beautiful landscapes, Yangshuo is the subject of millions of photographs. Yet there remains a hidden side for you to explore – underground! Stalactites and stalagmites, naturally formed mud baths and an underground hot spring to soak in are features of this underground experience. Pre-book before you go as prices at the gate are through the roof!



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    Yunnan, China. A local monk spots a kodak moment...

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    Yangshuo, China. Bike Asia are excited to announce our new online shop, coming very soon! Here you will be able to find bamboo fibre t-shirts, tube scarves, gloves and more. Cycling jerseys coming soon too!!

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    Somewhere between Guilin and Yangshuo. Not lost, but on an FT epic ....awesome!!!

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    Cycling into the Gorge. Two riders stop to take in the view. Ahead of them, a road leading into one of the deepest gorges in the world. Tiger Leaping Gorge. Fierce headwinds await!

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    Erhai, Dali. Taking in the lake view at the end of our Tiger Leaping Gorge cycling tour. We have arrived at last in the old city of Dali and are ready for our well earned break from the saddle. Yunnan coffees and Danish baked delights all round! (Click back through other Spin entries to see what else Bike Asia have been up to.)

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    Yunnan. 110km day, 20km hill climb. Happy to be at the top! Next stop - hot springs and a well earned cold beer.

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    Guangxi, China. Cycling with Australian ex-prime minister John Howard...well, no,but he looks like him! His name is actually David and he's a good bloke. Wife's name is Jeanette though....

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    Guilin, China. We stopped for a quick break and some of the customers insisted I check out the toilet. Well, seems they decided to just run the electricity between two power poles straight through the toilet of the noodle shop. ZZZZZT!

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    Lashi Lake, Lijiang.. Lijiang's Canola fields in full bloom. Josh dives in for a quick photo opportunity. (Dont forget to click bach through the photos to see more on what Bike Asia have been up to).

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    Haba, Yunnan. Emma grabs a 'selfie' with a Yi grandma from Haba.

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    Canada....somewhere on a pass!. Letti and James hit the road on a northbound journey from Canada to Alaska. And then south to warmer climes?!

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    Bike Asia is a small Australian owned and run cycle tour company based in Asia. Starting out in Yangshuo, China in 2003 (where we are still based), we've since developed a range of exciting cycling tours in hand-picked destinations in Asia.

    We cater to riders of all abilities with a choice of scheduled departures, on demand tours or custom biking adventures to suit individuals, groups and families. Whether you like to take it off road or stick to the tarmac, get right off the beaten track or lap up some luxury, we've got it covered. It's our aim to get you immersed in Asia's enticing culture and landscapes. Feel free to browse our tours (check out our new mobile site) or chat to us about the possibilities for your next ride of a lifetime.


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    Due to the physical nature of our trips, it is extremely important to Bike Asia, and to you, that you are of good physical health and able to participate fully in the group cycling travel experience. Please consult with your health care practitioner if you have any concerns. We may ask that you provide details of any medical conditions when booking with us. Disclosure of this information will be made only to your leader for your benefit so we will be able to assist you with any requirements on the ground or in the event of an emergency.

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    We provide mountain bikes on all our tours (except Tibet). Available sizes are 15"(38cm), 17"(43cm), 19"(48cm), and 21"(53cm). If you normally ride a mountain bike you simply need to tell us its size. If you are not sure, have a look at the table below for our suggestions. If in doubt it may be a good idea to visit a bike shop and try a few mountain bikes to find a comfortable size.

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    Bike Asia are excited to announce our new range of clothing and cycling gear! Bike Asia's own line of T-shirts, tube scarves and jerseys are all now available to order on line as well as panniers, helmets, gloves and other cycling gear to set you up for your next big ride. Check in regularly to find what's new and what's on offer.

    T-Shirts: Bamboo Fibre
    Bike Asia's short sleeved t-shirts are made from ORGANIC COOL DRY OCD© thermo regulating bamboo fibre that keeps you cool and comfortable throughout the summer. Suitable for training in or as an under shirt for winter wear. The bamboo fabric has UV protection properties, is breathable, quick drying, anti static, odour resistant and made from renewable resources.

    Bamboo T-shirts available in green or purple.
    Men's and women's cut.
    Five sizes from Small to XXL.

    Price: US$17

    T-Shirts: Quick Dry
    Bike Asia's quick dry t-shirts are made from a heavier lycra/cotton mix material suitable for casual wear as well as for training.

    T-shirts available in dark and light grey.
    Men's and women's cut.
    Five sizes from Small to XXL.

    Price: US$17

    Tube Scarves
    These nifty little things can be twisted and pulled in lots of different ways transforming from a scarf to a beanie, face mask, bandanna or hair tie. So far we have found around 15 different ways to wear one!
    Our tube scarves are made from the same bamboo fibre fabric as our bamboo fabric t-shirts.
    Available in two styles:
    • The Winter style - two sections, bamboo fabric top and fleece section bottom • The Summer style - one section, bamboo fabric

    Price:
    Winter style - 10 US$

    Summer Style - 7 US$

    Cycling Helmets
    UCC cycling helmets available in medium and large

    Price: US$35

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    Bike panniers available in semi or fully waterproof.

    Price: Please enquire at - info@bikeasia.com

    Bikes
    We replace our tour and hire bikes very regularly and keep them well maintained whilst we have them so if you need a second hand bike for a big solo ride in China ask us about what we have in stock. We can fit out the bike with racks and panniers so you are good to go!

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    Methods of payment are:
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    Contact us at info@bikeasia.com with any orders or enquiries.


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    Bike Asia Shop Bike Asia(亚洲单车)最早于2003年诞生在美丽的南方小镇阳朔。当年的阳朔非彼近日阳朔的繁华,仍然保留着些许田园小镇的风貌。在宁静的西街上三三两两的老外悠闲的坐在由老式木楼简易改装后的咖啡厅内一边闲聊一边品尝着非常不地道的卡布奇努。在这群老外当中就有亚洲单车的创始人之一Scott Spencer,这个自称来自澳大利亚的游牧民族。当时的他已经游遍了大半个中国乃至亚洲的许多地方,并且是一家国外旅游公司在亚洲区的资深的领队。多年的旅游经历和他本人对山地骑行的狂爱使他总结出最深度和低碳环保的旅游方式是单车游。于是他与另外两位单车热爱者便义不容辞的成立这家公司,希望在中国的土地上开花结果。虽然这种旅游方式在西方国家已经流行多年,但是在当时的中国还只是一个名词,很多中国人对自行车的理解还只停留在飞鸽永久大28车的层面上。你就可以想像当年三四十个老外从多个南方小镇骑行飞过时所带来的视觉上的震撼力了!

    Li River with Bono 从第一个团由梧州到阳朔10天行程的成功开始,10余年间公司从仅有2条线路发展到亚洲的许多地方:车轮遍及具有山地车天堂美誉的蒙古国,拥有世界屋脊的尼泊尔,秀美和时尚的日本和韩国以及印度洋上的珍珠斯里兰卡。。。与此同时一起壮大的还有中国的骑行队伍,越来越多的中国人也从最初的了解,尝试直至迷恋骑行这项运动。公司也希望可以通过这个平台将公司多年开发出来国内外经典的骑行线路和深度骑行旅游方式结合起来推广给中国的单车和旅游爱好者们。想要了解更多的信息,欢迎浏览我们的网站www.bikeasia.com,或是通过email与我们咨询和交流。email地址:info@bikeasia.com.


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    Tibet - Cycle Across the Roof of the World
    Imagine cycling across one of the most mystical regions in the world, the Tibetan Plateau, featuring the highest average elevation on the planet. Let that sink in! From the Buddhist monasteries of Lhasa to the bustling markets of Kathmandu, this trip will take you over several passes in the vicinity of 5000 meters – a truly inspiring odyssey of over 1000 kilometres by bicycle! Add an ascent to Everest base camp, as well as the biggest descent in the world into Nepal, and you have the adventure of a lifetime. It doesn't get better than this!

    Standard Price: 5430USD
    Early Bird Offer: 4735USD
    Dates: 27th Sep to 18th Oct 2014
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    New Tours! China Guilin - Mountains and Minorities - Comfort Thanks to your feedback we've taken our popular "Mountains and Minorities" biking adventure and added some fantastic accommodations and re-jigged the cycling to make it a truly best-of journey through China's most sublime landscapes. With a support vehicle all the way to carry your gear (or you!) you have more time to soak up this wonderful region in style! Check out dates for this tour. New Zealand South Island Explorer Out first Chinese group heads overseas to New Zealand for an amazing ride through some of the country's most awe inspiring rural areas. This is a Chinese language based tour. For more information(Chinese)on future departures check out our Chinese trip page.

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    Bike Asia's office and shop is located downtown in Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, South-West China. The shop is the start and finish location for our guided day tours, self-guided tours, bike rentals and other local activities.

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    Cycling
    We believe cycling is the best way to travel. Our tours are designed as cycling holidays and are accessible to people of all cycling abilities. We have hand picked our routes and itineraries for their excellent cycling as much as for their appeal as interesting travel destinations and the experiences they offer. You still get to experience all those things you look for in a normal holiday (well, perhaps not too much lounging on the beach!) - meeting local people, eating local cuisine - but you also get the unique satisfaction of propelling yourself through the all these experiences at a pace that allows you the time to really see and absorb them. On top of all this you'll be doing it on a bike which turns the whole thing into a read adventure! alt name


    Inspiring Leaders and Guides
    Our cycling leaders are passionate about cycling and about Asia. They take pride in sharing their knowledge and experiences and are always there to make sure you get as much as possible out of your holiday. most of all they are just great fun to hang out with! We also provide an English speaking local guide wherever possible, so that you can ask questions from those who really know the area best. Along with our local crews you're sure to gain as insight into local culture as well as having the pleasure of travelling with our friends!

    Scheduled Departures and Custom Tours
    Bike Asia offers regularly scheduled departures for individual travellers. These may have varying passenger minimum numbers (from 1 to 5) to guarantee departure. Bike Asia specialises in operating adventure cycling tours. We can create custom tours for groups and individuals with specific needs or requests. The company is based in Asia, and with many years in tourism, we are able to provide a high quality service with very competitive pricing. We welcome your enquiries about all and any aspect of our tours.

    Inclusions
    We include almost everything on our tours. The reason for this is we want to keep things simple for you so that you can spend your time doing what you came for - enjoying the adventure! As fully supported cycling tours you have, at your disposal, all the back equipment you will need to keep you rolling along. As a general rule, trip inclusions are:

    • Bike (except Tibet and Nepal)
    • All trip accommodation
    • All transport listed i.e. support vehicles, internal flights, busses, boats etc.
    • most meals and water


    Keeping it Real
    Along with our passion for cycling, adventure and discovery, we also believe in a philosophy of ethical travel. respect for people, cultures and the environment is fundamental to us and how we operate. As a locally based company (in Asia) we prefer to work with and support the development of local people, operators and businesses in the regions we travel through. Our philosophy is one of low impact on the environment and high local interaction and involvement in our business.



    Extensions and Local Flights

    Bike Asia offers a range of shorter trips, getaways and packages designed as both extensions to our longer tours and trips in themselves. Feel free to combine any of our trips to create a holiday that that suits you. As a locally based operator we are able to provide information on domestic flights to all our internal destinations so please don't hesitate to ask for our advice on your travel plans. For your flights from your home country we suggest you consult your preferred travel agent or airline.

    Asia Cycling Alliance
    ACE is an alliance of Asia's best cycling tour operators who are dedicated to providing unique and exciting biking adventures in Asia. As a co-operative of small businesses it is our collective desire to take people to places less travelled and also to provide an insight into the fascinating cultures and landscapes that Asia is so famous for. We share a passion for our region and getting out and travelling in the best way possible - by bicycle!


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    Scott. Co-founder, owner, trip leader, bike fixer, coffee maker, dad. It all started in 2003 during the SARS epidemic in Yangshuo, China. Locked down in paradise with a couple of crazy friends we hatched a plan to get people on bikes in China. We couldn't get past how well cycling and Asia mixed. So Bike Asia was born. We're still based in Yangshuo and we're constantly dreaming up new trips in new corners of this phenomenal region.

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    Snow. Owner, office taskmaster, customer enquiries, trip leader, tough chick, mum. Snow's often the one answering emails and looking after a lot of the biz. She still manages to get on the bike for some tours in between raising a young lad. Likes a laugh and seeing people enjoy themselves on the bike.

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    Will. Trip leader, staff manager and trainer, design guru, quiz-master. I feel very lucky to be living and working in a region like this. It will forever fascinate me. The huge contrasts that can be experienced here are like no where else on earth. Add a bike to this mix and I find it hard to imagine being anywhere else!

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    Stuart. I have always had a passion for Asia, ever since I travelled with my family when I was barely a teenager. This began my love of travelling and for Asia! The more I travelled the more entranced I became with the colourful and vibrant way of life in Asia, one that still excites me to this day. I never tire of the sights, sounds and smells that you encounter at every destination and I feel at home sitting on a street corner slurping a steaming bowl of noodles alongside the locals. Then I discovered something even better, cycling in Asia. I did my first cycle trip in China in 2005 (with Bike Asia) and have never looked back. Simply the most exciting and rewarding way to travel.

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    Cece. Trip leader, bad-ass racer, bike nut, marketing enthusiast. I am a lover of cycling! I am the luckiest person on earth to be working & biking exploring Asia on the saddle. I came to China to study and immediately fell in love with the stunning landscapes and the diversity of cultures. China is a place where you can make an adventure out of everything, I’m always on my bike exploring every road, track, trail and path willing to infect everyone with my contagious passion for cycling.

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    Laetitia. Trip leader, tai chi freak, day tour master, ornithologist. Letti has just left Bike Asia for a cycling odyssey across north and south America. She left her mark on us all here and we wish her well and hope to hear about her adventures from time to time!

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    Cathy. Trip leader, client favourite, cycling gun, long time friend, mum. Cathy is a one of a kind. Super strong on the bike she often pairs up with Lee, her husband as leader and mechanic/ driver on many of our Yunnan tours. She's been working with us from the start and lives for bikes.

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    LiTao. Bike gun, gun mechanic, off road freak, cycling nut, driver, dad. Lee is the guy we like to hook up with when going off road. That's his passion. Actually anything biking is. Owns a bike shop and never wears anything other than bike gear. Always very close to Cathy and their new baby.

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    XiaoYi. Bike roustabout, shop hand, fixer, practical joker. One of our longest serving members so rolls his eyes a lot! Does all the things nobody else wants to do, first at work and last to leave, and still manages to hand out giggles on a regular basis.

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    Jasmine. Office manager, accounts manager, shop hand, tough chick. Jasmine pulls no punches running the office but she does it all with a smile! Relatively new to Bike Asia she's become indispensable and a big part of the family now.

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    PengSai. Mechanic, driver, trip leader, bike nut. New to Bike Asia in 2013 he's often behind the wheel of our trusty van or in the workshop fixing bikes. He owns an impressive quiver of two wheelers and likes nothing more than hitting the road with whoever will go with him!

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    Timur. Trip leader, trip designer, great mate, madman, dad. Timur is like a brother. Even if you don't know him you soon will. Gift of the gab he has and often refers to Mongolians as the Asian Irish (maybe just him!) Knowledgeable and passionate about Mongolian culture and people, philosophy and everything else!

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    Nara. Bike nut, mechanic, camp logistics manger, smile demon. This guy has the most energy of anyone we've met. He started out with us when he was 17 and has since had a kid and has still not slowed down! He'll fix the bikes, lead the tours, set up tents and help serve meals...doesn't believe in sitting still!

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    Bono. Shop greeter, celebrity, foodie, swimmer, scooter rider, foodie, sleeper. Bono hangs out at the shop everyday and lures innocent passers by with his charms. Knows the eating rituals of the whole street and is a friend to all. Likes swimming and diving for rocks, walks, sleeps and eating...a lot!

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    Yunnan - Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Yunnan is one of China’s most ethnically fascinating and scenically stunning provinces so it’s easy to understand why our travellers rave about it! Experience the extraordinary natural wonder of Tiger Leaping Gorge, with its towering walls and dramatic beauty. Meander along the majestic Yangtze River and kick back in the laid-back cobble stoned towns of Dali and Lijiang. The foothills of the Himalayas are where snow-capped peaks, dramatic ravines and pine forest meet rural villages and rice fields; and with a nice balance of steep climbs, dizzying descents and smooth flat roads make this a trip of a lifetime.

    Highlights
    • Shangrila, Lijiang, Shaxi, Dali old towns
    • Spectacular mountain and valley cycling
    • Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shaxi and Dali Hikes
    • Mighty Yangtze River
    • Tibetan, Naxi, Bai, Yi minorities
    • Tibetan highlands and meadows
    • Ancient Tea Horse Caravan route
    • Hot springs and snow-capped mountains
    • Village markets

    What’s included?
    • 12 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels or guesthouses with twin share rooms, private bathrooms
    • All transport from the start point to the finish point
    • Meals: B(11)L(8)D(11)
    • Water and snacks whilst cycling
    • Entry tickets as per itinerary
    • Bike Asia tour leader
    • Local cycling guide/ mechanic and driver
    • Quality well-maintained mountain bike
    • Bike tools and spare parts
    • Support vehicle(s)
    • Bike Asia T-shirt

    What’s not included?
    • Airport transfers
    • International airfares
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
    • Helmet or cycling gear

    Trip Style
    This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

    Cycling Grade
    Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


    Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.


    Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.


    Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.


    Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.


    Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.

    Guizhou/ Guangxi - Trail of the Dragon

    Cycling through countless rice terraces and limestone peaks of Southern China you’ll experience a beauty so unique it has inspired painters and poets for centuries. From the minority villages and luscious green rice fields of Guizhou Province to the limestone karst peaks and bamboo-lined emerald rivers of Guangxi Province, we get up close and personal with Chinese people in their everyday lives. This cycling adventure is rural China at its absolute best!

    Highlights
    • Stunning limestone karst mountains, lush rice fields, ancient villages on tranquil rural backroads and paths
    • Hike the famous Longji Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces
    • Experience the Dong, Miao, Zhuang and Yao minority ways of life
    • Raft along bamboo-lined emerald rivers
    • Visit ancient Ming and Qing dynasty villages
    • Sample sublime local Chinese cuisine
    • Explore the fascinating centres of Guiyang and Guilin and kick back in the idyllic town of Yangshuo
    • Discover traditional wooden drum towers, covered bridges and traditional architecture unique to the region
    • Try your hand at cooking local specialties, take a Chinese calligraphy or painting class, or hit the crags for some world class rock climbing

    What’s included?
    • 14 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels or guesthouses with twin share rooms, private bathrooms
    • All transport from the start point to the finish point
    • Meals: B(13)L(10)D(12)
    • Water and snacks whilst cycling
    • Entry tickets as per itinerary
    • Bike Asia tour leader
    • Local cycling guide/ mechanic and driver
    • Quality well-maintained mountain bike
    • Bike tools and spare parts
    • Support vehicle(s)
    • Bike Asia T-shirt

    What’s not included?
    • Airport transfers
    • International airfares
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
    • Helmet or cycling gear

    Trip Style
    This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

    Cycling Grade
    Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


    Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.


    Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.


    Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.


    Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.


    Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.

    Yunnan - Magical Shangrila

    The UNESCO Three Parallel Rivers protected area is one of the most spectacular regions on the planet. Located on the edge of Tibet, it is home to dozens of ethnic minority groups, incredible biological diversity and uniquely dramatic land formations. If you like jaw-dropping scenery, thrilling cycling and local culture up close then Magical Shangrila is a must-do!

    Highlights
    • Shangri-La and Lijiang old towns
    • Unesco Three Parallel Rivers Protected Area
    • Tibetan, Naxi, Bai, Yi and Lisu minority cultures
    • White Horse and Kawakarpo Snow Mountains
    • Outdoor hot springs and sumptuous local food
    • Big climbs, long descents; epic cycling and hiking
    • Ancient Tea Horse Caravan route
    • Christian churches, Buddhist monasteries and village markets
    • Stunning, wild scenery: forest, gorges, wildflowers
    • Golden haired monkeys, yaks and birdlife

    What’s included?
    • 12 nights accommodation (6 nights in comfortable hotels or guesthouses with twin share rooms, private bathrooms facilities etc, 2 nights in basic local hotels and 4 nights in local home stays)
    • All transport from the start point to the finish point
    • Meals; Breakfasts (12), Lunch (11), Dinner (12)
    • All water and snack food whilst cycling
    • All entry tickets as described in the itinerary
    • Bike Asia tour leader
    • Local cycling guide/ mechanic and driver
    • Quality well-maintained mountain bike
    • Bike tools and spare parts
    • Support vehicle(s)
    • Bike Asia T-shirt

    What’s not included?
    • Airport transfers
    • International airfares
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses
    • Single supplement. Accommodation is based on a twin share basis. Single travellers will be paired with someone else of the same gender. If you would like a your own room this can be arranged for an extra charge. Just let us know when booking
    • Helmet or cycling clothing

    Trip Style
    This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

    Cycling Grade
    Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


    Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.


    Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.


    Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.


    Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.


    Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.

    Wild Mongolia

    The wilds of Mongolia have always sent out a call to those with an adventurous spirit. One of the true travelling frontiers, Mongolia offers an incredible experience for the cyclist. You’ll meet nomadic herdsman and be warmed by the incredible hospitality of these hardy people and be mesmerised by the unexpected beauty of the Mongolian landscapes.

    Highlights
    • Mountain biking endless tracks and trails
    • Challenging river crossings, climbs and descents
    • Visit local ger camps and meet semi-nomadic Mongolian herders
    • Camp under the stars and soak in outdoor hot springs
    • Yak herds, wild horses and wild flowers
    • Ancient Kharkhorin and Erdene Zuu Khiid Monastery
    • Pristine rivers, mountains and grassland
    • Spectaular Orkhon Waterfalls
    • Great local and catered food
    • Learn about ancient Mongolian culture and experience famous Mongolian hospitality


      • Inclusions
        • 14 nights accommodation (4 nights hotel, 10 nights camping, 1 night Ger camp)
        • Tents and foam sleeping mats for camping
        • All transport en route (whilst cycling), vehicle transport from Ulaan Baatar to Bayanhongor and from Kharkhorin to Ulaan Baatar
        • Meals: Breakfasts (14), Lunch (12), Dinner (12)
        • Good Quality Mountain Bike
        • Bike tools and spare parts
        • All water and snack food whilst cycling
        • Local guide, cooks and drivers
        • Bike Asia tour leader
        • Entry tickets to Bogd Khan Winter Palace
        • Transport to/from Winter Palace – Ulaanbaatar


          • What's not included
            • Airport transfers
            • International airfares
            • Visas
            • Insurance
            • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses
            • Single supplement. Accommodation is based on a twin share basis. Single travellers will be paired with someone else of the same gender. If you would like a your own room this can be arranged for an extra charge. Just let us know when booking
            • Helmet or cycling clothing
            • Sleeping bag


            Cycling Grade
            Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


            • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

            • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

            • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

            • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

            • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



            Wild Mongolia and Naadam

            The wilds of Mongolia have always sent out a call to those with an adventurous spirit. One of the true travelling frontiers, Mongolia offers an incredible experience for the cyclist. This extended version of our Wild Mongolia trip combines Mongolia’s national games, the Naadam Festival, with a 10 day mountain bike journey through the vast mountains, valleys and plains of central Mongolia.

            • Naadam Festival, Mongolia’s unique National Games
            • Mountain biking endless tracks and trails
            • Challenging river crossings, climbs and descents
            • Visit local ger camps and meet semi-nomadic Mongolian herders
            • Camp under the stars and soak in outdoor hot springs
            • Yak herds, wild horses and wild flowers
            • Ancient Kharkhorin and Erdene Zuu Khiid Monastery
            • Pristine rivers, mountains and grassland
            • Spectaular Orkhon Waterfalls
            • Great local and catered food
            • Learn about ancient Mongolian culture and experience famous Mongolian hospitality


            Inclusions
            • 14 nights accommodation (4 nights hotel, 10 nights camping, 1 night Ger camp)
            • Tents and foam sleeping mats for camping
            • All transport en route (whilst cycling), vehicle transport from Ulaanbaatar to Bayanhongor and from Kharkhorin to Ulaanbaatar
            • Meals: Breakfasts (14), Lunch (12), Dinner (12)
            • Good Quality Mountain Bike
            • Bike tools and spare parts
            • All water and snack food whilst cycling
            • Local guide, cooks and drivers
            • Bike Asia tour leader
            • Entry tickets to Bogd Khan Winter Palace
            • Transport to/from Winter Palace – Ulaanbaatar
            • Entry tickets to and transport for Naadam Festival and Horse Racing – Ulaanbaatar


            What's not included
            • Airport transfers
            • International airfares
            • Visas
            • Insurance
            • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses
            • Single supplement. Accommodation is based on a twin share basis. Single travellers will be paired with someone else of the same gender. If you would like a your own room this can be arranged for an extra charge. Just let us know when booking
            • Helmet or cycling clothing
            • Sleeping bag
            Cycling Grade
            Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


            • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

            • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

            • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

            • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

            • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



            Terelj Nat Park - 1 day MTB Tour

            Get out of the big smoke of UB and hit the trails in stunning Gorkhi Terelj National park. This one day tour is an off road cross country adventure through UB’s most accessible protected area. We’ll pick you up at your hotel and drive you into the park. From here, with your expert local cycling guide and vehicle support, we head through the park across a range of terrain with uphills, downhills, jeep track and horse trails and the odd creek or river crossing.

            • Mountain biking endless tracks and trails
            • Challenging river crossings, climbs and descents
            • Visit local ger camps and meet semi-nomadic Mongolian herders
            • Camp under the stars and soak in outdoor
            • Yak herds, wild horses and wild flowers
            • Pristine rivers, mountains and grassland
            • Great local and catered food
            • Learn about ancient Mongolian culture and experience famous Mongolian hospitality


            Inclusions
            • Experienced MTB guide/ mechanic
            • Hard tail mountain bike, helmet, first aid kit, tools, spares
            • Hotel pick up and drop off and packed lunch.


            • Laos Laos

              'Lao Lao' is a rice wine distilled locally in villages and while we don't suggest you consume it while cycling it does give a good idea of this trip - fun and tasty with the potential for a little bit of pain the next day. This is a great trip with wonderful variety and the cycling is spectacular. We ride along back roads and quiet highways, alongside rivers and over scenic limestone mountains. There are some climbs, but the stunning view and thrilling descents for a number of days through Hmong villages are ample reward for the effort. The most dramatic addition to the updated version of the tour is a detour out to the Plain of Jars, an eerie and intriguing historical site where large carved stone jars are thought to have been used by the ancients as burial vessels. The ride tapers towards the end as we enjoy some down, some flat and some gentler pedalling around the beautiful limestone karst landscape of the Vang Vieng area.



              Cycle Across the Roof of the World

              This trip is not for the faint of heart! You will be cycling across one of the most mystical regions in the world, the Tibetan Plateau, which has the highest average elevation on the planet. From the Buddhist monasteries of Lhasa to the bustling markets of Kathmandu, this trip will take you over several passes in the vicinity of 5000 meters– a truly inspiring odyssey of over 1000 kilometres by bicycle – and one that has the majestic Himalayas as a backdrop all the way! Add to that an ascent to Everest base camp, as well as the biggest descent in the world into Nepal, and you have the adventure of a lifetime. It doesn't get better than this!

              Pricing
              Early Bird Price - 4735 USD - Hurry!!!
              Full Price - 5430 USD

              Highlights
              • Get lost in mega-city Chongqing
              • Explore the ancient monasteries in Lhasa
              • Meet monks, pilgrims and nomads and learn about Tibetan Buddhist culture
              • Ride over several 5000m passes
              • Cycle as close to Mt Everest as possible - unforgettable!
              • Plunge into Nepal on one of the longest descents in the world
              • Camp under the stars on the highest plateau on the planet
              • Watch the sun rise over the Himalayas
              • Feast on Nepali cuisine
              • Explore Kathmandu's exotic back streets


              What’s included?
              • 13 night's accommodation in comfortable hotels or small guesthouses with twin share rooms, 8 night's camping
              • Domestic flight from Chongqing to Lhasa
              • All transport from the start point to the finish point
              • Meals as listed in the itinerary
              • Water and snacks whilst cycling
              • Entry tickets as per itinerary
              • Tibet travel permit
              • Bike Asia tour leader
              • Extra cycling guide for groups over 10
              • Tibetan Guide
              • Two support vehicle and drivers
              • All camping equipment, cooks
              • Bike Asia T-shirt

              What’s not included?
              • Bikes and spares
              • Sleeping bag
              • Airport transfers
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Helmet or cycling gear
              • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses, excess baggage e.t.c.

              Trip Style
              This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

              Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

              • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

              • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

              • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

              • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



              Pokhara to Kathmandu

              Tough climbs – Yes! More technical descents – yes! Steep gradients – yes! Did we love it – yes! This is such an impressive country and natural choice destination for those looking for adventure. On top of the unbeatable biking experience this trip also offer travellers the soaring mountain views of the Annapurna and Himalayan Mountain range, the lush forest cover and flora of a region not lacking in rainfall, the welcoming and hospitable nature of the people, an intricate and regionally important culture famous for it’s architecture, food and spirituality. The only question is, why did we not go there earlier! So come and join us on an adventure in county that has a lot to offer the adventure cyclist and traveller!

            • Explore Nepalese culture through its people, food and landscapes


            • What’s included?
              • 14 nights accommodation (11 nights in comfortable hotels with twin share rooms, private bathrooms facilities etc, 3 nights in more basic hotels)
              • All transport en route (whilst cycling) including the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara
              • Meals; Breakfasts (14), Lunch (11), Dinner (10)
              • All water and snack food whilst cycling
              • Professional Bike Asia tour leader
              • Local cycling guide
              • Support vehicle


              What’s not included?
              • Airport transfers
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses
              • Single supplement. Accommodation is based on a twin share basis. Single travellers will be paired with someone else of the same gender. If you would like a your own room this can be arranged for an extra charge. Just let us know when booking
              • Bikes
              • Helmet or cycling clothing


              Cambodia - Karma Cambodia

              This adventurous trip will take you cycling on the fun roads of Cambodia to some of the most spectacular temples in history and through the villages of smiling Khmer people. The majesty of the Angkor temples is lost on no one and you’ll realise why after spending 3 days in and around the temples. But there is more to Cambodia than just temples. Cycling the back roads, trails and paths, we travel from west to east and then south to the beautiful Cambodian coastline visiting the charming capital Phnom Penh as well as smaller regional towns and witnessing all that Cambodia has to offer.



              Tea, Sea and History

              Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is a small island with huge diversity in culture, history, food, wildlife and natural landscapes, making it an amazing place to explore by bike. From the medieval capitals of the Cultural Triangle, we cycle past ancient ruins and glorious temples of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigirya. We’ll explore the cool highland towns of Kandy, Haputale and Ella, riding amongst stunning tea plantations and through immense wildlife-rich national parks, before hitting the white sand coastline of the Indian Ocean and the stunning tropical paradises of Mirissa to Unawatuna to Galle- this trip has it all!

              • Cycle through Lipton's tea plantations
              • Wild Elephants roaming the countryside
              • Delicious Sri Lankan cuisine


              What’s included?
              • 14 nights accommodation (guesthouses and hotels)
              • All transport en route (whilst cycling) including the transfer from Colombo airport to Negombo
              • Bike tools and spare parts
              • Meals: Breakfasts (14), Lunch (11), Dinner (4)
              • All water and snack food whilst cycling
              • Local cycling guide and driver
              • Bike Asia tour leader
              • Support Vehicle


              What's not included
              • Airport transfers
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses
              • Single supplement. Accommodation is based on a twin share basis. Single travellers will be paired with someone else of the same gender. If you would like a your own room this can be arranged for an extra charge. Just let us know when booking
              • Helmet or cycling clothing


              Guilin - Mountains and Minorities - Adventure

              Get off the beaten track on a rural China back-road adventure through stunning limestone karst mountains, endlessly cascading rice terraces and meet wonderful smiling local minority people. A human powered, eco-friendly tour (no support vehicle) that takes you into one of the world's most sublime landscape.


              Pricing
              1: 1195 USD
              2: 895 USD
              3-4: 795 USD
              5-6: 645 USD
              7+: 595 USD

              Single Supplement - 220 USD

              Trips overlapping the May and October national holidays will incur a 30% surcharge.

              Highlights
              • Cycle rural China back-roads and trails
              • Hike the extraordinary Longji Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces
              • Experience local Yao, Miao and Zhuang ethnic minorities
              • Raft down the famous Li River
              • Cycle back roads and countryside trails amongst Yangshuo’s sublime karst mountain scenery
              • Visit and stay in centuries old Ming and Ching dynasty era villages
              • Sample sumptuous local food
              • Learn about local history and culture

              Inclusions
              • 6 nights accommodation on a twin share basis in LOCAL hotels/ guesthouses with all amenities
              • 3 breakfast, 5 lunch, 5 dinner
              • 2 airport/ train station transfers for arrival and departure
              • Luggage transfer to Yangshuo
              • Entry tickets to Longji Rice Terraces, Butterfly Valley and Xingping
              • Boat ride on the Li River
              • Local cycling/hiking guide for 6 days
              • Excellent quality Mountain Bike with racks, panniers and helmet
              • General support from Bike Asia staff based in Yangshuo.

              What’s not included?
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses

              Trip Style
              ADVENTURE. This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

              ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.

              Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

              • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

              • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

              • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

              • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



              Myanmar - Myanmar Magic

              This is the all encompassing bicycle tour of Myanmar’s best and most famous sights. Cycle from the enchanting Shan Hills into the Irrawaddy basin, Mandalay and onto the Bagan Plain, home to thousands of ancient pagodas. Finish with a visit to Yangon, the commercial center of the country. If are looking to seeing the best of Myanmar and our favourite in-between’ places that get you into the small villages and towns this is the tour for you. We took what was already a great ride, changed it, improved it, made it easier to ride and we now believe it is an irresistible trip for anyone who has wondered what in fact lies between the well known cultures of India, China and Thailand. The answer for most is something completely unexpected. After the recent news of Myanmar opening itself up and losing the heavy handed approach of the past it is quickly becoming the new must see destination in South East Asia. Underneath all the news and history is a country full of friendly people who have a strong tradition of hospitality and with a landscape of amazingly diversity.



              Yangshuo Mountain Bike Tour

              If you’ve been admiring the stunning Yangshuo landscape and wondering to yourself whether or not you could push a bike through all those jutting mountains and plunging valleys, the answer is a definite YES! Ride out of town and into the countryside and get lost among the endless trails. Discover pine forest runs, middy single track, killer climbs and rocky down hills – just remember to look up once in a while to see the incredible scenery that surrounds you! Join one of our guides for some great cross country riding or something more technical in this truly awesome part of China. Beginner to advanced riders welcome with singles to large groups catered for. Every ride is different…we’ll design a route that suits your abilities, time frame and riding style.

              Pricing
              Cost per person:
              1 – 100 USD
              2 – 80 USD pp
              3 – 65 USD pp
              4 – 60 USD pp
              5+ - 50 USD pp

              Highlights
              • Awesome single track through pine forests, rice paddies, fruit orchards and bamboo groves
              • big climbs and speedy down hills
              • Cycle back roads and countryside trails amongst Yangshuo’s sublime karst mountain scenery


              Yangshuo Multi-Sport Cycling Adventure

              For those with active and adventurous tastes this tour gives you access to the best of Yangshuo’s stunning scenery but with a more challenging bent: the cycling is off the beaten track with some challenging hills and to complete the experience we throw in an activity to suit you such as rock climbing, kayaking, or caving.


              Pricing
              Cost per person:
              1: 655 USD
              2: 575 USD
              3-4: 525 USD
              5-6: 450 USD
              7+: 415 USD

              Single Supplemet - 175 USD

              Trips overlapping the May and October national holidays and Easter weekend will incur a 30% surcharge.

              Highlights
              • Cycle rural China back-roads and trails
              • Visit small rural towns and farm life
              • Cycle along the famous Li River
              • See Yangshuo’s sublime karst mountain scenery
              • Visit and stay in centuries old Ming and Qing dynasty era villages
              • Sample sumptuous local food
              • Learn about local history and culture
              • Go kayaking, rock climbing, caving or cook up a storm
              • Kick back in one of Yangshuo’s many cafes and bars

              Inclusions
              • 2 night’s 3-star-standard hotel Yangshuo, 1 night guesthouse Xing Ping, 1 night renovated farmer’s cottages Chaolong Village
              • Airport transfers Guilin airport or train station
              • Excellent quality mountain bikes in 4 sizes
              • Boat ride on Li River
              • Half-day Rock-climbing session (or one of the other activities to your liking
              • Local cycling guide 2 ½ days
              • General support from the Bike Asia staff based in Yangshuo

              What’s not included?
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses

              Trip Style
              ADVENTURE. This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

              ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.

              Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

              • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

              • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

              • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

              • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



              Yangshuo Family Adventure

              Yangshuo is one of China’s most family friendly destinations. There’s dozens of activities to keep the kids happy and stimulated, as well as plenty to do for the parents whether they prefer things adventurous, relaxed or a bit of both. With beautiful rural karst mountain scenery and clean fresh air, Yangshuo is a perfect family holiday.

              Pricing
              Cost per person:
              Adults 825 USD/ Kids 50% discount

              Trips overlapping the May and October national holidays and Easter weekend will incur a 30% surcharge.

              Highlights
              • Yangshuo’s sublime karst mountain rural scenery
              • Cycle quiet and safe back roads and trails
              • Flexible itinerary
              • Family friendly accommodation options in town or countryside
              • Cooking, calligraphy, painting and fan making class options
              • Bamboo raft ride on the Yu Long River
              • Liu San Jie Light show
              • Cave visit
              • Moon Hill climb
              • Yangshuo town with shopping and relaxed cafes and restaurants
              • Rural scenery and local life

              Inclusions
              • Choice of accommodation: four nights 3 star standard hotel in Yangshuo or four nights in renovated farmer’s cottages in Chaolong Village or a mix of both in family rooms.
              • 1 dinner, 3 lunches.
              • Airport Transfer x 2
              • Good quality mountain bikes in 4 sizes to choose from, kids bikes, tagalongs or kid’s seats
              • Light Show Performance
              • Moon Hill Entry ticket
              • Yangshuo Cooking School ½ day course
              • Caving Entry ticket
              • Bamboo rafting ticket on Yulong River, bamboo boat ride on the Li River.
              • Fan making session
              • Local cycling guide for the entire cycling component
              • General support from the Bike Asia staff based in Yangshuo

              What’s not included?
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses

              Trip Style
              FAMILY. This trip is a FAMILY style cycle holiday. These tours are designed for families that want to get outdoors and experience local life and culture with enough to keep the kids happy and the parents relaxed! There's choices for family style accommodation in various locations and plenty of flexibility in these itineraries so chat to us about tweaking the tour to your families needs.

              ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.
              Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

              • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

              • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

              • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

              • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



              Terelj NP MTB 3 Day Adventure

              Hit the wilds of Mongolia for some epic mountain biking in stunning Terelj National Park. This is the ideal experience to get a taste of what Mongolia has to offer, getting you up close with local nomadic life with some exciting biking and extraordinary scenery.

              Highlights
              • 3 days of mountain biking tracks and trails
              • Visit small rural towns and local families
              • Some great climbs, fast downhills, river crossings and challenging terrain.
              • Terelj national Park’s stunning and varied scenery
              • Comfortable ger stays
              • Learn about local history and culture


              Inclusions
            • Accommodation: 2 night’s tourist ger accommodation
            • Hotel pickup and drop off
            • Bike Hire x 3 days. Excellent quality mountain bikes in 4 sizes
            • Meals as listed
            • Park fees
            • Local cycling guide/ mechanic 3 days
            • Support vehicle


            • Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

              • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

              • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

              • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

              • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



              Yangshuo Countryside Cycling Tour

              Join the ride! We offer a one day scenic cycle tour of Yangshuo’s surrounding villages and spectacular landscapes departing every day. The tour takes in Yangshuo’s best scenery and sites at a gentle pace following back-roads and trails far away from the crowds. Our guides will show you Yangshuo’s hidden secrets and give you an insight into rural Chinese village life with visits to markets, villages, rice fields and, weather permitting, a refreshing swim! Tours change daily to take in various market days and to visit the best places seasonally. It’s best to book ahead as this is one of our most popular Yangshuo activities.

              Highlights
              • Cycle back roads and countryside trails amongst Yangshuo’s sublime karst mountain scenery
              • Visit centuries old Ming and Qing dynasty villages and stone bridges
              • Sample sumptuous local food at baisha markets
              • Learn about local history and culture

              Inclusions
              • Experienced cycling guide with bike mechanic skills and first aid training
              • Great quality mountain bike
              • Helmet.
              • Local noodles and snacks in Baisha markets

              Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

              • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

              • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

              • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

              • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



              Yangshuo Highlights by Bike

              This tour takes in all the great scenic and cultural activities on offer in Yangshuo. It’s pretty action-packed but nicely balanced with time to relax and enjoy the laid back charm of one of China’s most beautiful destinations.


              Pricing
              Cost per person:
              1: 1025 USD
              2: 710 USD
              3-4: 670 USD
              5-6: 610 USD
              7+: 575 USD

              Single Supplemet - 220 USD

              Trips overlapping the May and October national holidays and Easter weekend will incur a 30% surcharge.

              Highlights
              • Two days guided cycling rural China back-roads and trails
              • Visit small rural towns and farm life
              • Bamboo rafting along the Yulong River
              • See Yangshuo’s sublime karst mountain scenery
              • Spectacular Liu San Jie Lightshow
              • Cooking lesson making sumptuous local food
              • Learn about local history and culture
              • Climb Moon Hill
              • Kick back in one of Yangshuo’s many cafes and bars

              Inclusions
              • 4 night’s 3-star boutique hotel Yangshuo
              • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
              • Airport transfers Guilin airport or train station
              • Liu San Jie Lightshow
              • Moon Hill entry and climb
              • Cooking Class in stunning rural setting
              • Bamboo Boat ride on the Yu Long River
              • Excellent quality mountain bikes in 4 sizes
              • Local cycling guide 2 days
              • General support from the Bike Asia staff based in Yangshuo

              What’s not included?
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses

              Trip Style
              COMFORT. This trip is Comfort style cycle touring. These tours are designed for those that want to get outdoors and experience local life and culture but like to end the day with a nice cosy bed and some familiar mod cons. We design these tours to be about cycling the "best" bits so they may involve a transfer here and there to get you to accommodation that is both comfortable and characteristic of the region.

              ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.

              Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

              • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

              • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

              • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

              • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



              Islands, Mountains and Monasteries

              Japan is an eclectic mix of sights, sounds, landscapes, history and culture that make it is a joy to experience. Travelling by bike is the ultimate way to see close hand what makes this mysterious country tick. Starting out in the cultural heartland of Kyoto, where we explore ancient temples by bike and glimpse some Geisha before heading over to rural, mountainous and little-travelled Shikoku Island. We journey through the central mountains, along the river and gorges of the Iya valley, passing quiet rural villages and staying in local ryokan accommodation with onsens at the end of each day to soak up the weary muscles! A visit to impressive Kompirasan Temple is a highlight before we head across a string of seven 100 metre high bridges over two days to the main island of Honshu. We finish with a day to soak up Hiroshima’s historical ambiance with a visit to the Peace park and Miyajima Island. This tour will show you a side of Japan that most don't get to see!

              Highlights
              • Spot a Geisha in Kyoto’s Gion district
              • Walk like a philosopher and get in Zen in Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
              • Delve into Japan’s early historical period as we explore the cities temples and palaces by bike
              • Cycle secluded Shikoku Island and the spectacular Iya Valley
              • Take a nightly onsen and soak those cycling legs in local style ryokan accommodation
              • Climb up 1300 step to the Shinto temple Kompirasan
              • Fly across 7 bridges from Shikoku to Honshu
              • Spend a haunting morning at the Hiroshima War Memorial Park
              • Visit Miyajima Island and see the famous torii gate
              • Feast like a local on simply superb traditional Japanese cuisine

              What’s included?
              • 8 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels, local guesthouses and home stays
              • Most meals (as indicated in the itinerary)
              • All entry tickets (as indicated in the itinerary)
              • All transport (as indicated in the itinerary)
              • English speaking cycling Leader/ mechanic. 2 cycling guides over 8 cyclists
              • Support van and driver
              • Top quality, well maintained hybrid touring bike

              What’s not included?
              • Airport transfers
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses
              • Helmet or cycling clothing
              • Single supplement. Accommodation is based on a twin share basis. Single travellers will be paired with someone else of the same gender

              Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

              • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

              • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

              • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

              • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



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              Koya san to Kyoto

              This cycling tour takes in the cultural centres of Kyoto, Nara and Asuka as well as the monastic Koya san mountain where Buddhism still thrives today. It starts in vibrant Osaka before heading to Koya san to begin the cycling after getting zen in this famous Buddhist retreat. Winding through Japan’s cultural heartland is an opportunity to witness this enigmatic country’s vast history. We’ll explore Kyoto and it’s myriad temples and head out to see if we can spot a geisha or two!

              • cycle through Japan’s cultural heartland
              • spot a Geisha in Kyoto’s Gion district
              • walk like a philosopher and get in Zen in Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
              • delve into Japan’s early historical periods in former capitals Nara and Asuka
              • meditate on Koya san Mt and spend the night as a monk
              • sample some sake and take part in a tea ceremony
              • take a nightly onsen and soak those cycling legs
              • try your hand at calligraphy
              • spoil yourself on extraordinary Japanese cuisine
              • discover your inner karaoke king or queen.


              What’s included?
              • 7 night’s accommodation in comfortable hotels and local guesthouses
              • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
              • All entry tickets as indicated in the itinerary.
              • All transport as indicated in the itinerary.
              • English speaking cycling guide/ mechanic.
              • Support van.
              • Good quality bicycle.


              What’s not included?
              • Airport transfers
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses
              • Single supplement. Accommodation is based on a twin share basis. Single travellers will be paired with someone else of the same gender.
              • Helmet or cycling clothing
              Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

              • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

              • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

              • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

              • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.



              Guilin - Mountains and Minorities - Comfort

              New Tour! Thanks to your feedback we've taken our popular "Mountains and Minorities" biking adventure and added some fantastic accommodations and re-jigged the cycling to make it a truly best-of journey through China's most sublime landscapes. With a support vehicle all the way to carry your gear (or you!) you have more time to soak up this wonderful region in style!


              Pricing
              2: 1995 USD
              3-4: 1595 USD
              5-6: 1395 USD
              7+: 1255 USD

              Prices available for one traveller. Contact us for details.

              Highlights
              • Cycle rural China back-roads and trails
              • Hike the extraordinary Longji Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces
              • Stay in Boutique style accommodations with Chinese and local ambiance
              • Experience local Yao, Miao and Zhuang ethnic minorities
              • Raft down the famous Li River
              • Cycle back roads and countryside trails amongst Yangshuo’s sublime karst mountain scenery
              • Visit and stay in centuries old Ming and Ching dynasty era villages
              • Sample sumptuous local food
              • Learn about local history and culture

              Inclusions
              • 6 nights accommodation on a twin share basis in boutique style accommodations with Chinese and local ambiance
              • Meals as listed in the itinerary
              • 2 airport/ train station transfers for arrival and departure
              • Entry tickets to Longji Rice Terraces, Butterfly Valley and Xingping
              • Boat ride on the Li River
              • Local cycling/hiking guide for 6 days, 2 guides and 7+ cyclists
              • Excellent quality Mountain Bike with racks, panniers and helmet
              • Support vehicle to carry luggage and, possibly, you!

              What’s not included?
              • International airfares
              • Visas
              • Insurance
              • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses

              Trip Style
              COMFORT. This trip is Comfort style cycle touring. These tours are designed for those that want to get outdoors and experience local life and culture but like to end the day with a nice cosy bed and some familiar mod cons. We design these tours to be about cycling the "best" bits so they may involve a transfer here and there to get you to accommodation that is both comfortable and characteristic of the region.

              Cycling Grade
              Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


              Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.


              Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.


              Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.


              Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.


              Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.


            Guilin & Yangshuo - Backroads & Boat

            New Tour!!!

            Make your way from Guilin to Yangshuo by bike and bamboo raft. Most people visit this incredibly scenic region via the hub of Guilin and then take a tourist boat or bus to Yangshuo, where most of the action is. Start your adventure early and take in the sublime Li River on our new two day bike and boat tour that starts at your hotel in Guilin, stays a night in Xingping village and ends at your hotel in Yangshuo.


            Pricing
            Cost per person:
            1: 395 USD
            2: 265 USD
            3-4: 210 USD
            5-6: 180 USD
            7+: 150 USD

            Single Supplemet - 35 USD

            Trips overlapping the May and October national holidays and Easter weekend will incur a 30% surcharge.

            Highlights
            • Cycle rural China back-roads and trails between Guilin and Yangshuo that see no tourists
            • Take the fun way to boat the Li River on a bamboo raft
            • Visit small rural towns and see local farm life
            • Cycle along the famous Li River
            • See Yangshuo’s sublime karst mountain scenery
            • Visit and stay in Xingping
            • Learn about local history and culture

            Inclusions
            • 1 night guesthouse Xing Ping Village
            • Luggage transfer from your Guilin hotel to Yangshuo
            • Excellent quality mountain bikes in 4 sizes with racks and panniers for your gear
            • Boat ride on Li River
            • Local cycling guide for 2 days
            • General support from the Bike Asia staff based in Yangshuo

            What’s not included?
            • International airfares
            • Meals
            • Visas
            • Insurance
            • Tips, gratuities and personal expenses

            Trip Style
            ADVENTURE. This trip is Adventure style cycle touring. This means we've designed the itinerary with more emphasis on a seamless cycling experience with as few transfers as possible and maximum exposure to local life. As we are often cycling in remote regions some, but not all, accommodations may be simple, local food can be the only option and English may not be spoken at all. You may not have regular access to wifi or cell phone networks. Ideal for those that don't mind roughing it a bit to really get up close to local life and culture!

            ON DEMAND. This trip has no scheduled departures and can be booked at any time during the availability period. These tours are designed for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be customised to suit your preferences.

            Cycling Grade
            Cycling grades are a bit subjective as everyone has different abilities and may be used to cycling on different types of terrain but this should give you a rough idea. Chat to us to get a clear picture of what you are in for and keep in mind on most tours we have a support vehicle available for you and your bike to hop in should you need it.


            • Grade 1 - easy peasy! Anyone who can ride a bike will be able to participate. Often our day tours or short trips will be graded as 1 and feature flat riding on easy terrain up to 40km.

            • Grade 2 - Throw in a hill or two and you have grade 2! Mostly flat but with a few short climbs and maybe some off road that is not technical. Very accessible riding for all abilities up to 50km.

            • Grade 3 - Full days on the bike with ups, downs and possibly some non-technical sections off-road up to 70km. As long as you are comfortable on a bike and ride fairly regularly this grade will be appropriate for you.

            • Grade 4 - Longer days up to 100km so you'll need to be reasonably fit to complete all the cycling comfortably without the van. Terrain can be more challenging with some technical sections or feature extended climbs in mountain regions. At times these tours may reach altitudes of up to 4000m.

            • Grade 5 - These tours are graded highly due to extremes of exposure to the elements, e.g., high altitude over 4000m, extended cycling over 100km in a day, cold or hot weather, very long climbs or extended sections of technical riding. Make sure you chat to us about these tours when considering booking one.