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The Central Highlands boasts beautiful nature such as relatively untouched forests, waterfalls and spectacular scenery. We will also experience the contrast of this beauty with areas still bearing the mysteries of local ethnic minorities. And the legendary Ho Chi Minh trails through the jungle will bring you the maximum historic experience via a challenging MTB ride!
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During December, especially, we highly recommend that participants bring appropriate cold weather gear for a mountain-top summit, where the winds can be high and the temperatures frigid.
Even though we provide modern bikes and safety gear, we understand that sometimes customers wish to have their own personal items. We would suggest customers bring their own helmet and cycling gloves for comfort. Regardless if you are using one of our high-quality bikes or your own, we recommend taking advantage of a personal bike fitting session available 48 hours before the onset of the expedition. All bikes will be labeled with the rider’s name so that you have the same bike each day and ensure the safety of your journey.
We will arrange to meet at approximately 07:00 where we will have time to ensure that your bicycle is properly fitted and you are acquainted with it. Thereafter, we will depart on a moderate paced journey through the surrounding Pleiku villages where we will have several opportunities to meet with local farmers and village elders for a meaningful cultural exchange.
The cycle tracks on this segment of the journey are an equal mix of single track dirt, mud and gravel, with a handful of wider gravel and paved lanes. At several points, we will stop for a snack and drink break, to recover from a long ascent and admire the majestic surroundings.
Near the end of the day’s journey, we will take a special trail that will allow us to view rice paddies nestled into the mountainside. This is very unique to the region, as lower elevations and flood-prone areas are often ideal terrain for growing rice. The verdant colors of the mature rice growths will make for spectacular photos.
We will conclude the day’s cycling adventure at a hidden waterfall, where we have planned a hearty late lunch with adult beverages and a dip in the cool and clear waters.
We will travel a total distance of 62 kilometers today before a 45-minute transfer back to the city of Pleiku where we will stay at a tranquil local hotel and you will have freedom to explore and recharge for the challenging day of riding ahead.
Overnight in hotel at Pleiku city.
After an early breakfast and coffee at a local restaurant, we will take a 1 hour transfer to the start of our day’s cycling route. Today is a more challenging and technical ride than we had on Day 1, with over 1000 meters of ascent on gravel single track and dual track paths heading north for the majority of the day.
With lots of climbing today, we will be sure to stop for nutrition and water breaks multiple times during the trek. Depending on the group’s average pace, we will either have a picnic lunch or a stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
After a long day on the bike, we will take a short transfer to our highlight destination, where Mr Biker Saigon’s multi-lingual expert guide will spend an hour facilitating a cultural exchange between the riders and the Bahna Culture Keeper and village elder.
On this guided tour of his residence, there will be ample time to learn about the village, its origins, 2000-year history and the unique religious imagery employed by the Bahna. This revered Culture Keeper is a talented musician and will demonstrate traditional instruments and weapons for those interested in partaking in this exchange.
After this refreshing cultural experience, we will continue to Kon Tum, where we will have individual time to explore the city center and dinner with adult beverages to celebrate the day.
Overnight in hotel at Kontum town.
The first part of the day is definitely the most challenging and technical riding of the whole excursion. We climb 500 meters in elevation over 12 kilometers distance on this first optional segment designed to challenge even the most experienced riders. While the climbing isn’t extreme, the views are! We wind through narrow single track bike routes that lead right along the crest of our favorite mountain view, giving spectacular opportunities for photography and documenting our adventure together.
Upon meeting up at the local village that serves as our first waypoint in the day’s adventure, we will all head off together from kilometer 20 for what will be the most challenging and adventurous day of cycling on this excursion, weaving around and across the tarmac roads to experience the countryside road and trail system. We plan our first rest and nutrition break about an hour into the journey for the group and a delicious lunch shortly after exploring the communal houses of the Ede ethnic minority made of traditional bamboo construction that serve as a self-supporting mini village for those residing in the area.
Mr Biker Saigon believes that the authentic local experience of local ethnic minorities is something to be cherished and honored. For that reason, we have partnered with the elders of the local ethnic-minority population to ensure that our ride respects their local community and traditions while always adhering to our core commitment to leave only smiles and positive interactions as our impact. We use no single use plastics and commit to pack out all non-organic trash that we may use along the way. We strive to make the world a cleaner and safer place for cyclists.
As we trek across the villages of the local ethnic people toward our final daily destination of Mang Den, the route will become hillier and rolling hilltop passes will slowly make way to a majestic view of the mountain we will climb to reach Mang Den.
On this final ascent of nearly 15km in distance, we will find challenging paths and switchbacks as we ascend from 600 meters of altitude to our adventure’s highest point – 1200 meters of altitude.
Overnight in hotel at Mang Den town.
Today, we cycle the Legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail System, which boasts smooth tarmac and steep descents from our summit at Mang Den. The distance of 80km is the furthest day of cycling on this itinerary, but the modern reconstruction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the sweeping descents ensure that we will experience the adventure of group riding to its fullest.
With stunning vistas to the left and right while descending down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, there will be ample opportunities for breathtaking photos to document our adventure together.
Additionally, we will have the opportunity to contrast and compare the normal busyness of our daily lives with the tranquil yet constructive lives of those who live along what we affectionately dub “The Loneliest Route”, a 30km section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail system where we will seldom encounter another human being. During this solitary part of our journey, we will break for a picnic lunch to admire the serenity of rural Vietnam.
Arriving at our destination about 15:00, we will embark on a transport back to Pleiku.
Since we are aware of multiple plans to depart via Air Transport, we will be back in Pleiku by 17:00, leaving plenty of time for our last communal dinner and to deliver those who need to depart to the airport with plenty of time to spare.