Riding the Hills of Chiangdao, 3 days trip

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Departures: From Chiang Mai, regular departure every Friday. Or any day as a private tour.
Activities: Forest trails and off-road mountain biking, cave exploration.
Fitness Level: Suitable for participants in good fitness condition! Off-road riding experience is necessary to fully enjoy the tour. Some hills, but no long climbs as we cycle mostly in the valley.

Trip overview
From Chiang Mai, join us and experience fascinating landscape and intense off-road trails. Probably the greatest mountain-bike loop in the region. During this trip with good riding you will encounter remote hill tribe villages, caves, waterfalls, scenic limestone jagged mountain, and pristine rural life. A great trip for experienced mountain bikers.

This trip is pure biking fun — no elephant camps, no bamboo rafts, just great cycling through stunning nature.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – FRIDAY: CYCLE THE CHIANGDAO VALLEY. Ride 30 to 40 km (25 miles)
Drive north to Mae Taman area. Ride rural country lanes in the flat valley for warm-up, mostly on paved road. After lunch transfer by car, or cycle a short stretch on the main road, to reach Chiangdao valley. Begin riding on off-road trails. Cycle through small hill tribe villages (Lahu, Lisu and Akkha). Continue cycling to the nearby Padeng Lodge for overnight stay. Very simple accommodation in private rooms. Dinner is taken at the Lodge.
(Meals: -L/D)
DAY 2 – SATURDAY: CYCLE THE CHIANGDAO VALLEY. Ride approximately 60 km (38 miles)
Today is an intensive and fantastic cycling day in nature! Long, wide off-road trails through forest and plantations (40km+). Thanks to our support vehicle, which is always near by, our picnic lunch can be taken anywhere. Stop at small Buddhist forest temple and caves. Car transfer to hotel for overnight in peaceful wooden huts nestled in the forest. Overnight and Dinner at a resort.
(Meals: B/L/D)
DAY 3 – SUNDAY: CYCLE CHIANGDAO VALLEY, VISIT CHIANGDAO CAVES. Ride 30 to 60 km (up to 38 miles)
After breakfast, start with a good climb, followed by great trails surrounded by forest and limestone peak formations. Then paved road and off-road again through small villages and plantations. End up at the Chiangdao Caves for a short exploration and relax, before transfer to Chiangmai (drop off at hotel or airport).
(Meals: B/L/-)

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Pricing:

Join trip: THB 8,900 / person
Single Room Supplement: THB 1,200 (to add when booking alone)
Private trip departure on request

Included

  • Tour as per itinerary. Transportation in support vehicle (covered pick-up truck).
  • Quality TREK brand Mountain-Bikes with 24 speeds and front suspension. We provide cycling helmets and water bottle.
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide and driver/mechanic.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
  • Drinking water and snacks always available with the escort vehicle.

Not Included

  • Beverages, tips or gratuities, and optional tours
  • Personal expenses, meals not mentioned

General Information

Friday departures year round from Chiang Mai. Participants must bring personal cycling gear including shorts, helmet and sunglasses. Helmets are compulsory while riding.
Best (coolest) season is from October to end of February. Raining season, from June to September is suitable, but be ready to ride muddy trails in lush green nature.

Accommodation and meals

First night at the Padeng Lodge in Chiandao. Fan cooled private rooms in Thai house. Toilet facilities including western style toilets and hot shower are located outside the rooms. The second night is spent in a forest Hill-Resort in Chiangdao, with en-suite private bathroom.

Meals are taken at local restaurants or hotels. Participants will certainly have plenty of opportunities to discover and enjoy Thai delicacies throughout the trip. Drinking water, fruits and snacks are always available in our escort vehicle. Other drinks are not included in price, but widely available at local restaurants and shops along the way.

More info

  • No reduction for participants bringing their own bikes (please contact for any group booking).
  • This trip is a mountain biking tour, therefore participants should have some previous cycling or mountain biking experience. We welcome accompanying non-cycling participants, to follow in escort vehicle.
  • Itinerary changes are sometimes necessary, depending on weather conditions.
  • Anyone in a good physical condition can join our regular cycling trips!
  • All programs subject to our general conditions.

Note: Participants understand this type of adventure travel incurs some risks. We do not provide personal insurance and strongly recommend participants to contract such insurance before taking trip. We require participants to sign full liability release before trip departure.

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