Day 1 |vientiane (d)
After hotel check in we will get fitted with our TREK FX bikes ready for the challenge ahead, we can warm the saddle with a tour along the Mekong before we Carb load with a pasta party at a local renowned restaurant.
Day 2 |ban kuene (b, l, d)
Today the challenge begins in earnest with a 90+ km ride on a combination of Dirt Road and tarmac through the village of Tangon passed paddy villages and beautiful mountain landscape to the shores of the ‘Sea of Laos’, Nam Ngum.
Day 3 |ban kuene to vang vieng (b, l, d)
After enjoying breakfast with a lake side view, we begin our ride north where you'll have your choice of great fish restaurants., you'll continue on a quiet back road through small, hidden valleys and authentic villages. You stay overnight in the backpackers paradise of Vang Vieng set amongst dramatic scenery on the banks of the Nam Song River.
Day 4 | vang vieng to phou khoun (b, l, d)
This day will be a real challenge as there is over 1800m of climbing, the toughest climb is at the end of the ride to the highest point of our journey - the tiny town of Phou Khoun. We'll get here in time for dusk to relax with a Lao beer and watch the kids play in this sleepy crossroads town as the sun sets over the mountains which you will tackle in the morning.
Day 5 | phou khoun to luang prabang (b, l, d)
Stunning mountain ride today through the vale of Kasi’s winding alpinesque roads with awe-inspring vistas and tiny roadside villages clinging to the cliffs, friendly villagers call ‘Sabaidee’ as you push through this challenging day to the tiny rest spot of Kiu Kacham. This final day is definitely a day of ups and downs as the total ascent is 2280m and the total descent is 3220m. On Completion of this marathon ride we will have a welcome party at Khaiphaen restaurant a TREE alliance and Friends International Program in the heart of the ancient city.
Minimum fundraising of $500 for Laos Friends Hospital.
Space limited to 12 riders.
Tour is guaranteed to depart at 6 participants. Price to participate is $999.
14 October (before Luang Prabang Half Marathon 20 October Vientiane - Luang Prabang)
21 October (after Luang Prabang Half Marathon, Luang Prabang - Vientiane)
Luang Prabang-Sanctuary Luang Prabang (Superior)
Phoukhoun-Local Guesthouse (Standard)
Vang Vieng-The Elephant Crossing Hotel (Standard)
Ban Kuene-Vansanna Nam Ngem (Standard)
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
INCLUDED TRAVEL SERVICES
All sightseeing as described in program above
Transportation in private a /c vehicle
Accommodation in hotels (twin shared)
English speaking guide
Trek FX Hybrid Bike, Helmet
Meals: B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
Charity Ride Souvenir Cycle jersey
Lao PDR governmental tax and service charge
Fresh water and snacks whilst cycling
Full elevation and route plan for training
EXCLUDED TRAVEL SERVICES
International air tickets to/from Laos
Visa fee (approximately US$30/pax, depending on nationality)
Travel insurance of any kind
Meals not mentioned in itinerary
Tips, drinks, personal expenses and other expenses not described in the program above
Single room surcharge on request
ABOUT LAO FRIENDS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) is the only free hospital and the only children’s hospital in northern Laos, serving as a lifeline for thousands of children. More information on the hospital can be found here.
Participants of this challenge are encouraged to create their fundraising team for this adventure in Laos. Ask your family and friends support for your ride and for the children in Laos! If you need any more information about the hospital or help in setting up your fundraising please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Tour costs and registration is $499. $500 will be donated to the Laos Friends Hospital in addition to your own fundraising. See the Hospital's Crowdrise page.
Lao Friends Hospital for Children is a project by Friends Without A Border (Friends). Friends is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Friends is dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate medical care to children in Southeast Asia.