The Road To Shangri-La: A Cycling Quest For The Fabled Tibetan Kingdom
Each year, the team here at TDA Global Cycling introduces at least one new unique and exciting cycling adventure. In 2018, it was the long-awaited West Africa en Vélo and in 2019 we unveiled both the challenging Trans-Himalaya and the sun-drenched Viva Italia. Next year, we have over 70 riders signed up for the two editions of the eagerly anticipated Journey to the East.
In keeping with this tradition, we are pleased to announce our newest cycling creation, 2021’s The Road To Shangri-La.
The journey begins in the bustling modern city of Saigon and continues up the country’s stunning coastline with stops in the beach town of Nha Trang, the ancient trading port of Hoi An and the old Imperial capital of Hue. The adventure continues as riders explore subterranean caves in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and pedal along the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail before crossing into laid-back Laos and spinning along the Mighty Mekong River.
Heading into Northern Laos cyclists will face some challenging climbs but will be rewarded with a stop in one of Asia’s most spiritual cities, Luang Prabang, home to golden wats and saffron-clad monks. Cycling deeper and deeper into the area’s spectacular karst mountains, the riders will enjoy a scenic river cruise on the Nam Ou River before crossing back into Vietnam and exploring the Vietnamese War’s history in the city of Dien Bien Phu. The route continues on to the popular resort hill town of Sapa before crossing the border into China.
The route now passes by the spectacular Yuanyang Rice Terraces and stops for a break in the legendary backpacker town of Dali. Riders will pedal through the UNESCO Old Town in Lijiang and one of the world’s deepest gorges – Tiger Leaping Gorge – before climbing over 2400 m in their last day, up into the Tibetan atmosphere of Shangri-La and the end of their cycling quest.
Interested? Why not check out the tour details and download the schedule?
Once you are ready, you can register online now…before the ride sells out!