Introduction To The Ho Chi Minh Trails
The Ho Chi Minh Trails Company was founded in 2017 out of a passion for adventure by two bikepacking buddies. Here is a video of our most recent trips while exploring the Ho Chi Minh Trails. Get a feel of self-supported rides, sweat, scenery, culture and history. Sign up today by clicking here to Get Approved
A SUPPORT TRUCK IS NOT FOLLOWING US AND WE ARE NOT STAYING IN HOTELS WHILE ON THE TRAIL. WE ARE BASICALLY ON OUR OWN - THE WAY A TRUE ADVENTURER SHOULD Be. "SOMETHING TO TELL YOUR GRAND KIDS ABOUT". EACH RIDER IS CARRYING ALL GEAR NECESSARY TO COMPLETE THE TRAIL INCLUDING ALL FOOD AND EVEN A PACKRAFT TO GET ACROSS THE RIVERS. PLUS FISHING GEAR TO TOP UP OUR FOOD SUPPLY WHILE IN REMOTE AREAS. THIS TRIP IS NoT FOR EVERYone BUT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE LOOKING FOR A MODERN DAY ADVENTURE THAT LASTS 14 DAYs. THE TRIP COMBINES BIKEPACKING, CAMPING, PACKRAFTING, CAVE EXPLORATION AND SURVIVAL - COVERING IN TOTAL 700 KM OF vietnam and LAOS war HISTORY.
About The Ho Chi Minh Trails Company
Our team has a passion for adventures off the beaten track away from typical tourist areas. Over the years we’ve done a lot of self-supported trips with bikepacking buddies and always looking for the next one. In 2014 we moved to Vietnam to start exploring the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just fly in with only your riding clothes, passport and wash kit in a Camelbak and get on an amazing bike with the top of the line components and ultralight bikepacking gear? In 2017 The Ho Chi Minh Trails Company was born, guaranteeing the best bikepacking setup. Just fly in, get on our bike and let the adventure begin.
PART OF YOUR ADVENTURE ON THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL IS BIKEPACKING DOWN THE BLOOD ROAD TRAILS ON AN ALUBOOYAH FATBIKE THAT CAN HANDLE ANY TERRAIN, THAT THE EVER-CHANGING HO CHI MINH TRAILS THROW AT US. THE TOUGHEST ROAD CONDITIONS RANGE FROM GRAVEL TO MUD AND SAND WITH RIVER CROSSING. EACH RIDER GETS THE BEST ULTRALIGHT BIKEPACKING GEAR ON THE MARKET, THAT HAS PROVEN OVER THE YEARS ON THE HO CHI MINH TRAILS.
Meet The Team
Our team consists of international bikepackers: Mark from Belfast, Northern Ireland; Pavel from Moscow, Russia; Joe from Sioux Falls SD, USA.
Our Team has more than 50 years of adventure experience combined with backpacking around the world, bikepacking, rafting, cycling touring, scuba/freediving to 5-star hospitality industry. We have completed 4 years research on The Ho Chi Minh Trails. All comes to provide thrilling experience on the trail, top quality service, complying the international safety standards.
10% OF THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL ADVENTURE CONSISTS OF PACKRAFTING THROUGH THE WORLD LARGEST RIVER CAVE AND ACROSS RIVERS WITH BOMBED BRIDGES THAT WERE DESTROYED FROM THE WAR. EACH RIDER HAS THEIR OWN PACKRAFT WITH THE BEST ULTRALIGHT GEAR DESIGNED AND BUILT IN THE GOOD OLD USA EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE BIKERAFTING. THE PACKRAFT THAT WEIGHTS ONLY 5 LBS AND PACKS DOWN AS SMALL AS PAPER TOWEL ROLL YET EXTREMELY TOUGH WITH KEVLAR BOTTOM FOR THOSE CHALLENGING DAYS ON THE WATER.
The Ho Chi Minh Trail - Schedule
The Ho Chi Minh Trails is not a race but we have only 13 days to complete it. Every day brings you a new challenge, a new adventure: river crossings, exploring mountain ranges, talking with locals in the remote villages, bomb craters in the rice fields, packrafting the rivers, cave exploration, jungle trekking and many more. Start your day with breakfast, pack up your camp and put your foot on the pedal.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A CYCLING TOUR COMPANY THAT OFFERS 4-5 STARS HOTELS EVERY NIGHT WHILE ON TOUR, YOU HAVE COME TO THE WRONG BIKEPACKING TOUR COMPANY. WE ARE THE ADVENTURE COMPANY PROVIDING MORE THAN JUST 4 WALLS IN A HOTEL ROOM. INSTEAD WE ARE CAMPING ON THE TRAIL, SLEEPING IN THE JUNGLE UNDER THE STARS - THE WAY A REAL ADVENTURe SHOULD BE. EACH RIDER HAS THE COMPLETE SLEEPING SYSTEM INCLUDING AN ULTRALIGHT FREESTANDING TENT, A SLEEPING BAG AND AN AIR PAD OF TOTAL WEIGHT 1.9 KGS.
THAT BEING SAID WE DO INCLUDE A 5 STAR HOTEL ON ARRVIAL AND DEPARTURE. YOU DESERVE IT.
BIKERAFTING ADVENTURE GEAR
Riding through the Ho Chi Minh Trails we believe in the best gear. You won't find cheap touring bikes, instead you get the best fatbikes on the market that you would want to have in your own garage. Over 4 years we went through the top gear, testing every piece of equipment on the world’s most dangerous trail. The Kokopelli Rogue Lite bikepacking packraft, the custom made bikepacking bags, the bike frames made from different shape and materials, top drivetrain, the most comfortable seat by Infinity.
YOUR ALUBOOYAH FATBIKE
After thousands km of hardcore jungle testing we finalized on this unique alliance. Meet the frame that comes from the jungles. You will enjoy this lightweight and smooth ride on the toughest terrain. Since 2018 all our bike frames our made in Vietnam by famous American designer James Wolf. .
YOUR KOKOPELLI ROGUE LITE PACKRAFT
Our team had a privilege to run a test of the packraft through the world's largest river cave and on the Ho Chi Minh Trail rivers. Rogue Lite truly packs down as small as paper towel roll, 5 lbs features Kevlar bottom for extra lightweight and durability delivery. It is the newest and yet the best packraft on the market to date.
YOUR ULTRALIGHT SLEEPING SYSTEM
Make no mistake every piece we used we thought through, we slept through and carried it through. Heavy-duty Ultralight Klymit sleeping pad, ultralight sleeping bag that wieghts less than a pound and keeps you warm in the summit ridges, Big Agnes Flying Creek HV UL1 packs down super light.
ONE OF OUR ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS IS THE EXPORATION OF THE XE BANG FAI RIVER CAVE, THE WORLD’S LARGEST RIVER CAVE. DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS WE ARRIVE FROM THE EAST ENTRANCE AND PACKRAFTING THROUGH THE CAVE, CLIMBING OVER THE RIDGES AND WATER FALLS, PASSAGES WITH MARVELOUS ALIENS EGGS, CEILING OVER 600 FEET HIGH AND COMPLETE DARKNESS WITH ONLY OUR HEADLAMPS AND BACKUP LIGHTS SHOWING THE WAY. WE SPEND 2 DAY IN THIS AMAZING AREA, OVERNIGHT ON THE SAND RIVER BANKS, FISHING AND CHILLING OVER COLD BEER AND FIRE PIT AT OUR BEACH CAMP. DON'T WORRY IF YOU NEVER PACKRAFTED BEFORE AS THE FIRST DAY WE ARE DOING PACKRAFTING WORKSHOP TOGETHER. PLUS, THE KOKOPELLI ROGUE LITE PACKRAFT IS SO STABLE AND SUPPORTS WEIGHT UP TO 350 LBS
We don’t spend a big budget on marketing so we can pass on the saving to our customers by keeping the cost down on our tour. But we rely on our customers’ word of mouth. Here you can find some testimonials of our riders who already experienced the Ho Chi Minh Trails with us. We hope that one day you become a part of this exclusive group, where few have travelled before.
WE ARE SURROUNDED WITH VIETNAM WAR HISTORY WHILE BIKEPACKING THE REAL HO CHI MINH TRAIL. WHILE RIDING BETWEEN BOMB CRATERS, TAKING COVER FROM HEAVY RAINS UNDER AN OLD RUSSIAN TRUCK, GETTING TO A BRIDGE THAT WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND THE ONLY WAY TO CROSS THE RIVER IS PACKRAFTING. WE SEE AN OLD LADY USE AN OLD ARMY HELMET AS A FLOWER POT, OR SETTING UP CAMP AT THE END OF THE DAY AND NOT USING PEGS IN THE GROUND AS THE OUR CIA BOMBING RUN MAPS SHOW THAT WE ARE SURROUNDED WITH CLUSTER BOMBS. YOU WANT HISTORY - IT IS RIGHT HERE.
Questions And Answers
Like many of us looking at cycling tour package we usually have questions. Find answers to your question on the Q&A page. And of course, you are always welcome to ask your own questions messaging us directly by email or in person at our office.
THERE ARE OVER 150 DISTINCT ETHNIC GROUPS THAT MAKE UP THE CITIZENS OF LAOS, WHICH DIVIDED INTO SEVERAL CLASSIFICATIONS INCLUDING MON KHMER, PALAUNGIC, KHMUIC, TIBETO-BURMAN, HMONG-MIEN, AND TAI/RAU. ALL OF THESE CULTURES EXIST PEACEFULLY IN LAOS AND SHOW THEIR CULTURAL IDENTITY THROUGH THEIR DRESS AND LANGUAGE. WHAT AMAZES US EVERY TIME WE RIDE INTO A VILLAGE IS HOW MANY KIDS COME RUNNING TO US TO SAY HELLO, WATCHING A 5 YEAR OLD KID LOOK AFTER OTHER 6 MONTHS BABYS WHILE THERE MUM AND DAD WORK FORGING IN THE JUNGLES.
Why Choose Us
It is simple, we offer the real Ho Chi Minh Trails, while many cycling tour operators offer the Ho Chi Minh Trail package and many tourists believed they completed the Ho Chi Minh Trail, but they never were on it. 99% of tours companies offer The Ho Chi Minh Highway which was built in 2009 connecting Hanoi to Saigon. Even news reporters mistakenly reported the reopening of the Ho Chi Trail. In reality only a few km of it lies in Vietnam where most of the trail is in Laos. A simple way to find out if you going to do the Real Ho Chi Minh Trail is to ask the tour company "Do I need a visa for Laos?" If they tell you that you don't need even your passport then you know you're not going on the real Ho Chi Minh Trail. Another reason to choose us is we decided not to have big groups but be more exclusive i.e. quality over quantity. This been said each customer is screened as we only take 4 riders at a time and only do 6 tours a year. So, make sure to apply early.
BEING SO REMOTE WELL OFF THE TOURIST PATHS CAMPING IN THE JUNGLES YOU ARE SURE TO SEE OR HEAR SOMETHING RUNNING THROUGH THE JUNGLES AT NIGHT. IF IT MONKEYS SWING FROM THE TREES OR A WILD BOAR BE EATEN BY SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER THAN ITSELF THAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE ALL NIGHT, SEE THE TRAIL COVERED WITH BUTTERFLIES, YOUR PATH BEING BLOCKED BY A HERD OF WATER BUFFALO OR EVEN WILD ELEPHANTS - YOUR SURE TO SEE SOMETHING WILD. P.S. YES THERE ARE TIGERS, BUT LUCKY FOR US THEY PREFER WILD BOAR AND KEEP CLEAR FROM US.
Get Approved For The Real Ho Chi Minh Trail
he Ho Chi Minh Trails Company focuses only on one thing - The Real Ho Chi Minh Trail. Unlike many other bike touring companies that offer large groups of cyclers and only go if they have enough people. With The Ho Chi Minh Trails Company if there only one rider, we still go – that is our promise. So, when you book, you know you are going. We decided not to have big groups but be more exclusive i.e. quality over quantity. This been said, each customer is screened as we only take 4 riders and 2 guides at a time. Plus, we only do 6 tours a year due to weather condition. If you are ready to take the challenge of the world’s most dangerous trail then.