Serk Cycling Beijing
Our newest route in the less explored northern and western area of Yunnan along the border with Burma.
The area is part of the formidable Hengduan mountain range at the eastern end of the Himalaya and is UNESCO World Heritage listed. Home to three major rivers that drain the eastern Tibetan Plateau (the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween) the area combines mountains with peaks over 6000m and deep valleys providing dramatic landscapes. Home to thousands of rare plants and animals living alongside precious ethnic minority groups the area provides a rich cultural and natural experience.
Serk take you deep into this mythical and unique region for an unforgettable cycling adventure.
Today we ride along the mighty Nu river all the way to Fugong. You'll snake through the lush valleys following the river upstream. This route is known as the most scenic in the region. The region is also home of many ethnic groups such as Nu, Lisu, Bai, Pumi, Dulong. This is a rare chance to discover the hidden life of these minority groups.
The remote village of Bingzhongluo. Only 35km from the Tibetan border this small hamlet was not accessible to vehicular traffic until relatively recently. We will ride to Tibet boarder and have a lunch stop at remote villages where was on route of old tea trading. We will stay at Bingzhongluo for the night.
Today we are heading over the mighty Biluo Snow Mountain road to Cizhong. The road took 10 years to construct and was only opened last year. It's a long climb and there is often snow at the top of the climb which tops out at close to 4000m. This road is sure to become one of the iconic climbs of China and you'll be one of the first to climb it. Cizhong is home to people of different faiths and ethnic groups. The main attraction is the 150 year old Catholic Church - a combination of gothic and chinese architectural styles. We stay in the Songtsam luxury boutique hotel tonight - one of the highlights of the trip.
We ride to Tacheng over Pantiange which is the highest rice growing area in Yunnan. Then we decend to Tacheng - the home of the Yunnan Golden Monkey. This rare monkey species exclusively lives in the remote forests of south-west China and northern Myanmar. In Tacheng, you will also experience the harmony of different minority groups living together.
The planned route can be altered by Serk due to the actual road and traffic conditions and restrictions which is beyond Serk’s control. However Serk team will endeavor to work out alternatives to complete similar amazing routes.
Each stage climbing m is an estimate only due to inaccurate info on ride planning software for these regions.