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cycle the central highlands, build a (small) house in the Mekong Delta

Challenge Meter2013 Dates: MAR 17 - 28 | JUN 16 - 27 & JUN 30 - JUL 11
                    JUL 14 - 25 | AUG 11 - 22 | NOV 16 - 27 | DEC 8 - 19

Price for 5-7 people: $3,199 / person
Price for 8-10 people: $2,899 / person
Price for groups & families: Gladly given upon request.

Single supplement available upon request.

Explore the verdant subtropical highlands of Vietnam by bicycle for 4 days before diving into what is often the greater adventure: creating a sustainable volunteer project alongside a community in need for three days.

Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is. ~ Sartre

expedition route & itinerary

Our 4-day cycling route (which can be stretched over 5 days, upon request) begins in the white-sand coastal city of Nha Trang and leads north and then west into the Central Highlands and the coffee-growing provincial capital, Buôn Ma Thu™t. From there, we cycle south, through some truly stunning valleys and over a few challenging passes to Dalat, an alpine redoubt infused with French-colonial accents like fresh croissants and strong coffee.

Daily cycling mileage and terrain varies from 35km to 70km, taking you into the rugged and lesser-seen regions of the southern Central Highlands, home to indigenous tribal communities. We're always looking for serendipity in our schedule, and sometimes that results in shared meals€”and some rice wine€”with local residents. 

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your volunteer project

Three days building a sustainable, positive volunteer project alongside a local community in need in Vietnam, in cooperation with our local non-profit partner.

This is where travel meets adventure, in the truest sense, and here's a genuine opportunity to immerse yourself in Vietnam's culture & economy.

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what's included?

The price of this expedition includes: lodging & food & local beers, ground transportation and domestic flights (if applicable), meals, support van and driver, and the development and coordination of a 3-day, hands-on volunteer project that you will complete with other expedition members. 

The price does not include: international airfare to/from the expedition, visas, tips to third parties, and a meal or two while you're on free time.

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lodging & food

Expedition members can expect single rooms in superior hotels upon your arrival in Nha Trang, for a soft landing after a long journey from home. During our cycling and during our volunteer project, we'll be staying by necessity in clean, if quite basic, hotels in the central highlands.

We're traveling through Vietnam's breadbasket, and the food we'll encounter along our route promises to be healthy, fresh, delicious€and mostly Vietnamese. Lots of noodle and rice-based dishes with fresh vegetables, sauces and soups. Vegetarians and meat eaters each do quite well in Vietnam.

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arrival & departure

We meet you at the airport!

We ask that you arrive on the Saturday, one day before the published start date for your expedition, and depart either on or after the published end date.

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