MONTAÑAS VACÍAS BIKEPACKING

MONTAÑAS VACÍAS BIKEPACKING

28 August – 04 September 2022

TRIP OVERVIEW

There is a region of Spain so dramatic and striking, its lands could easily be mistaken for those of the iconic, majestic US National Parks. Yet unlike the natural American wonders, these Spanish landscapes, surrounded by the earth-tone hues of the Montes Universales all the way south to the source of the emerald-green Tajo River, can be easily reached without having to take an intercontinental flight. As a matter of fact, getting there only takes an hour and a half from Italy.

In addition to the medieval history, evident in the 12th century castles of Zafra (as seen in Game of Thrones) and Peracense, there’s the incomparably amazing Spanish cuisine—all overlooked by the village of Albarracín, considered a national monument, winner of a Gold Medal of Merit for Fine Arts and a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status.

We discovered all this thanks to the genius of Ernesto Pastor, creator and founder of the Montañas Vacías bikepacking route. Anyone who meets Ernesto soon knows that his philosophy towards adventure is truly superlative, almost heroic, as he invites everyone to visit these lands and experience something great, in whatever form suits them best.

With Ernesto’s blessing, we want to propose an adventure along part of his 700 km route: an unbeatable bikepacking experience with a knowledgeable guide, good food and a fine roof over your head every night.

Of course, for this expedition to be truly successful, it is absolutely necessary to create a strong team spirit amongst all our travelers. No rider will ever be left alone or find themselves individually facing difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants to help problem solve throughout the duration of the trip, working together to make the most of our adventure as a team. It will be an unforgettable experience and journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourselves on group consciousness and the ability to share—be it joy, fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, defeat or success.

And in this case, success will not be defined as arriving at the final destination but having set off and having done our best to arrive all together.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.

– After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport). Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip.

Traveler acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

– Bike guides from PA Cycling (specific number of guides depends on the number of participants)

– 2 nights’ stay in a Hotel in Teruel (breakfast and welcome/reception dinner included)

– All hotels/hostels during all 6 stages

– All dinners and breakfasts during the 6 stages

– All lunches/snacks during all stages

– Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

– Return airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment

– Lunches in Teruel or where not expressly specified

– Excursions, extra activities

– Additional costs in case of logistical changes (extra transfers etc.)

– Anything not included in “The price includes” section.


  • Dates
    28 August - 04 September 2022
  • Duration
    9 days
  • Stages
    6
  • Length
    412 km
  • Elevation
    9130 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Price
    1450 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

STAGE 01 – Teruel – Albarracín – 54 km | 1200 m  

Our journey begins in Teruel and our first destination is the village of Albarracín, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain and a National Monument. The Montes Universales surround us with their well-maintained forest tracks.

STAGE 02 – Albarracín – Griegos – 67 km | 1900 m

From Albarracín, we start the day with a very demanding climb, despite being only two kilometers long. But don’t worry, the view will be worth the effort. Today we cross some of the densest pine forests in Europe in a continuous up and down until we reach Griegos, where we will spend the night.

STAGE 03 – Griegos – Peralejos de las Truchas (Bruce Springsteen’s hometown) – 79,5 km | 1960 m

We start the day cycling through the Dehesas de Griegos to the source of the Tajo River, a quiet start that will take us through lonely forests and beautiful villages to our destination.

Editor’s note: Peralejo de las Truchas has an adopted son by the name of Bruce Springsteen. We will tell you the story.

STAGE 04 – Peralejos de las Truchas – Molina de Aragon – 79,8 km | 2.350 m

We leave Peralejos de las Truchas through its jagged mountains under the watchful eye of local vultures. We continue along the emerald-green Tajo River, which on more than one occasion allows us to take a refreshing dip. This whole stage is extraordinarily beautiful. In the late afternoon, we reach Molina de Aragón, where our hotel and a fresh cervecita await us.

ETAPA 05 – Molina de Aragón – Zafra Castle and Peracense Castle – 66,1 km | 1070 m

We begin the penultimate stage and leave the Tajo to throw ourselves into medieval history, linking two important castles: Zafra and Perasence. Then, our route will wind through the typical Castilian landscape, warmed by the summer sun. After visiting the second stronghold at Perasence, a beautiful descent will take us back to our hotel.

STAGE 06 – Peracense Castle – Teruel – 65 km | 650 m

One last quiet day between ruins, plateaus and a few villages links Peracense with Teruel—a stage dedicated to savoring the last treasures of the rich and welcoming region of Aragon. We will do everything we can to inspire your love and appreciation of the amazing Montañas Vacías, born of the brilliant mind and pure spirit of our dear Ernesto Pastor; this stage was specifically designed by him for us.

Once we arrive at the hotel in Teruel:

We will pack up our bikes and enjoy a free day, followed by a goodbye dinner and night at the hotel. The next day, after breakfast, our services end. Transfers to the various airports are not included but we are happy to help arrange them.

YOUR GUIDE


Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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JAPAN – KYOTO TO FUJIYAMA IN BIKEPACKING

MONTAÑAS VACÍAS BIKEPACKING

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24 September – 09 October 2022

Trip Overview

 

Yokoso! Japan welcomes you for an amazing tour! From the ancient capital of Kyoto through the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun, riding beside the cliffs of Tojinbo, wandering ancient forests, bathing in natural volcanic onsen, climbing the Japanese Alps to the Castles in Nagano and cycling around the mighty Mt Fuji to the modern capital of Tokyo—it’s all waiting for you in Japan.

Enjoy a unique bikepacking adventure unlike any other on earth. Japan is mystical and rich with culture and natural beauty, and with 70% of its landmass completely uninhabited, the best kept secret is Japan’s amazing combination of accessibility and wild, off-grid living. You are never too far from society or solitude and serenity.

Of course, for this expedition to be truly successful, it is absolutely necessary to create a strong team spirit amongst all our travelers. No rider will ever be left alone or find themselves individually facing difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants to help problem solve throughout the duration of the trip, working together to make the most of our adventure as a team. It will be an unforgettable cycling experience and journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourselves on group consciousness and the ability to share—be it joy, fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, defeat or success.

“In the autumn night Breaking into A pleasant chat” —Matsuo Basho

And in this case, success will not be defined as arriving at the final destination but setting off and doing our best to arrive all together.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 50% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
– After this date no refund will be given.

There will be no refunds for those who do not show up at the start of the trip or withdraw during the course of the tour.
There will be no refunds for those who are unable to start or complete the tour due to a lack or inaccuracy of personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

The traveller understands that some destinations pose more of a risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, socio-political situations and the geography of the region. The traveller acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancellations or delays, strikes, labour issues, power failures, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other (hereinafter called “Force Majeure Event”) are not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling and may hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveller’s ability to make or complete the trip. The traveller acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to the traveller for any delay or cancellation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. The traveler is neither entitled to a refund nor any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

 

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

  • Bike guides from PA Cycling (specific number of guides depends on the number of participants)
  • Transfer from Kyoto airport to our Hotel
  • 2 night’s stay in Hotel in Kyoto (breakfast and welcome dinner included)
  • All Overnights in onsen or Eco Villages or Camping
  • Dinner on stages 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8
  • Two nights in the Fujiyama District
  • Transfer to the Tokyo Airport
  • Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

  • Airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment
  • Lunches and dinner where not expressly specified
  • Food during bike days except where specified
  • Excursions, extra activities
  • Additional costs in case of logistic changes (extra transfers etc.)
  • Anything not listed in “The price includes” section


  • Dates
    24 September - 09 October 2022
  • Duration
    16 days
  • Stages
    10
  • Length
    930 km
  • Elevation
    8.000 m
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Price
    2.650 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

Arrival in Kyoto. Transfer to hotel. Bike preparation, briefing.

DAY 02

Do some sightseeing and purchase food—there are many places to buy supplies in Kyoto. Bike bags and boxes will be sent to our final destination in Odawa, so please drop them off at this time.

DAY 03 – STAGE 01

Kyoto to Anegawa. Camp ground – 120 km | 1100 m

Departure from Kyoto:

Our adventure begins in the ancient capital of Japan. We will quickly head to Lake Biwa (BIWAKO), the largest freshwater Lake in Japan. Traffic may be a bit heavy in this section; please follow the normal cycling traffic laws. One difference in Japan is that it is lawful to ride on the pedestrian path but at a reduced speed of 12 kmph. There will be a 400m climb during this section.

Once we have arrived at Biwako, we will take the cycling path around the north side of the lake. This will take us into Shiga Prefecture. The ride should be relaxed with short climbs and mellow descents. To our left will be a mix of mountains, forests and cityscapes; on the right will be shimmering Biwako. After 100 km, we will head into truly rural Japan, climbing and descending through forests and villages until we reach the Anegawa camping area. There are showers and toilets available, and there may be some other campers in the area. October nights are chilly, (14C-7C) so be sure to prepare for cold weather.

DAY 04 – STAGE 02

Anegawa camping to Usuzumi Onsen ryokan/camp – 75 km | 2150 m

This stage is one of many physically demanding stages of our bikepacking journey. The trail is paved, but for the first 50 km, we may not see more than a few cars as we climb through dense forests to the top of the Mikuni Pass. As we make our ascent, we’ll be accompanied by forests on our left and the Majestic Ibuki Mountain on our right—truly one of the most beautiful mountains in Japan. After the Mikuni Pass, as we enter Gifu Prefecture, we will have a slightly technical descent through some mountain villages until we reach the Ibi River. After crossing the river, we will pass through Ibi Township. This is a good place to stop for a well-deserved lunch break. There are many stores in Ibi where we can buy food.

After Ibi, we will make our way to the Neo River where we will climb through an autumn canopy, passing a few rural communities until we reach Usumi Onsen for a hot bath and a Ryokan-style rest.

DAY 05 – STAGE 03

Usuzumi Onsen to Eco Village Fukui Prefecture – 97 km | 2080 m

The first segment is a brutal 27km climb with 800m of vertical gain. There are troops of Japanese macaques (commonly known as snow monkeys) in this region. At the apex of Honshu, we will leave Gifu and start a cool 36km descent into Fukui Prefecture. Small rolling hills will keep you for getting too cold as we cycle through some of the most remote areas in Japan. There will be several waterfalls and a large range of forest types. In Ikeda Village, we can have some lunch and relax at the Michinoeki, a rest area for motorists and cyclists alike. We will end the day with a gentle climb to the Eco Village Campground, where we will stay for two nights.

DAY 06 – STAGE 04

Eco Village – Tojinbo cliff loop – Eco Village – 130 km | 1500 m

This loop will take us through the rural landscape of Echizen to the Tojinbo Cliffs that overlook the Sea of Japan. At the cliffs, we will experience a traditional marketplace, where you can get some local yummy desserts and savory treats. Departing the cliffs, we will make our way southwest along the Sea of Japan before taking a short climb through a deep forest and back to camp.

DAY 07 – STAGE 05

Eco Village – Yunohira Onsen – 95 km | 2020 m

The next stage of our bike tour will take us through some of the most backcountry riding Japan has to offer, passing by the gorgeous Ryusoga Falls and with many ups and downs. We bid adieu to Fuki Prefecture and return to the heart of Japan.

General Oda Nobunaga once said “Control Gifu and you control Japan!” It is therefore fitting that, throughout our journey, we will crisscross Gifu and enjoy the energizing power gained from its amazing onsen.

DAY 08 – STAGE 06

Yunohira Onsen – Shirakawa go – 50 km | 850 m

This is a rest day with a short recovery ride. The day begins with a 500m climb, after which, it is mostly a slight downhill through the mountainous river valleys until we arrive at our first rest destination. Once we arrive at Shirakawa-go, you can wander through this traditional Japanese village—this is certainly a place where you will want to have your camera batteries charged. There are many food options, too, as well as spots for local beer and Sake.

DAY 09 – STAGE 07

Shirakawago – Takayama – 60 km | 1400 m

Compared to the first six days, we will have a relatively easy day with a lot of time to enjoy the journey through Hira City and along to Takayama, where we will attempt to recover and prepare ourselves for the challenging day to come. In Takayama, you will find great western food and beautiful old-style Japanese city dwellings; you can rest your legs and get a good night’s rest, or you can enjoy barhopping on Halloween.

DAY 10 – STAGE 08

Takayama – Matsumoto Onsen Ryokan – 99 km | 2620 m

Depending on the weather, this may be the most challenging day of the tour as we climb 2,200 meters up mighty Mt. Norikura, passing through the Japanese Alps into Nagano Prefecture. The descent will be breathtaking. This will likely prove to be a very cold day, so be sure to dress in layers for a mix of both warm and cold weather. We end our day at the foot of beautiful Matsumoto Castle, after which, we will make our way to our campsite at Hoshi Yama campsite.

DAY 11 – STAGE 09

Matsumot – Lake Motosu of Fuji Cam – 124 km | 1760 m

This is a long day of riding. As we pass the mountain villages of Nagano Prefecture and coast out of the Japanese Alps, we enter Yamanashi Prefecture. On this stage, we will finally see Mt. Fuji, and this great mountain will keep watch over us for the remainder of our bikepacking journey. During this stage, we will spend most of our day cycling through in smaller cityscapes. Be mindful of traffic laws. As a bonus, there will be plenty of places to stop for lunch and to pick up supplies. We will end our day at Motosu Lake, where we will camp for night.

DAY 12 – STAGE 10

Lake Motosu – Odawara – 96 km | 1800 m

Our last day of riding will be a journey through forest and river valleys under Mt. Fuji’s watchful gaze. With Fuji on our left, we will make our way out of Yamanashi prefecture and enter Shizuoka Prefecture en route to Shiraito Falls. Like a scene from a mythical story, these magical falls are buried in lush forests and are sure carve a memory into your soul. After a rest at Shiraito Falls, we will make our final push out of Shizuoka Prefecture and into Kanagawa Prefecture to Odawara City and the Pacific Ocean, where we will enjoy a much-needed and well-earned rest in a modern hotel with Saki and Yakinuku and craft beer for dinner.

We’ll end the day by packing up our bikes.

DAY 13

Day off at Odawara

DAY 14

Transfer to airport

YOUR GUIDE


Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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CARRETERA AUSTRAL EROICA BIKEPACKING

MONTAÑAS VACÍAS BIKEPACKING

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03-21 December 2022

TRIP OVERVIEW

Finally, after several years, we are returning to Patagonia to cycle along the Carretera Austral through breathtaking Chile and Argentina. And once again, we will be bikepacking without any support vehicles but accompanied by the security of traveling with expert guides and their twenty years’ experience riding these trails.

Starting in Balmaceda, in Chile, we’ll set up our bikes, shop for food, then head south for about 800 km (including navigation) over the course of 11 stages, ending with a day off the bikes at the foot of the majestic Fitz Roy in El Chalten. We start cycling on 4 December to reach El Calafate on 16 December, visiting the unbelievable Perito Moreno glacier the next day.

Epic Patagonian gravel and magnificent trails await us. Let’s ride together!

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

Of course, for this expedition to be truly successful, it is absolutely necessary to create a strong team spirit amongst all our travelers. No rider will ever be left alone or find themselves individually facing difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants to help problem solve throughout the duration of the trip, working together to make the most of our adventure as a team. It will be an unforgettable cycling experience and journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourselves on group consciousness and the ability to share—be it joy, fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, defeat or success.

And in this case, success will not be defined as arriving at the final destination but setting off and doing our best to arrive all together.

Why Patagonia via La Carretera Austral? Because Patagonia is not only Argentina—it starts much further north than anyone imagines. Moreover, La Carretera Austral remains a land full of great adventure and wonder.

This is why our team are always hungry to return for more!

The Carretera Austral is there to be lived. Let’s go together and live well!


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 50% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
– After this date no refund will be given.

There will be no refunds for those who do not show up at the start of the trip or withdraw during the course of the tour.
There will be no refunds for those who are unable to start or complete the tour due to a lack or inaccuracy of personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

The traveller understands that some destinations pose more of a risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, socio-political situations and the geography of the region. The traveller acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancellations or delays, strikes, labour issues, power failures, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other (hereinafter called “Force Majeure Event”) are not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling and may hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveller’s ability to make or complete the trip. The traveller acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to the traveller for any delay or cancellation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. The traveler is neither entitled to a refund nor any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

 

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

  • Bike guides from PA Cycling (specific number of guides depends on the number of participants)
  • Transfer from Balmaceda airport to our Hotel in Coyhaique
  • 2 night’s stay in Hotel in Coyhaique (breakfast and welcome dinner included)
  • Camping stage 1 and asado al palo
  • Navigation: Chile-Chico/Los Antiguos
  • Camping and dinner in Chile-Chico
  • Hostel in Cochrane (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Camping in El Risquero
  • Navigation: Lake Yungay
  • Hostel in Villa O’Higgins (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Navigation: Villa O’Higgins/Candelario Mancilla, Glacier O’Higgins
  • Camping Candelario Mancilla
  • Navigation: Laguna del Desierto
  • Two nights in a hostel in El Chalten
  • Transfer El Chalten – El Calafate
  • Two nights in a Hostel in El Calafate
  • Visit to Perito Moreno
  • El Calafate airport transfer
  • Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

  • Airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment
  • Lunches and dinners in Coyhaique, El Chalten, El Calafate or where not expressly specified
  • Food during bike days except where specified
  • Excursions, extra activities
  • Additional costs in case of logistic modification (transfers and extra nights, etc.)
  • Anything not listed in “The price includes” section


  • Dates
    03-21 December 2022
  • Duration
    19 days
  • Stages
    11
  • Length
    800 km
  • Elevation
    10.000 m
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Price
    2.500 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

Arrival in Balmaceda, Chile. Transfer to hotel. Bike preparation, briefing.

DAY 02

Set up the bikes Shop for food and other essential supplies.

DAY 03 – STAGE 01

Coyhaique – 1º Camping. – 111 km | 1.870 m

We start our bikepacking adventure by leaving behind Coyhaique and riding along the dirt roads of “Seis Lagos” until we reach El Blanco, where we will rejoin the asphalt road and follow it to our campsite.

The climb is an average of 7% to Portuezelo Ibañez pass (1,120m) at km 103 where we can visit a group of waterfalls before heading downhill to our campsite. Bathrooms and hot showers will be available.

DAY 04 – STAGE 02

1º Camping – Puerto Ibañez – 56 km | 936 m

This stage begins on a downhill asphalt road which we’ll follow for 8 km to Villa Cerro Castillo village, an excellent place for a cup coffee and a delicious slice of cake.

From there, we will travel 5 km, leaving the busy, paved Carretera Austral* until we return to it at the end of stage 5 in Cochrane. The scenic dirt road we’ll cycle extends along the Ruta de las Ardillas with stunning mountain views and Lake Tamango to our right. We will reach Pto. Ibañez where we will catch the 19:00 boat across Lago general Carrera. We will sleep in a campsite in Chile Chico after a 2 hours and 15 minute ferry ride.

*: Our decision to abandon the Carretera Austral is dictated by the high density of vehicles that now travel at high speeds up to Cochrane and the continuous open asphalt construction sites that tend to close transit to all vehicles every afternoon. On a positive note, it allows us to ride along dirt roads (about 200 km in total) with two border crossings, one of which is very symbolic for us at PA-Cycling. This is why the following three stages, 3, 4 and 5, will be the rustic paradise portion of our adventure.

DAY 05 – STAGE 03

Chile Chico – Wild Camping – 71 km | 1105 m

In the morning, we will wake up early to cross the border as it opens at 8:00 am. Once in Los Antiguos (Argentina) it’s time to shop for food for the next three stages: the 3rd, 4th and 5th, taking into account the border crossing during the 4th stage.

This brings us to the most remote part of our cycling journey and to where the scenery begins to be truly AMAZING.

Throughout this and the following stages until Cochrane, we will be autonomous in every way. Mobile phones and wi-fi will be unavailable, however you will still want to take photos, so keep your batteries charged and ready.

DAY 06 – STAGE 04

Wild Camping – Wild Camping in Chile – 83 km | 1000 m

This stage is extremely demanding with climb totaling 1,450 meters over just 24 km. Once we reach the pass, we will have a 22 km descent to the Paso Roballo border.

This has the potential to be a COLD stage. Take care to be PREPARED with proper clothing. Our efforts will be rewarded by one of the most beautiful landscapes you have ever seen. We will be able to experience the difference between the Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia in the same day!

During this stage, we will cross the border again, so have your passport handy and pay attention to the food you take with you: dairy products, vegetables, fruit and meat are not allowed to cross the border.

Note: Of these two borders, since our first crossing in 2008 Massimo Alfero has kept the official Argentine banner in his home while Willy Mulonìa has kept the Chilean.

DAY 07 – STAGE 05

Wild Camping – Cochrane – 53 km | 688 m

We continue our bike journey towards Cochrane. At this point, we will be back in Chile, riding through Parque Nacional Patagonia. It will be a long and gentle descent on a dirt road, which can be challenging at times, so keep your wits about you. We will still be able to find spots to refuel before reaching a 4 km climb.

The park is host to a variety of wildlife such as tigrillos, condors, armadillos, guanacos, vizcacha and the elusive puma.

On this stage, as previously mentioned, we will rejoin the Carretera Austral to experience the truly wild and scenic part of the park.

We’ll sleep in a “hotelito” in Cochrane, meaning that hot showers and wi-fi are available but even more importantly, cerveza and vino tinto chileno “del bueno”.

ATTENTION: In the afternoon, we have to take care of the expenses for the following days.

DAY 08 – STAGE 06

Cochrane – Camping El Risquero – 74 km | 900 m

A 13 km ride will bring us to the Rio Salto waterfalls—they are simply AMAZING! We continue our cycling adventure to our campsite which will have hot showers and toilets.

DAY 09 – STAGE 07

Camping El Risquero – Rustic Camping – 75 km | 714 m

We start the day by cycling along the Rio Baker before climbing a 416m pass to reach Caleta Yungay 48km away. From there, we will sail for 45 minutes across the harbor to where we will find a small bar in which it is possible to buy food. After Rio Bravo, traffic along the Carretera Austral decreases drastically.

Tonight: Rustic Camping.

DAY 10 – STAGE 08

Wild Camping – Villa O’Higgins – 81 km | 1150 m

Today’s stage takes us to Villa O’Higgins, the end of the Carretera Austral and the gateway to paradise on earth. We will sleep in a hostel with standard European hostel amenities.

DAY 11 – STAGE 09

Villa O’Higgins – Candelario Mancilla – 7 km | 120 m

We leave Villa O’Higgins to embark on a 3-hour cruise to Candelario Mancilla where we will spend the night in a campsite. We will also have the opportunity to visit the O’Higgins Glacier via the fjord. We are still in Chile for one last night, and we will have the opportunity to say a festive goodbye to this fantastic land and its people.

DAY 12 – STAGE 10

Camping Chileno – Camping in frontiera Argentina – 21 km | 560 m

Another splendid stage in the Tierra de Nadie. It may be only 21 km but it’s still demanding and with a poignant beauty that deserves a slow pace. Once we reach the Argentine border, we’ll settle entrance paperwork and camp at Gendarmerie.

Rest well because tomorrow is THE FINAL STAGE!

DAY 13 – STAGE 11

Frontiera Argentina – El Chalten – 35 km | 240 m

This is it, 35 km to El Chalten, and we’ll take our time again today to enjoy the spectacle. We start with a 45-minute boat ride along the Desierto Lake. Once on the other side, it’s mostly downhill and under the icy gaze of Fitz Roy until we reach El Chalten.

DAY 14

Day Off in El Chalten

A picturesque village and base camp of the Andean expeditions to Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy, it will be worth the one day stop to enjoy an approach trek towards these famous peaks.

DAY 15

Transfer by private bus to El Calafate.

During the day, we’ll transfer to El Calafate by private bus with stops along Ruta 40 for photos. Transit time is approximately 3 hours.

DAY 16

Visit to Perito Moreno and free afternoon for packing up the bikes and souvenir shopping.

DAY 17 

Transfer to the airport in El Calafate.
Return flight. End of services.

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Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous IditaBike (Alaska) in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019 & 2020 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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Massimo Alfero

Massimo Alfero

Travel Logistic Coordinator & Guide

Massimo Alfero, bike lover in all of its forms, he‘s riding a bike since when he was born. From 1975 until the end of the 90s, he raced with road bike, cyclocross and mountain bike. In the early ’90s he discovered the mountain bike stage races and ultramarathon participating in the Iron Bike, Transalp, Rally du Kenya, Tunisia Marathon and the first Randonees like the Paris Brest Paris. Then was the cyclotourism time, with solo travel in Europe, South America, Central Amerca and Africa. In 2005 he joined with Willy Mulonia and has collaborated actively in the creation of the travel agency Progetto Avventura, which has now become Project Adventure Cycling. He is our "African heart." From his desire to show Africa to our client we create the Ethiopia Wild Bike.

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PATAGONIA BIKEPACKING

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02-18 December 2022| 13-29 January 2023

 

BIKEPACKING PATAGONIA

On this bikepacking expedition we will discover the southern region of Patagonia between Chile and Argentina.

Patagonia…the name alone makes us daydream. For those who love adventure, Patagonia is the place every bike traveler must visit at least once in their lifetime. From the legendary tales of Italian mountaineers who, during the golden years of climbing, ventured there to challenge mythical peaks like Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy, to recent years as Patagonia has become a mecca for bikepackers the world over, there’s always been something alluring about this rugged adventure capital.

Flying into El Calafate, our trip opens with the opportunity to enjoy the majesty of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Then our cycling adventure begins with a three-day ride into the Torres de Paine National Park.

Then, we will continue south to meet the Pacific Ocean in Puerto Natales. From here, we’ll catch a fast transfer to Punta Arenas where, after crossing the Strait of Magellan, we will start the second half of our adventure: six stages through the Isla Grande of the Tierra del Fuego to finally reach the southernmost city on Earth: Ushauia.

We will follow a rough time itinerary, but Patagonia is unpredictable, and it will not always be possible to respect it. Because of contingencies that we will meet along the way (mechanical problems, bad weather, etc.) we will decide from time to time whether to push to reach the scheduled end of the stage or to set up the camp and sleep elsewhere. We definitely expect long days in the saddle; we will not always have the chance to bathe or enjoy a hearty breakfast in the morning, but this is all part of the trip: the ability to adapt to situations as we encounter them, kilometer after kilometer.

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Of course, for this expedition to be truly successful, it is absolutely necessary to create a strong team spirit amongst all our travelers. No rider will ever be left alone or find themselves individually facing difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants to help problem solve throughout the duration of the trip, working together to make the most of our adventure as a team. It will be an unforgettable cycling experience and journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourselves on group consciousness and the ability to share—be it joy, fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, defeat or success.

And in this case, success will not be defined as arriving at the final destination but setting off and doing our best to arrive all together.

Before the departure date, we will organize a virtual meeting where we will explain the trip and what kind of equipment our guides will take.

If, for logistical reasons you cannot make it to the meeting, we will contact you via e-mail and you can ask us any questions you may have. A rider list will be made from all the people who want to participate in order to form as homogeneous a group as possible. If you are not selected for this edition, we will notify you when a group with similar characteristics is being formed.

To help us make this selection, we have prepared a short questionnaire, located at the end of this trip’s technical sheet. Fill it out and send it to us before you register.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 50% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
– After this date no refund will be given.

There will be no refunds for those who do not show up at the start of the trip or withdraw during the course of the tour.
There will be no refunds for those who are unable to start or complete the tour due to a lack or inaccuracy of personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

The traveller understands that some destinations pose more of a risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, socio-political situations and the geography of the region. The traveller acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancellations or delays, strikes, labour issues, power failures, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other (hereinafter called “Force Majeure Event”) are not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling and may hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveller’s ability to make or complete the trip. The traveller acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to the traveller for any delay or cancellation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. The traveler is neither entitled to a refund nor any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

 

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

THE PRICE INCLUDE

  • Two PA-Cycling guides riding with the group
  • 2 nights in a hostel in El Calafate (Breakfast included)
  • Entrance and guided visit to Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Overnight stay in Estancia 2.
  • Overnight stays in campsites 3 – 4 – 7
  • Bus transfer from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas
  • Ferry crossing from Punta Arenas to Porvenir
  • 1 night in a hostel in Punta Arenas, Rio Grande, and Ushuaia
  • Group travel insurance
  • Trip Gadget
  • Arrival airport transfer in El Calafate
  • Departure airport transfer in Ushuaia

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment
  • Lunch and dinner in El Calafate and Ushuaia.
  • Food during the bike tour
  • Extra services and activities
  • Additional costs in case of logistic modification (transfers and extra nights, etc.)
  • Anything not included in “the price includes” section


  • Dates
    02-18 December 2022 | 13-29 January 2023
  • Duration
    16 days
  • Stages
    12
  • Length
    1.000 km
  • Elevation
    10.000 m
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Price
    2.200 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

Arrival in El Calafate must be before 2:00 p.m. We will organize your hotel/airport transfer. Bikes need to be set up. In the late afternoon, we will have a briefing to introduce the staff and meet the riders.

DAY 02

Enjoy a guided visit of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Last resupply before departure.

DAY 03 – STAGE 01

EL CALAFATE-1ST CAMP – 127 km | 1.000 m

Today, we begin our bikepacking adventure, leaving behind El Calafate and pedaling on the legendary Ruta 40. A long and steady climb will take us up to Cuesta de Miguez, a beautiful natural balcony where you can admire the valley of Lago Argentino, and with any luck, the massive Mt. Fitz Roy. The second part of this stage will be fast, cycling towards our junction where we head off road and enter the Patagonian pampas to reach our camp.

DAY 04 – STAGE 02

1ST CAMP-CERRO CASTILLO – 86 km | 500 m

The first part of the day will be spent cycling on a dirt track with views over the pampas. After reaching asphalt and riding for about ten kilometers, we’ll begin to glimpse the first strongholds of the Torres del Paine—but we won’t actually reach it till the next day. After crossing the border with Chile, we will finish our day in the small town of Cerro Castillo.

DAY 05 – STAGE 03

CERRO CASTILLO-CAMPING PEHOE – 83 km | 950 m

We leave Cerro Castillo and enter the Torres del Paine National Park. It will be a spectacular day with continuous views of the Paine Mountains. After entering the park, we will face the hardest climb of the whole trip. It will be an unforgettable day that ends at one of our favorite camps on Pehoe Lake.

DAY 06 – STAGE 04

CAMPING PEHOE-CAMPING SERRANO – 51 km | 500 m

A relatively short stage, but it includes fierce winds that we will face to reach Grey Lake—a duty that needs to be paid to enjoy the stunning view. Here, we’ll take a short trek on the shore of the lake to admire the blue icebergs before continuing to our camp.

DAY 07 – STAGE 05

CAMPING SERRANO-PUERTO NATALES-PUNTA ARENAS – 86 km | 1.100 m

We leave the Torres del Paine behind and continue cycling south towards Puerto Natales. This promises to be a spectacular stage, with ups and downs and a stunning view of Lake Toro. Near Puerto Natales, we’ll be able to overlook the Pacific Ocean. Once in the city, we’ll transfer to Punta Arenas, where we will spend the night.

DAY 08 – STAGE 06

PUNTA ARENAS-BAHÍA INUTÍL – 70 km | 1.000 m

First, we’ll cross the Strait of Magellan by ferry to reach Porvenir. From here, a beautiful unpaved road takes us along the ocean that we will follow throughout the entire day until we reach our camp.

DAY 09 – STAGE 07

BAHÍA INUTÍL-CAMERON – 86 km | 600 m

Continuing on our path to bypass the last part of Bahia Inútil, the change of direction will almost certainly leave us pedaling against the strong Patagonian wind. We’ll end our day in the idyllic Cameron, a small town of fishermen and shepherds tucked away in a wind-protected bay.

DAY 10 – STAGE 08

CAMERON-DESTACAMENTO BELLAVISTA – 100 km | 900 m

We’ll begin our crossing that for two days will take us along the Atlantic Ocean. We will ride all day east on dirt tracks so remote that encountering other people is a very rare event. Towards the end of this stage, we’ll approach Bellavista Pass, but not before passing through some beautiful forests.

DAY 11 – STAGE 09

DESTACAMENTO BELLAVISTA-RÍO GRANDE – 88 km | 750 m

We leave our camp and continue on our dirt road to the east with a series of rolling ups and downs. Our last kilometers will be on asphalt as we reach the town of Rio Grande.

DAY 12 – STAGE 10

RÍO GRANDE-LAGO CHEPELMUT – 108 km | 1.000 m

Another beautiful cycling stage in the Isla Grande of Tierra del Fuego. After covering a small section of National Route 3, we will enter a gravel road that leads us up and into the vicinity of Lake Chepelmut, where we will camp.

DAY 13 – STAGE 11

LAGO CHEPELMUT-LAGO ESCONDIDO – 94 km | 850 m

We can now begin to taste our final goal. There are still a few kilometers of dirt road riding before we reach Route 3 that leads directly to Ushuaia. After an obligatory stop at the legendary Panaderia (Bakery) in Tolhuin, we’ll camp on Lake Escondido.

DAY 14 – STAGE 12

LAGO ESCONDIDO-USHUAIA – 57 km | 750 m

Our last day on the bike. Before arriving at our destination, we will face the legendary Garibaldi Pass, the door to Ushuaia. Our arrival in Ushuaia is scheduled for the morning. During the afternoon, we will have time to pack our bikes and buy any last-minute souvenirs.

DAY 15

In the morning, we’ll say goodbye and transfer to the airport. End of trip.

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Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

Normalmente organizzo i miei viaggi in bici da solo. Per la Patagonia mi sono affidato a PA Cycling. Fin da dopo l’iscrizione mi hanno supportato e sopportato con estrema competenza e posso dire che sono tornato dal mio viaggio, sognato da una vita, completamente soddisfatto. Willy, Massimo e tutto lo staff ci hanno accompagnato in un mondo meraviglioso, avendo cura di ogni particolare, sono riusciti a gestire un gruppo estremamente eterogeneo come il nostro in qualsiasi condizione, creando un meraviglioso clima a prescindere dal vento, pioggia o neve che abbiamo trovato negli oltre 1000 chilometri percorsi….che beo che beo che beo !!!!!🤣🤣

I’m Just back from Patagonia bikepacking .
Amazing places incredibile rides perfect organizzation and very experienced staff.
highly recommended to people that want ti ride the umbelievable.

They have a true passion for what they do, all of them. They love to reach the furthest corners of the world by bicycle. They do it first and foremost for themselves. And that is important because when you decide to circle across Patagonia, Mongolia, Africa, to name just few of the destinations in their program, you don’t need just somebody that takes care of the trip organization, you want somebody who can help you feel, enjoy, discover, understand what it means traveling by bicycle in those territories.
Thank you Willy, Massimo, Amedeo, Paolo. It was wonderful! And painful, but that’s why it was so good 😉

Sono stato a dicembre 2019 in Patagonia pedalando per 1.000km da El Calafate fino alla fine del mondo con Willy e i ragazzi di PA-Cycling. Un viaggio che resterà per sempre nella mia mente e nel mio cuore.
Bravi! Continuate così, con la stessa dedizione e lo stesso entusiasmo!!!

Mongolia, MongoliaBikeChalleng, il profumo della steppa, il vento, i cavalli, un popolo fiero e sorridente, i fiumi da attraversare con la bicicletta in spalla, i paesaggi sconfinati..quel profondo blu del cielo di giorno, la via lattea che ruota su di te la notte…la passione di Willy Mulonia, le foto straordinarie di Paolo Penni Martelli, la disciplina di Mister five minutes Dani RD-Zone il giudice di gara,eil sereno pragmatismo Roberto Gazzoli….una gara di allegria e sorrisi incorniciati in una organizzazione perfetta.

mio marito Alessio è tornato dalla Mongolia nel 2018 e dalla Patagonia (la vigilia di Natale 2019) con un sorriso stampato in viso e una luce degli occhi che non avevo mai visto.Ora parla di nuovo di Mongolia, di Marocco, di Atacama, delle Ande, di Alaska, di Africa, Asia, Via della seta….ma soprattutto parla sempre di Willy Mulonia, di Massimo Alfero, di Paolo…come di persone dalla profonda umanità con cui ha condiviso un viaggio che va oltre le mappe e i paesaggi. Un viaggio di sorrisi, battute, fatica e amicizia…
my husband Alessio returned from Mongolia in 2018 and from Patagonia (on Christmas Eve 2019) with a smile on his face and a light of the eyes that I had never seen.Now he speaks again of Mongolia, Morocco, Atacama, the Andes, Alaska, Africa, Asia, the Silk Road …. but above all he always talks about Willy Mulonia, Massimo Alfero, Paolo … as people with a profound humanity with whom he shared a journey that goes beyond maps and landscapes. A journey of smiles, jokes, effort and friendship

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CILENTO BIKEPACKING

MONTAÑAS VACÍAS BIKEPACKING

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11-18 June 2022 | 3-10 September 2022

TOUR OVERVIEW

Cilento, the land that enchanted Ulysses.

Cilento is a sub-region of Campania and the largest national park in Italy. In this land, where time moves more slowly, nature remains vibrantly green 365 days a year. This is the land that gave birth to the philosopher Parmenides and inspired poets—even Catone talks about Cilento in his stories. Here you will find the ruins of Velia, an iconic Magna Grecian town at the time of Elea. The Romans chose this land because of the pleasant weather and its numerous sources of thermal springs. In fact, the coastal area between Ascea and Palinuro offers a specific micro-climate of mild temperatures all year round. Cilento truly has enough amazing attractions to fill a lifetime!

To enjoy the best of Cilento, Pa-Cycling has designed a bikepacking journey through this spectacular region, cycling between the mountains and the sea to reveal the most magical, uncontaminated, wild, and authentic riding experience the territory can possibly offer—It’s a journey sure to captivate any rider. Physically challenging, but with an overwhelming beauty that promises your eyes will tire long before your legs do, the hardest part will be not stopping every kilometer to spoil yourself with the wonderful beauty of Cilento.

Our Italian bikepacking tour starts from Agropoli, the northern gate of Cilento. It’s a city of ancient origins and one shaped by a succession of different civilizations, from the Greeks to the Romans and Saracens. Here is where our journey truly begins—in the land of the sirens. The going won’t be easy, with considerable climbing every day given the mountainous nature of Cilento, but the effort will be strongly rewarded by the beauty earned through every pedal stroke. Cycling from the coast, we’ll move inland, enjoying climbs in the Campanian countryside before our trip culminates on the highest peak in the region: Monte Cervati. Over six days, you will have the opportunity to truly take in this enchanting land as well as its charming villages where time stands still.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.

– After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport). Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip.

Traveler acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

 

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

 

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

THE PRICE INCLUDES

  • Two PA-Cycling guides riding with the group.
  • Hotel day 5 with welcome dinner.
  • Hotel day 11 with goodbye dinner.
  • All our overnights at each stage
  • Stage 1 Dinner.
  • Stage 2 breakfast – lunch – dinner.
  • Stage 3 breakfast – lunch.
  • Stage 4 breakfast – dinner.
  • Stage 5 breakfast – dinner.
  • Group travel insurance.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
  • Food during the stages except where it mentioned.
  • Flight ticket and over baggage.
  • Everything not present in “The price includes”.


  • Dates
    11-18 June 2022 | 3-10 September 2022
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Stages
    6
  • Length
    430 km
  • Elevation
    15.450 m
  • Difficulty
    High
  • Price
    1.780 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

STAGE 01 – 60 km – 1.216 m – Agropoli – Pioppi

The first stage follows along the coast and is continuously up and down. After leaving Agropoli, we approach the bay of Trentova and then head straight to Punta Licosa. Legend says that the little island in front of Punta Licosa was once home to the sirens whom Ulysses met during his storied epic journey. Surprisingly, this island was actually once connected to the mainland, which becomes evident whilst swimming between it and the shore—look closely beneath the water, and you can easily see the ruins of a Roman villa with its beautiful mosaic floor. Leaving Licosa, the journey continues along the coast, passing through many typical villages: Ogliasto Marina, Montecorice, Agnone, Acciaroli and then Pioppi for an obligatory lunch stop. This unknown little village is where the Mediterranean diet was born, thanks to the American doctor Ancel Keys, who studied and codified the currently recognized model of the Mediterranean diet. Born from the native residents who typically eat mostly vegetables and blue fish, today this culinary tradition remains largely unchanged.

STAGE 02 – 86 km – 1.568 m –  Pioppi – Palinuro

The second day of bikepacking begins by following the coast for the first 10 kilometers. After that, we turn inland to enter an area of rolling hills. Once we’ve cycled past the archaeological ruins of Velia, we will explore a section of the ancient Salt Road, once used by the Greeks to connect the Mediterranean with the Ionian Sea. Unfortunately, this is one of the few segments that still exists of this ancient route from Velia to Sibari. After a few more kilometers on tarmac, the road becomes dirt—rocky and sometimes very steep. Be prepared, we will ride many dirt roads where wider tires are necessary. We recommend a minimum of 45mm! The altitude of this stage is almost all gained here, between Ascea and Rodio. After climbing, a beautiful road descent will once again bring us to the coast, and finally, to a beautiful panorama at Cape Palinuro where we will camp on the Molpa promontory. Obviously, we must also climb to the top of the Cape, home to an old, still-functional lighthouse—notable for being the highest-elevation lighthouse in all of Europe!

STAGE 03 – 64 km – 1.634 m – Palinuro – Rofrano

The third stage of our cycling tour begins by entering the Devil’s Gorge, for years the only way to access Palinuro. A wonderful road on the side of the Mingardo River, it’s flanked by vertical walls that form an amazing natural canyon. Just before the abandoned village of San Severino, our first ascent begins. This road is called Ciglioto, which in the local dialect means “eyelash”, and it climbs for about ten km on the south wall of the gorge to take us up to the town of Licusati, a small village at the bottom of Monte Bulgheria. From here, it’s a nice easy downhill to the village of Camerota where we continue to ride high above the coast before leaving it behind definitively, having almost ridden the entire base of Monte Bulgheria. The second part of the day will be punctuated by a succession of very small, traditional rural villages surrounded by greenery. Our third stage ends in Rofrano where we will bike camp at the foot of the highest peak in Campania, Monte Cervati.

STAGE 04 – 35 km – 2.046 m – Rofrano – Cervati

Definitively the queen stage of this cycling trip, day four will be tiring, but extremely satisfying! Climbing Monte Cervati will not be easy— after the first few kilometers, the day will be entirely spent cycling on dirt roads. The first slopes will be moderate, becoming brutal in the last stretch before reaching the summit. Here you will need good, suitable tires. We recommend at least 45mm, if not more! Even so, some terrain will require us to push our bikes on foot, but fortunately these sections are relatively short, around a few hundred meters or so. Once we’ve reached the summit, we will descend on the northern side, taking more care on the descent than the climb. It will require good off-road riding skills, and the most demanding sections must be done on foot. In the evening, we will sleep in a secluded mountain retreat where a wonderful local dinner awaits.

STAGE 05 – 70 km – 2.030 m – Cervati – Monti Alburni

If Stage 5 had a nickname, it would “Riding into the Wild”. Today we cycle between deep natural areas – think thick forests and lush greenery – and the remains of times and lives from different eras. A long downhill stretch through forestland leads us to the medieval bridge of Piaggine, icon of the Cilento National Park. We continue biking along quiet, gently undulating roads passing through two “Bhorghi Fantasma” or ghost towns. The first we encounter is Roscigno – also known as the 20th century Pompeii – followed by Sacco, perched on the slopes of Mount Motola. On the outskirts of Sacco, we come to the gorge of the Sammaro River, one of the most important karst phenomena in Europe.

We continue, riding through the small medieval village of Sant’Angelo a Fasanella, situated at 520 meters above sea level, then on to the Unesco World Heritage Site at La Grotta, the sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo. From the Central Piazza, we follow the old “Pescatura” road to the Auso springs and waterfalls, where we’ll break for lunch and the optional refreshing dip. The second half of the day is the most demanding as we will be biking back off road—but it will be all the more exciting for it. We cross one of the most fascinating stretches of the Alburni Mountains, weaving our way between caves and sinkholes as we traverse large, dense woodlands. We are heading to one of the most beautiful, but perhaps least-known, places in Cilento, which is where we will spend the night, near the Panormo Refuge at 1,500 meters above sea level. If it’s a clear night, the stargazers amongst us will surely be spoiled.

STAGE 06 – 80 km – 1.378 m – Monti Alburni – Mare

We’ll set off early on the morning of stage 6, continuing our cycling tour of the Alburni Mountains. We are heading towards Castelcivita. We leave the vast plains behind us and ride for the woods again before facing a long and technical descent. It will be difficult not to be distracted by the stunning views of the valleys below. An old, disused road takes us all the way to the Calore River. Here, we can cool off and refuel before heading up towards Roccadaspide. This is the most challenging part of the day – a 15 km stretch over which we gain 1,000 meters – but there is a reward for all our hard work: the stunning balcony road of Monte Vesole awaits us.  In Trentinara, we’ll find fresh spring water, before continuing beneath the ridges of Mount Soprano and Mount Tadduni. As we proceed downhill and the vegetation grows thinner, views of the entire valley stretch out before us, with Capaccio visible in the distance. We end our day at the magnificent Doric temples of Paestum. A sunset, some sumptuous Buffalo Mozzarella and crispy tomato bruschetta should help make sure we reach our destination – the seaside village of ​​Agropoli – with smiles on our faces. It will have been an action-packed day, for sure.

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Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous IditaBike (Alaska) in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019 & 2020 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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ATACAMA DESERT BIKEPACKING

ATACAMA DESERT BIKEPACKING

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October 22 to November 06, 2022

 

BIKEPACKING ATACAMA

After our first bikepacking group experience in Patagonia, we’ve decided to return to Chile and cycle across the Atacama Desert. After all, the Atacama is a very special place for us—it was here in 2001 that the idea was first born to start our own bike travel agency!

Chile, with its geographic diversity, gives us a good opportunity to visit places like the Andes, the Atacama Desert and the Altiplano lakes while retracing the roots of ancient cultures such as the Atacamaña, Aymaras and Mapuches people.

The Atacama Desert is the driest in the world, protected from humidity on both sides by high mountain ranges with the Andes along the interior and the Coastal Range towards the Pacific Ocean.

Hundreds of years ago, caravans crossed the Atacama Desert, looking for new lands to explore—Now it’s our turn.

We will travel through this remote territory by bike to enjoy the beauty of its geological formations and natural phenomena. We will ride 700 km, starting at sea level and gradually climbing to reach 4,000 meters—our final altitude will be over 4,500 meters!

We will gain altitude progressively to allow ourselves safe, steady acclimatization, camping in the middle of nowhere and in the small villages that we will find along the way.

Of course, for this expedition to be truly successful, it is absolutely necessary to create a strong team spirit amongst all our travelers. No rider will ever be left alone or find themselves individually facing difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants to help problem solve throughout the duration of the trip, working together to make the most of our adventure as a team. It will be an unforgettable cycling experience and journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourselves on group consciousness and the ability to share—be it joy, fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, defeat or success.

And in this case, success will not be defined as arriving at the final destination but setting off and doing our best to arrive all together.

Before the departure date, we will organize a virtual meeting where we will explain the trip and what kind of equipment our guides will take.

If, for logistical reasons you cannot make it to the meeting, we will contact you via e-mail and you can ask us any questions you may have. A rider list will be made from all the people who want to participate in order to form as homogeneous a group as possible. If you are not selected for this edition, we will notify you when a group with similar characteristics is being formed. To help us make this selection, we have prepared a short questionnaire, located at the end of this trip’s technical sheet. Fill it out and send it to us before you register.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 50% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
– After this date no refund will be given.

There will be no refunds for those who do not show up at the start of the trip or withdraw during the course of the tour.
There will be no refunds for those who are unable to start or complete the tour due to a lack or inaccuracy of personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

The traveller understands that some destinations pose more of a risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, socio-political situations and the geography of the region. The traveller acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancellations or delays, strikes, labour issues, power failures, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other (hereinafter called “Force Majeure Event”) are not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling and may hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveller’s ability to make or complete the trip. The traveller acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to the traveller for any delay or cancellation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. The traveler is neither entitled to a refund nor any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

 

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

THE PRICE INCLUDE

  • PA-Cyclism guides riding with the group, depending upon the number of participants.
  • 2 Nights in hotel at Antofagasta.
  • 2 Nights in hotel at Peine plus breakfast and dinner.
  • 2 Nights in hotel at Socaire plus breakfast and dinner.
  • 1 Night in hotel at Toconao.
  • Entrance tickets per Natural Parks – Laguna Miñique y Miscanti and Valle de la Luna.
  • 2 Nights in hotel at San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Group travel insurance.
  • Arrival transfer from Antofagasta´s airport.
  • Departure transfer to Calama´s airport.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment
  • Lunch and dinner at Antofagasta and San Pedro de Atacama
  • Lunch at Peine and Socaire
  • Additional costs in case of logistic modification (transfers and extra nights’, etc.)
  • Anything not included in “The price includes” section


  • Dates
    October 22 to November 06, 2022
  • Duration
    16 days
  • Stages
    9
  • Length
    700 km
  • Elevation
    10.000 m
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Price
    2.150 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

Day 01

Arrival in Antofagasta, Chile must be before 2.00 pm. We will organize your hotel/airport transfer. Bikes need to be set up. In the late afternoon, we will have a briefing to get to know the staff and all participants.

Day 02
Day off in Antofagasta.

Finalizing trip prep, we´ll go to the market to buy our meals for bikepacking, and after everyone’s bikes are assembled, we’ll go for a short shake-down ride around the city to make sure that everything is working properly.

Day 03 – STAGE 01
Antofagasta-Desert – 90 km / 1.200 m

We will begin our adventure in Antofagasta, following roads to cycle deep into the desert.

Leaving behind the sea, we´ll see how everything changes as we ride toward the mountains and the vast Atacama Desert.

Day 04 – STAGE 02
Desert – 60 km / 1.240 m

After the previous day’s approach, we´re now going to truly enter the desert. It´s an all-day climbing stage where we´ll be gaining altitude and… solitude!

Day 05 – STAGE 03
Desert – 67 km / 1.600 m

We´ll spend all day pedaling through the desert! Passing several mining companies, we´ll cross many different types of rocks and colors of sand before we reach our refuel spot—the old salt mines of Imilac, where we´ll find plenty of safe drinking water.

Day 6 – STAGE 04
Desert – 65 km / 1.000 m

This is a hard stage: we will face some tough climbs, made harder by the relentless sun. But the views are so incredible, it will all be worth it as we keep pushing our pedals until we reach an area close to Campamento Negrillar, where we´ll spend the night.

Day 07 – STAGE 05
Desert-Peine – 54 km / 300 m

Finally, we are going to descend… but depending on the state of the sand, it will be either a quick path or a challenging one.

Either way, we´ll end our day resting in the spectacular natural swimming pools of Peine. There, we´ll spend the night under a roof, sleeping in proper beds and having dinner at an actual table.

Day 08
Day off at Peine

We´ll use this day to rest, have some good food, adjust our bicycles and buy some supplies for the next stages.

Day 09 – STAGE 06
Peine-Socaire – 69 km / 1.150 m

After our day off, we´ll visit the Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile (3.000 km2) and also the world’s largest and purest active source of lithium… an impressive territory.

After the Salar Flats, we’ll cycle up to Socaire, reaching 3,300 meters above sea level, where we´ll see ancient agricultural terraces and impressive views from that altitude. That evening, we´ll sleep in beds and have a good dinner in the village.

Day 10 – STAGE 07
Socaire-Meñique y Miscanti-Socaire – 60 km / 1.250 m

We´ll visit Las Lagunas Meñique and Miscanti, a brackish water lakes at 4,200 meters above the sea level.

The lakes are part of one of the seven sectors of Los Flamencos National Reserve.

An overwhelming landscape where we´ll notice the altitude in our muscles.

We´ll spend the night at the same hotel, so we´ll be able to climb all the way up to the lakes without our baggage over the bicycles.

Day 11 – STAGE 08
Socaire-Vulcan Lascar-Toconao – 80 km / 1.500 m

QUEEN STAGE.

Today we´ll climb up to 4,400 meters above sea level. It will be tough, but we will not be carrying our bikepacking bags and the prize – the views and experience of the Lascar Volcano – will be well worth the effort.

First, we´ll face an 11 km long, hard climb. We´ll catch our breath as the road levels out before   we continue climbing another 10 km surrounded by lunar landscapes. After that, we´ll descend to Toconao, where we´ll sleep in good beds and… perhaps share some beers?

Day 12 – STAGE 09
Toconao-Valle de la Luna-San Pedro de Atacama – 75 km / 500 m

Last stage.

The first half of our day will be a descent. We´ll cycle across El Salar de Atacama once again and, before stepping into our final destination of San Pedro de Atacama, we´ll visit El Valle de la Luna. Carved by wind and water, it has an impressive range of color and textures and looks somewhat like the surface of the moon. We´ll pedal through the valley, visit La Cueva de la Sal and, finally, go find our charming hotel where we´ll be able to rest, have a shower and prepare ourselves for a celebratory dinner!

Day 13
Day off in San Pedro de Atacama

Just relax and enjoy this special village and the mix of emotions that you´ll find at the end of such a great bikepacking adventure.

On our final night, we´ll enjoy the incredibly unique sky of San Pedro de Atacama.

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Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous IditaBike (Alaska) in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019 & 2020 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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