Trekking Area: Nam Ha National Protected Area- an ASEAN Heritage Site
Hike daily approx. 4-6 hours.
Difficulty: Beginners-advanced, short uphill and downhill walks up
A three days on an adventurous path. A challenging trek through mountains, jungle forest, enchanting nature, follow a hunting trail, stunning views, stay overnight in the jungle camp, learning a few things of the native lifestyle, cooking in bamboo vessels, hill tribes and survival. The second night in the Khmu Riverside Eco-lodge, and to experience native lifestyle in a tribal village.
- English speaking tour guide/Local guide/s from the village.
- Transportation “take you from hotel & back to the hotel”.
- Accommodation: “Homestay or Eco-lodge or Jungle Forest Camp that mention in the itinerary of the tour.
- Blanket, sleeping-mat & mosquito nets are supplied.
- Meals and drinking water during the trip
- Trekking permit, Village fund and Laos National Tourism fund
- Provincial tax on net income; Tour service
- Elements not mentioned in \”Tour includes\”
- All kind of soft drinks or alcohol during your tour
Eco-lodge: is the local house made up by the villagers include provided blanket, sleeping-mat & mosquito nets and toilet. Participants must be aware that there are no western-style toilets and washing facilities.
Homestay: Participant must stay overnight with the family\’s house. Include provided blanket, sleeping-mat & mosquito nets and toilet. You must be aware that there are no western-style toilets and washing facilities.
Jungle Forest Camp: Sleeping on the bamboo floor, dormitory style. Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied. You must be aware that there are no toilets and washing facilities.
Difficulty Level of Trekking
To reach and experience a variety of visually rewarding landscapes and ecosystems, the trek hike can be strenuous at times. So it is best suited to trekkers in sound physical condition. Expect to walk 3-4 hours on easy level, 5-6 for moderate level & 6-7 hours on difficult level including ascents and descents Good fitness levels will minimize body stress and enhance your positive trekking experience.
Easy level: Easy walk through fields, forest, etc. on small foot paths
Moderate level: As above-but short walks up and down of hillocks
Difficult level: As above: short but steep sections-good shoes needed
Foot protection and safe walking: A good quality pair of well-fitting shoes with effective traction are essential. Either a pair of ‘runners’ or lightweight trekking boots are highly recommended for safety (foot and ankle protection), sureness of travel and overall enjoyment
Sun protection: A broad brimmed hat is best, with water resistant ‘block out’ (sun screen cream), cool long shirt sleeves, cool trousers, sunglasses.
Insect Protection. For comfort and safety regarding possible insect bites and stings we suggest: (1) Insect Repellent; (2) Cool long shirt sleeves, cool trousers, cool socks (3) (Overnight Mosquito nets are provided for you).
Rain Wear: Tropical showers are an integral element of the landscape, so a waterproof layer is essential.
Evening Wear: After trekking your body temperature will cool quickly you rest and the night descends, so an additional layer of warm clothing is essential.
Cold weather: Night Temperatures in the mountains can drop fairly low during the Lao winter (December to January). Again, an additional thermal clothing is essential.
What to Bring ?
- Bring a small backpack which should contain following items:
- 2 T-shirts (cotton), one short or long pants.
- 2 pair of socks. Sandals, flip-flop (for the evening in village).
- Towel (or sarong), swimming suits, toilet and personal effects.
- Personal prescription drugs, contact lenses, glasses.
- Sun-cream (waterproof), hat, sunglasses. Mosquito repellent.
- 1 long sleeves sweater and pants, or jogging suits.
- Small flashlight, camera and films.
During the cold season (December and January) add a fleece and long pants to your pack as temperatures can drop fairly low at night in the mountain.
Departure is at 9:00 AM. From the office to Ban Nam Ha, a Khmu village, which is roughly 30 km from Luang Namtha town. The local Khmu guide with expertise and knowledge of the rainforest will join you on your trip and lead you through rice paddies and deep into the mountains of Nam Ha NPA. Along the trail if you are lucky and treading carefully enough, you may spot some rare birds, monkeys, and other wild animals occasionally seen. Your guide will teach you how to make birdcalls, do some deer barking and mimic squirrel sounds. As you go, you will see many types of NTPs (Non Timber Forest Products) and your guides will share some of their native experience about traditional medicines. Lunch is served in the forest shade near a waterway; we will arrive in the rainforest camp late in the afternoon. Next the guides will show you how to set up a jungle camp, teach you how to cook rice in vessels made of bamboo, and how to make tea from cardamoms. You may choose to participate or just sit back and learn from them. After dinner it is bedtime in the rainforest camp.
In the early morning you will many an animals scream from the higher mountain and nearly the jungle camp. The guides will encourage you to take part in the preparation of breakfast, show you how to craft simple coffee cups, bamboo toys, spoons and chopsticks from bamboo and leaves. They will also brew a medicinal tea from wild plants, collected along the way. After breakfast we trek deep into the heart of the Nam Ha NPA to explore untouched nature. Picnic lunch will be prepared en route with the natural food collected along the way such as: mushrooms, cardamoms, rattans, bamboo shoots, wild bananas stalks, etc... After lunch we continue walk toward Khmu village, located on the bank of Nam Ha River. On the trail the local guides will demonstrate some of their ancestral skills they use when hunting wildlife. While waiting for the guide‘s and local villager cooking for dinner, you may go for a refreshing dip into the river or shortly walking in the village. Native dinner will serve you around 6:00 pm.
The second day follows the Nam Ha River, through stands of large hardwood trees and bamboo patches, to Ban Nalan Tai (Khmu Village) and Ban Namkoy (Lanten Villae). The trail becomes quite challenging as it climbs under a pristine tree canopy teeming with birdlife, and ends up on a ridge with a stunning view of Luang Namtha town, visit the last village of Lanten (Ban Namlue), that is, before the final descent and a ride back to town with memories to will last you a lifetime.