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Trekking in Luang Namtha Province, Laos
Why Trekking in Luang Namtha Province ?
Since the first community-based trekking program to Ban Nalan was developed many more trekking tours have been developed in Luang Namtha. Some experts ask, “Are there too many treks in Luang Namtha?” and suggest that the province should diversify its selection of tour programs. While the Nam Ha Project team does not disagree with this advice, there are several reasons why there is a focus on developing treks in Luang Namtha. First, there is high market demand for this type of tour, in fact, even before the project began tourist were trekking out to villages. Without systematic community preparation and trained guides to accompany tour groups, there were many misunderstandings between tourists and villagers, and communities were largely missing out on the economic opportunities available from tourism. The model introduced by the project has reversed this problem, and now it is the villages that approach the Provincial Tourism Department and request that they be included in new treks.
Trekking in Luang Namtha, Laos
Second, trekking tours as they are practiced in Luang Namtha are one of the best ways to ensure that the poorest people in remote villages gain employment and direct economic benefits from tourism, without having to migrate out of their community. For example, a typical trek employs 2-3 guides, and food, lodging and some transportation is purchased directly in the village. Handicrafts are also frequently bought directly from producers at the village level, which gives an economic boost to the most needy communities while helping to ensure that the traditional knowledge used in craft production is passed on to the next generation of young men and women. In Ban Nalan, a 4 hour walk from the main road, the more than US$ 5,000 that the village now earns annually is making a substantial contribution to poverty alleviation for the 39 families that live there. Read below for information on select the towns throughout the province, listed alphabetically by area:
Trekking Programs in Luang Namtha town
Ban Chaluensouk 1 day trek
Ban Chaluensouk 1 Day Trek: The trek starts at Ban Chaluensouk a Khmu village along the R3 highway, the trek takes you through secondary forest which leads up and average mountain part. Your lunch will serve around upland rice field with good view of the nearby NPA area. The trek ends after arrive in Ban Nam Lue a Lanten and Khmu village with a “village museum”, where you can purchase and observe making, a local handmade handicraft. || read more >>
Nam Ha Green Trail Camp 2 Days / 1 Night
Nam Ha River Camp 2 Days Trek "Nam Ha Green Trail": The trek is led by a Khmu guide who takes you through the center of the National Protected Area (Nam Ha NPA), an ASEAN declared Natural Heritage Site. You will be able to see many different kinds of non-timber forest products (NTP’s), to learn about birds, animals, plants, and trees of the jungle tropical forest. Also you a likely to hear and perhaps fortunate enough to see mountain forest animals. You will spend some time relaxing in the mountain environment, staying overnight deep in our bamboo jungle camp located on the banks of Nam Ha River and enjoy traditional Lao food prepared with selected forest spices. Also you a likely to hear mountain animals calling and may be fortunate to see some forest animals. || read more >>
Ban Nalan Trail 2 days Trek
Ban Nalan Trail 2 Days / 1 Night: Travel 30 minutes upcountry to a Khmu village, followed by a short climb to upland forest and high open ridges, descending to sleep overnight at a minority village alongside the Nam Ha River.  The second day starts with an easy walk along the Nam Ha River, before ascending up into mature forest some 500 year old, through to spectacular ridge top views and upland rice cultivation. We then hike down to a third village in the afternoon to round off a great trek and return to Luang Namtha. || read more >>
Nam Ha Jungle Camp 3 Days / 2 Nights
Nam Ha Jungle Camp 3 Days / 2 Nights: Starting from Luang Namtha to explore the Nam Ha National Protected Area-an ASEAN Natural Heritage Site, you will spend two nights at the bamboo jungle forest camp, you will see and hear many different birds, monkey, barking dear, gibbon, wild pigs and jungle fowl and enjoy Nam Ha landscape and the warm hospitality of the Khmu people. || read more >>
Nam Ha Challenge Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights
Nam Ha Challenge Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights: A challenging trek with a Khmu guide who will teach us about forest products used for food, medicine, materials and religious ceremonies. First night’s accommodation is in a Khmu lodge at Ban Nalan. Rise early to spot spectacular bird life and trek through jungle to the simple bamboo forest camp built by villagers, -a relaxing place deep inside the beautiful jungle. || read more >>
Trekking in Muang Sing Town
Muang Sing offers a wealth of opportunities for travelers who long for adventure and authentic cultural discovery in small groups with low impact. Tour programs available range from moderate day walks or gentle bike trips through the villages and rice fields to strenuous four-day trekking and biking adventures, which will not only give the villagers a significant additional source of income, but will also be contributing directly to preserving local wildlife, forests and cultural heritage.

All community-based tourism activities and attractions have been established with the consent and involvement of the villagers, tourism officials and in partnership with commercial tour operators. The tour circuits and home stays have been designed to allow communities to maximize the socio-cultural, environmental and economic benefits of tourism while managing negative impacts. A portion of income generated by the treks goes to village development and conservation funds to ensure fair distribution among community members involved.

Trained and certified district and village guides are an important part of the tour. They explain the lives, beliefs and traditions of the local people and bridge cultures between communities and foreign visitors. The local tour operators provide pre-departure orientations to their guests on safety, what to expect and how to behave in a culturally sensitive way when they visit villages.
Trekking Programs in Muang Sing Town
  • Ban Pha Kha-Nam Daet Mai Trek 1 Day:Easy trek through agricultural fields visit different ethnic groups around Muang Sing such as: Akha, Yao, Tai Lue and learn about their culture and tradition. || read more >>

  • Nam Ha NPA Trek 1 Day:The trek takes you through Nam Ha NPA, you will be able to see many different kinds of NTP’s (Non Timber Forest Products), old growth forest, primary bamboo and wild banana forest, visit nice waterfall and trek to visit different ethnic groups of Akha and Yao villages. || read more >>

  • Yao Experience Trek 2 Days / 1 Night: The tour will takes you to the Nam Ha NPA (Nam Ha National Protected Area), a lot of bird seeing and birds calling, waterfall, overnight in the lodge at Yao village, enjoy Yao massage, Yao tradition and culture show and you will also visit other ethnic groups as Akha and Tai Lue in different villages. || read more >>

  • Akha Experience Trek 2 Days / 1 Night:The trek takes you through the Nam Ha NPA, you will be able to see many different kinds of NTP’s (Non-Timber Forest Products), a lot of bird seeing, waterfall, overnight in the Akha lodge at Akha village, Akha massage, participate in activities with Akha people and visit another villages they are Yao, Akha and Tai Lue. || read more >>

  • Elephant Trail Forest Camp 2 Days / 1 Night:Trails of wild elephants can be found in the Nam Ha NPA (Nam Ha National Protected Area) southeast of Muang Sing where elephants live a nomadic life travelling between China and Laos. Stay in a forest camp in the Nam Ha NPA hosted by Akha people; traverse an old forest; visit a waterfall and meet friendly Akha and Yao people. || read more >>

  • Akha Jungle Forest Camp 3 Days / 2 Nights:Steep up into the mountains of Nam Ha NPA, where wild elephants can be found in that area, they are live a nomadic life travelling between China and Laos. First night in a jungle forest camp in the Nam Ha NPA hosted by Akha people and the second night overnight in the lodge in Akha village. || read more >>

  • Akha and Yao Experience Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights: Trek up to the mountain of Nam Ha NPA where cover by forest, a lot of birds to see, great waterfall, you will enjoy Nam Ha landscape and overnight in the lodge at Yao and Akha villages, Yao and Akha massage, Yao and Akha tradition and culture show and visit other ethnic groups they are Tai Lue and Lolo. || read more >>
Trekking Programs in Vieng Phoukha town
  • Phuo Mot & Ancient Ruins Trek 1 Day:Easy trek takes you through district forest conservation area, Khmu village, in the morning you will see many kinds of births and afternoon visit the conservation area ‘Ku Vieng’ ‘Mahapot Stupa’ and Vat Mahapot “the Ancient city and temple”. || read more >>

  • Hill Tribes Trek 2 Days / 1 Night:Akha trek mean trekking to visit and stay overnight in the Akha village and trek though other ethnic groups in different villages as Hmong and Lahu, visit waterfall and for the second day have lunch with Lahu traditional on the trail. || read more >>

  • Forest Camp in Maamaint Cave 2 Days / 1 Night:Overnight in a forest camp in the Nam Ha National Protected Area hosted by local people (Khmu ethnic groups). Test local food such as bamboo, leafs of different bushes etc. Trek through the “monkey forest”, visit caves and meet ethnic groups such as Akha, Hmong, Lahu and Khmu. || read more >>

  • Gibbon Trail 3 Days / 2 Nights:Challenging trek from Vieng Phoukha to explore an important area in the Nam Ha NPA for one of the world’s last remaining populations of black-cheeked crested gibbons. With Khmu and Akha guides, visit caves inhabited by bats and perhaps hear the gibbons’ magical morning calls. || read more >>

  • Akha Trail 3 Days / 2 Nights: The first day easy trek pass forest to visit Khmu village, participate in the forging process, stay overnight in Khmu village, the second day trek to inside Nam Ha NPA, you will be able to see many different kinds of NTP’s (Non Timber Forest Products), also the forest of many wild lives further elephant also bear, tiger, gaur, monkey, barking dear, gibbon, wild pigs, jungle fowl etc…, visit cave, Akha home stay and lunches will be prepared in the traditional way in the forest along the path. || read more >>

  • The Jungle Forest Camp 3 Days / 2 Nights: Overnight camping (leave-hut or tent) in the Nam Ha National Protected Area hosted by local people (Khmu ethnic group). Test local food such as bamboo, leafs of different bushes etc. The second night you spend in an Akha home stay. Visit the “monkey forest”, caves and meet ethnic groups such as Akha, Hmong, Lahu and Khmu. || read more >>
Adventure Trek in Luang Namtha to the north of Muang Sing (Laos-Myanmar Border)
Xieng Khaeng is a largely unexplored, stunning region only a couple of hours from Muang Sing town away. Due to its remoteness embedded between mountains and the Mekong River, its 13 villages (Akha and Tai Lue) are still very traditional and have remained largely isolated. As the Mekong rushes out of China into the Green Triangle bordering Myanmar, it makes its way through steep canyons before slowing down further south. This section can be accessed by boat from Xieng Kok in Long District, but also by gravel road which was recently rebuilt and leads over the mountains from Muang Sing. Travellers will find beautiful green mountains with waterfalls and caves, and remote villages with still kept traditions and culture. From scenic Xieng Khaeng village, a beautiful stretch of the Mekong can be explored by boat. || read more >>
Trekking Programs in Xieng Khaeng, Muang Sing, Laos
  • Adventure Trek to Historical Town of Xieng Khaeng 2 Days / 1 Night: Moderate and some difficulty level trek leads into the highest mountains of Xieng Khaeng close to the China and Myanmar border, where you enjoy the stunning views on the surrounding mountains. You visit Akha villages before descending to a Tai Lue settlement at the Mekong River. On a slow boat ride down the Mekong you stop at traditional villages. Very friendly people welcome you. || read more >>

  • Green Mountains Adventure Trek 2 Days / 1 Night:Start in the morning by car to a stunning region where Laos-Myanmar borders. Visit Akha villages that still keep their traditional, culture and way of life. Stay with Akha family nearby the Mekong River. On day 2 ride a slow boat up the Mekong River and walk around at banks of the Mekong River. || read more >>

  • Adventure Life and Nature Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights:Steep trek up the mountain visit remote ethnic groups of Akha and Tai Lue villages where China and Myanmar border, enjoy the stunning views on the surrounding mountains and Mekong River, first night stay overnight at the traditional Tai Lue house and the second day sleep with Akha family. || read more >>

  • Chao Fa Adventure Trail 4 Days / 3 Nights:Challenge trek visit traditional of Tai Lue located on the bank of the Mekong River, visit Akha villages located on the higher mountain in green golden triangle Laos-Myanmar-China, they are still very traditional and visit the old town of Muang Sing. || read more >>

  • Stunning Mountain of Xieng Khaeng 5 Days / 4 Nights:5 days trek in the northern of Laos are available in the Xieng Khaeng Region. This area just opened for tourists and almost all ethnic villages (mainly Akha) are still very traditional. Enjoy one hour on a slow boat up or down the Mekong River and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Mekong River. || read more >>

  • Golden Triangle Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights:Explore the colorful of ethnic groups and enjoy stunning view in the GOLDEN TRIANGLE of north Laos (Laos-Myanmar-China). All ethnic villages (mainly Akha and Tai Lue) are still very traditional. Enjoy one hour on a slow boat up or down the Mekong River. || read more >>
   


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