Trip OverviewA 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.
Tour ID: NT-TK-04.
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.
ItineraryDay 1: Ban Nam Ha-Nam Ha NPA-The Jungle Camp. Approx. 5-6 hours.
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 rain forest 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 bird calls, 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 rain forest 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 rain forest camp.
Day 2: The Jungle Camp-Nam Ha NPA-Khmu village. Approx. 5-6 hours.
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.
Day 3: Ban Nalan-Ban Nalan Tai-Ban Namkoy-Ban Namlue. Approx. 5-6 hours.
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.
- An English speaking tour leader and a native guide, who knows the rain forest, indigenous traditions, and culture like the back of his hand.
- Local guide: Two local guides from different villages.
- Transportation: Takes you to and fro hotel.
- Accommodation: First night in jungle camp with sleeping bags, foam mats, and mosquito nets are supplied and the second night in the Khmu Riverside Eco-lodge with blanket, sleeping-mat, and mosquito nets are supplied.
- Meals-lunch x 3, dinner x 2, breakfast x2.
- Drinking water during the trip.
- Trekking permit, Village fund and Laos National Tourism fund.
- Provincial tax on net income.
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