Tour ID: VPK-TK-04
Start-Finish: Vieng Phoukha town or Luang Namtha town
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Departure: 9:00 AM daily from Vieng Phoukha; 8:00 from Luang Namtha town
Difficulty: Moderate, short hill climbs and descents walks up and down of hills
The first day’s pace is easy, and much of the guides’ knowledge of edible and medicinal plants will be demonstrated in the forest. You will be hiking uphill towards the Khmu village of Ban Tah Long, where you should arrive around 3 pm.
After arriving at Tah Long, you will rest for a while and then you may choose to take part in an activity. The Khmu people have been crafting their own blades, those same ones the guides use for cooking and clearing brush, for many years. You will be invited to participate in the forging process, using fantastically simple technology. This night you will spend at the Home stay in Tah Long. [Meals: Lunch, Dinner].
Day 2: Ban Tah Long-Ban Tah Leng. Approx. 5-6 hours
After waking and enjoying the traditional Khmu breakfast around 8 am, you will begin walking. You will soon reach a Khmu village along the uphill. Later, you will encounter the Maamaint cave (Khmu ethnic name), several massive old trees, many types of bamboo and good thick forest. If you are stealthy you may see some wild animals such as monkeys, wild goats, wild pigs, etc. Later, you will have a traditional lunch with the guides and then continue on to Tah Leng village Akha where you will overnight.
Upon arrival, you may well want to have a cold shower from the traditional bamboo tap, which channels water running off the mountain, followed by the evening meal. A few of the locals may have dinner with you, as it is customary to share, especially with the younger kids who will want to help in the meal’s preparation sand.
After dinner, you will receive an Akha ethnic massage from the women of the tribe. The giving of massage to visitors of the village is an Akha tradition. [Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner].
Day 3: Ban Tah Leng-Vieng Phoukha. Approx. 5-6 hours
Before breakfast, if the weather is good and you are a bit of a morning person, feel free to take a walk around the village to see Akha preparing to work in the fields. In the morning there is sometimes a sea of fog hanging over the landscape, amongst which the villagers will be feeding their animals.
Lunch will be prepared in the traditional way in the forest along the path. The guides know how to boil water and make soup within vessels made of bamboo. They will encourage you to take part in the preparation of the meal, showing you how to construct simple spoons and chopsticks from leaves and cups from bamboo. They will also brew a medicinal tea from wild plants collected along the way.
Around 9 am, you will have a good two hours hike down the mountain before lunch, and then you will continue the trek until you arrive at the Vieng Phoukha valley. Here the trek concludes and a driver will be waiting to transport you back to town. There should be enough time in the day to travel onwards to the Thai border at Huay Xai if you choose. [Meals: Breakfast, Lunch] – End of tour-.
Remark: the price above non-include transportation if you start the trek from Luang Namtha. If you start the tour from Luang Namtha you will pay more 100 US$.
You may like to carry some local money (Lao Kip) because there may be an opportunity to purchase local handicraft from the villagers.
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