Tour ID: TK-ML-06
Start & finish: Long town “Muang Long”
Duration: 4 Days. The 1st day walk approx. 5-6 hours, 2nd 2-3 hours, 3rd and 4th days 3-4 hours.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult, hiking boots recommended
Accommodation: Home-stay “stay with local family”
Activities: Trekking, Real Cultural Experience
Day 2: Starting at 9 AM, after breakfast, you will head out of the village towards East and into pristine overgrown jungle on a narrow path dominated by different species of bamboo, cracking and howling characteristically in the wind. The trail winds up and downhill for approximately 2-3 hours under the green canopy, where you will find different interesting plants as ferns and the wild Galangal. Then you reach the beautiful river crossing below the Akha village of Ban Chong Ka, where you can take a refreshing dip, before meeting the population (at least if you prefer to bath without dozens of kids watching)! After reaching your accommodation and having lunch there, you can pass the afternoon with the villagers (many women still wear the traditional skirts and precious headdress) or fish in the river with your guide, hoping to provide dinner!
Day 3: After breakfast the hike begins passing the village’s high swing and construction site for the new school, heading unto a wide dirt road, build time ago for logging. The trail goes up and down a few times, meeting the Long river with a simple wade, then gradually climbs at the mountainside for approx. 1 hour, allowing for magnificent views on the valley and pristine forests (might be partially substituted by trail along the rice fields). After a final descent you reach the Nam Bo sister villages of the Lahou and Hmong people, nestling on the ridge of a hill around lunchtime. There you can pass the afternoon participating in the children’s traditional games, as the Lao style foot volley-ball.
Day 4: after breakfast you start trekking at 8:30 am. Initially you walk parallel to the Nam Long River on a ridge until the water fall. The last 15 minutes before and 30 minutes after the waterfall could be a bit difficult, so better walk with a bamboo stick. Along the way the village guide will “call” the forest birds, which can be seen in the dry season from October to May. After an enjoyable splash in the water fall, you continue up the mountain for about 2 hours until the peak, where the guide will find pleasant place under the trees to eat lunch. From there you walk downhill passing through banana and rubber tree plantations, enjoying a fantastic view on the Long town valley. The jeep will pick up you on the main road and you will return to the office around 5-6 PM.
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 120 US$.
What is included?
Water, Meals, English speaking guide, Local guide/s, Accommodation, Transport as mentioned above, Government taxes, all entrance fees, Travel permits
What to bring: Hat, Sun-cream, Sarong for bathing, Mosquito repellent, Change of clothes for the evening, Torch, Swim clothes, Towel, Robust footwear, Personal belongings, Pocket money.
You may like to carry some local currency (Lao Kip) because you will have the opportunity to purchase local handicraft from the villagers.
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