28-Day Trekking through the Magical Northern Laos

  • 28-Day Trekking through the Magical Northern Laos

    Adventure

  • 28-Day Trekking through the Magical Northern Laos

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Package Code : LA-AD-MNL28

Exploring the magical northern Laos on feet. Meeting plenty of colorful hill tribe villages. Immerging into the evergreen nature of Laos. Finding yourself in the most remote areas. Fulfilling your life of adventure. Love trekking Laos? this tour is for you!

Tour brief

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Must see

icon UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT

  • Admiring the nature of northern Thailand and Laos
  • Finding yourself in the infamous Golden Triangle
  • Sharing dinner and spending the night with the host family from different hill tribe village
  • Exploring the summit of Phou Louey mountain, the third highest peak of Laos
  • Cruising along the gentle Nam Ou river and visiting plenty of villages
  • Meeting with the elephant and learn about their life

icon VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ON SITES

  • Extensive trekking into some of the most remote area in Laos
  • Homestay and learning about the local life
  • Multi-sport in Namkat Yorla Pa complex (ATV – Zipline – Trek)
  • Cruising along the gentle Nam Ou river
  • Joining the elephant daily activities at MandaLao Elephant Camp

icon NATURE EXPLORATION

  • The evergreen nature of northern Thailand and Laos
  • The amazing Namkat Yorla Pa complex and its virgin jungle
  • The nature along Nam Ou river
  • The nature of Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA, the final home of tiger in Laos
  • The beautiful nature park of Nahm Dong

icon CULTURE EXPERIENCE

  • The culture of H’Mong and Lahu tribe in northern Thailand
  • The multi-culture of tribe people in northern Laos
  • The never-fading beauty of Luang Prabang
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Itinerary

Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong – Lanjia Lodge – Huayxay – Luang Namtha – Oudomxay – Namkat Yorla Pa – Phongsaly – Ban Bountai – Muang Khua – Ban Sopchem – Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw – Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA – Xieng Khuang – Luang Prabang

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Detailed Schedule

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Day 1: Arrival in Chiang Rai – Transfer to Chiang Khong – Lanjia Lodge

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Airport pick-up, then transfer directly to Lanjia Lodge, and visit the community of H’Mong, and Lahu tribe.

In the afternoon, join the welcome dinner with Lahu and H’Mong dance

Upon arrival at the airport in Chiang Rai, our driver will pick you up and transfer to Chiang Khong, bordering with Laos in Huayxay. Arriving in Chiang Khong, we transfer directly to Lanjia Lodge, which locates 30Km from town, at the top of the mountain.

– 15h00 – Tour the Hmong and Lahu hill tribe village, including a visit at the shaman’s house of the Hmong. Drink tea with the shaman and discover why the fireplace is important to the Hmongs and why they bury the placenta and umbilical cord of their newborn babies. Evening dinner and watch traditional Hmong dance

Distance: Chiang Rai Airport to Lanjia Lodge: 130KM >> 2.5-hour transfer

Day 2: Transfer to Muang Sing via Huayxay and Luang Namtha

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Transfer to Laos via the border in Huayxay, then continue further to Luang Namtha, and Muang Sing.

Visit some the local village at Vieng Phoukha and other surrounding area.

Arriving in Muang Sing around sunset. You have ample time to explore the town of Muang Sing if you wish

After breakfast, our driver will transfer you directly to the border, where we will take the public bus crossing the bridge to Laos side.

Upon arrival in Lao side, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer directly to Luang Namtha, located on the banks of the Namtha River, which is a land of rugged mountains and beautiful tropical forests and shares its border with China and Myanmar.

This road has recently been improved and is now a very smooth and comfortable drive.

We visit hill tribe villages along the road at Muang Phouka and other surrounding area.

We arrive in Luang Namtha mid-afternoon and continue driving further north to Muang Sing, the remote town of the northern Laos

Upon arrival, check-in your simple hotel in town.

Overnight in Muang Sing

Day 3: Trek Golden Triangle with Homestay

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Start the 3-day trekking in the mysterious Golden Triangle.

Visit plenty of tribe villages including Ban Mom, Ban Buag Yha, or Ban Say Mai.

Walking through the villages, learn about their culture and tradition.

Spend the night at the Mekong riverside village of Thai Lue tribe

Departure from Muang Sing 8:00 AM by 4-wheel-drive to Ban Mom (Tai Lue village), Buag Yha Say Mai (Akha village), traditional lunch will stop eaten on the way.

Next start walking from Ban Bohae (Akha village) to Ban Xay (Tai Lue village) the village located on the bank of Mekong River where we stay overnight for the first day.

We will arrival the village around 17:00.

While waiting for dinner walk on the bank of the Mekong River to see beautiful sunset, visit people back from working, talk with the villagers to get new experience, learn about their culture, tradition and you will see the style of leaving with the neighboring country such as Thailand, Myanmar.

After dinner you will receive a massage which is traditionally given to the guests stay overnight in the village.

Day 4: Continue the trek with homestay

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Wake up early and watch local people prepare for the daily life,

After that continue the trek to other villages up in the mountain including Ban Lung Pha, Ban Eula, and Ban Loku.

Admire the panoramic view at the viewpoint along the way

Overnight at an Akha village

In the morning you will get experience of Thai Lue daily lifestyle.

After breakfast, 9:00 AM start walk up to Lung Pha (Akha village) about two hours, spend the time about 20 minutes to visit the village and talking with the local people.

Then walk up to the mountain visit Ban Eula (Akha village), lunch will provided on the trail.

After lunch two hours walking visit Ban Lo Ku (Akha village) where you stay overnight, they are Akha Jeejor, also to see Akha lifestyle and Akha massage

Day 5: Back to Muang Sing - Transfer to Luang Namtha

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Continue the trek via some more villages including Ban Khor Phen and Ban Pa Xang before taking the 4-wheel-drive back to Muang Sing and continue further to Luang Namtha.

There is plenty of chance to admire the culture and local lifestyle, enjoy the stunning panoramic view over the region.

In the morning you will get experience of Akha daily lifestyle.

After breakfast, depart for Ban Khor Phen (Akha village), Ban Pa Xang (Akha village).

There is plenty of chance to admire the culture and local lifestyle, enjoy the stunning panoramic view over the region.

We take the four-wheel-drive back to Muang Sing and continue further back Luang Namtha to spend the night

Day 6: Trek Luang Namtha with homestay

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Trek around Luang Namtha to visit local villages including Ban Chaleunsouk and Ban Nalan.

You’ll ascend through a forest and pause on a ridge, which offers great views. Experience Nam Ha River

Learn about the culture and lifestyle of Khmu people.

Try the Lao Hai (rice wine) from a jar through bamboo straws if you are adventurous enough

The traditional two-day excursion, led by a local English speaking guide, starts at Ban Chaleunsouk, south of Luang Namtha town.

You’ll ascend through a forest and pause on a ridge, which offers great views.

The trail then descends through centuries-old trees and past an Indochina War gunnery emplacement to the Nam Ha River and Ban Nalan (Khmu Village).

Dinner is often enjoyed in the company of a prominent village elder, from whom you can learn about Khmu culture.

Moreover, he might offer you an insight into your own lifestyle.

Remember, curiosity runs both ways, especially when sipping Lao Hai (rice wine) from a jar through bamboo straws.

Day 7: Continue the trek and back to Luang Namtha

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Follow the flow of Nam Ha River, visit the villages of Ban Nalan Tai and Ban Namkoy.

The trail becomes more challenging as it climbs under a pristine tree canopy teeming with bird life, and ends up on a ridge with a stunning view of Luang Namtha town

Arrive in Luang Namtha mid-afternoon

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 bird life, 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.

Day 8: Transfer to Namkat Yorla Pa

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Explore the surrounding of Luang Namtha, visit Ban Namdee and the nearby Tad Namdee waterfall before transferring to Namkat Yorla Pa.

Namkat Yorla Pa is famous for its pure natural surround with the thick jungle, and especially the amazing Namkat Waterfalls, which we will explore in the next days.

After breakfast, we will drive to Tad Namdee waterfall, which locates 6 km out of town inside the hidden jungle track.

Along the way, we will also visit the village of Ban Namdee of the Lanten tribe people.

Spend time to relax by the waterfall before transferring back to town to explore That Luang Namtha locating at the top of the mountain overlooking the city of Luang Namtha and the surrounding area.

In the afternoon, transfer directly to Namkat Yola Pa Resort, which locates 30Km from Oudomxay center. The resort is famous for its pure natural surround with the thick jungle, and especially the amazing Namkat Waterfalls, which we will explore in the next days. Upon arrival, check in your riverside bungalow. Free for the rest of the day at the resort pool, or just relax and enjoy the sound of nature. Overnight at Namkat Waterfalls

Day 9: Explore the jungle and hidden waterfall (ATV – trekking – ziplining)

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Full day explore the jungle and the hidden waterfalls.

Walking through the virgin jungle to the waterfalls. Passing via the flying bridges.

Taking some rest at the waterfall or exploring further by yourself.

Enjoy the zipline flying over the jungle back to the entrance.

After breakfast, we will transfer to the starting point where we will have a short presentation about the Namkat Yorla Pa complex.

After a short safety brief, we will ride the ATV toward the jungle, about 5KM.

Reaching the entrance, we start trekking through the jungle path to the hidden Namkat waterfall.

Along the way, we will pass by about 13 flying bridges, admiring plenty of big tree, and hearing the sound of nature.

The trek will take about 1 hour or more depending on your speed.

We have plenty of time at Namkat waterfall to relax and enjoy the picnic lunch. If you wish, take a refreshing dip at the waterfall or walk further into the jungle

In the afternoon, we will join the 9-course zipline back to the entrance of the park.

From the entrance, we take the ATV ride back to Namkat Yorla Pa Resort.

The rest of the day is your own free time to relax by the inviting pool of the resort or stroll around the nearby villages.

Overnight at Namkat Yorla Pa

Day 10: Transfer to Bountai (Phongsaly)

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Relax at the resort before taking the transfer to the northernmost province of Phongsaly.

Visit the corn or banana farm along the way.

Arrive in Ban Bountai, stroll around the village to admire the slow life. It is the chance for you to step back to watch and relax

After breakfast, you will depart for Ban Bountai, Phongsaly province. The road is in good condition and at mountains’ slope. You will see beautiful landscapes, banana plantations, local rural life in the villages that border the road and panoramic views over the surrounding mountains. You can ask your guide to stop whenever you want to take pictures on the way.
We will arrive at Ban Bountai early afternoon. Check in your hotel.

After a soft rest, our guide will walk you out to visit the local village with the rural market, and the village temple.

The life is really slow here, that you will the chance for you to step back to watch and relax.

There is also a small sauna in town if you wish to treat yourself after the long transfer.

Overnight in Ban Bountai

Day 11: Trek to local villages and homestay

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Trekking to the nearby village up in the mountain. Visit the ethnic villages of Pouli and Eupa.

Plenty of chance to take pictures, talk with local people along the way.

Notice: you are visiting some of the most remote areas in Laos, which is rarely explored by other tourists. The local people my be a little shy, please ask for permission if you want to take picture

After breakfast, join the public tuk tuk transfer, where you might share the seat with Akha people coming back from the market, through the side road to Pouli and Eupa village.

We have ample time to visit these tribe village. Please notice that this route is rarely explored by the tourists, so the villager might be shy and do not want you to take photos. Please check with your guide to ask for permission if you wish so.

From there, we start trekking via a small mountain path up to the high village where Akha people will be your host for the night.

After refreshing, join the traditional welcoming massage.

You will then share the dinner with the host family, talk with them about their daily life and our guide will help translate before going to bed.

Day 12: Continue the trek with homestay

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Today, we explore another village on another nearby mountain.

Discover their daily life, culture and tradition.

Please remember to ask for permission if you want to take pictures.

After breakfast, we will descend to this mountain and ascend another nearby mountain to another village of Loma tribe people.

We will arrive there around noon time.

The afternoon is dedicated to stroll around the village, talk with local people to learn more about their daily life. You can find a suitable job to help them if you wish so.

Dinner will be shared with the host family

Overnight homestay

Day 13: Continue the trek and transfer to Muang Khua

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Descending the mountain and walk further to the main road.

From there, catch the transfer to Muang Khua, the riverside village nested along the Nam Ou river.

You have ample time to explore the nearby village before fishing the day with a cold beer at one of the riverside bar whilst the sun is setting

After breakfast, say goodbye to the villagers before descending the mountain.

We will arrive to the main road around noon time.

From there, catch the transfer to Muang Khua, the riverside village nested along the Nam Ou river.

In the afternoon, we will start exploring the village of Muang Khua.

Walk via the suspension bamboo bridge to the nearby village of Ban Natoun, we will visit the local school, watching the kids playing in the ground or joining the classes.

Muang Khua is lined up with some beautiful riverside bar, where you can make a stop, enjoy a cold BeerLao, and watch the sun setting behind the mountain.

Overnight in Muang Khua

Day 14: Cruise Nam Ou river to Ban Sopchem

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Take the cruise downstream Nam Ou river. Visit the local village along the way.

Enjoy a short easy walk from Ban Hatsaphei to ban Sopchem, visit the people and see their daily life.

Spend the night at the riverside village of Ban Sopchem

After breakfast, we will board on a long-tail boat downstream the Nam Ou River.

The scenery along the way is said to be the most beautiful part of the gently Nam Ou River.

We will arrive at Ban Danlam, where we can have the lunch at the village or the river beach.

After walking around the village and admire their daily life, we back to the boat and cruise further to Ban Hatsaphei.

From there, we start an easy trek along the Nam Ou river to Ban Sopchem, the beautiful weaving village with the thatch roof and bamboo houses. This is where we will stop for the night

After meeting the host family and leave your luggage at the house, we start walking through the paddy field watching people working on the field.

The dinner will be served by the host family.

Overnight with the host family

Day 15: Cruise to Muang Ngoi - Trek the surrounding area

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Take the short cruise to Muang Ngoi.

From there, we have full day trek to the local villages of Ban Huay Bor, Ban Na, and Ban Huaysene.

On the way back, visit Tham Kaang cave, which is famous for its supernatural power.

Enjoy a cold beer at the riverside bar during sunset

After breakfast, say goodbye to your host, then take a short cruise further to Muang Ngoi.

Upon arrival, begin trekking 2 hours to Ban Houay Bor (a Khmu and Tai Deng ethnic village).

We continue trekking to Ban Na (ethnic group of Tai Deng and Khmu village), which will take about 30-minute via the paddy field. Here we will have the lunch

In the afternoon, another 30-minute walk will bring us to the village of Ban Huaysene before coming back to Muang Ngoi via another road.

We will also visit Tham Kaang cave, which is said to be have supernatural power.

We arrive back to Muang Ngoi just in time to catch the sunset.

Overnight in Muang Ngoi

Day 16: Trek to Ban Phayong

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Take the cruise downstream to Ban Sopkong, visit the local school if it is the weekday.

Then enjoy a short 1-hour trek to the hidden waterfall of Tad Mork where we will take some rest and enjoy the picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, continue trekking further up mountain to Ban Phayong, where we will join the Baci Ceremony, share the dinner, and spend the night with the host family

We begin at 8am and start off by boarding a local long boat and head off upstream through some fantastic landscape before making our first stop of the day at a small riverside village. Here we take some time to look around and if during a weekday pay the local school a visit to see the charming children as they take part in their classes.
After this we continue onwards to Tad Mork which is located close to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Sop Kong, an hour trek from the river. At the waterfall, we shall have time to swim and enjoy a picnic lunch.
After that, we will start trekking through the jungle to Ban Phayong, the village of H’Mong ethnic. The trek will take about 2.5 – 3 hours up to a small hill.
Arriving in the village, you will take a stroll around the town to get familiar with the local villagers. Before having dinner with the host family, we will join the Baci Cenremony.

This rite is performed mostly for family and friends who are going or coming back from a long trip. This is their way of saying thank you to you for your visit. Your guides will portability explain more about the ceremony.
Spend your night at Ban Phayong

Day 17: Continue the trek and take the boat to Nong Khiaw

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Wake up early to admire the sunrise over the mountains.

After breakfast, we will descend the mountain to the river bank which will take about 3 hours.

From there, take the boat downstream the Nam Ou river to Nong Khiaw.

Free for the rest of the day or explore the Nong Khiaw viewpoint of you wish so.

Wake up early, you can help the host to prepare the breakfast, or watch the sun rising over the mountains.

In the morning, we will have 3 hours trekking downhill via the paddy, corn fields to the bank of Nam Ou river.

From there, we board on the cruise downstream to the town of Nong Khiaw.

Upon arrival, check in your hotel. It is high time to relax and take some rest.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw

 

Still want to fill up your day?

We recommend the hike up the Nong Khiaw Viewpoint. Start from your hotel at around 3:30PM, you will reach the peak around sunset.

Day 18: Trek 100 waterfall

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Full day explore the 100 waterfall, the newly explored hidden waterfall.

Visit some local villages along the way. Walking through the small streams and rice paddies.

Explore the hidden trail to the source of the waterfall. Enjoy the picnic lunch among the nature

Enjoy the leisure cruise along the Nam Ou river.

Admire the sunset on the way back to your accommodation

Start this day of adventure with a peaceful boat ride on the Nam Ou River where you will be able to explore a small Lao village along the riverside.

Learn about the villagers and their way of life along this Northern Laos River before beginning the ‘100 Waterfalls Adventure Trail’!

Walking through small streams and rice paddies, you will arrive at the bottom of the 100 Waterfalls which were only first explored in October 2008!

For the next few hours you will see only water and jungle and hear the constant sound of clear waterfall cascades. The pools around you are very inviting for a refreshing splash.

Your guide will lead you through the cascades and prepare a local style lunch that you can enjoy on the falls surrounded by amazingly green nature.

A small village trail on the top of the ‘100 Waterfalls’ will lead us on our hike back down into the valley, offering wide views over the expansive Nam Ou valley.

Once back in the village we will have some more time to experience the daily life of the Nam Ou riverside village before heading back to Nong Khiaw (Nong Khiau) by boat.

Day 19: Transfer to Nam Et - Phou Louey NPA with homestay

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After breakfast, transfer directly to Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA

Here we will meet the local guide and start walk into the jungle.

Enjoy the “tok tok” transfer via the trail crossing local villages to Ban Navene, where we will spend the night.

Today is just to warm up and prepare for the next four-day of challenging trek

After breakfast, transfer directly to Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA.

The 3.5-hour transfer will take us to the village of Ban Nam Soy.

Here we will meet the village guide who will give you a brief orientation about the following tour.

From here you will get on a tok tok (a hand tractor used for plowing rice paddies and convertible to a transportation vehicle) along a 9km trail crossing local villages and overlooking agricultural fields to Ban Navene, a remote Khmu village.

Enjoy late lunch in Ban Navene, hosted by the village cooking group at the village visitor center.

In the afternoon, guides will give a short orientation about the village and you will be introduced to your homestay family.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring the village and helping your homestay family with the daily tasks around the house or in the nearby fields.

You will spend the evening with your homestay family and experience the tranquility of life in a remote, off-the-grid village with limited electricity.

Note:

+ We include in this package the 5-day trekking program in Nam Et – Phou Louey, if you have shorter time, we can make it within 3-4-day program

+ Or if you want an easier trek, we recommend 3-day waterfall & the Nest

+ Or if you just want an easy tour in the area, join the 24-hour Nam Nern Night Safari Tour

Day 20: Trek Tad Ang waterfall and Huay Kaneng

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Today is the first of the two-day ascent to the peak of Phou Louey mountain, the third highest peak in Laos.

Along the way, visit the local plantation, where we can take some rest at the farmer’s hut.

There is also the chance to refresh at the waterfall of Tad Ang, where we will have lunch.

Then continue the trek to Huay Kaneng, where we will stop for the night

After an early breakfast and saying your goodbyes to your host family, we depart for the first of the two-day ascent to the peak of the Phou Louey Mountain.

The first 5 km of the trail climbs up through a mosaic of shifting agricultural fields, with rest stops taken at the farmer’s huts. Your guide will explain about local agriculture, which villagers depend on for their both their food and income.

After approximately a 2-hour walk, the trail enters the forest and the core zone of the protected area. Continue walking through forests about 30 minutes until arriving at Tad Ang Waterfall, an amazing waterfall that has bowl-like jungle infinity pool.

Enjoy swimming while the village cook will prepare a lunch.

After lunch, the trail continues a gradual ascent until finally reaching the first campsite where you will stop for the night, Houay Kaneng camp, located 4km after the substation.

Follow the guide to the nearby camera trap to change the memory card. Once back at the camp, enjoy a traditional Khmu dinner by campfire prepared by the village cook.

In the evening help the guide to sort through the photos of wildlife taken by the camera traps during the previous night. These photos will be uploaded to the website after your trip for viewing and download.

Overnight in bamboo huts (two people per hut).

Day 21: Explore Phou Louey summit - Overnight near Tad Loy waterfall

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This is the biggest day of trekking as we will reach the summit of Phou Louey mountain.

Start early to make sure we will cover the trail on plan.

To minimize the negative impacts on this fragile and extremely special ecosystem, lunch will be taken before the summit.

Please do not pick any plants from the Phou Louey Peak area and please stay on the trail to reduce the footprints on this rare plant community.

We arrive at Tad Loy campsite at late afternoon. Take a rest before having dinner around the campfire.

Enjoy breakfast back at the camp to the sounds of early morning bird calls before starting the final climb up to the Cloud Forest and Phou Louey Peak.  We ask that clients be prepared to wake up early and get prepared in a timely fashion so that the summit may be reached before 2 PM.

The climb is a very steep 12 km to the peak.  It is steep and direct the entire way, so this can be very difficult for clients who are not in peak physical fitness. The peak is usually covered in clouds all day year round, however, if you’re lucky with good weather conditions and clear sky, you may see a breathtaking view of thick, old growth forest covering “Forever Mountain” for as far as the eye can see.

To minimize the negative impacts on this fragile and extremely special ecosystem, lunch will be taken before the summit. Please do not pick any plants from the Phou Louey Peak area and please stay on the trail to reduce the footprints on this rare plant community.  At the summit additional camera traps will be opened to change memory cards.

After enjoying the wonders of the cloud forest, the trail descends down to Tad Loy camp, which is about 8 km from the top. Along the way, you will help to check one more camera trap and change their memory cards. Phou Louey is known for its abundance of wildlife, and so the chance to see some great camera trap photos of different species is quite high (click here to see the list of the animal species).

Arrival to the camp in late afternoon. Enjoy free time to relax and bathe in the nearby river. Help your guide to sort through photos of wildlife taken by the camera traps during the previous night. These photos will be uploaded to the website after your trip for viewing and download.

Enjoy a traditional Khmu dinner prepared by the village cook and porters.

Enjoy the dinner at the campfire and the wild outback of Nam Et-Phou Louey, Your guides may tell you also some Khmu folktales and stories about dragons, wildlife and ghosts.

Overnight in bamboo huts (two people per hut).

Day 22: Continue the trek to The Nest Campsite

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Today, we will explore another nearby mountain of Phou Phamai with some steep ascent.

Descending the mountain, we will arrive at Poung Nied Salt Lick the the Nest Campsite.

The route traverses some unique forest and landscapes and trench remains from the war.

We reach our accommodation at the mid-afternoon. Take some rest and explore around before having dinner.

In the evening, join the team to spot widlife at the observation center before going to bed

Wake up early and before breakfast to walk up a nearby mountain to check more camera traps, bird watch and possibly hear the calls of the rare White-cheeked crested gibbon. After around an hour, return back to the camp to enjoy breakfast.

After returning back to the campsite, enjoy breakfast.

Today you will trek from the foothills of Phou Louey Mountain across the rugged and mountainous landscape to Poung Nied and The Nests campsite.

The trek is approximately 9km with a steep ascent to the top of Phou Phamai Mountain followed by a gradual descent down to Poung Nied Salt Lick and The Nests camp. The route traverses some unique forest and landscapes and trench remains from the war.

Enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail. The village cook prepares the lunch in the morning before your departure from the Tad Loy camp.

You will arrive at The Nests camp in the mid-afternoon and will be shown to your accommodation – the hanging spherical “nest”. Enjoy free time to relax, bathe in the nearby river and enjoy the nature.

Enjoy a traditional Khmu dinner prepared by the village cooking group at around 6-7pm – before it gets dark. It’s important to take an early dinner so that the smell of food and fire is not strong when you visit the wildlife observation platform later this evening. Dinner is eaten at the camp and is not allowed at the observation tower.

After dinner, you will receive a short briefing by your guide about wildlife viewing at the Poung Nied Salt Lick – one of the largest salt licks in the protected area. It’s important to follow the introduced rules about the observation tower, such as: no talking, no eating at the salt lick and how to return to the camp in case you need to use the toilet.

The guides will also educate tourists about the species of animals they may see during the spotlighting and explain the rules and expectations for spotlighting.

Spot the wildlife at the observation tower until not later than 11:30 pm. An overnight sleeping is not allowed in order to reduce any negative impacts and disturbances to the wildlife.

The most common animals that you might spot include Sambar and Barking deer and various species of civets, although, if lucky, you may see also other rare animals such as bears, dhole, several species of wild cats and others.

Please wear warm clothes as it can be quite cold in the late evening/night time.

Overnight in The Nests. Maximum two people per Nest for your safety and comfort.

Day 23: Continue the trek out of the jungle to Muang Hiam

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Wake up early to walk back to the salt lick to identify wildlife tracks, enjoy the virgin of the new day, and smell the nature around your feet.

Having breakfast before taking the final leg of your trekking program in Nam Et – Phou Louey NPA.

The trail will take you through 7km of forest path with some easy up and down.

Enjoy the ‘tok-tok’ transfer to the village of Ban Nam Poung before joining the transfer to Muang Hiam.

You can either take some rest at your guesthouse or walk a bit out of town to enjoy the hot spring

Before breakfast, your guide will walk you back to the salt lick to identify wildlife tracks.

Spend approximately one hour in the observation platform to see birds and enjoy the awakening of a new day.

Your guide will also show you the camera traps, and you can help to change the memory cards.

Once back at the camp, enjoy breakfast and help your guide sort through the photos of wildlife taken by the camera traps during the previous night. These photos will be uploaded to the website after your trip for viewing and download.

Twelve surrounding villages involved in this project receive monetary bonuses in form of village development fund based on the number and type of wildlife spotted at night and captured by the camera trap. (This fee is included in your tour price.)

Your final day of trekking takes you along a 7 km forest path built and maintained by the village. This trail passes through thick jungle and mixed deciduous forests. The local guide will show you medicinal plants and identify animal tracks along the way.

The trek has a couple moderate ascents before descending into agriculture fields. At the edge of the forest and fields, enjoy a picnic lunch inside farmer’s hut.

From here another tok tok will pick you up and take you through the village rice and corn fields for about 7km to Ban Nam Poung Village, an ethnic Khmu Village, situated on the edge of the national protected area core zone boundary.

Once in the village your village guides will bid you goodbye and you will be transferred back to Muang Hiem by private truck or van. We will arrive in Muang Hiem in afternoon.

Check in your simple guesthouse in town.

Take some rest or walk a bit out of town to visit the hot spring, which is very famous among locals

Day 24: Transfer to Xieng Khuang - Explore Plain of Jars site 1

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In the morning, transfer to Xieng Khuang, which is famous for its mysterious plain of jars.

In the afternoon, we have ample time to visit the Plain of Jars site 1.

There is also the chance to visit MAG Center in the town to learn more about the secret war in Laos

After breakfast continue driving about 3 hours to Xieng Khouang. Along the way enjoy the beautiful scenery and see local village life.

Xieng Khouang is a town that has been totally rebuilt after being destroyed during the secret war in Laos. The town is now located 30 km away from where it was originally.

Today, Xieng Khouang, locally called “Phonsavan” is the gateway to the Plain of Jars.

After checking into your hotel, we visit the plain of jars site 1, which is the biggest and closest to town.

If time permits, you can visit the MAG Center in the town. MAG is a humanitarian organization clearing the remnants of conflict for the benefit of local communities worldwide.

Lao PDR is the most heavily bombed nation in the world (per capita).

Overnight in Xieng Khouang

Day 25: Transfer to Luang Prabang

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Visit the local market before transferring to Luang Prabang.

Visit another cave which served as the hospital during the war.

There are plenty of chance to stop to visit local villages, enjoy the scenery, or just take some rest.

Arrive in Luang Prabang mid-afternoon

Early morning, we visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hill tribe people barter and exchange merchandises.

We then transfer directly to Luang Prabang.

En route we stop off to see the Buddha images at Tham Pra, a site more than 200 years old, and various Hmong and hill tribe minority villages along the way.

After numerous photo stops, we continue driving, enjoying the splendid natural scenery of the mountains, the forest and landscape.

The roads are well paved along the way for a smooth journey; we pass some stunning landscape scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages, we take a few photo stops at some small hill tribe village en route.

Each hill tribe village in Laos has a different feel, some are more prosperous than others but all have plenty of life.

We will make a shot stop at Ban Phoudam village, where we can see the two hill tribe minorities of H’Mong and Khamu living in harmony, before driving to the photo stop at Ban Kiew Nya for the panoramic view prior to reaching Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 26: Explore Nahm Dong Park

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Explore Nahm Dong Nature park in the morning. This is the newly built park locating just 10 km out of town.

Here we can choose the suitable trekking trail (there is the easy-to-difficult trail depending on your wish).

We also join the zipline flying over the park with plenty of small stream and waterfalls.

Enjoy the picnic and admire the panoramic view over the region before transferring back to Luang Prabang

Explore some important site in the city before ascending mount Phousi to admire the sunset

After departing at 8:30 am from your hotel, transfer to Nahm Dong park, which locates in Ban Xiengmouk, 10Km from city center.

Arriving at the park, we will have a short welcome by the park manager before joining the morning activities here.

We will first start with the Zipline flying over the jungle and the waterfalls admiring the amazing evergreen scenery. The zipline will take about 1 hour.

Then we will walk back via the jungle trail crossing some flying bridges, small streams, and clear natural pools, where you can take a refresh splash if you wish so.

The picnic lunch will be served at the viewpoint where you can spread your view over the region, including the view of mount Phousi in the city center.

The afternoon is your free time to relax, you can either stroll around the park or visit the organic garden, join some more activities (extra charge)

Transfer back to town, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.

The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 27: Explore MandaLao Elephant Camp

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Full day explore MandaLao elephant camp, which promotes the no-riding tour.

Here you can learn more about elephant, its living condition in Laos, and the effort to raise awareness of the community of help protect our big friend.

Walk aside the elephants, learning about their daily activities. Experience first-hand why humans and elephants have shared such an unwavering bond for thousands of years.

After picking you up from town or your hotel we will leave Luang Prabang around 08:30 for the nearby village of Xieng Lom.

Upon arrival you are invited to have coffee or tea as your guide for the day provides an in-depth introduction to elephant behavior and the ways we should interact with them.

A quick boat ride across the Nam Khan River will deliver you to the waiting elephants. You will be introduced to your new friends and feed them some special treats – a sure way to begin an instant friendship.

Enjoy observing elephants from the river bank as Mahouts wash them in the Nam Khan river. You can experience elephants washing, swimming and playing in the water.

Please note this is voluntary activity for the elephants and Mandalao does not force them to get in the water. (On cold days the elephants are less likely to want to get wet.)

After 2 hours crossing through a beautiful stretch of traditional Lao gardens you will arrive at the jungle-covered Huay Nok stream.

As you walk alongside the elephants and crisscross through the cool water you will experience a profound sense of understanding, respect, and caring for these amazing animals.

You and your elephant companions will continue walking past a lovely stretch of rice fields and enter a patch of forest where you can rest, relax, and eat. Lunch will be served in traditional Lao fashion, eating on bamboo mats on the forest floor.

In the afternoon, visit Tad Kuang Song Waterfall, which was named after a Golden Deer spirit seen standing on its crest many centuries ago.

If you like, you can take a cool dip, wade, stand under the soft showers of the waterfall, and spend time meditating and admiring the private beauty of this rarely seen natural treasure.

You will sit, watch, and learn as the MandaLao mahout’s show how they communicate and listen to their elephants.

This will highlight the special skills each elephant has and give you deeper insight into their individual personalities.

After this, you can take what you have learned from the mahouts and guides throughout the day and spend quiet, uninterrupted time with the elephants—reading their emotions just as they read yours.

You will experience first-hand why humans and elephants have shared such an unwavering bond for thousands of years.

Along with the mahouts, you will bring your elephants to their nighttime feeding grounds. Take time for a long goodbye and in knowing that the connection you have built is not only felt by you, but by your new friend as well.

Enjoy a few moments to think about your experiences from the day as you look out at the vast Luang Prabang mountain range from the terrace at MandaLao.

We will then drive you back to town. Arrive approximately 4:00pm.

Day 28: Departure

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Free before transferring out to the airport to take the departure flight

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight

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