3 Days Combine Tour: 2 Days Trek + Jungle Forest Camp + Homestay + 1 Day Kayaking on Nam Ha River
Trekking through Nam Ha NPA, jungle forest, green mountain, excellent view; Experience local technic for hunting wild animals, bamboo cooking, medicine plants water, overnight in the jungle forest camp on the Nam Ha riverside; Learning Khmu & Lanten cultures and traditional of lifestyle; Khmu Baci-ceremony; Adventure, paddle exiting but manageable grade 2-3 rapids along the Nam ha River, one of the most pristine waterway in Laos, Travel over swift rapids.
- Tour ID: NT-MT-15.
- Start-Finish: Luang Namtha town.
- Departure: 9:00 AM Daily of June to January.
- Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights.
- Difficulty level: Moderate Adventure.
Day 1: Ban Nam Ha-the Nam Ha Jungle Camp. Approx. 5-6 hours
Start at Ban Nam Ha far from Luang Namtha 39 km. The local guide from the village will join the tour for leading you hike through rice paddies and up into the mountains of Nam Ha NPA. Along the trail you will see many species of birds, monkeys and deer are occasionally seen, your guide will teach you how to make a bird call, dear barking and squirrel sounds, see many types of NTPs (Non Timber Forest Products) and your guides will share their experience about traditional medicines plants. Lunch is eaten in the forest shade near the stream. We will arriving in the jungle forest camp around 4:00 PM, over there easy walking in the jungle near the forest camp following the trail, searching animal footprints and other elements that prove the presence in the forest of many wild lives further monkey, barking dear, gibbon, wild pigs and jungle fowl. The guide will point out interesting things and useful plants and herbal medical care such as: cardamoms, galangals…after dinner overnight in the jungle forest camp hosted by Khmu.
Day 2: the Nam Ha Jungle Camp-Ban Nalan “Khmu Village”. Approx. 5-6 hours
In the early morning you will hear and see the many jungle birds around us, the guide will prepare traditional breakfast, taking energy for the following trek over steep paths further up into the Nam Ha forest. Deep in the woods we’ll have a break for lunch. Here we wish farewell to our local guide who returns to his village. Lunch will be prepared in the traditional way along the forest path. The guides can boil water and make soup in bamboo cooking vessels. They will encourage you to take part in the preparation of the meal, showing you how to construct simple spoons and chopsticks from bamboo and leaves. They will also brew a medicinal tea from wild plants collected along the way. We will arrival Ban Nalan around 4:00 pm where we spend one more night in the Khmu eco-lodge. Our hosts are ready to prepare a dinner in “local style” whilst you take time to swim and bathe in the river. Walk around the village, talk with friendly people. Before dinner join Khmu Baci-ceremony.
Day 3: Ban Nalan-Ban Nam Goy-Ban Sop Sim. Approx. 5 hours kayaking
After a leisurely breakfast continue down river. Visit other khmu & Lanten village to see making bamboo paper, nature dyeing. The section of the river will reveal the best forest views and the most exciting rapids of the trip. Arriving at the confluence of the Nam Tha and Nam Ha rivers paddle down the Nam Tha for a way before arriving at the Khmu village of Ban Sop Sim where your transport back to Luang Namtha will be waiting you. The optional return by river is in a traditional motorboat operated by local villagers. On your way up the river you will see water birds along the banks of the river and make your last pass along the border of the Nam Ha Protected Area.
Note: Nam Ha is best for rafting from July to October, for kayaking from July to November. Low water levels from January-June may make kayaking rocky.
- Leader guide “English speaking tour guide” & Local guide “who knowledge tradition & culture”.
- Covered transport “Tuk Tuk & Kayaks”.
- Accommodation “Khmu Eco-lodge& forest camp”.
- Meals-Lunch x 3, Dinner x 2, Breakfast x2.
- Drinking water during the trip.
- Trekking, Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony & Tourism activities.
- Provincial tax on net income & village fund.