3 Days Trek-Challenge, Lifestyle, Riverside Camp
A 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 riverside camp, learning a few things of the native lifestyle, cooking in bamboo vessels, hill tribes and survival. The second night in the Khmu homestaythe village awarded ASEAN Standard of Community Based Tourism 2018and 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.
Day 1: Nam Ha Village-Nam Ha NPA-Riverside Camp. Approx. 5-6 hours.
Departure is at 9:00 AM. From the office to Nam Ha, a Khmu village, which is roughly 30 km from Luang Namtha town. The local Khmu guide with expertise and knowledge of the rainforestwill 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 and other wild animals occasionally seen. Your guide will teach you how to make birdcalls, 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 riverside camp late in the afternoon. Next the guides will show you how to stay in the forest, 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 riverside camp.
Day 2: Riverside Camp-Nam Ha NPA-Khmu village. Approx. 5-6 hours.
In the early morning you will many an animal scream from the higher mountain and nearly the 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. You will arrival Nalan which the village awarded ASEAN Standard of Community Based Tourism 2018. After check in your homestay you have time to walking around the village and learn about their lifestyle, culture and traditional. After dinner on local food you will enjoy tourism activities offered by community.
Day 3: Nalan Village- Chalernsouk or Nalue Village. Approx. 3-6 hours.
In the morning you still have time to visit the village and test Lao Coffee by bamboo cups. After breakfast, on this day we have two option as: the first trail hike uphill through forest. Traditional lunch will be prepared en route on the forest path. Thereafter, you will have an easy two-hour hike down the mountain slope until you arrive at the Ban Chalernsouk, where your driver will be waiting for you and shuttle you back to Luang Namtha.
The second option follow the Nam Ha River through the village of Nalan Tai Village and on through the open cultivated areas of the Lanten people, who are local village residents. We leave the Nam Ha River as the trail steadily climbs for a couple of hours. This is the most challenging section of the trail, but also the most beautiful, as it passes through stands of ancient trees, some five hundred years old, that create a high dense canopy rich in birdlife. We need only pause quietly to hear the forest come alive with a mixed chorus of birds and insects. From the top of the ridge, spectacular northern views lay before you, with Luang Namtha visible away in the distance. The final descent takes the group past upland rice fields and cultivated areas tended by the people of Namlue village. The trail steepens here and can be slippery after rainfall. But a careful pace with sound footwear will get you down safely to the village of Namlue village where Lantan and Khmu people live together. And that is where you end your trek, returning to Luang Namtha by Tuk Tuklate afternoon to round off a journey we trust you will fondly remember.
- An English-speaking tour leader and a native guide, who knows the rainforest, indigenous traditions, and culture like the back of his hand.
- Local guide: Two local guides from different villages.
- Transportation send you to where we star trekking and pick up you back to the town.
- Accommodation: First night in riverside camp with sleeping bags, foam mats, and mosquito nets are supplied and the second night in the Khmu homestay.
- Meals-lunch x 2, dinner x 1, breakfast x1, provided by local people”.
- Drinking water along the trip.
- Trekking permit and Village fund.