4 Days Golden Triangle Trek on the Chao Fa Trail
Chao Fa mean King. The King of Muang Sing use the trail to govern this area. The trek will lead you visit traditional of Tai Lue located on the bank of the Mekong River, visit Akha villages located on the higher mountains in Golden Triangle “Laos-Myanmar-China”, they are still keep their culture & traditional, the final visit the old kingdom of Muang Sing.
- Tour ID: XK-TK-04
- Start-Finish: Muang Sing town or Luang Namtha town
- Season Departure: October to next year month June
- Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
- Departure: 7:00 AM from Luang Namtha town or 8:00 AM from Muang Sing town
- Difficulty: Moderate-difficulty, short hill climbs and descents
Day 1: Muang Sing-Ban Mom-Bo Hae-Ban Xay. Approx. 5-6 hours
Departure from our office in Luang Namtha 7:00 AM or Muang Sing 8:00 AM by 4 Wheel Drive to Ban Mom (Tai Lue village), Buag Ya Say Mai (Akha village), then start walking on the small path from Bohae (Akha village) to Ban Xay (Tai Lue village) the village located on the bank of Mekong River opposite Myanmar border and where we stay overnight for the first day. We will arrival in the village around 17:00.
While waiting for dinner walk on the bank of the Mekong River to see beautiful sunset, visit local eople back from working, talk with the villagers to get new experience, learn about their culture and tradition and you will see 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.
[Meals: Lunch and Dinner]
Day 2: Ban Xay-Ban Eula. Approx. 5-6 hours
Enjoy Tai Lue daily lifestyle. After breakfast start to see the stupa most sacred Buddhist Site spent the time about 30 minutes, continue climbing up to 1,500 meters mountain and then you can see the excellent views of the two side between Laos and Myanmar, after that walk to Ban Eula where you stay overnight (Akha village). While waiting your dinner walk around the village to see and learning about Akha culture and traditional.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
Day 3: Ban Eula-Ban Loku-Ban Kopen-Pha Daeng. Approx. 6-7 hours
In the morning you will see Akha daily working. After breakfast with traditional food departure from Ban Eula to Ban Loku (Akha Phuli) about two hours walk. Next trek to visit Ban Kopen (Akha village) the traditional lunch will eaten on the trail. Along the trek you will see excellent landscape, green natures and stunning mountains until you arrival in Pha Deang (Akha village) the village you sleeping for this night. After dinner you will get Akha massage.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
Day 4: Pha Daeng-Buffaloes Farm-Muang Sing. Approx. 4-5 hours
Waiting your breakfast walk around the village to see and learning Akha daily work and their traditional. After breakfast walk from the village pass through stunning mountain, landscape, agricultural fields and forests, have lunch along the trail. The Four Wheel Drives waiting at the Buffaloes farm and take back to Muang Sing or Luang Namtha.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch] – End of tour-
- All transfer by covered pickup truck (4WD and boat only).
- English speaking tour guide.
- All visits/excursions as mentioned in tour itinerary.
- Accommodation in village family hut with toilet shower outside (Some villages they don’t have toilet and shower outside).
- Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
- Meals as mentioned
- Trekking permit, entrance fees and government tax
- Akha massage all nights
- Tour service
Price Does Not Include:
- Extra activities you might choose to do in the villages
- Additional food, e.g. special kind of meat you might request
- Insurance should you get sick. Please make sour you have a valid cover
Why is the adventure trek more expensive?
Compared to the tour around in Laos especially Luang Namtha, the adventure trek in Xieng Khaeng or Golden Triangle Trek are more expensive. The major reason is that transport (only Four Wheel Drives) is more expensive, the second reason is that we pay a little bit more to the villages, for example for accommodation 30,000 kip/person/night goes to the homestay family, as opposed to 15,000-20,000 kip at another tour office. Also, our guides earn a bit more (double paid), as the treks in mountainous Xieng Khaeng can be quite challenging and steep.
Remark: the price above non-include transportation if you start the trek from Luang Namtha. If you would like to start the tour from Luang Namtha, you will pay more 75 US$.