2 Days Trek Gibbon Trail in Vieng Phoukha
Challenging trek from Vieng Phoukha to explore an important area in the Nam Ha NPA for one of the world’s last remaining populations of black-cheeked crested gibbons. With Khmu and Akha guides, visit caves inhabited by bats and perhaps hear the gibbons’ magical morning calls.
- Tour ID: VPK-TK-07
- Start-Finish: Vieng Phoukha town or Luang Namtha town
- Duration: 2 days / 1 night
- Departure: 9:00 AM daily from Vieng Phoukha; 8:00 from Luang Namtha town
- Difficulty: Moderate, short hill climbs and descents walks up and down of hills
- Remark: Itinerary of tour will be change a little depend on season.
Day 1: Vieng Phoukha-Ban Tah Long – Ban Tah Leng. Approx. 5-6 hours
Start from our office by Tuk Tuk 15 minutes to drop-off point just outside of the town of Vieng Phoukha, near the forest’s edge, where the trek will begin. The first day’s pace is easy, and much of the guides’ knowledge of edible and medicinal plants will be demonstrated in the forest. You will be hiking uphill towards the Khmu village of Ban Tah Long. After lunch continue walk pass old forest to Ban Tah Leng where you should arrive around 4 or 5 pm. After arriving at Tah Leng, you will rest for a while and then you may choose to take part in an activity. The Akha people have been crafting their own blades, those same ones the guides use for cooking and clearing brush, for many years. You will be invited to participate in the forging process, using fantastically simple technology. This night you will spend at the Home stay in Tah Leng.
[Meals: Lunch, Dinner].
Day 2: Ban Tah Leng-Vieng Phoukha. Approx. 5-6 hours
Before breakfast, if the weather is good and you are a bit of a morning person, feel free to take a walk around the village to see Akha preparing to work in the fields. In the morning there is sometimes a sea of fog hanging over the landscape, amongst which the villagers will be feeding their animals. Lunch will be prepared in the traditional way in the forest along the path. The guides know how to boil water and make soup within vessels made of bamboo. They will encourage you to take part in the preparation of the meal, showing you how to construct simple spoons and chopsticks from leaves and cups from bamboo. They will also brew a medicinal tea from wild plants collected along the way. Around 9 am, you will have a good two hours hike down the mountain before lunch, and then you will continue the trek until you arrive at the Vieng Phoukha valley. Here the trek concludes and a driver will be waiting to transport you back to town. There should be enough time in the day to travel onwards to the Thai border at Huay Xai if you choose.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch] – End of tour-.
- An experienced government certified , English speaking tour guide
- Covered transport with an experienced certified driver (only start from Vieng Phoukha town)
- Overnight’s village accommodation: Homestay
- Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
- Meals-Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1, Breakfast x1
- Water during the trip
- Trekking permit and Provincial Tax on Net Income
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 100 US$/Trip (Private minivan).