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2 Days Trek-The Experience of a Lifetime with Riverside Eco-Lodge (ID: NT-TK-02)
Trekking Area: Nam Ha National Protected Area- an ASEAN Heritage Site
Day1: hike approx. 4-5 hours; Day 2: approx. 5-6 hours.
Difficulty: Moderate, short hill climbs and descents walks up and down of hills
Trip Overview:
Ban Nalan is embedded in a Community Based Tourism (CBT) zone. Early in the millennium, a New Zealand-funded UNESCO team guided a handful of trekkers along a trail to the village. The feedback from this pioneering group of paying tourists helped in designing the Ban Nalan Trek, Laos’ first CBT activity. To top it off, the United Nations recognized the trail the blazing achievement with a prestigious Development Award, and the CBT trek became a model for the pro-lowest-incomes tourism.
Ban Nalan Homestay Accommodation in Ban Nalan Ban Nalan Eco-lodge Night time
Eco-lodge   Accommodation   Eco-lodge Night time
Nalan Village   Ban Nalan Trail   Khmu in Ban Nalan
Nalan Village "Khmu"   Along Ban Nalan Trail   Daily life in Ban Nalan
Children in Ban Nalan   Khmu in Ban Nalan   Daily life in Ban Nalan
Children in Ban Nalan   Daily life in Ban Nalan   Daily life in Ban Nalan
Ban Nakoy   Lanten People in Ban Nam Koy   Lanten People in Ban Nam Koy
Ban Nakoy along the Nalan Trail   Lanten People in Ban Nam Koy   Lanten People in Ban Nam Koy
Day 1: Ban Chalernsouk-Ban Nalan. Approx. 4-5 hours
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 2: Ban Nalan-Ban Nalan Tai-Ban Namkoy-Ban Namlue.
Approx. 5-6 hours
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 birdlife, 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.

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