13 Days
Nam Ha National Protected, Laos

13 days Hill tribes and Jungles in Laos

13 days between the majestic Mekong and the green mountains of north Laos and the wide ethnic diversity of this still hidden country… Come and discover the remote Laos on hiking and trekking trails around Vieng Phouka, Muang Sing and Luang Namtha at the Nam Ha National Protected area! This tour recently surveyed and offers one of the most fascinating trekking and community-based tourism activity combinations in northern Laos. Learn about local cultures and traditions, the diverse Lao ethnic diversity of which you will be a part of. Visit and live with local villagers and become part of their daily activities on the different trails and tours around northern Laos.

To make it simple and easy we made this a full inclusive package
– transfers, road, river, bike
– meals on activity days as indicated
– l drinking water on all days
– permissions
– village donations and contributions
– Hotels and guest house stays (Standard class – upgrades possible)
– guiding (English; others on request)
– entrance fees and taxes

NOT included:
– other drinks and personal expenses
– insurance
– tips

Additional information



Day 1: Houay Xai arrival in Laos or flight in from Vientiane

(tour can be started from Luang Phabang + 1 day for traveling to Houay Xai)
Meeting at Houay Xai/Chiang Khong for the start of this wonderful adventurous travel package in north Laos. With our car we take our onward travel to Vieng Phouka, a small village along the way. While passing villages and beautiful landscape you can stop to explore a few villages. Especially the one of the Lanten people who still wear their traditional blue cloths are very interesting. If time permits we take a small orientation walk through the small town. Local basic guest house. – B,L –

Day 2: Vieng Phouka

Trekking in the nature of North Laos
Trekking to the Akha (The Akha Trail) in the region of Vieng Phouka. An early start allows you to see the Akha villages in the region along traditional walking trails. Depending on season, your guide will choose one of the trails in the region. Walking hours around 5+ hours daily. Overnight at Akha family home stay. – B,L,D –

Day 3: Vieng Phouka – Trekking in the nature of North Laos

After the second day of trekking through some forests and hills in the region of Vieng Phouka you may arrive back after lunch time. Another stretch of road will lead you partly through the Nam Ha protected area to Luang Namtha: the next destination. From here we return to Vieng Phouka and take another overnight in Vieng Phouka. If time permits we can also travel onwards to Luang Namtha where better facilities are available. – B,L –

Day 4: Travel to Muang Sing

Before we leave to our next destination we have a short look around the plateau of Luang Namtha. A nice mountain stupa and temple awaits us with some views of the region. Drive through the Nam Ha protected zone to the plateau of Muang Sing near the Chinese border one of the last frontiers in Laos. After arrival in Muang Sing we take the chance to explore the small town with it’s little market as well as the local ethnic museum. Overnight stay in local guest house. – B,L –

Day 5: Muang Sing – Trekking tour to ethnic minorities

In the morning we start the hiking tour to ethnic minority villages and the surrounding mountains. On this one day trek we have the chance to learn more about the ethnic groups in the nearby mountains of Muang Sing which seem to be quite different from the ones we have met before. From the top of a mountain we have an excellent view of the Muang Sing valley. Then we walk on to meet Akha Puli people and have lunch at the village, after that we return down to see one more Akha village before returning back to Muang Sing. Night in Muang Sing. – B,L –

Day 6: Drive to Luang Namtha and explore the town

In the afternoon we take the time for a short city walk, waterfall visit or biking tour. It’s best to discover Luang Namtha with a small bike ride, so prepare to use different muscles.

Day 7: Nam Ha Project – Trekking Tour

National Park Tour – three day Trekking
Descriptions of this trail are available on request. Daily trekking hours vary between 4-6 hours in medium difficulty terrain. Depending on trail and season! On activity days all meals are included.

Day 8: Nam Ha Project – Trekking Tour

National Park Tour – three day Trekking

Day 9: Nam Ha Project – Trekking Tour

National Park Tour – three day Trekking

Day 10: Luang Namtha to Nong Khiaw – over mountains to the Nam Ou river

A day of overland travel will bring us to another amazing place in Laos, a newly discovered (in 2008) area with a great variety of activities in pure and untouched nature. The road will lead us over a number of mountain passes passing mostly highland Lao (Lao Sung – Hmong) villages. We may have a stop along the way and wander around. After arrival in Nong Khiau, a small town on the beautiful Nam Ou river, we relax in our guest house before we start our next (and softer) activities in this great area. Driving time about 8 hrs. – B,L,D –

Day 11: Nong Khiaw – the 100 waterfalls – a new nature trail

“Wow,wow,wow…” is what the first travelers said after coming back from this simply amazing waterfall hike and river trip!!!
Starting with a peaceful boat ride on the Nam Ou you will be able to explore a small Lao village along the river before heading into the waterfalls. Walking through small streams and rice paddies you approach the 100 waterfalls which were first explored in October 2008!! The next few hours you will see only water and jungle and hear the sound of clear waterfall cascades small pools all around you inviting for a refreshing splash. Lunch will be served along the way. After your adventure you will walk back to the river and arrive after another boat ride in the afternoon in Nong Khiaw. Night in guest house. – B,L –

Day 12: Explore the Nam Ou and the Mekong River

Today we take the time to join a relaxing journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. On our 7 hour boat cruise downstream to Luang Prabang we see great landscapes and river sceneries and explore the natural way of life along the river banks. Enjoy this not so active day. Late afternoon arrival and overnight stay in hotel in Luang Prabang. Take your time to walk through the colorful night market. – B,L –

Day 13: Explore the Nam Ou and the Mekong River

This half day city tour will show you the most beautiful spots in town including the famous Wat Xieng Thong and other monasteries in the World Heritage town. In the afternoon you have a transfer to the airport or bus station.

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