4day Vieng Phouka Akha Explorer Laos from Luang Namtha Trekking in remote north Laos
Trekking and hiking in Vieng Phouka is an opportunity to explore trails and areas where tourists hardly ever go to. With support of international organisations trails have been defined! This package combines some caving with Akha village visist and interesting trails as well as home stays in Akha village and cultural learning in the heart of north Laos.
Day 1: We meet in Luang Namtha
near at the office and take the ride down to Vieng Phouka to explore the area surrounding this little town. ON good roads we have an easy drive and have enough time to explore an interesting cave. This cave offers also an interesting nature walk and a pick nick along the way. The evening we have time to relax in Vieng Phouka. We stay for the night in a small guest house B-L-D
Day 2: Trekking in Vieng Phouka
We depart at 8:30 from the Eco-Guide Service office. Transfer to Ban Nam O, a traditional village of the Khmu Kwaen ethnic groups. This is where our first village-based guide joins the group. The first half of the day follows the meandering Nam O River and its lush valley. A Lao-style picnic lunch is taken on the way when hiking across several ridges offering panoramic views onto the forests of the Nam Ha NPA. The well-worn Akha trail continues past a temporary settlement of the upland rice farmers of Ban Nam O. The first lodge on the top of a mountain at the Akha Phouli village of Ban Nam Lo is reached by late afternoon. A traditional Akha dinner cooked by the villagers marks the end of an adventurous first day. B-L-D
Day 3: Trekking through the nature of Vieng Phouka
Rising early, you may be able to hear the sounds of the Black-Cheeked Gibbons. Tour of the village before setting off to a second Akha village, Ban Phouyae. The Akha group of this village is called Akha Pii, the women wearing a distinct headdress. Hike a number of steep ascents and descents in between upland fields and old growth forest before arriving at an idyllic spot for bathing on the Nam Mai River. Both the Nam Mai and a tributary are crossed on two impressive bamboo and wood bridges. You have a picnic lunch on the way before walking through the secondary forest. You will then discover “Pa Nokhom”, a kind of bamboo forest. The lodge at Ban Thong Lat is reached by late afternoon, and you are offered a traditional Akha massage. A sociable evening with the villagers promises a special cultural experience. B-L-D
Day 4: Trekking in Vieng Phouka and transfer out (Luang Namtha or Houay Xai)
After breakfast you can have the opportunity to walk to the Phou Song Phan waterfall, located in the Nam Ha National Protected Area. If you chose this option, you have lunch back in Thong Lat village. If you prefer to go back earlier, walk on the rough road following the Nam Mai winding its way down from Ban Thong Lat. A pleasant and easy walk passing through a scenery of limestone mountains, bamboo forest and upland rice fields. Upon reaching the Nam Mai River, a Lao-style picnic lunch is served. The pick-up awaits the group on the other side of the river and takes you to the Prasat Cave. The limestone cave is the final stop on this tour before returning to Vieng Phoukha in the mid-afternoon. B-L
After the tour we offer you a transfer back to Luang Namtha or to Houay Xai. Your guide will leave you today!
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