Hunter Trails Trek
The Hiker - 3 days
- Hunter Trails Trek
- 3 days / 2 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Medium
Overview> Try local dishes with ingredients from the jungle
> Spend one night at a local homestay
> Trek through the dense jungle and get to discover the local flora and fauna
A remarkable jungle hike with an experienced guide will take you deep into the primary forest following old hunter trails. We will trek amongst huge old trees where we will be camping in the middle of the jungle, eat wild organic food, fresh from nature, campfire at night, wildlife spotting, witness amazing hilltop views! The tranquil village homestay is a must-do in the region. Join us!
What's the plan?
Day 1: Luang Namtha – Ban Prang – Jungle Campbase 1
The hunter trails will start with trek from Ban Prang village, 35km away from the town to the south. The first part of the hike we walk up steep hills, along rice fields and witness villagers working in the field.
We will head deeper into the forest and walk mainly along the ridge-line, enjoying stunning viewpoints. We will eat a locally prepared lunch under the huge trees.
Soon we will climb up the next mountain and through the dense jungle. Your guide will explain about the use of the wild plants and herbs and point out any wildlife that might be around. Next, we walk down to the stream to find the best location to set up our camp nearby the peaceful stream. You may relax or help your guide cook dinner, learning about the use of bamboo and local food. After dinner enjoy the stars and the tranquil sounds before going to sleep.
Day 2: Jungle Campbase 1 – Salt Lick Area Wildlife Tracks – Ban Nalan Neua
Get up early, have a fresh wash followed by a warm cup of coffee or wild tea while your guide is preparing breakfast. After breakfast we will continue hiking through the area of abundant forest. Hopefully you will get a chance to see some wildlife.
We will continue to trek uphill and along the ridgeline enjoying the views. Then we will hike down to the village of Ban Nalan located on the Namha river bank, where the villagers will prepare a bed for us. At the village you can relax, take a swim, hang out with the local people or help to cook the food for dinner.
End the night sitting around the campfire, exchanging stories with the local people.
Day 3: Ban Nalan Neua – Ban Nalan Tai – Ban Nam Koi – Luang Namtha
Villagers always wake up early, so be prepared for an early start! Take a walk around the village to see how the village people prepare for their day. Watch them do farm work, or doing their bamboo weaving work.
After eating breakfast, it’s time for us to depart from the village (around 9 AM local time) and hike to visit the next village of Ban Nam Koi (Lantan tribe). It’s a tiny village located on the riverbank, and it is very famous for making bamboo paper and indigo dying.
We will spend some time there before heading over the mountain. We will walk until we arrive to the Lantan village of Ban Nam Lue located nearby the main road. This is where we end the trekking trip. Our transport will be waiting to bring us back to town in the late afternoon.
On the first day of the trek, we will pick you up from your hotel and we will drive you from Luang Namtha to Ban Prang. On the last day of the trek, we will dive you back to Luang Namtha. Transfers will be done in a minivan or Tuk-Tuk.
The trekking company will provide all the water necessary during the trek. The Hiker provides 3 liters of water per trekker, per day of trek. You will have to carry your water in your bag during the trek.
A professional, English speaking, local guide will accompany you during the whole trek. The guide will also cook your meals along the way.
During this trek in the jungle, you will eat locally prepared food. Most of the ingredients will be wild organic food, fresh from nature. During the afternoon, you are welcome to join the locals and the guide and help them to prepare dinner. Meals included are 3 lunches, 2 breakfasts, and 2 dinners.
You will spend your first night camping nearby a peaceful stream. The second night you will experience a typical homestay in Laos, where you will get to meet the locals and learn from their way of life.
√ Entrance fees and permits
The government taxes and all entrance and travel fees required for this trek are included in the price of the trek.
√ Contribution to local Funds
By booking with us you will be contributing to local funds like the Community-based ecotourism fund, the National Park conservation fund, the Tourism development fund, and the Villages fund.
The total amount excludes flights to and from Laos.
During the trek, you will have to carry your own bag. You will also have to carry your sleeping bag for the camping nights and the water for the day.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Laos.
You will spend your first night camping nearby a peaceful stream. The second night you will experience a typical homestay in Laos, where you will get to meet the locals and learn from their way of life. For the camping night, your trekking company will provide all the equipment necessary, including sleeping bags, mattresses, and mosquito nets. The villagers will prepare your beds for the homestay on the second day. During the homestay you will have the chance to cook with the locals, to interact with them and to get to know their customs and way of life.
Nam Ha National Protected Area
The Nam Ha National Protected Area is a famous eco-tourism destination in Laos. The national protected area is located in Luang Namtha Province, in northern Laos, and is home to a variety of ethnic groups and diverse animal and plant species. The Park comprises 2,224 square kilometers and its highest peak stands at 2,094 meters above sea level.
Laos is a landlocked country and its geography plays a major part in shaping its climate. Trekking in Laos can be done all year long. However, if you are going to be doing a jungle trek, it is always advisable to choose your dates during the dry season. The dry season in Laos lasts from October to May and it is the best time to visit Laos to enjoy its lush nature. The 'green season’ falls between July to October. During these months the rains return to the country and the treks in the jungle become more adventurous. Fortunately, showers are usually short and don't have much impact on your trek.
Tipping is appreciated but it is not expected in Laos. Tipping in Asian countries should always be considered a gesture of appreciation for good service and not an obligation. If you got a good service from your guide and you want to thank him with a tip, that is ok. It is up to you how much to tip.
Although the treks are not so long, you must bear in mind that you will be trekking several hours a day for several days in the jungle. Also, remember that you will be carrying your own backpack, together with your sleeping bag and water for the day. When it comes to trekking, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trek. So, in order to make the most out of your trek in Laos, getting in shape is always a good idea. Try walking a few hours a day with a backpack for a few weeks before your trip.
While trekking in Laos, having the right equipment is paramount. Since the climate in our country is tropical, you must always be prepared for hot temperatures and unexpected rain. In The Hiker we have prepared a detailed packing list for our trekkers so that there are no unpleasant surprises during the hike. Here is what you must bring:
- Hiking boots
- Mosquito spray
- Clothes/shoes to get wet
- Change of clothes
- Warm clothes
- Pocket money
- Raincoat (Wet season)
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.
THE HIKER is a local travel agency offering high quality trekking and eco-adventure tours in the Luang Namtha region of Northern Laos. The Hiker’s aim is to innovatively contribute to the tourism industry with a professional and ethical service, providing premium quality eco-tours that cater for all clients, whilst sharing the responsibility and benefits with local communities.
Our main goals are:
1. To consciously contribute to the conservation of Laos’ natural biodiversity and cultural heritage.
2. To present a unique experience in eco-tours by offering specialised activities.
3. To actively engage with local communities by educating and enriching their inherited pool of knowledge regarding the use of natural resources in a sustainable manner, thus creating an awareness in allowing the local ecosystems to remain relatively stable and balanced.
4. To create opportunities for local communities to reach a sufficient source of income.
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You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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