Nam Oun Wilderness Trail
The Hiker - 2 days
- Nam Oun Wilderness Trail
- 2 days / 1 night
- Max. group: 8 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
Overview> Learn to cook like the locals, using the ingredients provided by the jungle
> Spend the night camping surrounded by nature
> Take a bath in one of the several waterfalls next to the camp, under the big old trees
A nature lovers’ trip! This unforgettable two-day trek in the evergreen forest of the National Park area presents its wilderness with different types of mighty big trees, wild animals, jungle fruits and various medicinal herbs. Spend the rest of your afternoon in a tranquil primary forest waterfall, learning how to cook your organic jungle food, camping responsibly in an environmentally friendly shelter, and having a quality wildlife spotting opportunity.
What's the plan?
Day 1: Luang Namtha – Khmu Tribe Village – Waterfalls Camp
After a half an hour transfer to the south direction, we will stop at Chaluensouk village, where our trek starts. There you will meet our village guide who will assist us during the whole journey, helping us to carry some food for later. During the first part of the trek, we will walk up to the top of the mountain. Then along the ridgeline of a mountain range, until we head down through a wonderful dense green forest. Along the way one of our guides will serve you lunch. You will keep on walking until the bottom where you will put your bag down in our sanctuary camp in a great location surrounded by a magnificent old-growth forest. After taking a small break we will encourage you to walk along a stream, take a bath in several cascades waterfall under the big old trees. Later you will learn from your guide how to cook as locals do using bamboo and how to make a campfire. The rest of the evening you can spend exchanging conversations by the bonfire or go to spot some wildlife during the night.
Day 2: Campsite – Mountain Ridge – Mountain Rice Field Views – Ban Namlue (Lantan Tribe)
We will start the day with a nice cup of tea or coffee, while admiring the wild beauty and incredible sounds of nature around the campsite. Then you will have breakfast, pack up your stuff, and we will make sure that you have enough water for another full day walk. This day we will start up by hiking up the second mountain for one and a half hours, and then have a gentler walk than the day before, again on a mountain ridge. You will have an opportunity to see different landscapes including bamboo and chestnut forests, some mountain upland view fields, as well as a banana forest, before we descent down to the last minority village of the Lantan tribe. There you will see local people making bamboo paper and dying indigo cotton for their family. You will have some time to walk around the village for a while before we walk to the main road to get a transport to head back to town. We will arrive in Luang Namtha between 4 pm – 5 pm.
On the first day of the trek, we will pick you up from your hotel and we will drive you from Luang Namtha to Chaluensouk village. 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 2 lunches, 1 breakfast, and 1 dinner.
You will spend the night at our sanctuary camp in a great location surrounded by a magnificent old-growth forest. For the camping night, your trekking company will provide all the equipment necessary, including sleeping bags, mattresses, and mosquito nets.
√ 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, 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 the night at our sanctuary camp in a great location surrounded by a magnificent old-growth forest. For the camping night, your trekking company will provide all the equipment necessary, including sleeping bags, mattresses, and mosquito nets. For dinner, you will learn from your guide how to cook as the locals do using bamboo and how to make a campfire.
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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