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Namha Villages Experience Trek

The Hiker - 2 days

  • Namha Villages Experience Trek
  • 2 days / 1 night
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
The Hiker
How to Book

Overview

> Spend your night at a local Homestay or lodging alongside the tranquil riverbank
> Get to know the locals and their way of life
> Trek through the jungle in the Nam Ha National Protected Area

Namha Villages Experience is a 2-day hike through the forest to the villages inside the National Park of Northern Laos. We will start walking through a beautiful bamboo forest and learn how the locals use the goods from the forest to feed themselves. You will experience either a homestay with the local families or lodging alongside the tranquil riverbank, where you can have a swim in a clear river. You will walk along the mountain valley to visit different hill tribes and villages and to witness local people’s lifestyle.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Luangnamtha – Ban Nalan Neua (Kmu tribe)

Namha Villages Experience will start with a half an hour drive by minivan to the beginning point of the hike. The first part of the hike is up the hill for an hour among the secondary forest. Soon we descend down to the stream and entering the primary forest, where you will see a lot of big old trees, some of them are a few hundred years old. You will continue trekking up some down trails before stopping for a fantastic local lunch. After lunch, we will hike for about an hour or two until we reach the village by mid-afternoon. For the rest of the day, you can play with the local children, walk around the village or collect some wild vegetables with the local people for dinner. This is an opportunity to interact with the local people in the village, to go fishing with them or to enjoy a cool swim in the clear water of the Namha river. You will enjoy a locally prepared delicious dinner and then relax by the campfire at night before going to bed.

Day 2: Ban NalanNeua – Ban Namkoy – Ban Jaleunsouk – Luangnamtha

You will wake up early, and maybe you would like to take a cold shower or a swim in the river, or walk through the villages and witness how the locals prepare for their working day. After you can relax and drink coffee or tea and enjoy a locally prepared breakfast. You will depart from the village around 9 am, walk along the river bank for an hour to a nearby village of Khmu tribe – Ban Nalan Tai. We will continue walking on to another village of Ban Namkoy (Lantan tribe). The tribe which derives from a Chinese origin and who still wear traditional clothes, make their own textile and do natural dyeing. In the dry season, they make bamboo paper for recording stories. After spending a while in the village we will head onward through the forest and climb up a mountain. We walk along the ridgeline enjoying the views before descending down to the Lantan village of Ban Namlue, located near the main road. From there we will walk for few minutes to our car that will take us back into town.

What's Included

Included:

√ Transfers
On the first day of the trek, we will pick you up from your hotel and we will drive you from Luang Namtha to the starting point of the trek. 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.

√ Water
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.

√ Guide
A professional, English speaking, local guide will accompany you during the whole trek. The guide will also cook your meals along the way.

√ Meals
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.

√ Accommodation
During the Namha Villages Experience Trek, you will experience either a homestay with the local families or lodging alongside the tranquil riverbank. During your stay, 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.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from Laos. 

× Porters
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.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the Namha Villages Experience Trek, you will experience either a homestay with the local families or lodging alongside the tranquil riverbank. During your stay, you will get to meet the locals and learn from their way of life. The villagers will prepare your beds for the night. During this trek you will have the chance to cook with the locals, to interact with them and to get to know their customs and traditions.

FAQ

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.

Best season
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
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.

Training
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.

Packing List

Packing List

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:

- Rucksack
- Hiking boots
- Hat
- Sunscreen
- Mosquito spray
- Torch
- Clothes/shoes to get wet
- Change of clothes
- Warm clothes
- Pocket money
- Raincoat (Wet season)

Safety

Safety

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

The Hiker

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.

How to Book

How does it work?

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Cancellation Policy

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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